St. Vincent de Paul
Following in the footsteps of St. Vincent de Paul are the dedicated men and women of St. Edward Parish. The St. Vincent de Paul society believes in compassion, humility, and generosity to the poor and disadvantaged. Through hard work the members become the hands, feet, and heart of our Lord Jesus Christ. St. Vincent de Paul seeks to make “even the most adverse conditions more bearable, and bring the spirit of true fraternity to our world, enabling it to feel as a single family, where the greatest attention is paid to those most in need.” (Pope Francis, 6/20/13)
What do we do?
Each Wednesday you will find the members at the pantry behind the church putting together food boxes that are provided to the local community. In addition to food we also assist with other needs. In 2013 St. Vincent de Paul distributed approximately 2500 household and clothing items, supplied furniture to 41 families, and provided new shoes to 166 children to start the school year. Rent assistance also went to 11 families and utility assistance to 28 families. Hundreds of people in our community are grateful for the work done by St. Vincent de Paul volunteers.
How is St. Vincent de Paul Funded?
Funding comes from donations by members of St. Edward Parish as well as different fundraisers. In the spring and fall there is a rummage sale to support both St. Vincent de Paul and the St. Edward CDA. From July through September there is a produce sale after the weekend Masses with proceeds going to the St. Vincent de Paul pantry.
How can you help?
If you are a hard worker who is looking for a positive, supportive group of men and women walking with Christ, making adverse conditions more bearable for the poor and disadvantaged, you are welcome to join us. For more information about volunteering your time at the pantry or donating food or clothing items please contact the church office at 541-258-5333