St. Vincent de Paul Society
How did it start?
Founded in 1833 in Paris France, a small group of university students led by Frederic Ozanam, sought a way to bear witness to the Gospel, develop their own spirituality and relieve the suffering of people in need. They recognized the responsibility of lay people to minister to those in need through personal contact.
Why is it called the Vincent de Paul Society?
The patron is St. Vincent de Paul, the 17th century priest who ministered to the needy and organized religious lay women and men to participate in and lead a ministry of service.
What is the connection to the Parish Christian Service Commission?
A local Chapter functions at Christ the Good Shepherd parish. Because of its service orientation, representatives of SVDP serve on the Christian Service commission to collaborate when necessary and reduce any duplication of efforts.
What are the St. Vincent de Paul activities in our parish?
The Parish St. Vincent de Paul Society though, as an independent Catholic organization has its own service efforts.
- Two People make home visits to determine client's needs. Members can determine the level of need and can provide limited help with vouchers for necessary goods like clothing or food or other specified needs.
To initiate this process, the person in need calls the parish office and the call is forwarded to a St. Vincent de Paul member. The members work in teams of two persons to do the home visit.
- Members do a monthly food collection used for home visits and a local food pantry. The parishioners at Christ the Good Shepherd participate in the food collection on the 3rd Sunday of every month, by bringing non-perishable foods to the church before each Mass.
- Members hold annual food collections for Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets delivered to clients. Anyone who wishes may recommend persons in need to the parish office and the names are referred to Members of St. Vincent De Paul. Everything possible is done to guarantee the anonymity and privacy of the recipient.
- St. Vincent de Paul sponsors a summer camp for children in need. Anyone can make a recommendation to St. Vincent de Paul Society for the camp.
When does it meet?
St. Vincent de Paul Society holds meetings on the 2nd Tuesday of the month, Sept –May, at 7:PM in the Lobby Annex.