• 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

Sunday: 9am & 11am

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

Fr. Joseph Cummins

We mourn the loss of Fr. Joseph Cummins, former parochial vicar of St. Vincent’s, who died peacefully on Saturday, October 5, 2019, at St. Catherine’s Infirmary, surrounded by his confreres and staff.

May he be at peace with God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Fr. John Freund, CM has written a wonderful reflection on Fr. Joseph’s life here:

Joseph Cummins: Gifted and Transformed


All Souls Day: We will celebrate our Evening of Remembrance on Monday, November 4th at 7pm.
St. Martin dePorres Mass: On Thursday, November 7th, there will be a Mass at the Cathedral. The bus is leaving St. Vincent’s at 5:30pm. Signup sheets in the back of the church. This is a major Black Catholic event. All the more reason all of us should be there in solidarity and support. Also, Valerie will lead Mercy’s Choir in the Prelude at 6;30pm. Anyone interested in singing for the Mass in honor of Martin de Porres is invited to attend the following rehearsals: Sunday, Nov 3 at St. Martin de Porres Church 2340 W. Lehigh ave from 2 until 5pm; and Wed.,Nov 6, Archdiocese of Phila 222 N 17th St. 1st Fl conf room 6 until 8;30pm. Signup at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084DAEAD2EA7FB6-mass.
Chester Holman at St. Vincent’s: Recently released from prison after being wrongfully incarcerated for 28 years, Chester Holman will come for an evening of sharing, discussion and reflection at St. Vincent’s on Friday evening, December 6th at 6pm. This event is sponsored by the Peace and Justice Ministry of St. Vincent’s in conjunction with Art for Justice.
POWER update: We often hear the phrase “making a difference.” This happens one person at a time when we donate our time and treasure – so important! But if you’d like to learn about how to “make a difference” in the policies that keep people needy, generation after generation, check out POWER Interfaith! St. Vincent’s is one of about 100 local and state-wide congregations of different faiths in PA who work together to press legislators to create a more level playing field for all: Boosting voter participation. Equity in school funding. Living wages. Environmental justice. Criminal justice reform. Come to our next meeting (TBA). Meanwhile, give a call, whether you’re a long time parishioner or a newcomer: Mary Laver at 610-324-0388, Terri Burgin at 215-651-0100 or either mlaver or tburgin @powerinterfaith.org. POWER: powerinterfaith.org.
African Mass: On Sunday, November 17, 11am, we will celebrate an African Mass here at St. Vincent’s. We will have a Ghanaian choir.
Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW): There will be no CLOW the weekend of the parish retreat, November 9 and 10. On Sunday, November 17 after the 9 and 11 am Masses, we will meet for parents who are interested in their children receiving First Reconciliation and First Communion. CLOW happens at both the 9 and the 11am Masses.
Feast of Christ the King: On Sunday, November 24 the feast of Christ the King, we will celebrate one Mass at 10am.
Schedule Change: Peace and Justice Ministry: Because of the December Holy Days, the meeting of the Peace and Justice Ministry will be moved to Thursday, December 19th at 11:45am. The November meeting will remain the same – fourth Tuesday of the month.
Bread Bakers Ministry: We are looking for a couple of additional bakers to prepare Eucharistic bread for our Masses. If interested see Jim Weiss or Amy Buchanan for more information.
 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: Mature immigrant man is looking for a room to rent that does not isolate him from othes. He attends St. Vincent parish. Speaks Spanish. Intelligent and friendly. Able to pay $400 a month while he looks for work. References available. Call 267-237-6683 to learn more.

Black Catholic History Month Presentation: Shannen Dee Williams, Assistant Professor at Villanova will present “The Real Sister Act: Confronting the uneasy History of Radical Segregation and Exclusion in U.S. Female Religious Life” on November 16th at 10am to noon at St. Joseph’s University, Doyle Banquet Hall South. Register at phillyblackcatholichistory2019.everbrite.com

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

The weekend of November 30 and December 1 we will remember World AIDS Day. It is also the first week of Advent.

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.

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.

Parish Retreat “Weaving God’s Tapestry of Love”:  Weaving God’s Tapestry of Love. Please pray for the success of the Parish Retreat taking place this coming weekend, Nov. 8,9 and 10.

“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.

Parish Pastoral Council: The Parish Pastoral Council by-laws can be read them here.

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

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November 2019

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  • Legion of Mary
  • Bible Study
  • Parish Retreat
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  • Legion of Mary
  • Bible Study
  • Art Class
  • Legion of Mary
  • Bible Study
  • Art Class
  • Legion of Mary
  • Bible Study

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Latest News

Br. Al Smith honored at Vincentian Gala

Bro. Al Smith, CM, was one of three honorees at the first Vincentian Gala, during which they celebrated 170 years of “Hearts on Fire.” Read more about it here.

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.

Daily Reflection

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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
  • Tom Volkert
  • Heather Wright

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