Friday, December 31, 2010

Getting ready to celebrate 2011! SVdP stores to be closed on Saturday

It's time to celebrate, as we are close to saying goodbye to 2010 and hello to 2011!

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul's stores in Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oxnard are open today, but will be closed on New Year's Day. They'll reopen on Sunday during regular business hours.

Thank you for all your support during 2010! St. Vincent de Paul wishes you and your family a very happy and safe New Year weekend!

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Two days remain to make this year's donations work for YOU!


The Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Council of Los Angeles reminds you that there are just two days remaining to make your 2010 donations help you in 2011!

Your donations of usable clothing, furniture, appliances, electronics, bric-a-brac, financial gifts and vehicles (running or not) not only benefit YOUR finances, but they help St. Vincent de Paul change countless lives through various programs in the counties of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara.

Help yourself and those who need a second chance in life. Please donate TODAY! Information: 800-974-3571 or 323-224-6280.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Handmade blankets distributed at local rest home




In the spirit of the Christmas season, approximately 175 handmade blankets of various colors were distributed on Tuesday to seniors at Alexandria Care Center in Los Angeles by volunteers of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Our Mother of Good Counsel Conference.

Led by Conference President Jerry Sullivan and L.A. Council President Claire Padama, members of OMGC walked through the large rest home, greeting and distributing the blankets to the patients.

"To see the smiles on their faces meant the world to us," said Jerry. "The men and women we visited seemed to appreciate the gifts and the fact that people would take time to say hello and ask how they were doing."

The Society's L.A. Council is planning February as "Taking Our Love to Our Seniors" month in which St. Vincent de Paul's volunteers will visit nursing homes throughout the counties of L.A., Ventura and Santa Barbara.

Information: 323-224-6298.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

SVdP's St. Joseph Conference helps make Christmas brighter for many people



The Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s St. Joseph Conference helped make Christmas a little brighter for 100 local disadvantaged families, including 300 children, at its recent toy and food distribution.

Families left with large bags filled with new toys and several bags of food for a nice Christmas Day meal.

The Society's St. Joseph Conference - which is a group of dedicated volunteers - help improve the quality of life for needy families and individuals throughout the year.

If you can help make a difference, please mail your financial gift – earmarked ‘SVdP St. Joseph Outreach’ – to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul St. Joseph Conference, 1150 W. Holt Ave., Pomona, CA 91768. Information: 909-469-9773.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Too much good Christmas food in Los Angeles!




































Close to 200 children, women and men enjoyed a delicious hot Christmas meal from volunteers at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Our Mother of Good Counsel Conference in Los Angeles.

Not only was there plenty of food for seconds, but the guests enjoyed a variety of 10 desserts and were invited to take as many bread products and fruit that they could carry out the door.





















The Society's new president, Claire Padama, from Our Mother of Good Counsel Conference (bottom photo), served many roles during the event, including as a greeter.

The Society thanks Trader Joe's and Albertsons for donating meat and bread products for this holiday dinner. Needless to say, everyone left happy and full!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas to one and all!


The Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Council of Los Angeles wishes its more than 2,000 Vincentian volunteers, employees and donors a very MERRY CHRISTMAS weekend! May you enjoy this blessed time with your family and friends!

The Society's stores in Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oxnard will be closed on Christmas Day and reopen during regular business hours on Sunday, December 26.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

KCBS/KCAL TV and the CHP donate Christmas toys to SVdP









































The Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Council of Los Angeles THANKS Olivia Campos- Bergeron of KCBS/KCAL TV and Officer Donnell Holmes from the California Highway Patrol for donating hundreds of toys to SVdP earlier this week for disadvantaged children in South Central L.A. and the San Gabriel Valley.

The toys helped fill a vital gap in toys needed for many local boys and girls. The new toys were collected through the 'Chips for Kids' Toy Drive for Christmas. We thank God for his wonderful mercies and the people He puts in the Society's lives!

Photos (t-b): SVdP's Gloria Jara (left) and Olga Felix sort through the new toys from KCBS/KCAL TV and the CHP; President Carlos Valles (right) from the Society's All Souls Conference in Alhambra receives new toys from the CHP from SVdP's Gloria Jara.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Vigil set for Valerie Salazar


A vigil for long-time Society of St. Vincent de Paul employee VALERIE SALAZAR will be held from 5-9 p.m., with the rosary beginning at 7 p.m., on Wednesday, December 22 at Funeraria Del Angel Mirabal Mortuary, 2814 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, 90031.

Information: 323-221-2652.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Long-time SVdPLA employee passes away


Valerie Salazar, a SVdPLA Human Resources employee for 30 years, passed away in her sleep at home on Saturday morning.

The Society's staff and volunteers are saddened by the news and send their condolences to Valerie's family.

Funeral arrangements are pending. More information to follow.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Christmas is near; SVdP volunteers still seek help!


With Christmas just days away, there are still some Society of St. Vincent de Paul Conferences (groups of year-round volunteers) that are in need of new toys, food and financial donations to help make the holiday season a memorable one for local disadvantaged families and individuals.

The following is a list of those St. Vincent de Paul Conferences:

WINNETKA

Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s St. Joseph the Worker Conference (19808 Cantlay St.)

* Toys - New and unwrapped for 150 boys and girls, ages 16 and under.
* Food Baskets – Cocoa, cookies, nuts, candy canes and non-perishable food for 80 families.
* Financial Gifts – Monetary donations to help purchase the needed food.
Financial gifts – earmarked ‘2010 SVdP Christmas Help’ – can be mailed to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul St. Joseph the Worker, 19808 Cantlay St., Winnetka, CA 91306. Donations can also be dropped off at the above address until December 19. Information: 818-773-1864.


LOS ANGELES

Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Our Mother of Good Counsel Conference (2060 N. Vermont Ave.)

* Toys - New and unwrapped for 90 boys and girls, newborn to age 18.
* Food Baskets – Canned hams and non-perishable items for 75 families.
* Financial Gifts – Monetary donations to help purchase the toys and food.

Financial gifts – earmarked ‘2010 SVdP Christmas Help’ – can be mailed to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Our Mother of Good Counsel Conference, 2060 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027. Donations also can be dropped off at the above address from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., December 6-18. Information: 323-664-2111, ext. 350.


POMONA

Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s St. Joseph Conference (1150 W. Holt Ave.)

* Toys - New and unwrapped for 300 boys and girls, ages 1-11.
* Food Baskets – Canned hams, canned fruit, canned vegetables, bags of rice, bags of beans and pies for 100 families.
* Adopt-A-Family – Sponsors sought to adopt 25 families in extreme need. Each sponsor would purchase gifts and food for the family. (Note – Please call for family size and needs, Dec. 7-17).
* Financial Gifts – Monetary donations to help purchase the toys and food.

Financial gifts – earmarked ‘2010 SVdP Christmas Help’ – can be mailed to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul St. Joseph Conference, 1150 W. Holt Ave., Pomona, CA 91768. Donations also can be dropped off at the above address from 9 am to 12 pm each Monday, Wednesday and Friday until December 20. Information: 909-469-9773.


SAN DIMAS

Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Holy Name of Mary Conference (724 E. Bonita Ave.)

* Toys - New and unwrapped for 400 boys and girls, ages 17 and under.
* Food Baskets – Frozen turkeys, canned yams, canned fruit and canned cranberries for 200 families.
* Financial Gifts – Monetary donations to help purchase the toys and food.

Financial gifts – earmarked ‘2010 SVdP Christmas Help’ – can be mailed to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Holy Name of Mary Conference, 724 E Bonita Ave., San Dimas, CA 91773. Donations also can be dropped off at the above address from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday-Friday, until December 17. Information: 909-599-1243, ext. 138.


WOODLAND HILLS

Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s St. Mel Conference (20870 Ventura Blvd.)

* Toys - New and unwrapped for 250 boys and girls, ages 6-15.
* Adopt-A-Family – Sponsors sought to adopt 125 families in extreme need. Each sponsor would purchase gifts and food for the family. Sponsors can select families to help at all Masses from November 28 to December 19.
* Financial Gifts – Monetary donations to help purchase the toys and food.

Financial gifts – earmarked ‘2010 SVdP Christmas Help’ – can be mailed to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul St. Mel Conference, 20870 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91364. Donations also can be dropped off at the above address from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily until December 19. Information: 818-340-6020, ext. 3001.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and one of the oldest charities in the world, having been founded in France in 1833 by a group of young students to help serve the poor of all faiths through personal service. That vow of personal service remains the same today!!!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

SVdP Conference Family Grows!


The Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Council of Los Angeles welcomes the following Conferences (groups of 'Vincentian' volunteers) to the SVdP family:

* St. Stephen Martyr Youth Conference, Monterey Park
* St. Francis High School Conference, La Canada
* Holy Redeemer Conference, Montrose
* Our Lady of Refuge Conference, Long Beach
* St. Cornelius Conference, Long Beach
* St. Matthew Conference, Long Beach
* St. Bartholomew Conference, Long Beach
* St. Paul Conference, Los Angeles (bilingual)
* St. Alphonsus Conference, Los Angeles (bilingual)
* St. Patrick Conference, North Hollywood (Spanish)
* St. Frances X. Cabrini, Los Angeles (Spanish)
* St. Vincent, Los Angeles (Spanish)

The Society's L.A. Council now has 101 Conferences of individuals from various backgrounds and ages who help improve the quality of life for disadvantaged and homeless children, women and men in communities throughout the counties of L.A., Ventura and Santa Barbara!

THANK YOU to each and every Conference for ALL the work that is provided throughout the year to help make life better for those in need!!!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

SVdP's Our Mother of Good Counsel Conference in L.A. to serve pre-Christmas meal


The public is invited to attend the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Our Mother of Good Counsel pre-Christmas meal from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 18 at Our Mother of Good Counsel Church, 2010 Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, 90027.

A delicious, hot French meal will be served, while there will be 10 variety of desserts to choose from. Prior to the meal, dinner guests will be able to snack on 15 various bread products, coffee and punch. Approximately 250 individuals are expected to attend the meal.

The Society thanks Trader Joe's and Albertsons for donating meat and bread products for this holiday dinner.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

SVdP (Volunteer) Conferences still seek Christmas Help


This Christmas, various Society of St. Vincent de Paul Conferences (groups of year-round volunteers) are collecting new toys, food and financial donations to help make the holiday season a memorable one for thousands of homeless, disadvantaged and working-poor families and individuals.

The following is a list of St. Vincent de Paul Conferences and their Christmas needs:

WINNETKA (NEW)

Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s St. Joseph the Worker Conference (19808 Cantlay St.)

* Toys - New and unwrapped for 150 boys and girls, ages 16 and under.
* Food Baskets – Cocoa, cookies, nuts, candy canes and non-perishable food for 80 families.
* Financial Gifts – Monetary donations to help purchase the needed food.
Financial gifts – earmarked ‘2010 SVdP Christmas Help’ – can be mailed to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul St. Joseph the Worker, 19808 Cantlay St., Winnetka, CA 91306. Donations can also be dropped off at the above address until December 19. Information: 818-773-1864.


LOS ANGELES

Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Our Mother of Good Counsel Conference (2060 N. Vermont Ave.)

* Toys - New and unwrapped for 90 boys and girls, newborn to age 18.
* Food Baskets – Canned hams and non-perishable items for 75 families.
* Financial Gifts – Monetary donations to help purchase the toys and food.

Financial gifts – earmarked ‘2010 SVdP Christmas Help’ – can be mailed to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Our Mother of Good Counsel Conference, 2060 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027. Donations also can be dropped off at the above address from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., December 6-18. Information: 323-664-2111, ext. 350.


POMONA

Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s St. Madeleine Conference (931 E. Kingsley Ave.)

* Toys - New and unwrapped for 150 boys and girls, ages 1-12.
* Food Baskets – Frozen or canned hams and turkeys, yams, rolls, instant potatoes, pies, macaroni, loaves of bread, canned vegetables, canned fruit and candy for 75 families.
* Financial Gifts – Monetary donations to help purchase the toys and food.

Financial gifts – earmarked ‘2010 SVdP Christmas Help’ – can be mailed to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul St. Madeleine Conference, 931 E. Kingsley Ave., Pomona, CA 91767. Donations also can be dropped off at the above address until December 16. Information: 909-865-4433.


POMONA

Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s St. Joseph Conference (1150 W. Holt Ave.)

* Toys - New and unwrapped for 300 boys and girls, ages 1-11.
* Food Baskets – Canned hams, canned fruit, canned vegetables, bags of rice, bags of beans and pies for 100 families.
* Adopt-A-Family – Sponsors sought to adopt 25 families in extreme need. Each sponsor would purchase gifts and food for the family. (Note – Please call for family size and needs, Dec. 7-17).
* Financial Gifts – Monetary donations to help purchase the toys and food.

Financial gifts – earmarked ‘2010 SVdP Christmas Help’ – can be mailed to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul St. Joseph Conference, 1150 W. Holt Ave., Pomona, CA 91768. Donations also can be dropped off at the above address from 9 am to 12 pm each Monday, Wednesday and Friday until December 20. Information: 909-469-9773.


SOLVANG

Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Old Mission Santa Inés Conference (1760 Mission Dr.)

* Toys - New and unwrapped for 378 boys and girls, ages 17 and under.
* Food Baskets – Variety of staples, including cereal, beans, rice, oil, flour and more for 160 families. No canned goods please.
* Financial Gifts – Monetary donations to help purchase the toys and food.

Financial gifts – earmarked ‘2010 SVdP Christmas Help’ – can be mailed to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Old Mission Santa Inés Conference, 1760 Mission Dr., Solvang, CA 93463. Donations also can be dropped off at the above address until December 16. Information: 805-686-9933.


SAN DIMAS

Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Holy Name of Mary Conference (724 E. Bonita Ave.)

* Toys - New and unwrapped for 400 boys and girls, ages 17 and under.
* Food Baskets – Frozen turkeys, canned yams, canned fruit and canned cranberries for 200 families.
* Financial Gifts – Monetary donations to help purchase the toys and food.

Financial gifts – earmarked ‘2010 SVdP Christmas Help’ – can be mailed to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Holy Name of Mary Conference, 724 E Bonita Ave., San Dimas, CA 91773. Donations also can be dropped off at the above address from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday-Friday, until December 17. Information: 909-599-1243, ext. 138.


WOODLAND HILLS

Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s St. Mel Conference (20870 Ventura Blvd.)

* Toys - New and unwrapped for 250 boys and girls, ages 6-15.
* Adopt-A-Family – Sponsors sought to adopt 125 families in extreme need. Each sponsor would purchase gifts and food for the family. Sponsors can select families to help at all Masses from November 28 to December 19.
* Financial Gifts – Monetary donations to help purchase the toys and food.

Financial gifts – earmarked ‘2010 SVdP Christmas Help’ – can be mailed to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul St. Mel Conference, 20870 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91364. Donations also can be dropped off at the above address from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily until December 19. Information: 818-340-6020, ext. 3001.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and one of the oldest charities in the world, having been founded in France in 1833 by a group of young students to help serve the poor of all faiths through personal service. That vow of personal service remains the same today.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Scenes from SVdP's entry in Sunday's Lincoln Height Christmas Parade






The Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Council of Los Angeles participated in Sunday's Lincoln Heights Christmas Parade down Broadway Avenue before countless parade goers. Here are some scenes (top to bottom) from this winter parade that saw the temperature reach a CHILLY 87 degrees!!!

Top group photo (l-r): Johnny Osuna, Mary Anne Boka, Sandra Hernandez, Charles Reynolds and Angie Sanchez;
Second photo (l-r): SVdP turns onto Broadway to begin the Lincoln Heights Christmas Parade. Walking are Sandra Hernandez, Charles Reynolds and Angie Sanchez, while Johnny Osuna drives the truck;
Third photo: Mary Anne Boka waves to the crowd as the Society's trucks rolls down Broadway;
Fourth photo: Sandra Hernandez passes out a St. Vincent de Paul donation magnet to a parade attendee;
Fifth photo: Angie Sanchez passes out SVdP donation magnets to people watching the parade.

Friday, December 10, 2010

SVdPLA in Lincoln Heights Christmas Parade on Dec. 12


The Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Council of Los Angeles is scheduled to participate in Sunday's 11 a.m. Lincoln Height's Christmas Parade.

SVdP's entry will include a decorated truck, a banner carrier and two ladies handing out SVdP magnets along the parade route. Enjoy the day and say hello to our participants as they march down Broadway on Sunday!

Have a great weekend everyone, and remember to pick up that unique Christmas gift at the Society's thrift stores in L.A., Long Beach and Oxnard. Store locations can be found on the right side of this blog.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

SVdPLA to participate in Artwalk Music Festival's La Feliz Navidad TONIGHT!



The Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Council of Los Angeles will be involved in TONIGHT'S La Feliz Navidad! at the Downtown L.A. Artwalk Music Festival at 5:30 p.m. at 541 South Spring Street.

This FREE event, which is presented by the Historic Spring Street Arcade Building and Bedrock Studios, will feature three bands: La Santa Cecellia, Sounds of Asteroth, and Uli and the Gringos.

St. Vincent de Paul will have an informational table where YOU can also donate new, unwrapped Christmas toys for children, ages 17 and under, and non-perishable food for families in need this holiday season.

The evening will also include photos with Santa Claus, a Christmas Tree raffle and much more. Los Angeles' best food trucks - provided by Goodie Foodie Events - will be on site, too.

Please come in the holiday spirit of giving! Purchase artwork from the local galleries, donate to charity, dance to some music, support our event and do your Christmas shopping at the Downtown Art Walk this year!

Info: www.bedrockla.com.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

New Changes Continue for Your New Look SVdP Store in Los Angeles




The Society's Los Angeles store remodeling project continues at 210 N. Avenue 21 near Dodger Stadium.

Besides the exterior photos seen on yesterday's blog, changes are occurring inside the store, too. By the first of the year, you'll see a new cash register system in place that will make it easier and faster for customers when purchasing St. Vincent de Paul's low-priced items. In addition, a new large display window in the front of the store is being built to help create a more modern and sophisticated look.

Presently, turnstiles have been installed at the store entrance, while a new exit has been built near the entrance, making the flow of foot traffic easier for customers arriving and leaving the store. Here are some current photos of the work in progress. Please know that the store is open during regular business hours.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

SVdP Store in L.A. Has a New Look





The exterior of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Store at 210 N. Avenue 21 in Los Angeles recently received a makeover, which included fresh paint, signage and more. We hope you enjoy the new look. Here are some photos...

Monday, December 6, 2010

YOUR Support is Needed this Christmas!


This Christmas, various Society of St. Vincent de Paul Conferences (groups of year-round volunteers) are collecting new toys, food and financial donations to help make the holiday season a memorable one for thousands of homeless, disadvantaged and working-poor families and individuals.

The following is a list of St. Vincent de Paul Conferences and their Christmas needs:

GLENDORA

Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s St. Dorothy Conference (241 S. Valley Center Ave.)

* Toys - New and unwrapped for 15 boys and girls, ages 2-16.
* Food Baskets – Canned yams, canned pumpkin, stuffing, evaporated milk, peanut butter, jelly, cake mixes and frosting for 50 families.
* Financial Gifts – Monetary donations to help purchase the needed food.

Financial gifts – earmarked ‘2010 SVdP Christmas Help’ – can be mailed to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul St. Dorothy Conference, 241 S. Valley Center Ave., Glendora, CA 91741. Donations can also be dropped off at the above address until December 16. Information: 626-914-3941, ext. 127.


LOS ANGELES

Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Our Mother of Good Counsel Conference (2060 N. Vermont Ave.)

* Toys - New and unwrapped for 90 boys and girls, newborn to age 18.
* Food Baskets – Canned hams and non-perishable items for 75 families.
* Financial Gifts – Monetary donations to help purchase the toys and food.

Financial gifts – earmarked ‘2010 SVdP Christmas Help’ – can be mailed to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Our Mother of Good Counsel Conference, 2060 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027. Donations also can be dropped off at the above address from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., December 6-18. Information: 323-664-2111, ext. 350.


POMONA

Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s St. Madeleine Conference (931 E. Kingsley Ave.)

* Toys - New and unwrapped for 150 boys and girls, ages 1-12.
* Food Baskets – Frozen or canned hams and turkeys, yams, rolls, instant potatoes, pies, macaroni, loaves of bread, canned vegetables, canned fruit and candy for 75 families.
* Financial Gifts – Monetary donations to help purchase the toys and food.

Financial gifts – earmarked ‘2010 SVdP Christmas Help’ – can be mailed to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul St. Madeleine Conference, 931 E. Kingsley Ave., Pomona, CA 91767. Donations also can be dropped off at the above address until December 16. Information: 909-865-4433.


POMONA

Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s St. Joseph Conference (1150 W. Holt Ave.)

* Toys - New and unwrapped for 300 boys and girls, ages 1-11.
* Food Baskets – Canned hams, canned fruit, canned vegetables, bags of rice, bags of beans and pies for 100 families.
* Adopt-A-Family – Sponsors sought to adopt 25 families in extreme need. Each sponsor would purchase gifts and food for the family. (Note – Please call for family size and needs, Dec. 7-17).
* Financial Gifts – Monetary donations to help purchase the toys and food.

Financial gifts – earmarked ‘2010 SVdP Christmas Help’ – can be mailed to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul St. Joseph Conference, 1150 W. Holt Ave., Pomona, CA 91768. Donations also can be dropped off at the above address from 9 am to 12 pm each Monday, Wednesday and Friday until December 20. Information: 909-469-9773.


SOLVANG

Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Old Mission Santa Inés Conference (1760 Mission Dr.)

* Toys - New and unwrapped for 378 boys and girls, ages 17 and under.
* Food Baskets – Variety of staples, including cereal, beans, rice, oil, flour and more for 160 families. No canned goods please.
* Financial Gifts – Monetary donations to help purchase the toys and food.

Financial gifts – earmarked ‘2010 SVdP Christmas Help’ – can be mailed to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Old Mission Santa Inés Conference, 1760 Mission Dr., Solvang, CA 93463. Donations also can be dropped off at the above address from November 20 to December 16. Information: 805-686-9933.


SAN DIMAS

Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Holy Name of Mary Conference (724 E. Bonita Ave.)

* Toys - New and unwrapped for 400 boys and girls, ages 17 and under.
* Food Baskets – Frozen turkeys, canned yams, canned fruit and canned cranberries for 200 families.
* Adopt-A-Family – Sponsors sought to adopt 10 families in extreme need. Each sponsor would purchase gifts and food for the family. Sponsors can select families until December 10.
* Financial Gifts – Monetary donations to help purchase the toys and food.

Financial gifts – earmarked ‘2010 SVdP Christmas Help’ – can be mailed to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Holy Name of Mary Conference, 724 E Bonita Ave., San Dimas, CA 91773. Donations also can be dropped off at the above address from 9 am to 5 pm, Monday-Friday, until December 17. Information: 909-599-1243, ext. 138.


SANTA CLARITA

Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Santa Clarita Conference (23233 Lyons Ave., Newhall)

* Adopt-A-Family – Sponsors sought to adopt 100 families in extreme need. Each sponsor would purchase gifts and food for the family. Sponsors can select families to help before and after all Masses on November 20-21, 27-28 and December 4-5.
* Financial Gifts – Monetary donations to help purchase gifts for the families.

Financial gifts – earmarked ‘2010 SVdP Christmas Help’ – can be mailed to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, 23233 Lyons Ave., Newhall, CA 91321. Donations can be dropped off at the above address during all Masses, plus the weekend of December 11-12. Information: 661-259-5470.


WOODLAND HILLS

Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s St. Mel Conference (20870 Ventura Blvd.)

* Toys - New and unwrapped for 250 boys and girls, ages 6-15.
* Adopt-A-Family – Sponsors sought to adopt 125 families in extreme need. Each sponsor would purchase gifts and food for the family. Sponsors can select families to help at all Masses from November 28 to December 19.
* Financial Gifts – Monetary donations to help purchase the toys and food.

Financial gifts – earmarked ‘2010 SVdP Christmas Help’ – can be mailed to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul St. Mel Conference, 20870 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91364. Donations also can be dropped off at the above address from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily from November 28 to December 19. Information: 818-340-6020, ext. 3001.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and one of the oldest charities in the world, having been founded in France in 1833 by a group of young students to help serve the poor of all faiths through personal service. That vow of personal service remains the same today.

For more information about the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s local charitable programs, call 323-224-6298 or visit www.svdpla.org.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Thank You for Your Support!


The Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Council of Los Angeles and the Society's Holy Family Conference in South Pasadena thanks everyone who attended Saturday's fundraiser - Sister's Christmas Catechism! Your support will help make Christmas a little brighter for local children and families this year.

Friday, December 3, 2010

HURRY - Limited Bargain Seats Available for Saturday's Comedy Event of the Year


BARGAIN TICKETS of just $35 and $25 are now available for the comedy hit of the year - Sister's Christmas Catechism - on Saturday, December 4 at 7:30 p.m. at Holy Family Church, 1527 Fremont Ave., South Pasadena, CA 91030.

It will be one O-ho-ho holy night! as Sister tackles the question, “Whatever happened to the Magi’s gold?” It’s CSI: BETHLEHEM when Sister invites her audience to be characters in a living nativity/crime scene! Bring along your cameras. Sister's waiting for you with a sleigh full of gifts and a bundle of laughs this holiday season!

Proceeds from this laugh-out-loud comedy, which is being held by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Los Angeles Council in conjunction with Holy Family's South Pasadena SVdP Conference, will benefit St. Vincent de Paul's work for the local poor and homeless this Christmas.

Ticket prices are just $35 per person in the first three rows, and $25 for general admission seating. Makes for a great early Christmas gift! To purchase tickets, or for more info, please call 323-276-6084 by 6 p.m. tonight. Limited tickets will also be available at the door.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

St. Vincent de Paul Society has grown, matured


By C.Y. Lai, Melaka
www.ucanews.com

Michael Thio, 66, has just started his six-year term as the 15th president general of the International Confederation of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SSVP). Elected by a margin of 87 percent votes on May 28, 2010 at the General Plenary Assembly in Salamanca, Spain, the Singaporean is the first Asian and non-European to head the worldwide lay Catholic apostolic society since it was formed in 1833 in France. Thio took up office officially on Sept. 27, the feast day of Saint Vincent de Paul.

Thio has been involved in the SSVP since 1967, first in Singapore, then at the Asia and global levels.

He recently spoke with ucanews.com in Melaka, Malaysia, where he was attending a national SSVP event there.


ucanews.com: What does it means to be the first Asian president general of SSVP?

MICHAEL THIO: After 177 years since it’s founding, the global movement in 146 countries voted for the first non-European president general. It is unprecedented and it is a historical moment for the Society. In my opinion, it shows the Society has grown and matured over the years. While European countries make up 30 percent of the membership now, Africa and Asia/Oceania combined holds about 50 percent of the global membership. And while membership in terms of individual members and countries are growing in Africa and Asia/Oceania, in Europe individual membership is declining. There is a discerning paradigm shift in the growth and development of the Society outside Europe.

The demographic, political, economic, cultural and professional environment outside Europe has produced people capable of managing global establishments. The fact that a non-European has been elected shows that democracy and openness prevails in the Society, which is taking up the challenge to address the ever increasing needs of the poor and oppressed all over the world. It has become a truly Christian global Society of Catholic origin.

Today, we are in 147 countries spread throughout every continent. We operate under eight regions, each of which is headed up by an International Territorial Vice President (ITVP) who reports to the Council General International, the headquarters in Paris. The Society is today one of the most respected, well known, flourishing and inspiring apostolate of charity in the world.

What are your plans for SSVP as president general?


When I was elected last May, I shared with the World Assembly in Salamanca my goals as listed in my manifesto. Among these are enhancing members’ spiritual formation, forming and developing leaders to serve the poor and needy in the 21st century, continuing to expand the scope and quality of our services to the poor and needy.

Also focusing on youth and young adults and render them every opportunity for participation and involvement in the ministry, developing effective communication to promote better understanding and knowledge of the Society’s works and activities, collaborating with other Christian organizations in works of charity and justice, and maintaining a close and strong relationship with the Church hierarchy.

It is a goal of the manifesto to foster growth of the Society into new countries to serve more people in need with a view of bringing about systematic change to those we serve and assist, which means helping them to be independent and raise their human dignity.

How do you intend to go about spiritual formation and training of members?

Spiritual formation of members is absolutely fundamental and necessary to grow in our Vincentian spirituality and apostolate. We are a Catholic lay apostolate organization and Christ is the centre of all that we do. Christian charity is our love for Christ transformed into loving service given to others and this is one of the core values of our Vincentian spirituality.

Many National Councils have their formation and training programs. The onus is on them to have a formation team to look into formation and development programs for their members. If they need guidance and assistance they can seek it from Council General or from Vincentians in the more mature countries. Formation and development, both in spirituality and leadership, is a continuing process.

What kinds of communities should SSVP concentrate on?

There are many types of “new poor” in various countries and depending on their needs. They are unemployed but employable people, people suffering from addictions such as alcoholism, delinquent children, dysfunctional families, refugees and people displaced by natural or political disasters. The kind of service we provide also depends on the expertise, capabilities and experience of our members in a certain locality.

Many SSVP conferences lack youth members.


This is a phenomenon mainly in developed countries. The lifestyle, priorities and goals of young people are different from their fathers and forefathers. Not only in some of our Conferences but also in Churches where attendances of youth have declined considerably. However, in some developing and third-world countries, youth are still very active in conferences. For example, our Society has very active youth members in many South American countries as well as in some countries of our Africa and Asia and Oceania regions. We cannot generalize that inactive youth are prevalent in most countries.

A very positive effect of the World Youth Day (WYD), revived by the late Pope John Paul II, has sensitized many youths around the world and more youths are beginning to flock back to Church and its various apostolates. Many youth and young adults have joined SSVP conferences and some of them are done great work. We need to focus on youth and young adults and render them suitable programs and giving them every opportunity for participation in the growth and leadership. Usually, about three days prior to the actual WYD programs, the SSVP runs special programs for Vincentian Youth who gather from all over the world.

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