Monday, September 28, 2009

Remembering & Observing: Feast Day of St. Vincent de Paul

"My friend,
you belong to God.
Let this reality
color your entire life."
~ St. Vincent de Paul

Yesterday, September 27, was the Feast Day of St. Vincent de Paul, our patron.

Several highlights...

* Our Lady of the Rosary of Talpa Parish in Boyle Heights, staffed by members of the Mexican Province of the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentian priests), whose school is staffed by the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul as well as members of the Vincentian Service Corps, and is home to two Conferences of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (one a “traditional, adult” and the other a young adult) celebrated St. Vincent’s Feast Day - in Spanish - at the Noon Mass.

* St. Vincent de Paul Parish near USC, which is ministered to by members of the Western Province of the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentian priests and brothers) and home to a St. Vincent de Paul Conference, also celebrated our patron saint at Noon Mass, with Fr. Jeff Harvey, CM, as the main celebrant. The Daughters of Charity (Vincentian sisters) oversee its school.

* The Council's Our Mother of Good Counsel and Ascension Conferences of Our Lady of the Angels District were both led in a recommitment ceremony to serve the poor. Each Conference consists of 'Vincentian' volunteers from all walks of life. The call for this ceremony was made by the OLA District President Claire Padama to her Conferences.

This year, St. Vincent’s Feast Day coincided with Australia’s “Social Justice Sunday.” The Australian Bishops Conference has issued a social justice statement entitled “And You Will Be My Witnesses: Young People and Justice.” A copy of this statement is available both through the famvin webpage at

Included in this blog are some photos you may find very interesting!

Photos (l-r, clockwise from top): A statue of St. Vincent de Paul; Church of where St. Vincent de Paul was the pastor in Chatillon-Sur-Charlarone (near Lyon); and the rectory where St. Vincent lived (top floor, left window) when he was the pastor of the parish in Chatillon-Sur-Charlarone.

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