Western Regional Council The following is an example of a prayer for home • Western Regional Council takes in Alberta, visitation, taken from “The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Prayerbook,” published by the Council of Scotland. Society of Saskatchewan, Manitoba, North West • Territories and Nunavut. The first two Western Conferences started O God, someone in this house needs me. St. Vincent de Paul in Manitoba in 1965 and 1980. I don’t know how I will be received, • In 1982 the first Alberta Conference but I go as Your ambassador, however unworthy and weak I am myself. started in Calgary. Currently there are 18 Give me Your power to help in the best way St. Pius X Conference Conferences in Calgary and other possible, Conferences in Medicine Hat, Lethbridge, offering what is needed, Coalhurst, Taber, Brooks, Black Diamond, giving the proper advice, Edmonton, Okotoks, Moranville, St. Albert, saying the right thing. and Athabasca. I am Your servant • Vincentians are actively working in these and the servant of anyone who needs me. conferences serving and visiting I am weak - You can make me strong: approximately 10,000 people in their I am tongue-tied - You can supply my words: homes, assisting them with basic I lack courage - You can reinforce me: necessities and other services. I am perplexed - You can give the answer: I am useless - You can make me useful. Above all, make me recognise You in these people, Local Councils and seeing You let me love them as I love you. • St. Pius’ Conference was aggregated in They need Your love, 1989. they need my love, • In Calgary, St. Vincent de Paul operates a let’s love them together. free clothing outlet run by Vincentian I’ll do my best: volunteers. There are also smaller be with me in what is Your work, and mine. household items, and usually bedding and towels available. A list is kept of persons in Kind, gentle, understanding Saint Vincent de need of furniture or appliances, as well, as Paul, a list of persons wishing to donate specific inspire me in all my dealings with the needy items, then a match-up is made (About whom you knew, understood and loved so much. 1200 matches last year). AMEN • The Calgary Conferences provided 1,400 Christmas Hampers citywide in 2000. Servants of the Poor • Last year, St. Pius X Conference provided 165 food hampers, 89 Christmas hampers “For I was hungry and you gave me food; of food and gifts; 73 families were I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was provided with furniture, clothing and a stranger and you made me welcome; household items, and approximately 100 naked and you clothed me, sick and you The National St. Vincent de Paul office visits were made to hospitals, hospices, to visited men, in prison and you came to provides a website for additional information the infirm in their homes, as well as see me. And the King will answer, “I tell about the Society -- www.SSVP.ca transportation of clients to medical you solemnly in so far as you did this to appointments. one of the least of my brothers, you did it Prepared November 2001 to me.” (Matthew 25: 35-40). Society of HOW THE SOCIETY WORKS Situations requiring assistance are referred St. Vincent de Paul to the Conference based on their parish The Society of St. boundaries. In teams of two, Vincentians Vincent de Paul make personal visits to assess particular needs helping people in The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an and take steps to alleviate physical needs International Catholic Lay Organization, your (food, clothing or housing) and to mitigate founded in 1833 by Frederic Ozanam (1813- other human needs. Vincentians serve neighbourhood 1853, Beatified: August 22, 1997) and his everyone, regardless of religion, beliefs or companions. The first St. Vincent de Paul nationality. Conference in Canada was founded in It is neither their intent nor purpose to Quebec City in 1846 by Dr. Painchaud. MEMBERSHIP IN THE SOCIETY – assume the roles of social workers, welfare Faithful to its founder it constantly officials or psychiatrists, or to suddenly shatter A VOCATION the poverty syndrome. Their objectives are Being a member of the Society involves a strives to renew and adapt itself to the simple and realistic:- commitment to: changing conditions of the world. • to supply food and clothing • Regular, confidential meetings to discuss • to encourage the weary action and plans for assisting the needy. It seeks in a spirit of justice and charity, • to give moral support to the confused • Visiting the needy in their homes as calls to help those who are suffering. It does this by • to bring warmth into the often sterile world for assistance are received. the person-to-person involvement of its of the elderly. • Prayer and reflection on the service to the members. Its work encompasses every form of aid that alleviates suffering and promotes poor through the Vincentian vocation. No matter how efficient and generous the • By collecting resources such as clothes the dignity and integrity of all people. Social Services provided by the Government and household items on behalf of those in are, “The poor you will always have with you.” need. Vincentians gather in groups, called The work of the members of the Society will • Addressing the root causes of poverty and Conferences, which meet regularly. They are remain indispensable. The people will always injustice and a willingness to learn about linked together locally, nationally and need compassion, understanding and poverty and injustice by attending internationally. Today, The Society of St. sympathy. workshops. Vincent de Paul is functioning in 132 countries on 5 continents with around 47,000 • A desire to help all, regardless of race, conferences and almost one million members. creed or origin. In Canada the Society has about 15,000 members working in well over 1,000 Conferences. The Society relies on people like you to The Society of St. Vincent de Paul relies on give as much time as they can. The only funding through the Parish Poor Boxes, St. qualifications are a desire to care for, and The objective, to bear witness to our Vincent de Paul contribution envelopes, and befriend, Christ’s poor. faith, was the cornerstone of our foundation the generosity of our benefactors. 168 years ago and is today as well. If you are interested in the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, please contact NO WORK OF CHARITY St. Pius X Church 2424 - 24 Avenue NW Phone: IS FOREIGN (403) 289-3602 Calgary AB T2M 2A2 TO THE SOCIETY.