Link: The Saint Vincent De Paul Society Website: http://svp.org.uk/
St Vincent De Paul Society – Report for Period Sept 2016 – Aug 2017
Please find below a summary of the activities and work done during this period.
. . . What does it profit, my brethren, if a man says he has faith without good works? Can his faith save him?
If a brother or sister is ill-clad and in lack of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled” without giving them the things needed for the body, what does it profit? So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead. But some will say, “You have faith and I have works. Show me your faith apart from your works, and I by my works will show you my faith” (James 2:14-18)
At this time of year, the members of the St Vincent Society inform parishioners of the work done throughout the year and we once again give below a summary of the activities and work done during the period September 2016 to August 2017.
Our income is derived as follows :
- the members’ secret collection taken at our fortnightly meetings
- your generosity in contributing to the SVP collection box in the church porch (taken only when there are no other demands on the parish)
- anonymous donations and by kind permission of Fr Kevin
- our annual second collection at the end of September (taken at Masses next weekend 30th Sept/1st Oct).
During the last year we were able to distribute the following amounts thank to your generosity:
Within the Parish: Birthday / Easter / Christmas Cards and gifts £98 : Mass Stipends for our deceased friends and special intentions £145 : Wheelchair transport to anointing Mass £40 : Other aids for those in need in the parish and in hospital £379 : Christmas party for elderly parishioners £260.
St. Wilfrid’s Primarv School: Aid to families throughout the year and help at Christmas £1,375 : An amount of £30 was given to help the Mini-Vinnies conference in the school replenish resources.
Outside of the Parish: Twinnage – Our conference is twinned with St. Teresa’s Conference in Kerala, lndia and Bimala Ladies’ Conference in Balasore and we pledge to donate an annual amount of £240. Sponsorship – We are sponsoring 1 doctor for 5 years training and 1 nurse for 3 years training at a cost of £60 each per annum. Donation of £300 to the South Sudan appeal.
Tithes: Our conference pays a proportion of its income to the National Office once a quarter. This money is redistributed throughout the society so that funds can be equalised to the less affluent conferences and to the disaster fund which is drawn on when national disasters occur £991. An amount of £500 was sent to the SVP Support Centre in Leeds for their Christmas Appeal. A further amount of £280 was sent to the Support Centre in March to help with increasing demands on their funds. £300 was given to St Aelred’s SVP to help a needy family to have a holiday.
General information within our parish:
During the past year, members visiting in pairs, made:
- 989 visits to parishioners in their own homes
- 275 visits to parishioners in Residential and Nursing Homes
- 112 visits were made to parishioners in hospital
- We visit 20 parishioners in their own home and 3 in residential homes.
- There is no longer an SVP Conference within the hospital, therefore as and when necessary, hospital visits are made to parishioners.
ln October, we held our annual parish Mass of Anointing which proved to be a very spiritual and moving occasion. ln May we joined 5t Paulinus SVP for their annual Mass of Anointing.
The SVP organise the driving rota for Saturday/Sunday Mass and we are indebted to the loyal band of parishioners who give of their time to provide this invaluable service to enable parishioners to fulfil their weekly Mass obligation. At the present moment we have 12 volunteers who adhere to a weekly rota.
General information on the work of the St. Vincent de Paul Society:
A prime object of the Society must be the spiritual development of its members. The more Christ-like the service, the more acceptable it will be to the needy and the more effective it will be, ensuring that people’s real needs are met. No work of charity is foreign to the Society and we aim to be involved in a diverse range of activities both in and out of the parish. We meet fortnightly in a spirit of prayer and friendship. At the heart of our work is person-to-person contact and the Christian love for our neighbours – whatever their religious belief or lack of it.
ln our parish we have 8 active members in the SVP Society. (3 men and 5 women)
September is SVP Awareness Month and we hope to encourage new members to join our organisation. lf you are interested, please any SVP member. We would ask you to pray for the Canonisation of Blessed Frederic Ozanam and for the work of the SVP worldwide.
Pope Francis calls on everyone who loves God to show their love in a practical way. Concern is a great starting point, but without action, is not enough.
The members of the Society offer you our prayers and sincere thanks for your generosity and the support you give in our parish community and beyond. Our thanks are also extended to Fr Kevin as our Spiritual Director. Please pray for us in our work.
Please take a look at the SVP Awareness board in the church porch. Maybe you would like to join us in our mission to help those less fortunate than ourselves. Contact numbers can be seen on the Notice Board.
Thank you and God Bless