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

22-3-19 – Don’t plant a fig tree in the vineyard!!

 Hi everyone, welcome to the Third Week of Lent. The Primary School has had their $1 million plus classroom development approved and construction will commence after the last day of Term 1 which is the 5th of April. Please be aware that if you park on Cecil St or Central Ave to come to Weekday or Weekend Mass you not be able to walk through the school. You will have walk right around to access the Church. Construction is estimated to last the whole length of Term 2. John the Principal will do his best to keep us up to date with any ongoing issues or delays. You may notice school furniture being stored in the Parish Hall, Morgan Howe and other rooms over the next couple of months. So this weekend’s readings are quite interesting. They look straight forward but as my fellow Lenten Program pilgrims can attest there are a number of layers!! We talked about what does repent mean? Some people said it means to be sorry. Others said it was acknowledging that we have done something wrong. Repent means to turn away from sin. This raises the question, if we are not aware that what we are doing is a sin then how can we repent? On Ash Wednesday the priest might have said to you as he was asking your forehead “Repent from sin and believe in the Gospel”. This means not only are we turning from the sin we are conscious of, but we are then compelled to believe and practice living out the Good News. Someone shared that the Greek Word for repent is metanoia. Metanoia implies a deep transformative journey through penitence and spiritual conversion. This week’s Gospel talks about planting a fig tree in the vineyard. If you were a savvy gardener, you would never ever do this. The fig tree’s roots are extensive and run deep. The fig tree would deplete the vineyard of nutrients and the shade it would bring would not be conductive to bear the best grapes. Do we sabotage God’s work through acts of selfishness and pride? Do we do so many things through obligation or habit that we are failing to flourish as Jesus intended? Despite our misguidedness, Jesus persists with our failings and ultimately shows us mercy. If God wanted to he could cut down everyone of us because we can’t possibly live up to his expectations. He did this with the Flood in Genesis but He vowed to never do this again. Jesus then comes amongst us and says be merciful just as my Father is merciful. As we work though the barrenness of our sinfulness know that our Lord is compassion and as strive to be fruitful followers.

Blessings Fr Nev

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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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