St. Vincent de Paul Society
The purpose of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is to fulfill two great Commandments—love of God and love of neighbor. We seek to grow spiritually in our meetings through prayer and sharing of our faith. We develop a community of faith with our fellow Vincentians. We are here to help those in need, both materially and spiritually. No need is too great or too small. Sometimes great resources are needed---sometimes we have them---sometimes we can do no more than listen and comfort.
Confidentiality is important; no one outside our society knows which families are being aided, or what material and spiritual help has been provided. Vincentians are not professionally trained social workers. The important thing is the desire to serve as Jesus served. Vincentians go in pairs to make home visits to determine immediate needs, which frequently are food, clothing, shelter, or assistance with utility bills or rent. We network with services within the community as well to help with the assistance to our families in need.
Our financial help comes from our generous parishioners. There are no dues charged to members. Anyone who is willing to lend a hand is welcome to join the Society. Our conference meets twice a month, the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month at 1 p.m. in the parish hall.
St. Vincent de Paul Kitchen
Monthly trips to work in the central kitchen of St. Vincent de Paul’s main facility at Watkins in Phoenix or serve lunch in the new dining room at 10th St. and Jackson are planned for Our Lady of Joy throughout the year. No special skills are required, just the willingness to help prepare or serve meals. We take a total of 8 volunteers every month on the 3rd Saturday. All volunteers must be at least 14 years old. Please contact the coordinator prior to the date going, so your name will be added to the volunteer list.