The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul

Volunteer Opportunities

As a volunteer you can assist by:

·        Donating gently used household furnishings, goods or appliances

·        Donating your time and expertise to collect, repair and delivery of the above

·        Donating money to support the works of the Society. At this time of the year our funds are low and our needs are high as families face the back to school costs.

·        Donating time to assist with special works projects and events.

Membership

New members are always welcome. Membership is open to all who commit to the Mission of the Society and its Values, and are interested in developing their spiritual life. Vincentians attend bi-monthly meetings, pray with and for each other, visit the poor, and serve in any way they can.  “No work of charity is foreign to the Society”.  If this sounds like a ministry that interests you then read on.

Mission

 “I tell you solemnly, as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me”   
(Matthew 25:40) 

This is reflected in the Church's canon law, which states, "[The Christian faithful] are also obliged to promote social justice and, mindful of the precept of the Lord, to assist the poor from their own resources."

Through our words, prayers and actions we are called to show solidarity with, and compassion for, the poor; to always keep the "preferential option for the poor" at the forefront of our minds. The poor includes the vulnerable and marginalized in our community and beyond—unborn children, persons with disabilities, the elderly and terminally ill, and victims of injustice and oppression. These have the most urgent moral claim on the conscience of all.

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is just one of the ministries of the Church which strives to serve the poor.  Members of the Society, called Vincentians, are called to alleviate suffering and its causes, serving everyone regardless of race, creed, gender, opinion or age, and to walk in solidarity with the poor. Vincentians understand that poverty does not necessarily involve being in need of material goods. The Society’s main service is home visits to the poor. Vincentians also strive to address the root causes of poverty and injustice by acting as “the voice of the poor”.

The mission of the Society is to live the Gospel message by serving Christ in the poor with love, respect, justice and joy. This mission implies that as Vincentians we:

·        See Christ in anyone who suffers

·        Come together as a family

·        Have personal contact with the poor

·        Help in all possible ways

History

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is an international lay Catholic organization founded in Paris in 1833 by Frédéric Ozanam and his university companions. The Society was established in Canada in 1846 in Quebec City. There are now close to one million members worldwide who work to serve the needs of the poor in over 144 countries. The Society is open to all who wish to live their faith by loving and serving their neighbour. The Patron of the Society is Saint Vincent de Paul (1581 – 1660). In the early 1980’s four parish based conferences were prorogated in Kelowna and are still active today.

Contact: Leave a message on our answering service at 250-762-2577 and we will call you.

 

 

 


ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY

    St. Vincent De Paul Society is a way that you can help the needy in our community as little or as much as you are able.  Personal contact with those in need is very important and is made by a team of two who assess the situation and then provide a food hamper appropriate to the size of the family.  Members, have a number of different ministries ranging from checking the answering machine daily; to delivering hampers and of course there are the Christmas and summer parties organized for needy families.  We are always in need of helping hands and hearts - and we hope to see more youth become involved.  Meetings are held in the Fr. Martin Room the first and third Tuesday of every month at 7:00 p.m.  

 


 

 

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