Faith Matters


Saint of the week:  St. Vincent de Paul.  19th July.

Born: 24 April 1581                                                                                 Died: 27 September 1660

Founded the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, following the Gospel values and teachings of Jesus in the Parable of the Sheep and Goats.

The aim of the SVP is to tackle poverty in all its forms through the provision of practical assistance to those in need.

The concept of need is broader than financial hardship, so visiting people who are sick, lonely, in prison, or suffering from addiction is also a significant proportion of our work. The essence of our work is person-to-person contact and spending time with people is their greatest gift.

Every Catholic Parish has an SVP group working to help those in need.

Their 10,000 volunteer members, motivated by their faith, are committed to meaningful and long term befriending. Inspired by the message of the Gospels they seek and find those in need and offer them sincere friendship. They visit them in their homes, in hospital and in care homes on a regular basis and offer additional practical support such as food, furniture or financial help where needed. They also organise trips and events for older and isolated people.

They offer friendship and practical help to all and visit, without regard to faith, ethnicity, status or sexual orientation.   Our core friendship service is complemented by additional areas of
activity – community support projects (including community shops, furniture stores and advice centres), youth work, holiday provision and overseas aid.

What will you do?

If you are looking for some worthy cause and volunteer work, contact your parish group and offer your help.