SVP – TURNING CONCERN INTO ACTION.

 

The St Vincent de Paul Society is an international Christian voluntary organisation dedicated to tackling poverty and disadvantage by providing practical assistance to those in need – irrespective of their beliefs. Their work is wide ranging. It is a lay organisation initially formed in Paris in 1833 by Blessed Frédéric Ozanam and his companions, and active in England & Wales since 1844. Placed under the Patronage of St Vincent de Paul, it is inspired by his thinking and works. It seeks, in the spirit of justice and charity, to help those who are suffering poverty in whatever form.

 

We do this:

 

  • As individuals - through our active membership of local groups (Conferences), whose members visit, befriend, and support, within their means, to any person in need
  • As a society - by networking together to provide a national, and international, network of support
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During the past twelve months the members of St Agnes SVP Conference, have made over 3000 visits to needy families in our parish, the elderly in their own homes, the elderly in nursing or care homes, people in hospital. We have also given assistance by way of transport 200 times provided food and money to people in need over 100 times and provided furniture, helped with talking newspapers, hard of hearing and disabled swimming.

 

We meet monthly on a Monday at 6 pm in the small parish meeting room, for prayers, reflection and sharing the experiences we have had in our visits during the previous week.

 

We have nine full members, four auxiliary members, and two honorary members. If you would like to join or to know more about the work of the SVP please Contact Father John or any SVP member.

 

During the year Father John celebrates mass for the sick and housebound at which the sick are given a special blessing, and later enjoy tea and home made cakes in the church hall.

 

At Christmas there is a collection of monies and goods to distribute to the needy, locally.

 

We have an excellent relationship with other groups in the parish, especially J&P. On a number of occasions they have invited us to join them at one of their coffee mornings to promote the work of the SVP. We are extremely grateful for this kind consideration.

 

We also continue to support two twinned conferences in India, St Mary’s and St Josephs by way of correspondence and financial aid.

 

Amongst the help we have provided abroad, we contributed towards building a house and providing sewing machines in India and also towards aid for the disaster in Pakistan.

 

Each September we hold SVP awareness month, to raise awareness of the work of the SVP and hopefully attract new members.

 

The SVP need good quality furniture to enable us to support families in need. Donated furniture is given to help families or sold on with the funds going to help other conferences. Please support this important branch of our work. Phone Angie Aitken 0151 625 8670.

 

We financially help our own Lourdes pilgrimage, and send less privileged children to the Ozanam Camp.

 

Sudan Sponsorship enables a baby to be fed by the SVP in Sudan for a year.

 

We are again very grateful to all our parishioners for their most generous support of our work here in our parish and also abroad.

 

We would also like to express our sincere thanks to Father John and Katie Brown for their continuous support for the SVP in this parish.

 

 

Angie Aitken
President, St Agnes SVP Conference