The Society of St. Vincent de Paul strong OFFICE HOURS:
Mondays & Fridays Closed;
Tuesday and Wednesday morning: Open 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.;
Thursday - Open 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
For More Information: 281-333-2509 or 281-333-3891 extension 342.
Hearing this Gospel, we can trust that God knows our love and good deeds, and that he will mercifully gather us into his kingdom. This week, please say a special prayer each day for the poor and forgotten in our parish.
Time, talents, treasures…Our call to service takes many forms. We are looking for new members (men and women) who would like to grow spiritually, make long lasting friendships, and have a direct and positive impact on individuals and families in our community. If this appeals to you, please consider learning more about what it means to be a Vincentian by attending a St. Paul’s Conference meeting (2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 7 PM at the church), by checking out the SVDP web site (http://www.svdphouston.org/) or by contacting Nancy (email@example.com). The SVDP volunteer application can be found at http://www.svdphouston.org/volunteer/individual.
God Bless the parishioners of St. Paul. Thanks to God working through you, the following assistance was provided in June.
Food: 66 Families (92 Adults, 88 Children)
Rent: $5,539.74 (103 Families, 327 Individuals)
Home Visits: 12
Hours of Service: 265
The next Society of SVDP Conference Meeting will be held July 23 @ 7 PM in Room 10.
Please make note:
The SVDP office will be closed
July 28 - August 1 due to Vacation Bible School.
Thank you for generously supporting the food pantry. This summer, the demand for food has been especially high with the families missing the extra meals that are provided through school. We are working on our Houston Food Bank application. Becoming part of the HFB network will help us become more effective at meeting the need, but this will take some time.
Please help us push through these last weeks of summer break, especially items that kids would love to eat. God bless you and yours:
Non-perishable protein items: Peanut Butter, tuna, chicken, beans, chili . . .
Dry goods: Breakfast cereal, oatmeal, mac & cheese, pasta & pasta sauce . . .
Canned goods: Vegetables of every kind, canned fruit . . .
Toiletries: We can never get too much bathroom tissue!
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is in need of new members to support the Food Pantry & Office Administration. Members must be able to participate in:
. . . At least 1 meeting per month; meetings are 7-8:30 p.m. on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday each month,
. . . Virtus training (one time, then refresher every 6 years),
. . . Ozanam Formation (one time, a full day session) and
. . . A minimum of four service hours per month
Please contact Michelle: firstname.lastname@example.org or attend the next Conference meeting (Wednesday, May 8, 2013).
Parishioners of St. Paul the Apostle Church; “Charity is the cement that unites communities to God and individuals to each other.” – St. Vincent de Paul
Spiritually called to live the gospel values is the first purpose of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. The members of the Society in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston have been quietly aiding the poor in Galveston-Houston since 1871 regardless of race, creed, age or status. A family avoids homelessness by receiving financial aid, the hungry receive food, and the poor are provided the necessary items to lead a dignified life.
On behalf of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and those served by your generous donation of “Back to School Items” for children, I would like to thank the members of your parish for your generosity. Every day, families make hard choices on how to spend their very limited income. For many, school supplies fall at the bottom of the list or never make the list at all. Your love and concern for others will change the way a child feels entering school on the first day. You will be giving children that sense of normalcy as they start a new year – to feel as though they belong—that they are “normal.” And don’t we all deserve that feeling? To feel loved and a sense of hope is at the core of leading a dignified life. Thank you so much for helping provide that for these children.
May God continue to care for your needs and bless you with His abundant love.
In His Service,
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul meets at 7 p.m. on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.
The St. Paul the Apostle Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul was officially recognized (aggregated) by the International Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Paris on August 8, 2012.
Thank you to all the volunteers who make the Society of St. Vincent de Paul a successful helping hand for those in need!
Thank you for generously supporting the food pantry. The food pantry has an ongoing need for non-perishable protein items such as tuna, canned meat, and peanut butter; baby food, formula, diapers; and toiletries, especially toilet paper, soap, and deodorant.
Did you know that you can give to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul through automated electronic giving? Please stop by the Welcome Center or call Theresa Waller at 281.333.3891 ext. 341 for more details.
Frédéric Ozanam was born on April 23, 1813 in Milan, Italy. On April 23, 1833 Frédéric and six companions founded the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Also, St. Vincent de Paul was born on April 24, 1581. To commemorate these events the Society in the United States celebrates the last Sunday of April as Ozanam Sunday.
Frédéric was a husband and father, professor and servant of the poor. He founded the Society of St. Vincent de Paul as a young student with others of the Sorbonne in Paris. Sister Rosalie Rendu, a Daughter of Charity, is considered a mentor of Frédéric and of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul as she taught the first members the art of helping the poor and the sick.
Frédéric Ozanam left his home in Lyon, France, in the autumn of 1831, for Paris. He registered in the School of Law at the Sorbonne, University of Paris. Frédéric collaborated with Mr. Emmanuel Bailly, editor of the Tribune Catholique, in reviving a student organization which had been suspended during the revolutionary activity of July 1830. They called their new association "The Conference of History." The group met on Saturdays to discuss various topics, everything but politics.
At one of their meetings, a student challenged Frédéric and the practicing Catholics. He admitted that the Catholic Church had done much good work in the past, but "what do you do now?"
Frédéric called for a meeting of five of his friends; they agreed to meet at Mr. Bailly's office. The date was April 23, 1833, Frédéric's twentieth birthday. Inspired by their words, Frédéric decided to found the "Conference of Charity" to assist the poor. Emmanuel Bailly, the married layman, was chosen by the six students as their first President. In a short time, they changed their name to The Society of St. Vincent de Paul in honor of their patron.
Between 1833 and 1860 the growth of the Society was rapid. Twenty-seven years after its foundation, the Society throughout the world comprised about 2,500 Conferences embracing 50,000 members.
Today, the Society numbers about 700,000 in some 142 countries worldwide, whose members operate through "conferences". A conference may be based out of a church, community center, school, hospital, etc., and is composed of volunteers who dedicate their time and resources to help those in need in their community.
Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul.
As a reflection of the whole family of God, Members, who are known as Vincentians, are drawn from every ethnic and cultural background, age group, and economic level. Vincentians are united in an international society of charity by their spirit of poverty, humility and sharing, which is nourished by prayer and reflection, mutually supportive gatherings and adherence to a basic Rule.
Organized locally, Vincentians witness God’s love by embracing all works of charity and justice. The Society collaborates with other people of good will in relieving need and addressing its causes, making no distinction in those served because, in them, Vincentians see the face of Christ.