Children and Teens


Children’s Liturgy of the Word

Assist in offering age-appropriate instruction to young children (3 to 12) at 9:00 & 10:30 AM Sunday Masses.

Contact: Suzanne Garnett: dre@saint-vincent-church.org

DePaul School

Promote the well-being of our Germantown Catholic elementary school staff and students through appreciation days and related fund-raising.

https://depaulphila.imsphila.org/

Inn Dwelling

Parish-allied organization offers tutoring for talented high school students who seek help reaching their goals.

https://inndwelling.org/how-to-help/volunteer.html

Youth Ministry

Now in formation, the vision of this ministry is for middle and high school youth who have received the sacraments to continue to grow in their faith and to stay connected with the parish and with each other.

Adult Faith Formation and Prayer


RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)

Discussion and faith sharing with adults exploring full communion with the Catholic faith, facilitated by dedicated parishioners.

Evangelization

Faith-sharing group focused on our relationship with Christ, and how we can share that with others.

Contact: Sheila Sharpe shesharpe@gmail.com

Centering Prayer

Monthly, on the 3rd Tues at 1:30 PM in the rectory chapel; contemplative prayer that supports all of our active parish ministries.

Contact: Bernadette Cronin-Geller bclgeller@comcast.net

Legion of Mary

Wed afternoon gatherings; find Jesus through prayer, works of mercy, and evangelization rooted in devotion to Mary, the Mother of Jesus.

Contact: Sharon Fisher sharonfisher872@gmail.com

Men’s Group

Men of all ages gather on the last Fri of the month for faith-sharing & socializing.

Contact: Frank Killian detroitfrank2@gmail.com

Friday Evening Prayer Group

Format varies depending on the time of year; in Lent, centers around Stations of the Cross understood from a racial justice perspective.

Contact: Dorina Opferman dpsinger16@aol.com

Bible Study Group

Weds. evening gatherings; read and discuss scripture to strengthen our faith and ground it in Biblical wisdom.

Contact: Sheila Sharpe shesharpe@gmail.com

Spiritual Direction

Trained spiritual directors offer hour-long prayerful 1-on-1 meetings with those who request guidance in listening for the Holy Spirit moving in their lives. Sliding scale fees.

Contact: Tom Volkert trvolkert@gmail.com, Sheila Sharpe shesharpe@gmail.com, Margie Winters mwinters252@gmail.com, or Kathy Cleaver KathleenAcleaver@gmail.com www.KathyCleaver.com

Worship


Liturgy Committee

Monthly, on 1st Mon at 6:45; Liturgy means “work of the people.” An advisory committee to the Pastor, working to reach consensus on topics that affect liturgical celebrations.

Contact: Mike Weyand mweyand57@gmail.com

Joyful Spirit Guitar Group

This new music ministry is open to all those with any level of guitar experience who are interested in singing with a guitar group.

Contact: Tanya Geisler tgeisler369@gmail.com

Liturgy Coordinators

“Behind the scenes” work before weekend Masses; prepare altar (linens, bread, wine); ensure that ministers are in place for processional, reading of the Word, communion.

Contact: Mike Weyand mweyand57@gmail.com

Ushers/Greeters

Warmly welcome everyone who comes to our weekend liturgies.

Contact: Tony Gilliam battchief99@gmail.com

Gospel Choir

All types of voices welcome! No need to read music. Rehearsals Tues, 7 PM.

Contact: Darin Williams darinwms@aol.com

Contemporary Choir

All types of voices welcome! No need to read music. Rehearsals Weds, 7 PM.

Contact: Valerie Lee-Jeter liturgy@st-vincent-church.org or Christine Eberle christine@christine-marie-eberle

Spanish-Language Music Ministry

Sundays at 12:30, rehearsals in chapel before Mass.

Contact: Michael Shackleford-Taylor mjast2@gmail.com or Luis Alberto Peña lsbrtp@gmail.com

Spanish-Language Liturgy

Evangelize, act as lectors and leaders of prayer at 12:30 Mass Sun.

Contact: Dermis de Jesus dermis.dejesus@gmail.com

Children’s Choir

Seasonal, especially Christmas and Easter.

Contact: Dermis de Jesus dermis.dejesus@gmail.com or Heather Wright-Lee hww0921@yahoo.com

Writers of Petitions Ministry

A group that prayerfully reads the Scripture for the week, considers current events, and writes timely, inspiring petitions to be lifted up at weekend Masses.

Contact: Peg McFadden pegmcfadden@hotmail.com

Eucharistic Bread Bakers

To enhance our worship by baking the actual bread we share as a parish family in the Eucharist. Instructions are provided.

Contact: Amy Buchanan wearebuchanans@gmail.com

Lector Ministry

The Lector Ministry at St. Vincent de Paul Church is committed to serving our worshipping assembly Prayerfully prepare and read assigned Scripture readings with clarity and feeling, so all present can hear and receive God’s Word. Training provided.

Contact: Vi Shenkman vdancinfeet@hotmail.com

Altar Servers

An opportunity for youth to serve the parish community by assisting the presider at Mass and other services.

Intercessory Prayer

After weekend Masses, a circle of parishioners lift up shared concerns in prayer.

Contact: Sue Mangold svm@buffalo.edu

Veronica Ministry

Laundering altar linens.

Contact: Carolyn Chavis carolyn731@hotmail.com

Praise Dance

Just starting up!

Contact: Kya Johnson kyashirley@gmail.com

Eucharistic Ministers

Assist in reverently distributing Holy Communion; visiting EMs bring Eucharist to the homebound.

Contact: Mike Weyand mweyand57@gmail.com

Lay/Intercessory Leaders of Prayer

Lead the congregation into weekend liturgies by giving a reflection on the Mass readings or other appropriate spiritual topics before Mass.

Contact: Joan McGowan joaniemc223@jmcgowan

Social Services and Outreach


Bereavement Ministry

Our ministry is to assist the bereaved family to plan and prepare the final Mass of their loved one. Support for bereaved families; assist them in planning funeral readings and music; provide greeter and usher duties during funerals.

Contact: Gloria Benton gleggettbenton@gmail.com

Connections Ministry

Launched at the start of the pandemic; make periodic calls to parishioners—especially those not able to come to church regularly—to check in with them and share parish updates.

Contact: Mary Laver mlaver14@comcast.net

Knights of Columbus

Catholic men’s organization witnessing to charity, unity, fraternity and patriotism through works of mercy locally & worldwide. Meets 1st Tues eves.

Contact: Wiley Redding wlredding@gmail.com

Catholic Daughters of America

Women’s organization promoting justice, equality and human rights through spirituality and service.

Contact: Heather Goldsmith heathersgoldsmith@gmail.com

My Place Germantown

A parish-allied program that houses formerly homeless men with disabilities near St Vincent’s. Volunteers needed to run periodic fundraisers in the parish to support this program.

Contact: Peg McFadden pegmcfadden@hotmail.com

Food Pantry

Weekly (Tues AM) distribution of food donated by parishioners and others to those in need in our area. Some volunteers also do home-deliveries to shut-ins.

Contact: Liz Bergen lizbergen@verizon.net

PAR Recycle Works

A parish-allied program that provides transitional employment in the electronics recycling industry to people who are reintegrating into society.

Contact: Wiley Redding wlredding@gmail.com

Young Adult Ministry (YAM)

Parishioners aged 20 to “40-something” gather for fellowship and faith-sharing.

Contact: Dorina Opferman dpsinger16@aol.com, Jeanna Murat jeanna.murat@gmail.com, or Emmett Schweiger eschweiger@albanu.edu

Seniors Ministry

Fellowship, food, and fun! The Seniors Ministry Support and fellowship for senior parishioners; maintain Catholic connections through regular phone calls and other assistance.

Contact: Robin & Jerry Smith rarest16@gmail.com

Knights and Ladies of St. Peter Claver

Oldest and largest Black Catholic lay organization in the US, spreading faith, hope and love through friendship, unity and charity.

Contact: Frances Williams icecream72345@aol.com

Face to Face

Parish-allied program that serves meals to community members in need year-round.

Volunteers can sign up at: https://facetofacegermantown.org/

St. Vincent De Paul Society

Collections of clothing, housewares for those in need.

Contact: Liz Bergen lizbergen@verizon.net or Jean Flynn jroland631@yahoo.com

Healthcare Ministry

Before COVID, this ministry hosted annual health fairs. When COVID vaccines arrived, they facilitated shots for people without WiFi and/or transportation. What could a parish health ministry look like now? Help us vision this!

Social Justice


Peace and Justice Committee

Meets monthly to plan events for parishioners to learn about and act on social justice issues.

Contact Doug Porpora: porporad@drexel.edu

Pro-Life

The Pro-Life Union fosters a vision and strategy for a culture of life across Philadelphia. Our beliefs are incarnated in the family and through service to those making the choice for life.

Sister Parish

Meet regularly to act in solidarity with our sister community, Las Anoñas de Santa Cruz, El Salvador, advocating for economic justice and sharing across the miles our close, 30+-year relationships.

Contact: Mary Durkin joemarydelia@verizon.net

POWER Interfaith

A city-wide org connected to Faith in Action, mobilizing people of all faiths to urge politicians to support policies that lift up historically marginalized people, especially in Black and Brown communities. St Vincent’s chapter especially promotes access to voting.

Contact: Mary Laver mlaver14@comcast.net

New Sanctuary Movement

Our parish chapter of NSM (city-wide immigrants’ rights org) meets monthly to mobilize in support of individual immigrants as well as policy initiatives that lift up their human dignity.

Contact: Paul Witte pwwitte@gmail.com

Parish Support


Parish Pastoral Council

Fosters participation by all parishioners in the life and mission of our parish; advises pastor on ways to support that goal. Meets monthly, 1st Thurs. Members serve 3-year terms.

Contact: Terri Peebles tlgaka@aol.com or Suzanne Garnett suzanneagarnett@hotmail.com

Office Volunteers

Help run the office on weekdays when staff are not present, answering calls and preparing periodic mailings.

Contact: Noor Diskan (part-time admin asst in the rectory: 215-438-2925 weekdays.

New Parishioner Orientations

Just getting launched! Will host gatherings to warmly welcome new members and acquaint them with our parish mission & ministries.

Finance Committee

Assists the pastor in making financial decisions for the good of the parish. Manages tithing, budgeting, strategic planning.

Contact: Anthony Caringi rmatson5@comcast.net

Multimedia Ministry

Maintains and updates parish website and social media. Sends e-bulletins and announcements to keep parishioners informed and connected.

Contact: Geoff Beatty web@saint-vincent-church.org or Joan McGowan joaniemc223@comcast.net

Livestream Team

Tape 10:30 Mass (for website, YouTube) and 12:30 Spanish Mass (for Facebook Live).

Contact: Joan McGowan joaniemc223@comcast.net