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

4-11-18 – Marriage Encounter 

Hi everyone, I hope you all enjoyed a bit of variety in priests and a bishop at last weekend’s masses. My weekend in Varrowville, NSW was an amazing and transformative experience. I was a participant on a Marriage Encounter Deeper Weekend. If you haven’t been on a weekend and you want to inject something new into your marriage, I highly recommend you attend next years in early August 2019. Check out www.wwme.org.au for more information. You’re probably wondering why is Fr Nev attending this weekend if he’s a priest? Well as I have discovered the sacraments of Marriage and Holy Orders are different but there are close similarities. In marriage, the two spouses are called and are committed to loving each other. In the vocation of Priesthood, my spouse is the people of God. That’s a lot of spouses!! LOL. I don’t think I was ever taught this at seminary!! It makes senses though!! Pope Francis has been reminding us priests, “to be shepherds with the smell of the sheep”. I need to deepen my relationship and become more intimate with you the people. Theologically we were taught that priests represent Christ and our spouse is Christ. So what a revelation!! In marriage, life inevitably becomes more complicated, children come along, work, school, family and Church commitments are a constant juggling act for parents. Within all of this spouses need to communicate effectively what is happening and in particular their feelings towards their beloved or any given situations. Making effective use of time together is vital for married couples to not simply survive but thrive in their vocation to selflessly love and honour the other. The Marriage Encounter weekend teaches couples to become more vulnerable with each. A weekend will help couples to learn how to dialogue with each other by identifying, listening and empathising with one’s and your spouse’s feelings in a deeper way. I was amazed at the transformation in couples and their genuine desire to initiate a new spark in their marriage. As for the 4 priests, it was a significant experience in our priestly ministry. We learnt to be more aware of behaviours and fears that could be influencing our relationship with our parishioners. I was able to articulate my fear of failure as an ongoing issue that I need to revisit in my priestly ministry. So let’s pray for married couples and our priests who are trying their best. We are also getting a seminarian to visit us over Advent. His name is Michael Tran and he will be with us from the 17th Nov to 16th Dec. Have a blessed week.

Fr Nev

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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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