St. Vincent de Paul Society
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul
is a worldwide Christian community, founded in Paris in 1833, by a group of Catholic lay people who joined together to create the first Conference. The Society has been Catholic from its origins. It remains an international Catholic voluntary organization of lay people, men and women. The vocation of the Society's members, who are called Vincentians, is to follow Christ through service to those in need and so bear witness to His compassionate and liberating love. Members show their commitment through person-to-person contact. No work of charity is foreign to the Society. It includes any form of help that alleviates suffering or deprivation and promotes human dignity. Vincentians strive to seek out and find those in need and the forgotten, the victims of exclusion or adversity. Vincentians pray that the Holy Spirit may guide them during their visits and make them channels for the peace and joy of Christ.
Members of the SJN Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul
are committed to serving members of our parish and our larger community with outreach, financial support and prayer. Established in 2007, we have established and are active in a number of church ministries. In this brief period of time, we have accomplished the following:
- SVdP helps hundreds of families each year
- Assists families through both telephone interviews and home visits
- Refers people in need to other aid agencies and resources when appropriate
- Holds semi-annual food drives to aid Ladies of Charity in their ministry
Our accomplishments are achieved with the support of St John Neumann Parish contributions, gifts from supporters, and proceeds from grocery certificate sales.
“Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you? (Matthew 25: 37 39).
We are proud to serve the community as a Matthew Chapter 25 ministry. If you are looking for an opportunity to serve the Lord in this most vital of ministries, come join us! Look for our announcements in the Bulletin, or contact Fran Thie
for more information.
We are holding our semi-annual food drive to support the Ladies of Charity Food Pantry. We will be collecting for our food drive after all Masses on the weekends of March 12/13 through March 19/20. Cash and food cards are gratefully accepted! Thank you for your generosity.
Grocery bags will be handed out March 5/6. Please see the list of items requested by the Ladies of Charity or a St. Vincent de Paul Society member if you need a copy of the list.
The St. Vincent de Paul Society holds meetings on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month at 10:00 am in the school library. Anyone who is interested in learning about our group and our ministry to the poor and those in need are invited to attend. Currently our activities include nursing home visitations, food drives for Ladies of Charity, prayer blankets for those in the hospital or suffering serious illnesses (can be requested by calling the SVdP Society at 865-333-0878), parishioner assistance and support, as well as ministry to the poor.
Did you know the SVdP Society sells Walmart gift cards? Use them to purchase groceries, household items, health and beauty products, give as gifts, etc. They come in denominations of $25 & $100. They’re just like cash and the SVdP Society benefits!
Our St. Vincent de Paul Society is enrolled in the Kroger Community Rewards Program.
Supporters must enroll on-line or at the store for us to receive the benefit of their support. Every time an enrolled supporter of St. Vincent de Paul of SJN uses his Kroger Plus Card, our SVdP earns rewards to support those in need in our area. The amount we receive is dependent on the number of enrollees who go to
www.krogercommunityrewards.com and select organization # 54537, St. Vincent de Paul/St. John Neumann.
Your support of our Grocery Card Program is a valuable source of funds for us. Please continue to purchase other cards as in the past, but if you shop at Kroger, you can only contribute by using your enrolled Plus Card.