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St. Vincent DePaul Society

St. Vincent DePaul was a parish priest who lived in 17th-century France. In response to the abject poverty he witnessed, St. Vincent felt God calling him to find a way to help the poorest of the poor. He founded the Ladies of Charity by soliciting financial support from wealthy women. With St. Louise deMarillac, he founded the Daughters of Charity, an order of religious women dedicated to serving the poor. Later, the Sisters of Charity would be founded in this country with the same mission—serving the poor.

In 18— Frederick Ozanam felt that lay Catholics should do more than provide financial support, but should actively work with the poor in their areas, so the St. Vincent DePaul Society began. What an appropriate patron!

In our Diocese, the St. Vincent DePaul Society staffs a kitchen that feeds homeless people every day of the year. Hundreds of people receive perhaps their only meal of the day at this facility. There are many St. Vincent DePaul chapters in our diocese.

Blessed Sacrament's St. Vincent DePaul Society was revitalized last year by Fr. Bravata and Jim Pate. Jim is literally following in his father's footsteps by taking on this challenge, since his Dad coordinated the parish group until his death.

After the 10:30 a.m. Mass we will have Dollars for Doughnuts to continue regular financial support of this fine organization. Coffee and doughnuts will be available on the second Sunday of every month. Your contributions will help our St. Vincent DePaul Society to continue its assistance to
the poor.

If you're interested in helping with this important ministry, call Jim at 458-6568. Jim will be happy to train you in all facets of this challenging but rewarding work.