The S.V.P. in Our Lady of the Valley
Annually, September is designated as an awareness month for the St. Vincent de Paul Society and you will have noticed posters on the church pillars showing aspects of our work. Each year we give parishioners information about our work and how we allocate our funds which parishioners have kindly donated through the quarterly collections.
At present we have 22 active members who meet weekly on Tuesday evenings at 7pm. The purpose of these meetings is to pray together and to plan our work.
The S.V.P. gives its members the opportunity to address the two great commandments: love of God and love of neighbour. Membership is a vocation, a calling to serve Christ in his poor. It enables us, with all our weaknesses and struggles to serve those most in need and in serving, to grow and become spiritually enriched. In this ever changing world, with poverty increasing in a multitude of different guises, the demands and opportunities for service are many and varied.
Since last March, members have put in 3500, hours visiting people in hospital, in residential homes and in their own homes. They have transported people to medical appointments, Sunday Mass and Masses of healing and have supported 30 or more families both financially and practically. Our total income for the financial year was £5,255 and we would like to thank again all who have contributed for your great generosity. A report on how this money has been distributed will be given out after Mass. We have also used funds from a legacy to send two families of five on a short holiday this summer, something which they would have been unable to do.
We would like you to let us know if you are aware of anyone who needs help or support. Our work is confidential and all members are DBS checked.
Please consider joining us to help put the words of Jesus into practise. “I was hungry and you gave me food, thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, sick and you took care of me, in prison and you visited me.” All you need is to be able to offer some time and love.
For more information please contact Peter on 01200 441081 or speak to any SVP member. Thank you for all your help and support.
SVP Conference Members