St. Vincent de Paul - St. Matthew Conference
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Loose Offertory for September: St. Vincent de Paul
Happy Fall St. Matthew Family,
It’s hard to believe it’s already the end of September. We are still receiving numerous calls from people hoping to get assistance. But we expect this because Jesus informed us that “the poor will always be among us.” In that respect the Lord is enlightening us to rethink our priorities and edging us on the path of righteousness. We look so forward to the day we’ll be able to do home visits; visit face to face and if they are open for it, give hugs! We want to share with all of you, an appreciative, warm and tearful thank you from all the people you’ve helped. Also, we Vincentians are overwhelmed with your concern and generosity for our brothers and sisters who are struggling each and every day.
- Your St. Matthew SVdP Conference
History of St. Vincent de Paul Society
A world-wide lay organization founded in Paris in 1833 by Fredric Ozanam. The Society offers tangible aid to those in need, plus spiritual services through person-to-person contact and prayer. There are eighteen conferences in various area parishes which serve the needy in their local neighborhoods. Monies for outreach come from the proceeds of the St. Vincent de Paul Store and donations. SVdP is a unique community resource because it provides emergency help to people who fall through the cracks. Some of the services offered include: Food (Parish pantries, Paul's Pantry referral), Shelter (House of Hope, vouchers for rent), Clothing & Household items (Vouchers for SVdP store), Emergency services (utilities, medical assistance, transportation vouchers), Education (vouchers for secondary school tuition) and referrals to Salvation Army, Catholic Charities, or government programs. Call the parish center (435-6811) who will put in touch with a SVdP member or go the the Personal Service Center (432-2579) if you are in need of help.
SVdP store offers volunteers many varieties of jobs and is always in need of help. Take a step for the poor and consider sorting / pricing of donated items, computer repairs, cashier / bagging, selling furniture, working in carpenter shop or Personal Service Center. The nice thing about volunteering is you can choose your own hours. Call Store Manager at 435-4040 for more information. To become involved or learn more about the St. Matthew Conference call Claire at 432-3556.
The store welcomes all kinds of unwanted household items to sell in the store. These donations are essential to our existence. Please remember us when "cleaning house". Call 432-2579 for pick-up of donated furniture.
For more information on St. Vincent de Paul, visit their website www.svdpgb.org