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St Vincent de Paul Society (also known as Vinnies)

posted 1 Feb 2016, 14:22 by Geraldine Rastall
Have you ever wondered what happens at a St Vincent de Paul meeting?

Here is a little bit of information about us.

We are a small group of parishioners from Our Lady Queen of Peace church Ryde-Gladesville parish.

The Gladesville Vinnies Conference has 12 members made up of 8 females and 4 males.

We meet every fortnight and commence our meeting with a spiritual reading and discussion.

The meetings take about one hour, and during the meeting in groups of two we are scheduled to visit our clients or members of our community before the next meeting.

Here are some of the ways that we assist people in our community:

* Providing food hampers to those in need. The hampers consist of general groceries and toiletries.

·     * Handing out Coles and Woolworths vouchers for items such as fresh milk, bread and meat.

·     * Make payments towards utilities e.g. water, electricity gas and phone accounts and general expenses such as rent.

·     * Organise the replacement or repair of white goods such as fridges and washing machines.

·     * Movie tickets are sometimes given out as a special treat for people who just can't afford a day out to the movies.

·     * About 4 or 5 times per year, some of our members go to the Matt Talbot Hostel for homeless men to help in the dining room. 

·         And a significant part of our work is visiting the elderly and sick in our parish.

 I believe we can and do make a difference in people’s lives.

We also have a social aspect of our group, as we twice a year get together with our partners and go out to dinner.

If this work sounds interesting to you, or you would like more information please contact the Parish office and give us a go.

You will be most welcome.

Paul Camilleri

Gladesville Conference President