The Society of St.Vincent de Paul (S.S.V.P.)

Niagara East Particular Council

Dear Parishioners,

 

Thank you for your very generous donations to our ministry during 2019.   We received 317 calls for assistance and we helped 438 adults (including single people, Moms & Dads, and new clients to our area), and 218 children (infants to 16 year olds).   A yearly total of $12,288.48 was spent on food vouchers, clothing, shoes and boots.  This year, we also purchased bus tickets ($168.00) to be used by our clients when necessary.   

Your conference helped with a payment on an electric bill; a payment for eye glasses; and help to purchase a wheelchair (total $750.00).

Your donations made it possible for your SSVP to send $500.00 to Central Council in St. Catharines regarding the North of 60 Project (adopted by Central Council in 2015 – to send food assistance to an Inuit community in Naujaat, located on the Arctic Circle, via a sea container) to help purchase needed food supplies.

Thank you to everyone who brought gifts for the Christmas “Angel Tree” project!

This year, in co-ordination with Project Share, 67 Families, 120 Children and 87 Adults had a wonderful Christmas because of your donations!  A total of $5,215.00 was spent on gift cards from Fresh-co (Sobeys) who gave us a 5% discount – Thank you!   Once again, a BIG Thank you to Rosemary Gizzie and her team for the “Angel Tree” setup and the long hours spent sorting and coordinating gifts for everyone on our list and a list from FACS also, and preparing all the wrapping items for the wrappers!  Thank you to the students at Loretto and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel for many gifts, gloves and mittens, scarfs and more. 

 

Any remaining toys were given to Niagara Worship Centre for their Christmas programs.

Once again, thank you!  It is because of your generosity that your SSVP Ministry can help others smile, even for a little while!  

 

Respectfully,

Nicole Chartrand, SSVP President

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul was founded in France in 1833 by Frederic Ozanam.  It was established in Canada in 1846, and today exists in 130 countries throughout the world.    Our mission is to live the Gospel message by serving Christ in the poor with love, respect, justice and joy.

Our parish St. Vincent de Paul Conference began in 1987.  Today we have twelve (12) members who meet once a month to plan strategies and to act on your behalf to help the poor in our community.  Many are single parents with young children and are unable to work; others are mentally or emotionally incapable, suffering from disabilities and illnesses that limit them.  Through our many visits, we have discovered the depths of hopelessness and despair; depression and isolation that poverty can lead to.   However, the small gesture of help that we offer, does make a big difference in the attitudes of the heart for those who give and those who receive!

Especially at this time of year, where emotions are magnified and expectations are high, our St. Vincent de Paul Christmas program is in full swing!  We obtain family names who need assistance through Project Share.  An “angel tree” is set up for parishioners to purchase needed gifts.  Our Lady of Mt. Carmel and Loretto Schools purchase gifts as well.  Our conference will be giving out $6,000 worth of food vouchers to ninety families this year.  Through your generosity, we are ensuring these families a small measure of peace, love, and joy.

Beginning in January 2018, we are establishing a new program, consistent with other Conferences in the region. Father Peter has given us the OK to give out vouchers here at the Church, two (2) days per week for one (1) hour each day.

Please consider becoming a “Vincentian”.  Jesus said, “we will always have the poor with us”.  Many helping hands make any work much easier!  Quoting Pope Francis, “The poor are not a problem, they are a resource from which to draw as we strive to accept and practice in our lives the essence of the Gospel.

On behalf of your St. Vincent de Paul Society, thankyou for your donations now and in the future.

Your St. Vincent de Paul ministry would like to say a "BIG THANK YOU" to the St. Thomas More CWL and

to the St. Thomas More Bingo for their donations of $1000.00 each to our ministry.

With our thanks goes our prayer - O Most Loving Jesus,Who has promised a hundredfold reward and a heavenly kingdom to those who do works of mercy in Your Name, grant, we beseech You, Your Grace to the benefactors of the poor.  Amen. 

St. Vincent de Paul Store

Come and visit one of the newest sites is Niagara Falls, Ontario!  “VINCENT’S is a thrift store for all smart and frugal shoppers who spend very wisely!  There are lots of items to choose from including some furniture pieces.   We also have extra special items on display for our “silent auction”.   We usually have weekly sales on clothing items.

 

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul store, “Vincent’s”, is located at 5970 Lundy’s Lane (across from the Big Bee Convenience Store).  We are open Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.  Our phone number is 289.296.3807; email is - vincentstorenf@gmail.com

Vincent's Loves Volunteers - Do you have 2 - 4 hours per week that you could spare? Vincent's Thrift Store at 5970 Lundy's Lane in Niagara Falls would love to hear from you. The store is part of the St.Vincent de Paul Society, serving the needy members of our community. It is a wonderful opportunity to be the hands of Christ in our world. We have a variety of "jobs" to do, and wonderful people to work with. Activities may include: sorting donations, stocking and organizing shelves, serving customers and cleaning. People with special interests like jewelry, books, vintage clothing and art might also enjoy working with us. We could also use a person with a truck who is willing to pick up or drop off items from time to time. Volunteer opportunities are open to persons of all ages, including students who require community service hours. We can arrange your hours to suit your schedule. Please give the store a call if you are interested and ask to speak with our manager Andrea: 289.296.3807.

We accept donations of clean, gently used, clothing items; shoes & boots; usable pots & pans; all kinds of dishes, glasses, cups; small kitchen appliances, coffee makers; small table & chair sets; vacuum cleaners; knick-knacks; pictures, etc., etc., etc. We can NOT accept any large items (sofa & chairs, bedroom sets, lawnmowers, NO highchairs, Cribs, or mattresses).  Please call the store if you are unsure of what to donate.

 

Come and browse through our store and meet our friendly volunteers, all ready to assist you find exactly what you have been searching for.  St. Vincent de Paul will bless you for your donation!  See you soon!!

 

 

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul