Saint Vincent de Paul
St. Albert the Great Ministry Overview – Society of St. Vincent de Paul
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SSVP) is an international Catholic organization whose mission is: To live the Gospel message by serving Christ in the poor with love, respect, justice and joy.
- See Christ in anyone who suffers
- Come together as a family
- Have personal contact with the poor
- Help in all possible ways
IN OUR PARISH
The SAG conference of SSVP serves people in our neighborhood experiencing poverty. We serve by providing food hampers and other support for those in need throughout the year, and with a special food hamper and gift program for Christmas. We collect food through food drives and donations, and when required do our own shopping with our team of bargain hunters. Members try to respond to requests for furniture and other household items from spare items we and our friends might have, although we have no ability to stock those items. We do home visits with our families to share the love of Christ and to ensure support goes where it is needed most. We meet once a month at the church to plan and discuss the duties of our Society.
We have 100 members in our conference, and growing!
We serve in our parish communities of McKenzie Lake, McKenzie Towne, Copperfield, New Brighton, Douglasdale, Douglas Glen, Cranston, Auburn Bay, Mahogany, and in our adopted communities of Penbrooke, and Applewood.
Our community of schools strongly supports us, operating several food drives throughout the year, and with food, gifts, and volunteers for our Christmas hamper program. Our schools include St. Albert the Great, St. John Henry Newman, Monsignor Smith, Christ the King, Prince of Peace, Divine Mercy, St. Isabella, Our Lady of the Rosary, St. Marguerite, All Saints and Bishop O’Byrne.
2019 Results (2018 in brackets)
1100 children and 1106 adults served (1002 children and 1050 adults)
627 food hampers delivered, including 206 at Christmas (580 and 205)
640 home visits (610)
4850 volunteer hours (4335)
99% of funds go to the poor. Administration costs were about 1%, consistent with previous years.
If you wish to join the SAG conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, please contact the Parish Office: 403-257-6054