St. Vincent de Paul Society
St. Eleanor Conference of St. Vincent de Paul Society
Commissioning of Members September 15, 2019
Catholic lay organization founded in 1833 calling women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering
Founder-Blessed Frédéric Ozanam and Patron-St. Vincent de Paul
St. Eleanor Conference established and active since 2002
A network of friends, inspired by Gospel values, growing in holiness in building a more just world through personal relationships with and service to people in need
Participate regularly in Conference meetings, prayer and fellowship
Partner with neighbors in need in the Collegeville area who seek help
Are received formally as a Vincentian brother or sister into the Society’s Conference
Monthly ‘Conference’ Meetings:
Held the first Monday of the month in Kateri Hall starting at 7 pm
General agenda includes Opening prayer and meditation, Treasury and Committee reports, Review of Special Projects (Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas), new initiatives, Neighbor (Client) Reports, Secret Collection and Closing Prayer
Guests and prospective members are welcome to attend but will be dismissed prior to the confidential Neighbor (Client)Reports
Learn more about becoming a Vincentian by calling the St. Eleanor Parish Office at 610 489 1647 x43. A member of SVdP will return your call and answer any questions.
Fund SVdP with a cash or Scrip/gift card donation placed in the church Poor Box or dropped off at the Parish Office to assist financial needs of neighbors.
Help keep the Pantry well stocked by placing nonperishable groceries, paper goods and personal items in the SVdP bins in the Church Narthex
Pray that together YOU & I will always meet God’s call to care for those in need.
“Don’t think that it’s a small thing to be devoted to the relief of those in distress.” Vincent de Paul
CDC guidelines have forced St. Vincent de Paul members to reimagine how our generous parishioners can help gift 85 adults and 58 children in need safely this holiday season. Selecting wishes, buying, handling, storing, sorting and bagging gifts for distribution raises Covid 19 concerns for our donors, our families in need and our members. So this year SVDP invites parishioners to support the 2020 Giving Tree by simply purchasing a $25 Walmart or Target gift card. SVDP members will then ribbon a box for each family filled a Christmas prayer, an invite to worship at St. Eleanor, Christmas wishes, 2 gift cards for each adult, 3 gift cards for each child and $50 in Scrip for a Christmas dinner which families will receive via a drive thru pick up on December 12.
How can you donate? You can purchase Walmart or Target Scrip cards at the Parish Office where staff can easily place the cards in the SVDP mailbox. Or you can visit your local Walmart or Target to purchase a $25 gift card, place it in an envelope marked SVDP Giving Tree and either drop it in the collection basket prior to Mass or mail it to St. Eleanor Church at 647 Locust St. Collegeville, PA 19426.
Your generosity has never failed to meet the needs of the families who reach out to us and our families in return are most grateful. May God bless us all this Christmas season.
Food Pantry Items Needed
All nonperishable donations are welcome but below is a list of Items most appreciated by neighbors in need when visiting the Food Pantry.
Breakfast: Cereal (some child friendly), complete pancake mix and syrup
Lunch/Dinner: lunchbox items, microwaveable complete meals, pasta sauce, soup, rice, tuna, canned potatoes, canned fruit, condiments, salad dressings, flour, sugar, snack items
Personal items: toothpaste, deodorant, hand soap, shampoo, laundry detergent, toilet paper and paper towels