|From the Pastor's Desk|
Our Calendar & Handbook
All our parish ministries and activities cooperate in assembling our annual Parish Calendar and Handbook, and I thank all those who have been involved. In particular, I thank our perennial sponsor, The Joseph A. Fluehr, III Funeral Home, Inc. (www.fluehr.com), not only for underwriting the cost, but also for Joe's personal involvement in its publication.
All parish activities planned from September, 2017, through August, 2018, have been included. To save space, the location of regular activities is ordinarily not included.
The Parish Handbook section helps new parishioners come to know the parish, and provides all with a handy reference. A Directory of key telephone numbers is on the last page.
We are a living parish, so we expect additions and possibly some changes. Please read our weekly Parish Newsletter to keep up-to-date. Both the Calendar and the Handbook are on-line at www.svdp-richboro.org.
Throughout this year we are celebrating the 50th anniversary
of our parish's founding. As our Jubilee Prayer states: for
what has been achieved, we give God thanks, for the work
that still remains, we ask God's help. Please pray with me
that our celebration inspires us to love our faith more
fully in the spirit of St. Vincent de Paul.
Our Parish Commitment
We, the members of the St. Vincent de Paul Parish Community, are a
Roman Catholic congregation from many walks of life who share a common bond
— our love for Christ, desire for growth in our personal relationships
with Him, and subsequently, our obligations to Him and to one another.
We therefore commit to:
In pursuit of all our parish goals, we ask the intercession of Mary
to help us remember the unique role of the Family in our devotions and
good works. With her help we will seek to respond to Jesus' call,
"Come, follow Me." We ask this through Christ Our Lord. AMEN
|St. Vincent de Paul|
Vincent de Paul was born near Pouy (now St-Vincent de Paul), in Gascony, France, on April 24, 1581. He attended the universities of Dax and Toulouse. Ordained to the priesthood at the age of twenty, for ten years he aimed no higher than a clerical life of ease. During 1609 in Paris he came under the spiritual influence of Father Pierre (later Cardinal) de Bérulle, the founder of the Oratory in Paris.
In 1612, Bérulle was influential in Vincent's being assigned as Pastor in Clichy, a rural parish just northwest of Paris; the poor people there touched Vincent's heart, and he experienced the priesthood in a way unknown to him before. However, in less than a year, Bérulle recalled Vincent to Paris to become tutor and chaplain to the Gondi family. In 1617, Madame de Gondi had Vincent give a parish mission for the peasants on the family estates, making Vincent aware of their poverty — spiritual and material. That same year, with Bérulle's help, Vincent left Paris to become Pastor in Châtillon-les-Dombes in southeast France; there he formed the first Confraternity of Charity, organizing ministry to parishioners in need. He soon returned to the Gondi family, but with the condition that he would be free to preach missions. A great change had came over Vincent, and he dedicated the rest of his life to the service of the poor.
Back in Paris, Vincent organized the Ladies of Charity, made up of wealthy women who supplied food and other necessities for distribution to the poor and to the sick. In 1622 St. Francis de Sales appointed Vincent superior of the Parisian convents of the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary. In 1625 Vincent founded the Congregation of the Mission, the priests we know as Vincentians. With them he originated seminaries for clergy formation, inaugurated programs for continuing clergy education, and fostered formal catechetical instruction of youth. In 1633, with Louise de Marillac, he founded the Daughters of Charity, the first congregation of "unenclosed" women entirely devoted to the poor and the sick. They nursed the poor in hospitals and dispensaries, and in their homes; they cared for the mentally ill, and visited patients after hospital discharge. Vincent was also active in organizing relief work during the religious wars in France.
In his own lifetime Vincent was a legend. Clergy and laity, rich and poor, outcasts and convicts all felt the charisma and selfless devotion of a man entirely consumed by the love of God and his neighbor.
Vincent died at age 80 in Paris on September 27, 1660.
He was canonized in 1737
and was named patron of works of charity in 1855.
His feast day
is September 27; however, our parish celebrates the feast
on a Sunday,
to help the community participate more fully.
|St. Louise de Marillac|
Louise de Marillac was born in Paris in 1581, out of wedlock. She was acknowledged by, and provided for by her father, Louis de Marillac, but never knew who her mother was. At a very young age, she was placed in the Abbey of Poissy to be educated with other children of noble birth. When she was around 12, her father died and Louise was sent to a Paris pension operated by a poor lady. There, she performed daily housekeeping chores and organized the other girls in performing handiwork for sale to help with the upkeep of the pension.
Although Louise expressed interest in a cloistered life, the Religious superiors with whom she consulted did not feel she had that vocation. Early in 1613, she was married to Antoine le Gras, secretary to the Queen Mother, Marie de Medici. Louise and Antoine experienced happiness in their marriage, and before the end of the year were blessed with the birth of their son, Michel Antoine. Born prematurely, Michel was both delicate in health and somewhat slow in learning. In 1621 Antoine became ill with a disease from which he never recovered, and the family's financial circumstances worsened severely. Antoine died in December, 1625
Louise endeavored to cope with these trials through prayer, sacrifices, and the advice of wise directors. Her regular spiritual director was Bishop Camus. In 1619, Louise met Francis de Sales, whose books had become a staple of her spiritual reading. In 1623, Bishop Camus was moved to a diocese outside of Paris, and he recommended Vincent de Paul as Louise's spiritual director. It seems that both Vincent and Louise had initial reservations: Vincent because he had found difficulty directing other noblewomen, and Louise because of the difference in their social station.
While at prayer during one of her darkest periods, Louise had a vision in which she saw herself serving the poor and living the vows of a religious in community. She wrote this lumiere on parchment and carried it on her person as a reminder that, despite her difficulties, God was guiding her life. In that vision a priest appeared to her, whom she later identified as Vincent de Paul.
In 1629, Vincent, who had established the Congregation of the Mission (the Vincentians) in 1625, invited Louise to assist him with the Confraternities of Charity in the parishes of France. Through this work, she gained a deep knowledge of the needs of the poor, developed her own innate management skills, and identified effective structures for service. In 1633, in her own home, she began to train young women to address the needs of the poor and to gain support from their life together. From this humble beginning, the Daughters of Charity emerged. Louise provided leadership and expert management to the evolving network of services she and Vincent inspired.
At first the Daughters of Charity assisted the Conferences of Charity in the Paris area by preparing food and medicine which they would bring to the sick poor in their homes. As their reputation spread, they were asked to take over hospitals, the care of foundlings, ministry to the galley convicts, and nursing the wounded on battlefields . . . schools and institutions for elderly followed.
Actually, the Daughters of Charity functioned as a religious community for decades, before Vincent and Louise sought canonical approval from the Church. At that time religious communities of women were cloistered, but Vincent and Louise saw these women as working among the poor. Vincent told the Sisters: "You must have no other monasteries than the houses of the poor; no other cloisters than the streets of the cities and the wards of hospitals; no other veil than your modesty; you must treat the sick and the suffering with all the care and tenderness that a mother lavishes on her only son." However, Vincent knew that, not long before, Francis de Sales had envisioned the Visitation Sisters as working in the world, but they found themselves behind cloistered walls. Because the Daughters of Charity had worked in the world for decades when Vincent applied for their canonical recognition, they were permitted to continue and became the first non-cloistered community of religious women.
Louise, who died on March 15, 1660 just a few months before Vincent
de Paul, was proclaimed a Saint of the Church in 1934. In 1960
Pope John XXIII proclaimed her the Patroness of all Social Workers.
As a wife, mother, teacher, nurse, social worker and religious
foundress, she stands as a model to all women.
Father McBride, Founding Pastor
John Cardinal Krol established our parish on May 28, 1968 and named Father William T. McBride as its founding pastor. One of the archdiocesan consultors had commented that if there were to be a parish in Richboro, perhaps it should be named for the patron of the poor. Cardinal Krol immediately decided that the name would be St. Vincent de Paul Parish.
Initially, Father McBride accepted Father Martin's offer to take up residence in St. Bede Rectory. He then moved into the first "rectory," a rented house in "downtown" Richboro. Weekday Mass and Baptisms were celebrated in the rectory; Sunday Mass was celebrated in the Churchville Elementary School auditorium. The parish had about 450 families. On November 15, 1970, the first Sunday Masses were celebrated in our Church. On May 8, 1971, Cardinal Krol dedicated the Church and administered the Sacrament of Confirmation. Father McBride moved into the present rectory in 1975.
Religious Education classes were coordinated and taught by volunteers in the Church basement. In September, 1973, leadership for the program was assumed by two Missionary Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, Sister Natalie, MFIC and Sister Frances, MFIC; they were later joined by Sister Celeste, MFIC, and Sister Rosario, MFIC. The Sisters lived in rented quarters in "downtown" Richboro until 1976 when the convent was ready. The Religious Education Building was completed in 1983. The Sisters left in 1984.
Following the Sisters' departure, Mary Kelly became our Director of Religious Education from 1984 to 1995. She was succeeded in turn by Sister Geraldine Dranginis, IHM (1995 - 2009); Sister Alice Gallagher, SSJ (2009-2017); Mary McFillin (2017-2018); and Elaine Potalivo (2018-).
To commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the founding of our parish, a Mass of Thanksgiving was celebrated on June 6, 1993; Bishop John Graham was the principal celebrant; Monsignor John Bartos, Bucks County Vicar, was the homilist.
On May 18, 1993 Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua named Father McBride Pastor Emeritus, and appointed Father Joseph J. McLaughlin as our second Pastor. Following a long recovery from surgery, Father McBride moved into the Regina Coeli Residence for Priests in Warminster, and continued to participate in the life of the parish until his sudden death on October 21, 1998.
Initially, Father McBride was the only priest assigned to the parish. Religious priests teaching at Archbishop Wood High School assisted on Sundays. For a while, Father Francis Vanhee, CICM, was in residence at the old rectory. The first priest assigned to assist the pastor full-time arrived in June, 1975. The list of Parochial Vicars is:
Father James Wagner (6/75 - 6/78);
In September, 2011, Father Philip Agber, C.S.Sp. began ministry in the parish as a weekend assistant.
Since Father McLaughlin's arrival, Catholic Life 2000 funds enabled the air conditioning of the Church and the computerization of parish records. In November, 1996, our convent re-opened with a community formed by Sister Geraldine Dranginis, IHM, who was then our Director of Religious Education, and several Sisters of St. Joseph working in other apostolates. In 2009, Sister Alice Gallagher, SSJ, who succeeded Sister Geraldine as Director of Religious Education, moved into the convent with two other Sisters of St. Joseph.
Our walkway and prayer garden were first proposed in September, 1997, the original design donated by Russell Gardens in memory of Ed Adamow. The Father McBride Memorial Window behind the choir loft was completed in time for the celebration of the Feast of St. Vincent de Paul in September, 2000.
"Concept Drawings for a Parish Center" were presented in the July 1, 2001 Parish Newsletter. This began a process of consultation with the parish, a Feasibility Study, engaging the architect Martin A. De Sapio, AIA, launching the Living Stones capital campaign, and seeking approval from Northampton Township and the Archdiocese.
Site work began in November, 2006. We re- ceived the Certificate of Occupancy for the building on February 26, 2008, and began celebrating weekday Masses in the Chapel of St. Louise de Marillac the next day. Bishop Daniel Thomas blessed the new facilities on April 27, 2008. Because of the generosity of our parishioners, no borrowing was necessary to complete the project.
The stained glass windows in the Chapel of St. Louise de Marillac were designed and executed by parishioner Patrice Schelkun. The Stations of the Cross in the Chapel were originally in our Church; the present Stations in Church came from St. Clement Church in Southwest Philadelphia which was closed by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 2004.
Our participation in the Archdiocese's Heritage of Faith ã Vision of Hope campaign began in early 2010 and continued for five years. A parish survey prioritized the parish projects to be funded by the campaign. First was the total renovation of the Church Hall bathrooms. The second project was the refurbishing of the Church sanctuary. In 2013, the campaign funded new lighting in the Church, Church Hall and Religious Education Building, replacing obsolete T12 fluorescents with energy-efficient lamps. In 2015, the campaign partially funded the purchase and installation of 20 stained glass windows in the Church; the windows were originally in St. Alphonsus Church in Glens Falls, NY, which was closed by the Diocese of Albany in 2010.
On June 10, 2001, Cardinal Bevilacqua or- dained parishioner Jack Golaszewski to the permanent diaconate and appointed him to ministry in the parish. On June 6, 2004, Cardinal Rigali ordained parishioner Bill Iacobellis to the permanent diaconate and appointed him to ministry in the parish; Deacon Iacobellis, although now officially retired from his ministry, continues to minister to the homebound in the parish. On June 4, 2011, Cardinal Rigali ordained parishioner Rich Napoli to the permanent diaconate and appointed him to ministry at St. Andrew Church in Newtown; in the fall of 2017, Archbishop Chaput reassigned Deacon Rich to serve in our parish, and he began his ministry here in December, 2017.
In the summer of 1998, Father Joseph Sserugo, AJ visited our parish for a missionary appeal on behalf of the Diocese of El Obeid in Sudan where he was then serving. He became a friend of the parish and has visited us most years since then, and the parish has consistently supported the missions in which he has served.
He was subsequently named founding pastor of St. Charles Lwanga Parish in Ibanda, Uganda, and our parish helped build the Church there. In 2006, while here, Father Joseph invited adult leaders and students in our High School Youth Group to visit him in Uganda. This has led to a number of visits to Uganda and the establishment of Building a Bridge to Uganda, a 501(c)(3) organization to enlist support beyond our parish and to continue and expand the mission.
Building a Bridge to Uganda has since built the Pope John Paul II High School outside of Kampala, Uganda, It opened in February, 2012, and now has a full complement of 6 grades, and is a highly rated school in the country.
Our parish and our parishioners continue to support Pope John Paul II High School, as well as a school in Rwanda, a parish in Tanzania, and the Diocese of Tezpur in India.
Our ministries to local communities include the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, People-to-People Sunday, Meals for the Homeless, the Christmas Baskets Program, etc., which are described later in this Handbook. This history of growing ministry within and beyond our community — and our country — is inspired by a deepening desire to enter into the spirituality of our patron, St. Vincent de Paul.
In October, 2012 our parish began developing a relationship with the DePaul Catholic School, a regional elementary mission school in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. One of our parishioners serves on the school's board, representatives of the school visit yearly, and we take-up an annual collection for the school. We hope to develop increased interconnectivity.
Beginning in 2014, with the blessing of Archbishop Chaput, we began hosting yearly the Global Leadership Summit at Archbishop Wood High School — the first Catholic parish in the country to do so.
Beginning in October, 2017 the parish entered into a year-long celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the founding of the parish. This included monthly healing Masses, home Masses, increased outreach ministry, additional social events, a pilgrimage to Paris, France, and a Mass of Thanksgiving on April 22, 2018, with Archbishop Chaput as the principal celebrant.
The parish now has 1,963 families.
Parents must have participated in the pre-baptismal
program before a baptism takes
godparents are encouraged to accompany the parents.
These pre-baptismal programs are scheduled as needed.
Parents are encouraged to contact Barbara Golaszewski at 215-355-0209
or email@example.com, at
least one month in advance,
preferably during the pregnancy, to ensure that this
program requirement is met.
Baptisms are scheduled during the 11:30 A.M. Mass on the first Sunday of the month and at 1:00 P.M. on other Sundays. Final arrangements must be made with a parish priest or deacon at least two weeks in advance.
Godparents must be practicing Catholics at least 16 years old with a letter of eligibility from their parish (see Sponsors and Godparents). The letters of eligibility are due at least one week before the baptism.
In January, 2018 the Archdiocese of Philadelphia revised its policy on the
age for the reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation. The new
directives are now in effect.
The previous Archdiocesan policy set the time of Confirmation in 4th,
5th or 6th grade; the new Archdiocesan policy
sets the time of Confirmation as 7th or 8th grade.
The Archdiocese spent a year of
consultation and discussion before establishing the new policy,
and then asked parishes to coordinate with neighboring parishes
and schools in implementing the policy. An element of that
coordination was synchronizing the year of catechesis — the
curriculum-based preparation for reception of the sacrament.
After consulting neighboring parishes, our Director of Religious Education, our catechists, and the Parish Pastoral Council, our par- ish set the time of Confirmation in the fall of 8th grade. (In the past, the Archdiocese informed us that they are unable to move our Confirmation from the fall to the spring, so we cannot move to the spring of 7th grade.). The catechesis will take place in seventh grade. Many local parishes will administer the sacrament in the spring of 7th grade, with catechesis taking place during 7th grade. Several parishes will administer the sacrament in the spring of 8th grade. Our time table will ensure that we are synchronized with most neighboring parishes in preparing our students during 7th grade.
Confirmation will not be administered in our parish this year
Sponsors and Godparents
The following guidelines have been established by
the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to
assess suitability for the role of
sponsor at Baptism or at Confirmation. These
guidelines are based on the requirements for
sponsors as outlined in Canons 872-874 and 892-893 of the
The Code of Canon Law.
1. A person who is to be baptized or confirmed is to have a sponsor. While it has become a tradition to have two sponsors at Baptism, having only one sponsor is acceptable. No more than two sponsors are permitted, and the two may not be of the same sex.
2. A sponsor must be sixteen years of age, unless the pastor or minister of the sacrament grants an exception for a lower age, provided there is a just cause.
3. A Catholic who has not already received the sacraments of Confirmation and Holy Eucharist may not be a sponsor. Such a Catholic should be encouraged to complete Christian Initiation at an appropriate time.
4. If married, a sponsor must be validly married in the Catholic Church.
5. A priest or deacon may be a sponsor, but is not encouraged to be sponsor and minister of Baptism in the same ceremony. A member of an institute of consecrated life or society of apostolic life may be a sponsor.
6. A Catholic who has left the Church by a formal act may not be a sponsor. A non-practicing Catholic may be admitted as a sponsor only if the pastor or minister of the sacrament can determine that the person is in the process of returning to the regular practice of the faith.
7. With the Archbishop's permission, obtained through the Chancery, a substitute sponsor may be added to the sacramental register when, for example, the original sponsor has died or has left the Catholic Church by a formal act; however, the name of the original sponsor may not be removed.
8. A suitable member of the Eastern Orthodox Church may be admitted as a sponsor for Baptism, but only together with a Catholic sponsor, for a just cause as long as there is provision for the Catholic education of the person to be baptized. Similarly, a Catholic is not forbidden to stand as sponsor in an Eastern Orthodox Church, if he or she is invited.
9. A baptized non-Catholic may be admitted as a Christian witness at Baptism, but only together with a Catholic sponsor. Similarly, a Catholic may act as a Christian witness for a person being baptized in another ecclesial community, but not as a sponsor.
10. One who has left the Catholic Church by a formal act may not be a Christian witness, nor may an unbaptized person.
First Eucharist is scheduled for
10:30 A.M. on Saturday, May 4th.
Children also have the option
of receiving their First Holy Communion with the family at a Sunday Mass.
Students must be prepared in our Religious Education Program, in one of our neighboring parish schools, or in a Catholic academy. Our two-year program prepares students to receive First Communion when they are in second grade; special classes prepare older students. These preparations include the reception of First Penance on Saturday, January 26th, and the First Eucharist Retreat.
Ideally, all first Sacraments should be made in the individual's own parish, but the Archdiocese of Philadelphia permits the pastor to make exceptions for good reason at the request of the parents. Father McLaughlin will permit students of a neighboring parish school or a Catholic academy to receive First Eucharist with their classmates, if their parents make the request.
Reception of Communion
The following guidelines, approved by the U.S. Conference of
Catholic Bishops, seek to remind
all those who may attend Catholic liturgies of
the present discipline of the
Church with regard to the sharing
of Eucharistic communion.
As Catholics, we fully participate in the celebration of the Eucharist when we receive Holy Communion. We are encouraged to receive Communion devoutly and frequently. In order to be properly disposed to receive Communion, participants should not be conscious of grave sin and normally should have fasted for one hour. A person who is conscious of grave sin is not to receive the Body and Blood of the Lord without prior sacramental confession except for a grave reason where there is no opportunity for confession. In this case, the person is to be mindful of the obligation to make an act of perfect contrition, including the intention of confessing as soon as possible (canon 916). A frequent reception of the Sacrament of Penance is encouraged for all.
For our fellow Christians
We welcome our fellow Christians to this celebration of the Eucharist as our brothers and sisters. We pray that our common baptism and the action of the Holy Spirit in this Eucharist will draw us closer to one another and begin to dispel the sad divisions which separate us. We pray that these will lessen and finally disappear, in keeping with Christ's prayer for us "that they may all be one" (John 17:21).
Because Catholics believe that the celebration of the Eucharist is a sign of the reality of the oneness of faith, life, and worship, members of those churches with whom we are not yet fully united are ordinarily not admitted to Holy Communion. Eucharistic sharing in exceptional circumstances by other Christ- ians requires permission according to the directives of the diocesan bishop and the provision of canon law (cannon 844 § 4). Members of the Orthodox Churches, the Assyrian Church of the East, and the Polish National Catholic Church are urged to respect the discipline of their own Churches. According to Roman Catholic discipline, the Code of Canon Law does not object to the reception of communion by Christians of these Churches (canon 844 § 3).
For those not receiving Holy Communion
All who are not receiving Holy Communion are encouraged to express in their hearts a prayerful desire for unity with the Lord Jesus and with one another.
We also welcome to this celebration those who do not share our faith in Jesus Christ. While we cannot admit them to Holy Communion, we ask them to offer prayers for the peace and the unity of the human family.
Wedding dates are not scheduled until the couple has met with a parish
priest or deacon. Archdiocesan policy requires that the
couple present themselves to make
arrangements at least six months before the wedding date;
often more than six months is advisable since
dates and times are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis.
The couple should also make early contact with our Director of Music Ministry.
At the initial interview, the priest or deacon will explain the certificates required and the questionnaires to be completed. Both parties must be free to marry. For anyone — even a non-Catholic — who has been married previ- ously and has not been widowed, a Catholic Church annulment is required to show freedom to marry again. Normally at least one of the parties belongs to St. Vincent de Paul parish; however, with the permission of the Catholic parish of either the bride or the groom, others may marry here.
The couple must participate in a Marriage Preparation (Pre-Cana) Program approved by the Archdiocese. Our parish intends to re-initiate our own Marriage Preparation Program. However, couples may register for a program in another parish, or in an Archdiocesan program. The priest or deacon working with the couple can assist in identifying an appropriate program.
Couples may have the nuptial ceremony with or without a Mass; those who choose to have the ceremony outside of Mass may request Deacon Golaszewski or Deacon Napoli as the celebrant. A nuptial Mass is highly recommended when both parties are Catholic. If one of the parties is not baptized, the wedding ritual is celebrated outside of Mass.
Saturday weddings are scheduled at 11:00 A.M., 1:00 P.M. or 3:00 P.M.; if there is a 1:00 P.M. wedding, all attending the 11:00 A.M. wedding must leave the Church by 12:30 P.M.; all attending a 3:00 P.M. wedding must leave the Church by 4:30 P.M. in order that preparations can be made for the 5:00 P.M. Mass. The earliest Saturday wedding is scheduled for 11:00 A.M. to allow for the possibility of a 9 A.M. Funeral Mass. Friday weddings have no specific times assigned. Weddings may also be celebrated during the 11:30 A.M. Mass on Sunday.
See also Wedding Ministry.
Catholic men discerning a call to the Priesthood should contact
one of the priests, or the
Vocation Director for Diocesan Priesthood,
Father Stephen DeLacy,
Also, visit the web site
Men of faith, over 29 not older than 55 years of age, in good health and with financial security, who are discerning a call to the Permanent Diaconate, should contact a deacon or priest in the parish, or the School of Diaconal Formation at St. Charles Seminary, www.scs.edu, or Deacon Michael Pascarella, Jr., Associate to the Vicar for Clergy for Permanent Deacons, at 215-587-4532 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is the responsibility of the whole faith community to affirm and nurture those called to Holy Orders. Pray that the Lord of the harvest will send more workers into his harvest.
Ministry to the Sick
The Pastoral Care of the Sick and Dying enables sick and
homebound parishioners to receive Holy Communion, the Sacrament of Penance
and/or the Sacrament of the Sick. Contact the Parish Office (215-357-5905)
both to request the immediate presence of a priest and/or to arrange
for ongoing ministry.
The priest and deacons take Holy Communion to the homebound monthly, usually on First Fridays. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion are willing to visit those who wish to receive Communion more frequently.
Names are included in the Newsletter "Prayers for the Sick" at the request of a family member or care-giver. Drop a note in Father McLaughlin's Atrium mailbox, e-mail Jeanne Flowers (email@example.com) or call the Parish Office with the name of the sick person, and the name, relationship and telephone number of the contact person.
A chaplain or priest from the closest parish ministers to each hospital's Catholic patients. Confidentiality policies prohibit most hospitals from informing the parish when a parishioner is admitted. Notify the Parish Office when the patient returns home, should he or she desire to receive Communion at home.
Monthly Mass is celebrated at the Richboro Care Center and at Brookdale Northampton by a parish priest. Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion bring the Eucharist to residents on most Sundays and the rosary is prayed at these facilities weekly.
In case of extreme illness or death, call the Parish Office (215-357-5905) for the services of the priests and the parish.
The responsibility for the ministry of consolation rests with
the believing community, which heeds the words and example of
the Lord Jesus: "Blessed are they who morn; they shall be consoled"
(Matthew 5:3). Each Christian shares in this ministry
according to the various gifts and offices in the Church. The
faith of the Christian community in the resurrection of the dead
brings support and strength to those who suffer the loss
of those whom they love.
At the time of death, please call the Parish Office for the prayers and support of the parish. The Funeral Director also assists in the preparations for the Funeral Mass, and works with the pastor. Funerals should normally be celebrated in the parish church of the deceased. However, any member of the faithful, or those in charge of the deceased person's funeral, may choose another church; this requires the consent of whoever is in charge of that church and a notification to the pastor of the deceased.
The Church permits cremation provided that it does not demonstrate a denial of faith in the resurrection of the body, but prefers and urges that the body of the deceased be present for the funeral rites, since the presence of the human body better expresses the values which the Church affirms in those rites. However, when circumstances necessitate cremation before the funeral liturgy, the Mass may be celebrated in the presence of the cremated remains.
Since in baptism the body was marked with the seal of the Trinity and became the temple of the Holy Spirit, Christians respect and honor the bodies of the dead and the places where they rest. A Catholic cemetery is considered a sacred place, and supports our belief in the resurrection of the body and the communion of saints; however, a Catholic may be buried in a non-Catholic cemetery, in which case the priest blesses the grave. After a cremation, the ashes are to be buried in a cemetery, or placed in a columbarium. The practice of scattering cremated remains on the sea, from the air, or on the ground, or keeping cremated remains in the home of a relative or friend of the deceased is not the reverent disposition that the Church requires.
Whenever possible the family should be involved in planning the funeral rites: e.g. in the choice of readings and readers, and in the selection of music.
Words of remembrance — a eulogy — may be given after the Post Communion prayer during a Funeral Mass, in which case one person should speak for the family in well-prepared, written comments lasting no more than 5 minutes.
Ministers of Communion
Selected by the pastor and appointed by
the Archbishop, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy
must have received the three sacraments of initiation,
be validly married (if married), and have completed high
They are entrusted with distributing Communion at parish Masses, and with taking communion to the sick. After Sunday Mass, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion go to the Richboro Care Center and Brookdale Northampton to visit with the sick and to distribute Holy Communion; the celebrant sends them on their mission on behalf of the worshiping community.
Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion also take Holy Communion to homebound parishioners who desire to receive more frequently than once a month.
Alma Heflin (firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-355-9080) coordinates the scheduling of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion. Through the generosity and patient research of a Core Group of Extraordinary Minis- ters of Holy Communion, our parish has a periodically updated handbook to provide our ministers with spiritual background, Church policy and practical instruction.
Ministers of Hospitality
In this ministry
men and women 16 years of age and older
welcome all to Church and assist
in any way they can. They take up the collection, and distribute
the Parish Newsletter as they say Goodbye.
They also coordinate a response to any emergencies.
All are asked to consider giving one Sunday a month to this ministry during the Mass you normally attend. Some offer to serve more frequently; those unable to fulfill an assignment find a substitute from the phone list. New members receive written guidelines covering dress code and duties. This ministry is an excellent way for new parishioners to meet fellow parishioners, make friends and get involved in the parish.
Contact our coordinator, Nancy Staller at email@example.com or 215-603-1703, or feel free to speak with any of the Ministers of Hospitality before or after Mass to learn more about this ministry.
Selected by the pastor, Lectors are called to proclaim the Word of God
at liturgical celebrations. They must have received the three
Sacraments of Initiation and be validly married (if married). They
are to prepare for this
important ministry by prayerfully previewing
the readings prior to the celebration. They must be able to proclaim
the reading loudly and clearly, so that all may hear the Living Word.
Kathy Dougherty (215-322-4903) schedules and arranges for the training of Lectors at both the Sunday and weekday Masses.
All parish members who are musicians and singers
are invited to join our choir and cantor programs. Instrumentalists
are likewise invited to share their time and talent.
Hubert Rotkowski is our Director of Music Ministry: firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-777-2083.
Cantors lead the congregation in song at the weekend liturgies; for Liturgy of the Hours (Morning Prayer, Vespers and Night Prayer), on special feasts and Friday nights in May and October; and on Holydays (including Christmas). Cantor and music schedules are prepared in 6 to 8 week intervals. Rehearsals can be arranged for anyone needing help with learning the music. The ability to carry a tune and be able to stand in front of the congregation and lead them in song is all that is required. The ability to read music is helpful but not a requirement. Anyone interested can speak to a cantor or Hubert Rotkowski at 617-777-2083 or email@example.com.
The adult choir is composed of a group of individuals with a common bond — a love for music. Being a member offers those with this love for music the opportunity to join other singers to create beautiful melodic harmonies. The choir rehearses on Tuesday evenings, 7:30 to 9:00 pmm and sings at the 9:30 A.M. Mass on the first and third Sundays of the month October through May, Christmas Eve, Holy Week and the Easter Vigil. Anyone interested is invited to join us on Tuesday night. New members are always welcome. Contact Hubert Rotkowski at 617-777-2083 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
St. Vincent de Paul parish's Wedding Ministry provide
assistance to wedding parties and their guests. Typically
two members of the ministry attend the wedding rehearsal to
learn all that will be required on the wedding day — ribbons,
programs, structure of the ceremony, etc. They return the day
of the wedding to ensure the Church is prepared for the ceremony,
act as resources for the wedding party and their guests, line-up
the wedding party for the entrance procession, and communicate
with the celebrant.
This ministry has been appreciated by the families and helps avoid some problems on the big day. New members of this ministry are most welcome.
To join this important ministry, or learn more about it, please call Rose Michalski at 215-942-7440. Thank You!
Candidates for this ministry are Catholics
who have received the sacraments of Baptism
and Eucharist, and faithfully practice and live their Catholic faith.
They should be mature
enough to understand their responsibilities and to carry
them out well and with appropriate reverence.
Students in the 5th grade or above are invited
to serve. Enrollment is
announced in the Newsletter,
and is followed by a period of instruction and training.
Adult men and women are also called to accept the invitation to become altar servers for funerals or other Liturgies when our school-age servers are not available. Training sessions will be scheduled.
Deacon Jack Golaszewski coordinates our altar servers. Contact him at email@example.com or 215-357-5905 EXT 105.
Childrens Liturgy of the Word
A group of volunteers offers the
Children's Liturgy of the Word at the 9:30 A.M. Mass.
Following the Collect, the opening prayer,
the children (from age 4 through 4th grade) are called forward,
and they follow the children's minister to the
Liturgy of the Word room.
There they hear the readings from the Children's Lectionary,
and interactively reflect on them. They have their own Creed
and Prayer of the Faithful and return to Church during the
No pre-registration is necessary. All children are welcome and encouraged to attend.
High School Youth Group
Our High School Youth Group, designed for teens in grades 9 through 12,
integrates ongoing faith formation with fun and personal growth
through activities that are social, cultural,
athletic, spiritual and service oriented. They employ
resources from the nationally recognized program Life Teen.
Their geographical base is a room in the Religious Education Building. Their communications base is Youth Night, every Sunday at 7 P.M. — well, not every Sunday. Their bulletin board is the High School Youth Group column in every issue of the Parish Newsletter.
All our high school youth are invited to participate in great discussions, fun activities, awesome service projects, fantastic social activities, a summer mission week, etc. Make great friends, grow personally, and make a difference in the parish!
A core group of youth and adults plan faith formation discussions, Bible Study, Teen Masses, social activities, and service opportunities. Teens and parents are welcome as members of the core group.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to contact the Youth Ministry leadership team.
Teen Mass Music Group
Sonata Stevenson directs the vocalists and instrumentalists of our Teen Mass Music Group. Throughout the year (except for Easter Sunday), our parish offers a 6 P.M. Mass, and most of the time the music is provided by the Teen Mass Music Group, while other teens minister as lectors and Ministers of Hospitality.
Join this group that enjoys being together, producing lively music, celebrating Mass, and making a difference! All who like to play an instrument or enjoy singing are encouraged to participate — you don't have to read music! Praise the Lord, minister in the parish community, and learn — all at the same time.
Practices are on Sundays before the Mass, beginning around 4:45 P.M.
For more information, contact Sonata Stevenson at email@example.com.
The Youth Choir is open to all elementary school children of the parish. The choir sings at the 9:30 A.M. liturgy one Sunday a month (September through June) as well as Christmas eve, Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. Rehearsals are on Thursdays, 4:30 to 5:15 P.M. Any child who enjoys singing is encouraged to join us. To learn more, parents are welcome to contact St. Alice Gallagher at 215-357-5905 or SrAliceG@nni.net.
It is the mission of this ministry to prepare and deliver meals
to deserving families in their time of need. This could be a
happy time when a new mom comes home with her baby, or a sad
time because of illness, death or other circumstances.
Participants are given ample notice when asked to prepare a meal, and may turn down an assignment if the timing is not convenient. Anyone who cooks but doesn't drive (or drives but doesn't cook) can be matched with someone who does what he or she cannot do.
If you or someone you know could use our services, don't hesitate to get in touch. We will provide meals for a day, a week — or as long as the need exists. Our dedicated Food Angels are ready to help when help is needed.
To join the Ministry or request for assistance, contact Diane Corby at 215-598-8288 or Mary Donnelly at 215-768-8671.
On the fourth Sunday of each month,
parishioners are asked to donate new infant clothing to be distributed
to needy parents in our own area and young
pregnant women at the Mother Costello Home in Bensalem.
Please place your donations of new 'onesies', sleepers, outfits
etc. (sizes 3 months to 4T) in
the hamper located at the back of the Church.
This joint ministry of our parish conference of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul and our parish Pro-Life Ministry provides support to needy parents who have chosen Life.
Our bereavement support group meets once a week for eight weeks,
twice a year.
This group is peer ministry, not therapy. We learn about the
grief process, we support one another and share thoughts
There is no right way or time line for healing. We are each uniquely created by God, and we each cope with our loss and find healing in our own unique ways and times.
The fall session extends from Tuesday, September 7th, through October 26th; the spring session from April 19th through June 7th.
Contact Barbara Arnold at 215-396-9929 or Dan Conden at 215-322-7481.
The Catholic Relief Services (CRS)
Ethical Trade program mobilizes the Catholic community
to live their faith through practicing ethical purchasing grounded
in Catholic social teaching with a global focus. We work with
more than 20 companies to promote fair and ethically traded products
such as: coffee and
tea, home décor, chocolate and candy, religious
items, jewelry, and products for special occasions.
In addition to inviting folks to purchase fair and ethically traded products, CRS provides opportunities to reflect and advocate on issues affecting the most vulnerable — human trafficking, climate change and livelihoods for refugees. Please visit ethicaltrade.crs.org.
Our parish, through our CRS Ambassadors, will host two Ethical Trade shopping opportunities this year: the weekend of October 27-28, 2018, and the weekend of May 4-5, 2019.
Christmas Food Baskets
||Each Advent, parishioners prepare food baskets for the poor in one or two inner-city Philadelphia parishes. Participants are given the family name, and the names and ages of children and parents. They then make up baskets filled with non-perishable food, clothes and toys to be delivered to the Religious Ed Building the Saturday before Christmas. These baskets are then transported to the parishes for distribution. Contact Debbie Wenclawiak at 215-322-3222.|
We know from the Scriptures the lengths to which Martha
went to prepare for Jesus' visits. No doubt cleaning the house
was a major part in welcoming Jesus there. In the spirit of
St. Martha, this ministry cleans the
Church in honor of the Lord's continued presence
in the Blessed Sacrament, and His
presence in the congregation, the Mystical Body of Christ.
The Marthas meet once a week in Church, usually on Thursdays after the 9 A.M. Mass, to dust, sweep and clean. Volunteers give of themselves for only one or two hours a week. Please join them — the more helping hands, the easier and faster the job.
The Giving Garden in an opportunity to
provide local people in need with fresh produce. This ministry
maintains a garden on the side of the school building and the
vegetables are available to those collecting food from People
to People Sunday, or it is delivered to the Jesus Focus Ministry pantry.
The garden is supported by the preschoolers who start seedlings in early spring, and many retired and volunteer parishioners who are available to water, weed, harvest or deliver.
The Katie's Krops organization provides the parish with grant funding to assist with the cost of plants and supplies, yet donations of plants, produce or supplies are appreciated. The garden is planted with a spring and fall crop for a continual harvest. Volunteers to assist in any capacity are welcome, a schedule commitment is not necessary!
For more information, or to volunteer, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, Jacquelyn Sherman, or the parish office.
Helping Hands is a unique hands-on volunteer event founded on
Matthew 25:35 — "I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty
and you gave me drink" — and the Catholic call to social justice. Developed
by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and Stop Hunger Now,
Helping Hands is a meal-packaging
program that is fun for adults and children. Volunteers come
together to package nutritious meals for people in developing
countries who are suffering from food shortages and famine.
Stop Hunger Now provides the materials, sets up, and teaches volunteers how to assemble the meals. CRS educates the group about the people they are helping, and ships the meals to partners overseas, who then distribute them. Visit http://helpinghands.crs.org.
Twice a year, on a Sunday afternoon, volunteers package 15,000 meals which are sent to Burkina Faso in West Africa. We can accommodate only 120 volunteers. This year's dates are November 18, 2018 and April 7, 2019.
Meals for the Homeless
Casseroles prepared by our parishioners feed the homeless
at St. John's Hospice in Philadelphia:
St. John's provides the
pans, lids, and easy-to-prepare, nutritious recipes.
Casserole recipes are available at
Each casserole feeds approximately 6 hungry men; the Hospice uses about 80 per day.
The frozen casseroles are collected at 20 Worthington Mill Road on the Sunday and Monday before the third Tuesday of the month. Please mark the casserole with the date using a black permanent marker — month/day/year.
Our freezers have room for 60 pans. Please consider joining this ministry. It's an easy project you do at home at your convenience and the cost for ingredients is under $10. Those who do not cook may donate toiletries, band-aids, aspirin, towels, washcloths, new socks, and tablespoons.
People to People Sunday
Nonperishable food items and canned goods brought to Church the
first and third Sundays of the month are delivered
to the food cupboard at Jesus Focus Ministry,
1030 2nd Street
Pike in Southampton (at Bethanna),
where they are available for the Society and other agencies to help
This food bank, open Monday through Friday, 9:00 to 11:30 A.M.,
helps over 24,000 annually —
area families affected by unemployment, house fires, death of the
wage earner, hospitalization, etc.
Clients of our parish conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul
are among those who are helped.
In recent years, demands on area food banks have increased, while government support has remained constant, or even cut back. People to People Sunday can make a difference.
Respect Life Ministry
We care about our brothers and sisters from the womb to the tomb.
Our group's activities include distributing baby clothes and
furniture to needy families, providing temporary housing for
pregnant girls, giving financial support to needy and deserving
organizations, praying the rosary with nursing home residents, picketing
where and when possible, and attending Masses and prayer vigils.
All are welcome to join in any of these activities
to enhance respect for all human life.
Use of Acme, GIANT (all nearby locations) and, Murray's Richboro Market. scrip helps the pro-life cause financially. Scrip is accepted as cash, and on average the stores contribute $5 of every $100 to our ministry. Scrip costs you nothing extra, but helps us help others. Contact Barbara Andrews at 215-598-3826 to purchase scrip.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an
international Catholic organization of lay
persons who seek, in a spirit of justice
and charity and
by a person-to-person involvement,
to help those who are suffering.
It was founded in 1833 by Frederic Ozanam, a 20-year-old
student of the Sorbonne University in Paris,
in answer to a taunt for Christians to "practice what they
preach." The first U.S. Conference was established in 1846.
To provide this personal and neighborly help, Vincentians organize themselves into small working groups known as Conferences. Vin- centian activity consists in any form of person-to-person service which relieves human suffering, furthers self-help efforts, and promotes the individual's dignity.
Our parish Conference began in June, 1997, meets on the third Tuesday of the month, and welcomes new members. Members act as case workers who visit homes, as administrators who coordinate volunteers and support services, and as occasional helpers who visit shut-ins, help a widow, etc.
Poor Box donations in Church are used by our parish Conference to meet needs in our area: e.g. help provide food to the needy, shelter to the homeless, and heating oil, electric bills, mortgage payments, and health insurance premiums for the unemployed.
To request help or refer a hardship case in the area, leave voice-mail at 215-357-3517, EXT 501. Confidentiality is observed in all cases.
The Society's Main Council in Philadelphia had to suspend all clothing drives and close the doors of its thrift store several years ago, and has contracted with GreenDrop to handle clothing drives and distribution. This returns the focus of the Society to helping the poor, rather than renting a facility and maintaining a fleet of trucks. Several clothing drives are scheduled throughout the year, but to be successful in helping the poor, we need successful clothing drives! Please help.
With the help of GreenDrop, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Central Council of Philadelphia is also able to resume its bulk pick-up service. To arrange for a pick-up, call 1-888-944-DROP, or visit www.GoGreenDrop.com.
This organization is open to all women of the parish
and meets the third Tuesday of Sep-
tember, October, April and May
at 8 P.M. in the Church Hall.
The Women's Club sponsors
social functions as well as Church
activities, including the Attic Sale.
New members of the parish are especially welcome.
Please join us for our meetings, refreshments and
good conversation. Watch for announcements in the
Contact Cathy Neubauer at 215-355-4347.
Adult Faith Formation Ministry
As baptized Catholics, we are all called by God to know and live
our faith. This gift is a journey of ongoing conversion that
continues to unfold throughout our lives.
The Adult Faith Formation Ministry strives to provide opportunities for study, discussion, prayer and reflection on the Gospel message. Our goal is to assist parishioners in their spiritual journey, and help them to reach a deeper maturity and promote the Gospel in every facet of daily life.
Our ministry sponsors Parish Missions, Days of Recollection and coordinates small faith sharing groups. We are continuously seeking programs and methods to appeal to our parish family. We welcome new members and new ideas to assist in this important parish function.
Ongoing programs are scheduled in the fall and in the spring; special presentations and reflections are offered throughout the year. Follow the Parish Newsletter for dates and times,
Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that freely
explore the basics of the Christian faith.
Beginning at a church in London, the Alpha course is now run
worldwide and has been tried by over 29 million people in 169
Who's it for?
Alpha is for anyone who's curious. The talks are designed to encourage conversation and explore the basics of the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment. No question is out of bounds, and you are free to discuss as much or as little as you wish.
How does it work?
Alpha is eleven sessions with a day away in the middle. Each session includes food, a short talk and a discussion at the end where you can share your thoughts There is no pressure and no follow-up.
How much is it?
There's no charge to do Alpha.
Alpha begins Wednesday, October 3rd.
At St. Vincent's our fall Alpha program will begin at 6:00 P.M. on Wednesday, October 3rd, and continue with 11 weekly Wednesday meetings. A "day away" will be scheduled on a Saturday in November.
More information about Alpha can be found at their website, https://AlphaUSA.org.
Although we do not have our own parochial school,
our children are provided the opportunity of a Catholic school
education (grades K-8) in three neighboring parish schools:
At these schools, parents pay the same tuition as members of the neighboring parish and St. Vincent de Paul Parish pays a per-pupil subsidy. At other parish schools or regional Catholic schools, parents are required to pay full out-of parish tuition; as of the 2014-2015 school year, this applies also to St. Andrew School in Newtown — St. Vincent's families with children in St. Andrew School prior to that school year have been "grandfathered," but our parish families registering their first child in St. Andrew School will be charged full out-of-parish tuition.
Parishioners may enroll in any of the nineteen high schools (grades 9-12) of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia; the closest is: Archbishop Wood High School, 655 York Road, Warminster, PA; telephone 215-672-5050; fax 215-672-5451; WEB site www.archwood.org.
Parish families with students in grades K through 12 in any of the above schools, not exceeding certain household maximum income guidelines, may apply for tuition assistance. BLOCS (Business Leadership Organized for Catholic Schools, awards scho- larships based on need to children who attend grade school, high school, or the schools of special education within the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. BLOCS reaches more children in more communities than almost any other private education charity in our region. Visit www.BLOCS.org.
Catholic School Subsidy
Effective for the 2016-17 school year, the
Pastoral Council, the Finance Committee and Father McLaughlin
are in agreement
that only children whose families are supporting the child's
religious upbringing by engaging in practicing their faith and
participating in parish activities to a meaningful degree will
be eligible for a parish tuition subsidy.
The spirit of this policy is that practicing Catholics are committed to offer their "time, talent and treasure" to the parish as well as to the larger Church.
The parish is looking for meaningful contributions of time and effort to parish activities. Consistent participation in the life of the parish connects us with the Lord and his people amidst the challenges and triumphs of everyday life.
Activities that demonstrate the family's commitment to their children's Catholic religious education would include, but not be necessarily limited to, the following:
Failure to work with St. Vincent de Paul Parish in conforming to this policy would lead to a lack of the parish subsidy from the parish; i.e. the student(s) from the family could continue in the Catholic school, but the family would be responsible for paying the school full out-of-parish tuition.
The St. Vincent de Paul Pre-K/Pre-School Program is foremost a Catholic school
where 3, 4 and 5 year olds are given the opportunities
to develop spiritually, socially, physically and intellectually.
We seek to provide faith-filled qualified teachers to prepare the children
for a smooth transition to Kindergarten and elementary education.
The program begins in September and extends to the first or second week of June; classes meet from 9:30 A.M. to noon. Classes for the 3-day program, open to 3, 4 and 5 year olds, are held Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday; tuition is $1,560 for 1 child. The 5-day Pre-K Program is for 4 and 5 year olds; tuition for this program is $2,600 for 1 child. A second child gets a 50% discount. Tuition is paid in ten monthly installments. The minimum age requirements must be met by September 1, 2018. All students must be toilet trained.
The non-refundable $80 Registration Fee assures the child a place in the program.
"Lunch Bunch" is an extended program offered on many Thursdays; it requires an additional fee.
Our Pre-School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, its admission policies, or in any school-administered program.
The director of St. Vincent's Pre-School Program is Susan Hesketh 215-322-8423; the secretary is Gina Yarnall.
We follow the decision of the Council Rock School District for snow or emergency closings. The code number announced on KYW Radio (1060 AM) is 756; Council Rock's emergency closing hot line is 215-957-4078; its web site is www.crsd.org.
The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)
is a program that prepares adults
who are interested in joining the Catholic
Church as well as baptized Catholics who have never been catechized,
that is, have never received the Sacraments of Eucharist and/or Confirmation.
Anyone, Catholic or not, who is interested in learning more
about the Catholic faith is welcome as well.
The RCIA meets in the Parish Center Community Room, on Thursdays from 7:00 to 8:30 P.M., beginning in early September, led by Sister Alice.
Contact Sister Alice at 215-357-5905.
Religious Education Program
The rite of Baptism instructs parents:
You have asked to have your children baptized. In doing so you are accepting the responsibility of training them in the practice of the faith. It will be your duty to bring them up to keep God's commandments as Christ taught us, by loving God and our neighbor.
Our Religious Education Program assists parents in meeting this responsibility with a strong program for grades 1 through 8 exhorting our youth to make their faith rooted, living and active. Working with parents, we strive to teach the fundamental truths of our Catholic Religion, enabling the students to become strong, responsible and practicing Catholics.
Sacramental preparation begins in first grade and is an integral component woven throughout the curriculum of the Religious Education Program through the 8th grade. Each year, we build upon the learning of the year before, as we prepare the children to complete their sacraments of initiation, while providing meaningful, spiritually enriching experiences.
Classes for grades 1-8 meet once each week from the second week of September to the second week of May. The sessions being offered for 2018-2019 are:
Days when classes meet are noted on the Parish Calendar. Holidays are announced in class and in the Parish Newsletter. For snow or emergency closings: if Council Rock schools are closed for the day, Religious Education Classes are canceled; if Council Rock schools have been in session for the day, but afternoon weather conditions are poor, look at www.svdp-richboro.org, the parish web site for an announcement.
The Book and Materials Fee is $75 for the first child; $140 for two children; and $195 for three or more children.
Our program is constantly expanding and changing, and we welcome co-workers in this vital ministry. Anyone interested in teaching Religious Education should contact Elaine Potalivo. Teacher training will be provided. We are also in need of non-teaching volunteers: classroom aides, hall monitors and parking lot safety personnel. Please consider participating in this very important ministry.
The office (215-322-1932) is open 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. Tuesday through Thursday, staffed by Mrs. Elaine Potalivo, Director of Religious Education (EXT 302), and her assistant, Teresa Marcella, (EXT 301).
Vacation Bible Camp
Each year our Director of Religious Education, with the help of
a number of adult and
youth volunteers, offers a two-week
Vacation Bible Camp. This year's program will be from
Monday, July 8th, to Friday, July 19th,
from 9 A.M. to 12 noon. The program is for children from 4 years old
to children entering sixth grade in September.
It is an opportunity for learning in a
relaxed atmosphere. The program includes instruction in
the faith, arts and crafts, music and outdoor activities.
Consult the Parish Newsletter
in early spring for registration information.
Adult and youth volunteers — as well as children — tend to return year after year, but new volunteers are always welcome.
First Friday Devotions
Each First Friday, Eucharistic Adoration
extends from 9:30 A.M. to 4 P.M.,
and from 7:30
P.M. to 8:30 P.M. in the Chapel of St. Louise de
Parishioners are encouraged to
visit throughout the day to develop a closer relationship with
Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
The evening period of
exposition includes the regular Friday Holy Hour — see below.
The clergy take Holy Communion to the homebound monthly, often on First Fridays. Extraordinary Ministers of Communion are most willing to bring the Eucharist to those who wish to receive more frequently. To request a visit, please call the Parish Office (215-357-5905).
Friday Holy Hour
Each Friday a Holy Hour is celebrated in the Chapel of
St. Louise de Marillac.
Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament begins at 7:30 P.M.
Benediction begins at 8:15 P.M. All are
invited to spend this hour with the Lord in
personal and public prayer
for one another,
for our parish and for our Church.
During Lent, the Holy Hour includes the Stations of the Cross.
During the months of May and October, Mary's months, the Holy Hour includes the celebration of Night Prayer. Also called Compline, this final daily prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours consists of a hymn, a psalm, a reading, a meditation and the singing of the Gospel Canticle, and the Salve Regina.
Forty Hours Devotions
Our parish celebrates Forty Hours celebrates the
Forty Hours devotion during lent, close to
the March 15th Feast of St. Louise de Marillac.
Beginning last year, the Forty Hours devotion coincides with
our lenten mission. The dates will be announced in the
All are encouraged to visit the Church for personal adoration throughout the day and evening. Parish organizations are encouraged to participate by choosing half hour segments for group adoration. Last year the "Forty Men for Forty Hours" ensured that someone was adoring the Blessed Sacrament right through Friday and Saturday nights.
Each day exposition of the Blessed Sacrament begins after the last Mass. Exposition concludes with the lenten mission service.
This season of lent is dedicated to acts of penance.
The Bishops of the United States prescribe, as a minimal obligation:
All are encouraged to participate in Mass and to receive the Eucharist daily, to celebrate the Sacrament of Penance frequently, to undertake spiritual reading, especially the study of Sacred Scripture, and to participate in parish Lenten devotions and educational programs — adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is especially recommended.
Through CRS Rice Bowl, we share the journey with members of our human family around the world, and commit our Lenten prayers, fasting and almsgiving to deepening our faith and serving those in need. Materials are available at the beginning of Lent to assist families in coming to know people in need throughout the world. The Rice Bowls prompt donations from the entire family throughout lent to be turned in at Easter to help the poor throughout the world.
Join your parish family in honoring Mary
by participating in special devotions throughout
the year. The rosary is prayed daily after the 9 A.M. Mass.
During May and October, Night Prayer (Compline) concludes the 7:30 to 8:30 P.M. Holy Hour each Friday at 8:15 P.M. in the Chapel of St. Louise de Marillac. This final daily prayer of the Liturgy of Hours consists of a hymn, a psalm, a reading, a meditation, and the singing of the Gospel Canticle. For the Salve Regina sung in honor of Mary, the Church is darkened so that only the Blessed Virgin's stained glass window is illuminated. The celebrant then moves to the head of the main aisle, and, in imitation of ancient Benedictine practice, all participants proceed toward the celebrant single-file to receive a blessing with holy water before leaving Church. All who have shared this devotion have been moved by it.
May processions are conducted by both the Pre-School and the Religious Education Program, and the entire parish is invited to each ceremony. See the May calendar and the Parish Newsletter for the dates and times.
Miraculous Medal Novena
The Medal of the Immaculate Conception, popularly known as the
Miraculous Medal, was manifested to St. Catherine Laboure' by
our Lady on November 27, 1830 in the motherhouse
of the Daughters of Charity of St.
Vincent de Paul and St. Louise
de Marillac, in Paris. Mary told Catherine:
"Have a medal struck upon this model. Those who wear it
will receive great graces, especially if they wear it around the neck."
Our parish joins the Daughters of Charity, the Vincentians, and many other parishes throughout the world in the Perpetual Novena in honor of Our Lady of The Miraculous Medal. The novena prayers are recited in the Chapel of St. Louise de Marillac immediately after the 8 A.M. Mass each Saturday.
Pilgrim Virgin Statue
The primary purpose of the Pilgrim Virgin Statue home family
visitation is to aid families in responding to the requests made
by the Blessed Mary during her apparitions at Fatima. The essence
of her requests is threefold: Return to God; Make reparation
for sins; Pray the Rosary for Peace.
A Pilgrim Virgin statue travels around our parish all twelve months of the year. Parishioners may request to have the statue in their house for a period of one week, provided that they promise to have their family and friends say the rosary and other prayers in front of the statue. Parishioners who have welcomed the statue into their homes have expressed that their spirituality has been wonderfully enhanced by this experience.
If you are interested, please call Barbara Golaszewski at 215-355-0209.
St. Monica Prayer Group
St. Monica pleaded with God through prayers and tears for the
conversion for her son, St. Augustine, for 17 years.
A priest once told her,
"it is impossible that the son of so many tears should perish."
Inspired by her example we invite all parents to join our prayer group in
the Chapel of St. Louise de Marillac on Wednesday afternoons at 4:30 P.M.
Our mission is to pray for our children and support one another in prayer. We meet for just 20 minutes. If you cannot be with us physically, please join us spiritually as we pray for our children and grandchildren.
St. Vincent de Paul's Boy Scout Troop 240, chartered in 1973,
in its time produced over
85 Eagle Scouts. At the end
of 2013, the number of scouts had diminished to the extent
that our Troop merged with Troop 280 at St. Bede the Venerable
Parish in Holland.
All boys from 11 through 18 years of age are invited to join Boy Scout Troop 280. They hold monthly troop meetings from September through May. Activities include skill games, sports, crafts, special outings, camp outs, and service projects.
Contact Dan Hibbs, Scoutmaster at email@example.com.
Our Athletic Director is Brian Hensel (215-364-1834),
and he is interested in working with parents and volunteer
coaches to expand our program.
CYO players must be registered in the parish and attend either a Catholic school or the parish Religious Education Program in order to be eligible.
Football: The Saints football team is made up of 5th and 6th graders (Junior Varsity) and 7th and 8th graders (Varsity). The team is hosted by St. Cyril's in Jamison. Team members must be from one of the following parishes: St. Cyril, Jamison; St. Joseph/St. Robert, Warrington; Nativity of Our Lord, Warminster; Our Lady of Good Counsel, Southampton; St. Vincent de Paul, Richboro. An Archdiocesan rule prohibits athletes from participating for their public school and CYO in the same sport.
The Saints play 9 league games against other CYO teams in the archdiocese. Home games are played either at Log College or at Archbishop Wood High School. Team equipment is provided.
The Saints also have non-competition cheerleading.
The registration fee is $140 for football and $80 for cheerleading. Late fees occur after August 1st.
Contacts for more information, or to join the coaching staff: www.saintscyo.com; Joe Meehan at 267-250-3492; Dave Armstrong at 215-783-3587; or firstname.lastname@example.org. Completion of all Archdiocesan Child Abuse Awareness Program requirements is mandatory.
Girl Scouts Daisy Troop
St. Vincent de Paul Parish is hosting a Girl Scout
Daisy Troop, beginning this year. Daisies are intended for
girls entering the Kindergarten or 1st grade, and may be attending
any school in our area. There is much more to the Girl
Scout program than cookies —
from learning about the outdoors, camping know-how and
STEM topics, to learning the basic qualities of being a good
citizen. Each and every girl will be obtaining important skills
with the topics planned, all while making new friends. Each week's
meeting is girl-led and adult supervised for a specific topic
to learn. The goal for the Girl Scouts program is for every girl to become
a G.I.R.L.: Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-Taker, and Leader.
If you are interested in learning more, please contact the troop leader, Marissa O'Neill, at 267-397-6188 or via email at email@example.com.
New families, please register with a priest or deacon
in the sacristy after Sunday Mass
or by appointment in the Parish Office.
We want to know and serve you.
We hope you will support your
parish by your prayers, your presence,
and your talent.
Our registration form in "pdf" format is available at our parish
those who wish may download the form, complete it, and present it to the priest
Parishioners leaving the parish are also asked to notify the Parish Office.
Friends of St. Vincent
The Archdiocese has established well defined parish boundaries,
asking all Catholics to register in their
proper territorial parish, while allowing them to worship where they choose.
In response to requests from those outside our territory who worship with us and support the parish, we register them as "Friends of St. Vincent." This enables them to participate fully in the life of St. Vincent de Paul Parish, and helps us fulfill our obligation to document their living the faith (e.g. for eligibility certificates), and verify contributions.
Our boundaries begin at the intersection of Bustleton Pike and Bristol Rd in Churchville (the lowest boundary point on the above map), and continue west on Bristol Rd to Newtown Rd; then the boundary follows an air line north, as if Newtown Rd were extended; this air line meets Almshouse Rd approximately at Solly's stand; the boundary continues west on Alms-
house Rd to
Spencer Rd; then north on Spencer Rd
(extended) to Neshaminy Creek; it follows the creek
east to the air line extension of Holland Rd, and
follows that air line to Newtown-Richboro Rd, proceeds
west to 2nd Street Pike in downtown Richboro, and follows
2nd Street Pike, then Bustleton Pike, south to Bristol Rd.
Our normal means of communication is the Parish Newsletter
distributed by the Ministers of Hospitality at the end of all weekend
Masses, and available during the week in the Atrium.
Earlier Newsletters (for several weeks)
are in a mailbox in the Atrium.
Items for the following Sunday's edition are due in Jeanne Flowers' mailbox in the Atrium or in the Parish Office by 9:30 A.M. Tuesday.
The Newsletter in ".pdf" format can be e-mailed to parishioners; make a request to Father McLaughlin: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Calendar and Handbook
The Parish Calendar and Handbook, mailed to all
parishioners in August, includes parish activities scheduled from
September through the following August.
Beginning in mid-April, parish ministries and activities submit Calendar entries and Handbook updates to the parish office. Data entry and final formatting continue into the summer when the Calendar goes to press.
St. Vincent de Paul Parish is grateful to our calendar's sponsor: The Joseph A. Fluehr, III Funeral Home, Inc. ( www.fluehr.com).
The Calendar and Handbook are updated throughout the year on the parish web site, www.svdp-richboro.org.
Certificates of Baptism, Confirmation, First Communion,
and Marriage are available through the Parish Office.
For requirements for a Letter of Eligibility
to be a godparent or
Confirmation sponsor see
Sponsors and Godparents).
Letters of Freedom for Marriage must be arranged
with the pastor.
Statements of donations for the previous calendar year are mailed in January to all families who have contributed $250 or more, the amount above which I.R.S. requires documentation. They are also available by request when announced in the Parish Newsletter.
the parish's web site,
the Parish Calendar is updated regularly.
Our Handbook is also available on-line, and updated when necessary.
Current news, such as a Funeral or a weather-related cancellation of Pre-School or Religious Education classes, is posted on the home page.
The on-line Calendar includes intentions for announced Masses and scheduled weddings, as well as any additions or corrections to the printed calendar. Many Calendar entries are linked to the Handbook to provide further information about the event or organization. Links to the daily readings (both text and audio) are also included.
The "Links" page includes sites in the universal Church and our local community.
Directions to Church are given, and may help families preparing for a wedding, etc.
Suggestions to improve communication through our WEB site are welcome.
Periodically the Pastor sends email announcements to all
parish families for whom the parish has email addresses.
These messages announce special programs, as well as Mass
times for Christmas, Easter, etc. Contact email@example.com
to add or correct your email address for these messages.
"In each parish there is to be a Finance Committee to help
the parish priest in the
administration of the goods of the
parish" (Code of Canon Law, Canon 537).
Our committee meets monthly
in the Bérulle Conference Room
on the fourth Tuesday of the month,
September through June.
Members are appointed to the committee by the Pastor for three year terms, renewable once. Their names are listed in the Parish Newsletter in the minutes of each meeting.
Parishioners are encouraged to read the minutes and share any comments or recommendations with any Committee member.
The Parish Pastoral Council fosters participation of the entire
parish in the life and mission of the Church.
Council advises and assists
the pastor in areas of pastoral concern, developing
and recommending parish pastoral plans through consensus
reflection. Meetings are in the Bérulle Conference Room
on the first Tuesday of the month,
September through June.
Members are elected for three year terms, and may be re-elected for one additional term. Their names and the year their terms expire are published in the Parish Newsletter as part of the minutes of each meeting.
Parishioners are encouraged to read the minutes and share any comments or recommendations with any Council member.
Safe Environment Program
The Safe Environment Program is a comprehensive child safety
and child sexual abuse prevention program, which creates a network
of prevention and protection for the children entrusted into
the Archdiocese's care.
Background checks are required, not just of clergy, but also of Religious and lay staff, and all volunteers who may have any possible contact with children. That includes Religious Ed volunteers, Pre-School volunteers, CYO adult moderators and coaches, the High School Youth Group core team, etc. These background checks must be renewed every five years, and include:
Diana Sherman, our Business Manager, assists employees and volunteers with these background checks; the parish pays all fees.
All staff, and volunteers who have regular contact with children (at least one time per week) are required to complete parts one and two of the Safe Environment training within 90 days of beginning their volunteer work. Part 1 is the classroom component; part 2 is the Mandated Reporter online component.
This training does not have to be repeated.
Visit https://childyouthprotection.org/, and click on "Staff & Volunteers."
We are extremely grateful to our staff and volunteers for complying with these requirements in the interest of our children's safety.
Anyone who had a marriage that ended in divorce can petition
the Tribunal for a Declaration of Nullity. The Tribunal is looking
to see if something was lacking in the intentions of the parties
in regards to children, fidelity
and permanence, and/or in their
understanding of marriage, and/or in their ability to enter into
and fulfill marriage.
1. To begin, go to the website of the Archdiocese, www.archphila.org and download the forms. On the top right of the webpage, under the heading, "How do I", click on the tab "Start the Annulment Process." Follow the instructions, fill out the form on your computer, print out the form, obtain the proper documents and send everything to the Tribunal. When your application is received you will be contacted to begin your case with formal testimony.
3. If your former spouse participates in the case, is in favor of a Declaration of Nullity, and agrees with the grounds and the reasons for the Petition and if his or her testimony is similar to your testimony, then it is possible that the case may be heard in a process called the "Brief Process", or the "Bishop's Process" given by Pope Francis.
4. In cases where the former spouse is opposed to a Declaration of Nullity, where the former spouse does not respond to the Tribunal, or is unable to be located, and even cases from #3, these cases continue on in the normal process for a Declaration of Nullity. Pope Francis facilitated this ordinary process by permitting Tribunals to accept the case of anyone who lives within their local diocese, no matter where the marriage took place (even if in a foreign country) or no matter where their former spouse lives (even if in a foreign country). Also, if the Tribunal arrives at granting a Declaration of Nullity and if the other person is not opposed to it and does not appeal it, then the Declaration becomes immediately effective, without need for anything further. The normal process takes about 6-8 months.
5. Archbishop Charles Chaput, in accord with the wishes of Pope Francis, has decreed that the Archdiocese will absorb the $800 cost of the process. Petitioners are asked to contribute something out of charity according to their means upon completion of the process.
Intellectual Disabilities & Autism
Do you need help accessing services and supports
for someone with an intellectual disability or Autism?
A collaboration of Catholic Social Services'
Developmental Programs, The Office for Persons with Disabilities
and the Schools of Special Education of
the Archdiocese is offering this convenient help-line
to assist families connect to disabilities services
provided by the Archdiocese.
To reach the Help-Line call: 484-472-5041 or email: IDDhelp@chs-adphila.org.
Student and Volunteer Insurance
Students in our Pre-School,
our Religious Education Program,
the High School Youth Group,
and our CYO sports program are covered by
the archdiocesan Student/Athletic Accident
Those performing volunteer services for the parish without
any remuneration or payment in cash or in kind
by the archdiocesan Volunteers
Accident Insurance Program.
These programs provides primary coverage for the first $300 of covered medical expenses; benefits above $300 (to $1,000,000) are payable, but only in excess of any other available medical coverage or hospitalization plan. Brochures describing coverage, conditions, limitations and exclusions are available in the Parish Office, as are claim forms. All claims should be reported promptly.
All suspected child abuse of anyone under the age of 18 years old
should be reported immediately to ChildLine, operated by the Pennsylvania
Department of Public Welfare, at 1-800-932-0313, and to your local police
If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual abuse by a priest, deacon, employee, or volunteer of the Archdiocese, you can contact the Office of Investigations at 1-888-930-9010.
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia provides comprehensive assistance to anyone who as a minor was sexually abused by any representative of the Archdiocese. Parents, guardians, children and survivors of sexual abuse are invited and encouraged to contact a Victim Assistance Coordinator at 215-587-3880, or 888-800-8780.
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA)
AA is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience,
strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common
problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only
requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There
are no dues or fees for AA membership; it is self-supporting
contributions. AA is not allied with any sect,
denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not
wish to engage in any controversy, neither endorses nor opposes
any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other
alcoholics to achieve sobriety.
Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
NA is a nonprofit fellowship or society of men and women for
whom drugs had become a major problem. Recovering addicts
meet weekly in the Church Hall to help each other stay clean.
This is a program of complete abstinence from all drugs. There
is only one requirement for membership, the desire to stop using.
The program is a set of principles written so simply that we
can follow them in our daily lives. There are no initiation fees
or dues, no pledges to sign. Anyone may join, regardless of
age, race, sexual identity, creed, religion, or lack of religion.
For more information call 267-884-9290 for information or visit www.nar-anon.org.