St. Vincent de Paul
St. Vincent de Paul Society is here to help anyone within our parish boundaries needing emergency assistance; including food, clothing, furniture, financial aid, advocating for the poor and needy, and visiting the sick and shut-ins.
This ministry meets every Monday evening at 7:00 pm at Seton school Edrich Room of the school to report on the calls of assistance made during the previous week. We pray for our ministry and those for whom we are helping and working. We also facilitate Thanksgiving dinners and Christmas gifts for those in need in our area.
Once each year (usually the third Saturday in June) we hold "the Run for the Poor" race. Every fifth Sunday throughout the year, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish allows us the benefit of a second collection for the benefit of our work. These and private donations give us the means to carry on our work of assisting the poor and needy.
St. Vincent de Paul can always use some extra assistance from parishioners only taking up a small amount of your time. Needed are:
• Some savvy shoppers who can clip coupons and purchase toiletry items, i.e. toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner, laundry soap, bar soap and dishwashing soap. We are often short on these items; and know that at area grocery stores, all of these can be obtained for free with coupons when sales take place, or for 25 to 50 cents! We'd like to call on parishioners to help us make wise purchases for as little money as possible. St. Vincent de Paul would reimburse any out-of-pocket expenses up to an agreed limit on each item.
• Volunteers who would be willing to take the calls off of the SVDP answering machine and enter them into an online Excel database. This activity takes 30-60 minutes per day, you can volunteer to help weekly or as often as you would like.
• Volunteers to help deliver food to SVDP clients, either at the client's residence or at the church. This would be a great activity for families who have kids needing service hours, you could sign up for as little as an hour on a schedule that meets your needs, or be placed on a roster of volunteers that can be called when we need people for this activity.
• We continue to need discarded plastic grocery bags, you can drop them in the narthex of the church.
For more information or help; Please call 513 575-0119 and you will be forwarded to one of our St. Vincent dePaul members.
History of St. Vincent dePaul
Vincent was born 24 April 1581 in Pouy (modern day St. Vincent de Paul), southern France, about four miles northwest of Dax. He was ordained to the priesthood 23 September at the age of 19.
In 1612 on 2 May he took possession of the church of Clichy, located north of Paris. The parish has about 600 parishioners, mostly peasant folk. After encountering the needs of a poor sick family in August and inspiring an outpouring of generosity by parishioners, on 8 December he canonically established a group of lay women to provide organized material service to the poor: the Confraternities of Charity. The group evolved into the Ladies of Charity, an organization of laywomen who offer care, concern, and relief to the poor. In February Vincent was appointed Chaplain-General of the Galleys in Paris; he was able to stop many abuses to the galley slaves.
At the age of 44, Vincent formally founded the Congregation of the Mission to evangelize the rural poor. In 1633 Vincent co-founded the Daughters of Charity with Louise de Marillac, to help the Ladies in their service of the sick and the poor -- doing the harder work to which the Ladies of Paris were not accustomed or suited. In 1660 Vincent died in Paris 27 September at the age of 79. On 13 August. 1737 Pope Clement XII declared Vincent to be a Saint 16 June.
In 1833 Frederic Ozanam founded the society and was mentored in his approach to serving the poor by Rosalie Rendu, a Daughter of Charity in the Moufftard district of Paris. In 1885 Pope Leo XIII declared Vincent to be the Patron of Charitable Endeavors that emanate from him in any way whatever.