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.

If you would like more info about the SVDP on the State level, please click Here

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From Father Nev

16-6-19 – Trinity Sunday  

Hi everyone, congrats to the children receiving First Holy Communion this Saturday and Sunday morning. Thanks to the parents for working with your children and imparting the faith. Remember parents and kids that we never stop learning about our faith in God!! Don’t forget to regularly join a parish community, keep nurturing your faith and join in the activities!! Without young families, the Church is not as rich and diverse. So we invite you to be part of our community if you’re not part of one already. We also celebrate Trinity Sunday. Can anyone explain the Trinity? A lady who is not Christian came to me after Friday Mass and I was teaching her how to bless herself. In the process I had to introduce the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. It was a real brain explosion for her as I explained that there is one God and there are three persons. I went on to further confuse her by saying Jesus has two fathers: Joseph and God!! LOL It’s amazing that there are still people in the world that who do not know God in all his intricacies. What we know about God is just a tiny fraction. God is unknowable and immutable. He can’t be known fully and he can’t be changed. We have to be really careful that we don’t reach a point where we think we know God entirely. In a modernist and secular world we can think we can reason and scientifically explain everything that happens in the world and universe. When there is something that cannot be fully explained like the existence of a spiritual world, angels and demons etc, it begs the question: is God real!! God is real but how many of us truly understand this in our hearts. The only way to really fathom this statement is through faith. We can have plenty of facts and knowledge about the Trinity but do we know God intimately? Do we know why God sent his Son to die for each of us? Do we know the Holy Spirit resides and stirs within us? By faith, man completely submits his intellect and his will to God (CCC §1, #143). In order to know this God, as intended by him, we need to surrender our whole being to Him. In other words we are encouraged to experience a personal encounter with the Lord. It’s a daily and personal choice to choose God first over ourselves. For a true life of faith to be experienced we need to choose yes to the invitation from any of the persons of God to be in relation with Him. As we ponder the mystery of the Trinity, let’s ask with the help of the Spirit to be a child of God. Blessings Fr Nev

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Christmas Message from Archbishop Mark Coleridge

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Brisbane Archdiocese Video Series – The Mass

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By Dr. Peter VardyTHE REFORMATION TODAY: AN ECUMENICAL PERSPECTIVE 

2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. Many historians consider the Reformation one of those epoch changing events in the history of the Western world. But what does it mean for people in Australia 500 years later? Was the Reformation just a series of pointless disputes which have little relevance to the church today? Or is the church today the living legacy of the Reformation, and if so, what does this mean for us? Join us as we ask these questions together.

Dr. Chris Hanlon — The Reformation a Catholic perspective, 8 August 7:30pm Holy Family Catholic Church, Indooroopilly

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Giovanni & Amanda’s Wedding, May 5, 2018

By Dr. Peter Vardy

 

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