• Welcome to St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Germantown
  • All are welcome
  • Vincentian values inform our worship and our service
  • The celebration of the liturgy is central to us
St. Vincent de Paul is a faith community striving to live Jesus' gospel message of love, peace, and justice for all peoples.

Mass Times

The regular Mass schedule is:

Sunday: 9am & 11am

Saturday: 4pm
Tuesday – Friday: 7am (in the rectory)

 

Announcements

LONG SLEEVE PARISH T-SHIRT SALE – BENEFITS RETREAT:
Order Forms in pews/church;  Color : Forest Green; Price: $20(CASH ONLY)
Orders taken by Joan McGowan until September 15.
LECTOR WORKBOOK $12 /AT HOME WITH THE WORD $10
To order contact Joan McGowan (joaniemc223@gmail.com)
include # of which book (or both) & your phone number. Payment due at pick-up.
 Orders taken until September 15.
BAKE SALE TO BENEFIT 2019 RETREAT: September 7-8 before & after Masses
Please sign up in church to contribute baked goods for the sale!
Electronic Giving: With the summer heat and vacations, often our collections struggle. Would you please consider “electronic giving”.
CLOW: Children’s Liturgy of the Word will start September 8th, during both the 9am and 11am masses.
Finance Talk: Please set aside Saturday September 14th, at 5:15pm to hear and ask questions about our finances.
Feast of St. Vincent: Sunday, September 29th, ONE MASS at 10am. We will also have our second 170th Anniversary Celebration.
Children’s Special Occasion Choir – No Experience Necessary: Flyers are in the back of the church. Contact Dermis DeJesus (dermis.dejesus@gmail.com) or Heather Wright (hww0921@yahoo.com) for more information.

Lay/Intercessory Leaders of Prayer Wanted: If you are interested in this ministry of spiritual leadership that readies the congregation for Mass and leads prayer after Mass, please contact Joan McGowan at joaniemc223@comcast.net or 267-879-7664.

DePaul Catholic School: The DePaul School needs school supplies. Copies of the supply list are in the back of the church. Please place the items in the baskets in the back of the church.

PEACE AND JUSTICE
The monthly meeting of the Peace and Justice Ministry will be held on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 11:45 am in the Rectory. This year the group has designated WHITE
PRIVILEGE as the focus and would like to plan a series of activities on the topic. All are welcome. Lunch is served.

Spanish Speaking Mass at St. Vincent’s: On Sunday, September 29th, at 5pm. Fellowship will be right after the Mass. Please let any Spanish speaking friends know and invite them.

New Sanctuary Movement     If you haven’t gone to a fundraising dinner (every last Friday of the month) or purchased a take-out meal at FUMCOG (6001
Germantown Ave.), you have missed something truly special.
The next on is Friday, June 28. If you want to buy tickets for take-out food that day, call 267-237-6683. You can also just so
up at 6pm for a community supper and program.
We are looking for people to join us (the committee) in accompanying immigrants to court, to ICE check-ins, and a number of other things. You don’t need to speak Spanish, but it is great if you do. Tell any of the committee members about your desire to accompany, or call 267-237-6683.

POWER Summer Update: Legislator Meeting Training -Many of us at   St. Vincent’s joined the 1000-plus person Education Funding “action” in Harrisburg on June 12th. We got promises from legislators but now we have to keep up the pressure, for our children’s sake!   Learn how to have an effective, no-nonsense meeting with a state legislator. And then set one up and DO it with a group. Watch for a training-date in August – sign up and join us! For more info, contact Terri Burgin (tburgin@powerinterfaith.org) or Mary Laver (mlaver@powerinterfaith.org).

Youth Minister needed:    If you are interested in this position, please submit your resume to the parish office as soon as possible.

ART FOR ALL
We are excited to announce an art class on Monday mornings from 9-12 in the Hospitality Center. Bring your own supplies.
No experience necessary. Call Lynne 267-294-4603 or Joy 215-805-4436 for more information.

Art by Joy Wuenschel
Here at St. Vincent’s we like to make all spaces beautiful. You can view beautiful art by Joy in our restrooms. How fortunate
we are.

Please pray for Shymirr Wallace, a 12 year old sixth grade student at DePaul Catholic, who has Stage 4 Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and was diagnosed with several cancerous tumors in his lungs.

Youth Minister Needed: Congratulations to Delia, who graduates and will be moving to Toronto for grad school. So if you are interested, please submit your resume to the parish office as soon as possible.

HELP NEEDED
Melvin Sparks, recent resident at My Place Germantown, has moved to an apartment in Germantown. He wants to
supplement his Social Security by providing handyman services. If you need painting, or need an extra pair of hands with projects, please give Melvin a call at 267-745-9919.

Second Collection: The second collection will be taken up for the Parish Retreat on the following dates:  Jan 5-6; Feb 9-10; Mar 2-3; Apr 6-7; May 11-12; June 1-2; July 13-14; Aug 3-4; Sept 14-15; Oct. 5-6.

Parish Retreat “Weaving God’s Tapestry of Love”: Save the Date! Mark your calendars! One year from now (November 8-10, 2019), we will hold our next Parish Retreat at the  beautiful Malvern Retreat Center. Open to all  parishioners 18 and over, this special weekend will help us deepen our faith journey and strengthen our community as together we focus on our common call: Weaving God’s Tapestry of Love. A Saturday-only option will he available, as well as transportation for those who need it. We anticipate that the retreat cost will he heavily subsidized by parish fundraising efforts in the year to come, including a monthly second collection beginning December 8/9. (You can buy a $10 mug anytime to benefit the retreat fund.) Please hold the date, and watch for announcements as details unfold and as retreat sub-committees in need of volunteers are formed. Above all, please pray for the work of the Core Team, that we may open ourselves to God’s deepest desires for our faith community.

“Please Pray for Sick” section in Bulletin: All friends of Vincent will be eliminated, since many have been in for two to five years. We will start a new list immediately. If you want someone on the prayer list, please contact the office with the names.

Ministry Meetings after 6pm: If your ministry meets in the evening, please make sure your meeting is scheduled and the ministry head has a key or that someone will be in the rectory to open the door.

Seeking Volunteers for Nov. 2019 Retreat: Good news! St. Vincent’s is planning a weekend retreat at the Malvern Retreat House, Nov 8-10, 2019. Those who were able to attend our 2016 retreat in Harvey Cedars remember what wonderful opportunities for faith sharing and community building a parish retreat provides. We will share more news in the coming months; right now, retreat co-chairs, Wiley Redding and Christine Eberle are seeking dedicated volunteers to form the Cor Team (Cor= heart!) This is a 15 month commitment to the planning process, including monthly meetings (generally on Saturdays) and committee work. We are seeking volunteers with passion and skill in the areas of Publicity, Logistics, Art, Hospitality, Program Design and Fundraising. Intrigued? Contact Wiley at wiredding21@gmail.com or Christine at christine0707@me.com with your name, phone number, and area(s) of interest. Please note: the Cor Team will kick-off our work together with a half-day retreat on Saturday, September 8 from noon to 4!

Parish Pastoral Council: The Parish Pastoral Council has adopted a set of by-laws. You can read them here.

Save the Date – Under the Same Moon Artisan Sale: Save the date for the Under the Same Moon Artisan Sale, October 12-13 before and after Mass. More details in the flyer.

One neighbor at a time, or maybe four, six or eight! We want to have dinners together because we really want to become a community of friends. We want to get to know each other better, and the best way to do that is to sit at the table just to enjoy each other’s company around good food and conversation. We propose to have dinners where members of the parish sign up for a meal without knowing who their hosts are, or even who the other guests will be, except for one other person if you want to go as a pair. We will start in June , and we hope by the fall everybody will  be signing up enthusiastically as hosts or guests. The mechanics of how this will work will be explained next week. Meanwhile, if you are willing to host a blind dinner, please place a card with your name, some possible dates, and how many people you can host, but do it secretly! You will call your mystery guests and give them details. Perhaps ask them to contribute a simple dish, bread, or an appetizer for the meal. Perhaps just bring their appetites and their good will. It is very likely that we will all make new friends, and that our Parish will be come stronger, a true people in community.

Immigrant Mother Needs Work: Young mother of two from the Dominican Republic has a work permit and needs work. She has two toddlers with serious health conditions, who are receiving treatment at St. Christopher’s Hospital. When whe is not at their side, she is working. Trained as a home health-care worker, she hopes to find an elderly person with a need for help. If you want more information on her, please feel free to cal Paul Witte, at 267-237-6683.

Business Owners: Please consider advertising in our bulletin. For more information, call the rectory office.

Upcoming Events

October 12, 2019
  • Under the Same Moon Sale

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November 8, 2019

Calendar

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Latest News

Worldwide Vincentian Family Stands with the People of Venezuela

Guest post from John Freund, CM To all the members of the Vincentian Family (VF) in the world, and especially to our brothers and sisters in Venezuela, we express our concern and our solidarity in the face of the dramatic situation Venezuelans are experiencing in their country. Read more…

Never Too Late to Grow a Garden

Parishioner Mary Ellen Graham was the subject of a wonderful article on the site “The Daily Good.” Read the article here.

A Letter to the President on Immigration

Dear President Trump: We are the Catholic community of St. Vincent de Paul Church in Germantown of Philadelphia. We have an urgent message for you on behalf of the immigrant peoples of the United States. We are all immigrants in the sense that we can trace ourselves back somewhere in our lineage to someone who […]

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Discerning a Vincentian Vocation

Do you feel called to the priesthood? Would you like to learn more about becoming a Vincentian? If so, please visit MenOnAMission.net, a resource put together by the Vincentian Vocation Ministry.

Parish Pastoral Council for 2018-19

Thank you to the departing members of
Parish Pastoral Council for their service:

  • Barbara Carey
  • Jason Crump
  • Angela Long
  • Kimberly Marsh
  • Margo Weber

Welcome to our newest PPC members:

  • Deborah Carroll
  • Mary Durkin
  • Terence Fulton
  • Terri Peebles
  • Paul Witte

They join our current PPC Members:

  • Alemayehu Addis
  • Dermis DeJesus
  • Joan McGowan
  • Jeanna Murat
  • Dorina Opferman
  • Frank Palmieri
  • Vi Shenkman
  • Ann Ugwumba
  • Tom Volkert
  • Heather Wright

Finding God in Ordinary Time: New Book by Christine Eberle

Finding God in Ordinary Time book coverParishioner, cantor, and petition-writer Christine Eberle’s first book, Finding God in Ordinary Time, is being published in September by Green Writers Press. Come celebrate with a reading and book signing after the vigil Mass on Saturday, October 6!

Starting at 5:30, Christine will give a brief talk in church, read excerpts from her book, and answer questions; then we will adjourn to the rectory for wine & cheese, dessert, and book signing.

Christine will also sell and sign books at hospitality and following the 11:00 Mass on Sunday, October 7.

You can learn more about Finding God in Ordinary Time at christine-marie-eberle.com/book.

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