Saint Vincent de Paul Society
Holy Family Parish Indooroopilly has an active St Vincent de Paul Society Conference. In late 2014 the Holy Family and St Thomas Aquinas (St Lucia) conferences chose to amalgamate. We have 18 active members in the Conference.
The Society’s ethos is ‘a hand up, not a handout’ and inspiration comes from the words of its founder, Frederic Ozanam: “You must not be content with tiding the poor over the poverty crisis, you must study their condition and injustices with the aim of long term support and improvement”
The Conference is very active. For many years, our principal method of supporting people was in visiting them in their homes to provide both emotional and material support and this continues. The material support takes the form of food vouchers, providing furniture, clothing, and assistance with overdue bills – in winter time electricity bills are a major problem for some of our clients.
Over the last year, we initiated a new service of food parcels delivered weekly. Those clients, who are supported in this way, receive deliveries for a few weeks until they can get back on their feet.
Both Holy Family Parish and St Thomas Aquinas Parish, and parishioners, generously support the Conference. Holy Family has provided a room in the hall for use as a store room for our food delivery service. Both parishes provide space for us to hold our monthly meetings, provide collection points in the churches for donations from parishioners and the opportunity to run the annual winter and Christmas appeals to which parishioners have responded generously in the past. The Holy Family Primary School also provides a significant and substantial level of support in a range of ways.
On behalf of the Parish, this Conference made 287 visits during 2015/16 (involving 245 hours), provided $14,500 in financial support funded by parishioners’ donations and delivered food parcels values valued at $7,000. We also arranged for the provision of in kind support valued at $7,300. This was mainly furniture and clothing that have been donated to “Vinnies Stores” in the Western suburbs.
Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month at 6.00 PM, alternating between the two parishes.
New members are always welcome and if you are interested in joining the Conference
Contact | President - Martin Kelly
Phone | 0418527630
Those seeking help please call – Brisbane Help Line number | 07 3010 1096.
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