StMC-SVP Group 2015/16 Report
Link: The Saint Vincent De Paul Society Website: http://svp.org.uk/
St Vincent De Paul Society – Report for Period Sept 2015 – Aug 2016
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)
Income: 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
- anonymous donations
- annual second collection at the end of September/October (StVP Feastday = 27 September)
During the last year we were able to distribute the following amounts thanks to your generosity:
Within the Parish:
Birthday / Easter / Christmas Cards and gifts £331. Mass Stipends for our deceased friends and special intentions £90. Wheelchair transport to Mass £80. Other aids for a sick person £128.
St Wilfrid’s Primary School:
Aid to families throughout the year and help at Christmas £2255. Financial assistance to enable a child carer to travel to Lourdes £80. The need for help to families has increased dramatically due to the economic climate and our children are one of the greatest gifts from God and therefore must be a priority in our giving. An amount of £40 was given for a Resources pack to enable a Mini-Vinnies conference to be set upwithin school.
Outside the Parish:
Our breakfast morning raised £465 which ws sent to the De Paul Trust and Youth SVP.
Twinnage – Our conference is twinned with St Teresa’s Conference in Kerala, India 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 £60pa each.
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 £631.
An amount of £500 was sent to the SVP Support Centre in Leeds for their Christmas Appeal.
General information within our parish:
During the past year, members visiting in pairs, made
- 773 visits to parishioners in their own homes
- 547 visits to parishioners in Residential and Nursing Homes
- 153 visits were made to parishioners in hospital
We visit 16 parishioners in their own home and 7 in residential homes. There is no longer an SVP Conference within the hospital, and therefore as and when necessary hospital visits are made to parishioners.
In October we held our annual Mass of Anointing which proved to be a very spiritual and moving occasion.
The SVP organise the driving rota for the 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 19 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, the more effective it will be, ensuring that people’s real needs will be 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 – whoever they may be.
In our parish we have 9 active members in the SVP Society.
September is SVP Awareness Month and we hope to encourage new members to join our organisation. If you are interested, please contact us through the form on the contact page. We would ask you to pray for the Canonisation of Blessed Frederic Ozanam and for the work of the SVP worldwide.
Pope Francis calls 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 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.
Thank you and God Bless.
1 October 2016