ST. VINCENT DE PAUL

The conference of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul (SVDP) is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving those in need with basics for human dignity by aiding the poor. Members, called Vincentians, make person to person visits with families and individuals facing hardships, offering basic resources for human dignity such as food, shelter, and clothing. Assistance includes help with utility bills, rent, transportation, medical expenses, and emotional/spiritual support to ease a difficult time.


The SVDP intake line is 224-522-8863.


For further information on becoming a Vincentian, please complete the Ministry Interest Form


SPRING TRAINING FOR NEW SVDP MEMBERS



Above are photos of our recent Easter collection

and below a note from Kathleen:


Grey skies, threat of snow....no problem.  When it comes to serving the poor and suffering, we do what we need to do.  I greatly appreciate the commitment of parishioners and Vincentians who gladly support the mission to love our brothers and sisters in Christ who need help.  

 

On Monday, the mountain of food and household necessities in the narthex were delivered to Holy Family Food Pantry.  Sister Peggy was delighted, especially with the response for needed items at the pantry. What we take for granted like oil, flour, dish soap and laundry soap, others struggle to afford.  Our parish is filled with generous, responsive hearts!  Special thanks to Tony, Kathy, Christine and Mary who stayed after 8:30 mass to help load the trailer.  And really, what Marge and Jan coordinate and organize for food drives is amazing.  They approach the work with such a loving spirit in service to others.  They are truly model Vincentians.

 

Last night, our families came to pick up their food baskets.  This is always a special event for us because we are amongst friends, people we've sat at kitchen tables with and listened to their struggles and heartaches, people we've embraced at their lowest moments, people who see the people of St. Mary as good and caring to strangers. Special thanks to Barb and Mrs. Stone for shopping.  And to the RCIA candidates, Jay, Dick H and Dick G for getting food out to the cars.  

 

Most families are stabilizing - found jobs, back to work, managing their budgets, out of jail, getting the hours they need to make ends meet, but others still have pain and hurdles, a daughter incarcerated, a health concern, mouths to feed, bills to pay, or an unfair employment situations.  

 

The moment we share in the narthex is special all around - we are at our best as disciples of Christ. Let us say what most of the families say, even when they've reached bottom....God is good!



WAYS TO SERVE


Slideshow Photos of 2017 Pasta Party below


SVDP

 The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP) helps those in need by acts of physical and spiritual compassion. In the process, members advance their own human and spiritual development and formation. 

  • Members visit the poor and needy in our community to provide companionship and assure that their basic needs are met. 
  • SVDP provides emergency one-time assistance, often networking with other area SVDP conferences and organizations.
  • WE'LL TAKE IT! The Saint Vincent de Paul Thrift Store accepts clothing, linens, and other small household items (dishes, pots, pans, lamps, etc). Your donations help us serve those in need with the basics for human dignity. The address is 1125 S Milwaukee Ave Libertyville, IL 60048, telephone (847) 367-4700. Take your drop off items to the back entrance and ring the bell. 
  • You can become a Vincentian ... Email Kathleen at svdpkda@gmail.com for further information about upcoming Ozanam Orientation sessions
  • Are you in need of assistance? Call 224-522-8863 If you or someone you know is in need please call and leave a message. We will return the call shortly. 
  • Interested in helping SVDP? The Conference meets on the first and third Tuesdays each month at 7:00 PM in the meeting rooms of the big church. 
  • St. Vincent de Paul National website (click here)
  • St. Vincent de Paul Chicago (click here)