The St. Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) is an international Christian voluntary organisation. The main work of this lay organisation is to assist individuals and families in need (the sick, the lonely, those with addictions or suffering from a disability) through visits to domestic residences, care homes, hospitals, prisons, etc.
For information on the SVP please see the poster at the back of Church, alternatively speak to Fr Chris following Mass.
St Vincent de Paul :
was born to a poor family in Pouy in the soutwest of France in 1581, Vincent was intellectually gifted .He was ordained at the age of 20. He was captured by pirates during a voyage by pirates and sold as a slave in Africa. However he was freed after he successfully converted his master to Christianity.
He founded the Congregation of Priests of the Mission and the Congregation of the Daughters of Charity and worked in France. Vincent died in 1660 in Paris and his body still lays there in an incorrupt state. He was canonized June 16, 1737, by Pope Clement XII.
St. Vincent de Paul sayings:
“The most powerful weapon to conquer the devil is humility. For, as he does not know at all how to employ it, neither does he know how to defend himself from it.”
“No matter what others say or do, even if the wicked succeed, do not be troubled: commit everything to God and put your trust in him.”
“Extend mercy towards others, so that there can be no one in need whom you meet without helping. For what hope is there for us if God should withdraw His mercy from us?”
“You have been chosen to be at the disposition of Divine Providence and, if you do not fully submit ot It, you will loose much.”
“But do you know what it is to labor in charity? It is to labor in God, for God is charity, and it is to labor for God purely and entirely; it is to do so in the grace of God.”
“Make it a practice to judge persons and things in the most favorable light at all times and under all circumstances.”
“We must love our neighbour as being made in the image of God and as an object of His love.”