St Vincent De Paul Society – Report for Period Sept 2017 – Aug 2018
……..What does it profit, my brethren, if a man says he has faith without good works? Can his faith save him? lf 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 work, 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 : 74-78)
At this time of year, the members of the St Vincent Society present their annual report and 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 2017 to August 2018.
Our income is derived as follows: – the members’ secret collection taken at our fortnightly meetings, anonymous donations and by kind permission of Fr Kevin, our annual second collection at the end of September (taken at Masses next weekend 29th/30th Sept).
During the last year, thanks to your continued generosity, we were able to distribute the following amounts :-
Within the Parish:
- Birthday/ Easter/Christmas Cards and gifts £162.87
- Mass Stipends for our deceased friends and special intentions £40
- Expenses in connection with the Anointing Mass £44
- Providing financial help for a young helper at Lourdes £100
- Expenses in connection with Christmas party for retired parishioners £264.77
- Expenses in connection with an Afternoon Tea for retired and elderly parishioners. £158.45
St. Wilfrids Primarv School:
An amount of £1,050 was given to aid families in the school. Donations of £20 and £21.89 were given to help the Mini-Vinnies conference in the school.
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 £300.
- Sponsorship – of a Student Doctor in lndia – £60 per annum.
- Recent donation to the Kerala Disaster Fund for the severe flooding in that area £250.00 (Aug 2018)
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 £468.56
General information within our parish
During the past year, members visiting in pairs, made:
- 1083 visits to parishioners in their own homes
- 111 visits to parishioners in Residential and Nursing Homes
- 44 visits to parishioners in hospital
We visit 18 parishioners in their own home and 5 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 and in May we enjoyed another spiritual experience with St Paulinus SVP, attending their annual Mass of Anointing.
Our Christmas party in 2017 was not well attended so we decided to hold an ‘Afternoon Tea’ in June 2018 which proved to be a fun and enjoyable experience.
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.
During the last year we have had 12 volunteers who adhered to a weekly rota. We have less parishioners requiring transport due to ill health and sadly a few who have passed on to the Lord, therefore the rota will be greatly reduced in the next few months. lf you know of anyone who needs a lift to Mass, please contact an SVP member.
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 and meaningful it will be to the needy, thus ensuring that peoples’ 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). We visit weekly in pairs whenever possible and all members have enhanced GDPR cover from the Diocese.
September is SVP Awareness Month and we hope to encourage new members to join our organisation. If you are interested, please contact an 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 but maybe you would like to join us in our mission to help those who are lonely or in need. Contact details can be seen on the Notice Board in the church porch.
Thank you and God Bless
Link: The Saint Vincent De Paul Society Website: http://svp.org.uk/
23 September 2018