Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Service and Outreach
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
The mission of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is “to live the Gospel message by serving Christ in the poor with love, respect, justice and joy”.
What We Do
St. Pius X parish has a very active Society of St. Vincent de Paul ministry! We are a relatively small group with about 20 members. We meet once a month for an hour and we take turns being “on-call” for one week. During that week we retrieve the voice messages from the St. Vincent de Paul phone line, call the people back, and see what their situation is. Often people need a small food hamper or bus tickets. We either buy the food at the Co-Op store or access the pre-made food hampers from the church hall and deliver it to the people’s homes. Often a grocery card is provided to the recipient if fresh groceries have not been purchased by the volunteers. Occasionally, we provide emergency rental assistance. We always work in pairs.
North of 60 Project 2023 – Let’s Fill the Sea Container
Eleven years ago, St. Pius X joined the Western Region of St Vincent de Paul (SSVP) to take on the challenge initiated by one of our own, parishioner Eileen Orysiuk, to assist people living in Arctic Canada. Thanks to the incredible support we’ve received from parishioners in the past, the SSVP at St Pius X will carry on Eileen’s work and is once again coordinating the delivery of a sea container to Inuvik. As this is a large undertaking, we will be working with other SSVP Conferences throughout Calgary.
You may have noticed that the 20’ sea container has arrived and is parked behind the Parish Hall. For those who would like to donate food, clothing or household items, please refer to our North of 60 Food List. Due to limited space in our container, we ask that donations are limited to our list, as those are the items requested. For those who would like to provide financial support, please drop off your donation at the parish office or complete an e-transfer to firstname.lastname@example.org
When the weather warms up, our Parish youth will be painting the outside the container to brighten it up.
Donation drop off days are:
Saturday/Sunday, April 22 & 23, 2 pm to 5 pm
Saturday/Sunday, April 29 & 30, 2 pm to 5 pm.
For an excellent video on the needs of our brothers and sisters in Inuvik, check out the North of 60 SSVP site. Scroll down a bit to start the video.
We look forward to seeing you then and thank you for your help, your donations and your prayers. May God Bless you always.
Call For Volunteers
Over the last 20 months, many of our volunteers have ‘retired’, either due to age or health concerns, so we are in need of more volunteers. Various volunteer duties include:
- Attending monthly meetings
- Packing food hampers
- Taking on a week of ‘on-call’ duties to respond to hamper requests. This is done with a partner, on a rotating basis, currently every 5 weeks (dependent upon number of SSVP volunteers)
- Helping out with Stampeder parking program
- Assisting with the Christmas Hamper program
In 2021, our Vincentians delivered 360 food hampers throughout the year and 101 Christmas hampers. We assisted 529 adults and 332 children.
For assistance with food hampers, please call the Parish office or email the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
Our funding comes from donations from parishioners, other Ministries at St. Pius X, and from parking fees collected during the football games.
There is still a need to feed the poor. You can help by donating to St Vincent de Paul.
If you would like to make a donation you can drop off a cheque at the locked mailbox. Please make cheques payable to St. Vincent de Paul Society.
**NEW** You can now donate directly to our St Pius X Conference via e-transfer. New donation address is email@example.com Please state your full name and address in the memo line if you would like to receive a tax receipt, as St Vincent de Paul may not have access to Parish addresses. Tax receipts will be sent via email for donations over $20.00.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
If you are interested in helping out, we can always use more volunteers! Please contact the Parish Office Thank you!
Being part of one of the service groups at St Pius X means that you are also serving Christ and the Church! You are welcome to join our vibrant community! Please fill out our Ministry Sign Up online form to register with one of the Ministries and Groups.
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