St. Anselm Parish Directory

Welcome to St. Anselm’s Directory of Activities and Organizations. Listed below are the various activities and organizations that comprise the life of St. Anselm Parish community. Hopefully you will find something of interest to you! If so, we encourage you to phone or email the contact person listed for more information about the organization or activity. In cases where details about the activity or organization are listed elsewhere on our parish website, we have hyperlinked the name of the activity to the webpage on our site. Just click on the name for more information and details!

Activities & Organizations

Adoration and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament

For More information contact: Betty Clifton@ 215-632-7886

Adult Faith Formation

For More information contact: Fr. Chiriaco or Fr. Cavara @ 215-637-3525

Aid for Friends

This program provides home bound people with food, friendship and emergency aid and advocacy. The volunteers who assist in the food program prepare nutritious home-cooked dinners that include a diverse menu. Frozen meals are sent to the parish and distributed to the home bound who reheat them as needed. Anyone may participate in this program by preparing dinners or by delivering them to those in need.

For More information contact: Bill Fitzgerald @ 215-637-9571

Altar Society

Volunteers for the Altar Society meet on Saturday mornings following the 8:00 AM Mass to dust, vacuum, and care for the Church linens & vessels.

For more information contact:

Anna Mae Weber, 215-637-3525

Altar Servers

Altar Servers are boys and girls from 6th to 8th grades who assist the priest at Mass and various devotions in the Church.

For more information contact: Fr. Mark @ 215-637-3525

Boy Scouts

The scouting program at Saint Anselm Parish offers boys adventure. This is what Scouting is all about. Step into the world of Scouting, and you will find yourself hiking along trails, canoeing across lakes, and camping under the open sky. It will be a great opportunity to make new friends and to learn new skills that you can use for a lifetime. You will come to know the Scout Oath and Law, which will help you learn the value of helping others and becoming a man of character. Are you looking for an exciting and active program to join? Join the Boy Scouts at Saint Anselm!

For more information contact: Deacon Whartenby @ 215-637-3525

Charismatic Prayer Group

This group is committed to the deepening of one’s prayer life through scripture reading and bearing witness to the power of the Holy Spirit with praise and thanksgiving. Meetings are held weekly on Tuesdays at 7pm in IHM chapel.

Confraternity of Christian Doctrine (C.C.D.)

For More information contact: Anthony Polselli @ 215-637-3525, extension 15


Sunday and Holy Day Liturgies throughout the year are enhanced by the music of the choir. Composed of men and women, this group rehearses September through May. Practices are held on Thursday evenings at  7:00 PM. A love of music and desire to offer the song of God in praise is the only requirement.

For more information contact:  Diane Leonetti @ 215-637-3525, extension 29

Catholic Youth Organization (CYO)

Grade School and High School members actively participate in all four aspects of CYO: spiritual, social, service, and sports. Grade School CYO membership is open to grades five through eight.

For more information contact:    Jennifer Cutler, 215-612-1929

CYO Soccer Registration Form – 2016

Home and School Association

Our Association serves the school community. All families are needed and expected to be members of our Home and School Association. Formal meetings are held three times a year.

For More information contact: Denise Kowalski @ 215-632-1133

Infant / Toddler Playgroup

A relaxed environment to meet other parents, grandparents and children. Please join us most every other Friday – 10 AM to 12 Noon,  The first play date will be held on Friday, September 15th.  Upcoming dates are: 9/29, 10/13, 10/27, 11/10, 12/1, 12/15, 1/5, 1/19, 2/2, 2/23, 3/2, 3/16, 4/6, 4/20, 5/4 and 6/1.

For More information contact: Mary Ann Thackrah @ 215-637-3525, ext. 39

Ladies of Saint Anselm

This group of women meets the second Tuesday of most months in the Parish Hall (September-May). They are an active fundraising organization supporting the Church with such functions as the Christmas Bazaar, candy sales, etc. They also provide hospitality functions and receptions throughout the year.For more information contact:

For More information contact: Kathy Simmons @ 215-637-2793

Legion of Mary

Devoted to the Blessed Virgin Mary, this group meets every Monday evening at 7:00 PM in the Spirituality Center. Members visit new parishioners, families with new babies, the home bound and families who have had a death in the family. They also visit three different nursing homes. They administer a Pilgrim Virgin Program, in which they bring a two foot statue of the Blessed Mother to a parishioner’s home and leave the statue in the home for one week. They distribute Church Sacrametals: rosaries, brown scapulars, various devotional material, church bulletin, etc. They also encourage recitation of the Rosary and pray for all in need.

For More information on Legion membership or to request a visit by the Pilgrim Virgin Statue, contact Dorothy Elitz (President) @ 215-637-7364


Getting married?  This workshop for engaged couples is organized twice a year by a team of married couples from our parish.

For more information contact: Fr. Mark Cavara @ 215-637-3525 (


Having a child baptized?  The Pre-Jordan program is a class designed to prepare parents and godparents for the experience.  Pre-Jordan meets every fourth Sunday at 1 PM in the Spirituality Center.

For more information contact: Deacon Whartenby @ 215-637-3525

Pro-Life Group

Dedicated tp promoting a respect and reverence for life, this group works closely with Blessed Margaret Castello Home for Crisis Pregnancies.

For more information contact: Deacon Whartenby @ 215-637-3525

Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Our Church has done much self-evaluation in the last thirty years and has done much re-vision. To revise is to take a better approach to improve the quality of the experience.

On revision deals with the Process through which “converts”, fallen away or lapsed Catholics go through. The R.C.I.A. is a process and method which provides a richer and fuller faith and God experience for the participants.

Any non-Catholic who wishes to become a member of the Catholic Church or who simply may want to learn about our faith, any Catholic who has been away from the Church is asked to contact the Parish Center.

Participants will reflect on the life of Christ and as the Holy Spirit opens their hearts they will freely and knowingly seek the living God and enter the path of faith and conversion. By God’s help, the participants are strengthened spiritually so that, at the proper time, they will receive the sacraments fruitfully.

For More information contact: Deacon Whartenby @ 215-637-3525

Senior Citizens Club

Our Seniors meet each Thursday at 12:00 Noon in Our Lady of Victory Hall for social, recreational, and informational sessions. To join, one must be at least 55 years of age.

For More information contact:  Judy at 215-637-3525

St. Vincent de Paul Society

Mission Statement

Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul.

As a reflection of the whole family of God, members, who are known as Vincentians, are drawn from every ethnic and cultural background, age group, and economic level. Vincentians are united in an international society of charity by their spirit of poverty, humility and sharing, which is nourished by prayer and reflection, mutually supportive gatherings and adherence to a basic Rule.

Organized locally, Vincentians witness God’s love by embracing all works of charity and justice. The Society collaborates with other people of good will in relieving need and addressing its causes, making no distinction in those served because, in them, Vincentians see the face of Christ.

The Society in Philadelphia

The Society began in Philadelphia in 1851 .Operating within, but independent of, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, through local parish groups called Conferences, the St. Vincent de Paul Society helps those in need with material, moral, and spiritual support. Currently, more than 500 volunteers are involved throughout the Delaware Valley. Conference activity is defined by the needs of the particular local community. Home visitation is performed across the board. Additional good works can include transportation for elderly/shut-ins; bereavement support; nursing home visitation; holiday dinner/gift drives, etc.

The Society at St Anselm

The SVDP Conference at St Anselm began in 1981 and continues today. We have about 20 active members who perform various works of charity in our parish and nearby parishes as resources permit.

We maintain a food pantry for immediate food needs and provide holiday meals during Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter holidays. We manage a canned good drive, a gift-giving tree at Christmas, and two clothing drives a year with the Greendrop organization.

This society of men and women disburse the financial, physical, and informational resources to the needy throughout the year.

For More information contact:   Bob Farrant, 215-612-1431