StMC-SVP Member Appeal
Link: The Saint Vincent De Paul Society Website: http://svp.org.uk/
The Saint Vincent de Paul Society – Welcome
The St Vincent de Paul Society (or as it is often known – the SVP) is an international Christian voluntary organisation dedicated to tackling poverty and disadvantage by providing practical assistance to those in need – irrespective of ideology, faith, ethnicity, age or gender. The Society is a lay organisation initially formed in Paris in 1833 by Blessed Frédéric Ozanam and his companions, and active in England & Wales since 1844. Placed under the Patronage of St Vincent de Paul, it is inspired by his thinking and works. It seeks, in the spirit of justice and charity, to help those who are suffering poverty in whatever form.
The parish have a very active SVP Group – please take the time to read our 2015/2016 Report (also accessible on the above menu). Although the finances of the organisation are important to us and your contributions are gratefully received, at the present moment in time we really need more members to help us in our work.
As SVP members, we work in our parish in a charitable and non-judgemental way. Much of our work in the parish is achieved by visiting people in their own homes and care homes. Occasionally there is a need to visit parishioners in hospital and transport them to appointments. We visit in pairs and only do so when invited by Fr Kevin, family members, or friends.
Being a member of the SVP is not only concerned with helping people, but it is about our own spiritual development. We begin and end our meetings with prayers and a spiritual reflection. We meet every two weeks on Thursday evening and give 1 – 2 hours each week to our visiting.
When we read of Pope Francis’ hopes and aspirations for this Holy Year of Mercy, we can see how the work of the SVP fits clearly into that expectation.
Please visit the display at the back of StMC church, and if you would like an informal chat about the organisation, please contact Fr Kevin or any of the members.