ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY
The St. Vincent dePaul Society exists to help people in need with temporary setbacks. At St. Bernard Parish, the Society is dedicated to providing short-term emergency assistance, both tangible and spiritual, for a wide range of situations, on a case-by-case basis. Help is always discrete and confidential and our clients are treated with the utmost dignity. These two criteria are paramount in our Mission of Charity – no one knows which families or individuals are receiving help outside of the Society.
Anyone living within the geographic boundaries of Saint Bernard Parish, may apply for assistance to our conference. Once we receive information of a family or individual in need, two members make a visit to gain more insight into the immediate concern (information shared is always kept in strict confidence). At a weekly meeting, the client’s situation is then discussed and a course of action is agreed upon and carried out. Our help is often financial aid in the form of emergency assistance, rent, mortgage, utilities, budget counseling and employment services.
The St. Bernard conference is active throughout the year sponsoring two food drives - one is held in the Spring during Lent, and the second in the Fall before Thanksgiving. In late September, the Society holds a coat drive that collects seasonal clothing for the needy.
Additionally, the poor boxes in the church help support the works of the St. Vincent dePaul Society and the Society, in a large part, supports the Food Pantry at St. Winifred’s Church serving our local South Hills community.
The Society meets every Tuesday evening at 7:30 pm in Fontenay Center. Through prayer, gospel meditation and client discussion, the ministry actively pursues the two
Great Commandments: Love of God ~and~ love of neighbor.
The St. Vincent DePaul Society at Saint Bernard Parish has the history, resources and the commitment of dedicated members to lend a helping hand. We are eager to help!
If you have a heart for charity and a little extra time, we encourage you to attend a meeting and discover the rewards of service. New members are always welcome.
Please contact Angela Gaughan at 412-561-0560
for more information, or attend a Tuesday meeting.
“Let us love God, my brothers,