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These are some of the ministries of St. Vincent’s Church

A Letter to the President on Immigration

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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 […]

The Migrant: a Promise of Life for the Future

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In Preparation for Catholic Migration Week, “Many Journeys, One Family” January 7-13, 2018 Saint Vincent de Paul’s Parish Germantown, Philadelphia The Migrant: a Promise of Life for the Future This is the way Pope Francis referred to migrants last October 26th. Speaking to young people, he reminded them that the invitation to welcome the stranger […]

Sara’s Story

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By Paul Witte and St. Vincent de Paul Committee of the New Sanctuary Movement Sara Vazquez Garibay is a parishioner to celebrate. Two years ago she finally received a visa. But it was neither quick nor easy. St. Vincent de Paul parishioners supported her in the whole process. It goes back ten years to a […]

More Reflections on Climate Justice

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We require a new and universal solidarity. As the bishops of Southern Africa have stated: “Everyone’s talents and involvement are needed to redress the damage caused by human abuse of God’s creation”. All of us can cooperate as instruments of God for the care of creation, each according to his or her own culture, experience, […]

Reflections on Climate Justice from the Peace and Justice Ministry

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A People Who Produce Fruit From Pope Francis’ 2015 Encyclical Laudato Si: The current global situation engenders feelings of instability and uncertainty, which in turn becomes “a seed bed for selfishness.” When people become self-centered, their greed increases. The emptier a person’s heart is, the more s/he needs to buy, own, and consume things. It […]

Black Lives Matter at St. Vincent’s

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“What does it mean to be Black and Catholic? It means that I come to my church fully functioning. That doesn’t frighten you, does it? I come to my church fully functioning. I bring myself, my Black self, all that I am, all that I have, all that I hope to become. I bring my […]

Preparing the Way for National Migration Week

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Preparing the Way for National Migration Week (January 8th to 14th, 2017), from the New Sanctuary Committee of St. Vincent de Paul Migrants and refugees are not pawns on the chessboard of humanity. They are children, women and men who leave or who are forced to leave their homes for various reasons, who share a […]

What is RUM?

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What is the Reconciliation & Unity Ministry (RUM)? Are you called to join us? An Advent Invitation… RUM was formed in 2014 following the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, and the Ministry was tasked with exploring ways of facilitating dialogue and the development of relationships here at St. Vincent’s so that ”we may become […]

The Importance of Hospitality

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Nearly every week, St. Vincent’s hosts a post-Mass hospitality gathering. In the summer, it’s usually water ice and pretzels on the Rectory porch. In autumn through spring, we have donuts and coffee in the Hospitality room. But no matter where it is, or what we’re serving, it’s a vital ministry to the church. It’s how we […]

Letter from Our Sister Parish Las Anoñas

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This letter from the leaders of our sister community of Las Anonas de Santa Cruz in El Salvado appeared in the recent newsletter of the U.S. El Salvador Sister Cities Network. They express their gratitude for our “uncon- ditional accompaniment” and ask for our continued support, especially now around the issue of sugar cane production […]