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“Have you noticed that there is no rejection of (St.) Martha, no suggestion that she should not have been engaged in preparing the meal? Jesus merely underlines a truth that St. Luke records earlier, namely, that they are blessed who hear the word of God and keep it. He is putting emphasis on a sense of attention to the word of God, if we are to offer that service to others which is the fulfillment of the second great commandment of the law. Hearing the word of God in prayer through reflection is a condition for true selfless loving service of the body of Christ.” –Fr. Richard McCullen, CM, former Superior General of the Congregation of the Mission (Vincentian priests & brothers) and Daughters of Charity (Vincentians sisters), and spiritual head of the extended Vincentian Family (in Deep Down Things)
“¿Ha notadoque no hayrechazo de (Santa) Martha, ninguna sugerencia de queella nodebe ha participado enla preparación de lacomida?Jesússimplementesubrayauna verdad que San Lucas cuenta d…
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"Let us accustom ourselves to entreat rather than command; to instruct more by example than by precept." - St. Louise de Marillac
“Acostumbrémonos todos a alentar en vez de ordenar; a instruir más por el ejemplo que por preceptos.”
- Santa Luisa de Marillac

Heavenly Father, may my influence for good be felt more by my example than by my words.
Padre Celestial, ayúdame para que mi influencia para el bien sea transmitida más por mi buen ejemplo que por mis palabras.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Vincentian Services Department
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles
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"There are very few for so much work! Our Lord will have to labor with you." - St. Vincent de Paul

“Hay tan pocos para tanto trabajo!  Nuestro Señor tendrá que trabajar contigo.” -San Vicente de Paul

When the volume of work overwhelms me and I am discouraged because of shortages of staff, remind me Lord, that it only takes a small piece of yeast to leaven dough and you never ask more of me than I can give. Be with me to carry the load, my ever present Lord!

Cuando el volumen de trabajo me abruma y me siento abatido por la falta de ayuda, Recuérdame, Señor, que toma solamente un poco de levadura para fermentar la masa, y que tu nuca me pedirías más de lo que yo pueda dar. Quédate conmigo para llevar la carga, ¡mi Señor siempre presente!
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Vincentian Services Department
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles


ABC7 News – Special Olympics at SVdPLA Video

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SVDP 2015 Western Regional Meeting Video

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Special Olympians to SVdPLA

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Willkommen!97 Special Olympic athletes from Team Germany arrived at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Los Angeles thrift store July 22, 2015 for a welcome celebration of free food, dancing, and fun. The German and American flags were held high by volunteers as the athletes came out of their bus and walked between rows of applauding fans to their tables. After getting dinner from the Habit food truck, the athletes sat with coaches and volunteers for hamburgers and conversation. Andi, an athlete on the German cyclist team, said, “I have never been to America. I like it. It is fun.” After taking the final bite of his burger, Andi joined many of the other athletes who were already dancing. The live DJ set a happy and energetic tone for the night. Kristoff, one of the German athletes on the dance floor, stopped dancing to whisper, “I love American music,” with a smile that never left his face. The St. Vincent de Paul Society happily welcomed Team Germany to Lincoln Heights and will be c…

Eagle Scout Supports Vincentians

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Saul and his parents
Saul Velasquez, son of Saul Velasquez and St. Elizabeth of Hungary SVdPLA Conference member Martha Solano, recently advanced to the rank of Eagle Scout, an honor achieved by only 4% of all Boy Scouts.  For his Eagle Project Saul chose to refurbish the St. Elizabeth Conference's food pantry and did an excellent job organizing and executing the project. Congratulations Saul and family!

New Bishops in Los Angeles

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Bishops-elect Robert Barron, Joseph V. Brennan and David G. O'Connell embrace new roles 
BREAKING: Pope Francis appoints three auxiliary bishops to LA:
Pope Francis has named Father Robert Barron, Msgr. Joseph V. Brennan and Msgr. David G. O’Connell as auxiliary bishops for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.  The three bishops will join Archbishop José H. Gomez, other auxiliary bishops, priests and deacons in serving the largest archdiocese in the United States.
Msgr. Brennan and Msgr. O’Connell are priests already serving in the archdiocese, while Father Barron is rector of Mundelein Seminary in the Archdiocese of Chicago and founder of Word on Fire, a global media ministry.
Msgr. Brennan has been serving the archdiocese as vicar general and moderator of the curia since 2012, while Msgr. O’Connell just began serving as pastor of St. Frances X. Cabrini Church in South L.A.  “It was a complete surprise,” Father Barron said in an interview with The Tidings. While the priest is a sought a…

NASA Engineer Instills Curiosity At SVdPLA's Circle V Ranch Camp

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Amen Johnson, 9, left, jumps high to launch a "stomp rocket" with air pressure while Jessie Hernandez, 10, steadies the experiment during a special program led by NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Circle V Ranch Camp near Lake Cachuma.
Tom Nolan, operations engineer for NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory launches a watermelon into the pool during a special program led by NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Circle V Ranch Camp near Lake Cachuma.
Campers launch "straw rockets" during a special program led by NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory at Circle V Ranch Camp near Lake Cachuma.
During the 25-minute session, kids asked a slew of questions. Can the robot’s lenses get scratched? How do robots mine? Can they climb the Empire State Building?
A group of campers in a classroom are learning about Spirit, Curiosity and Opportunity, three of the robots sent to Mars.
Before a crowd of campers sitting poolside, Tom Nolan hoists a pineapple above his head. “It’s pretty heavy,” Nolan said.�…

Community Bank Donates to the Society of St. Vincent De Paul

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Community Bank recently partnered with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul to help the homeless on Skid Row in Los Angeles by assembling hygiene kits that the Society will then distribute. Employees from all 16 of the Bank’s Business Centers collected items including deodorant, tooth paste, tooth brushes, combs, mouthwash, razors and shaving cream. These items were sent to the headquarters in Pasadena and hygiene kits were assembled by employee volunteers during their lunch time. In total, 360 kits were created and donated to the Society along with many boxes of hygiene items. David Misch, CEO of Community Bank, presented the donations, which were loaded on the St. Vincent de Paul truck, to the Society’s Executive Director David Fields. “The Bank was delighted to have the opportunity to partner with The Society to give back to Los Angeles in this worthwhile manner. It is what being a community bank is all about.” Dave Misch commented, “The Bank was delighted to have the opportunity to…

Love Mends Broken Children

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Matthew’s father has been in and out of prison. That’s why the 12-year-old responds to the message that he often hears at this summer camp: God loves people no matter what they’ve done. Last summer, Matthew sat in front of a sycamore altar in an ancient oak grove at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Circle V Ranch Camp as Fr. Peter Banks OFM Cap. celebrated Mass. 
“God is here,” Fr. Peter said in a soft voice. “May this altar always remind us of our prayers rising up to heaven, especially prayers from children. Remember, Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to me.’” The 30-acre camp tends not only to the souls of 1,200 children- the majority of whom are on scholarships- every summer. Deep in the heartland of the Los Padres National Forest in the Santa Ynez Valley, the camp offers activities such as swimming, cooking, arts, and crafts, hiking, archery, and face-painting.
Tiffany, 12, walked to the Olympic-sized pool for girls’ swim time. “I come back every year, because it is f…
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"If the love of God is a fire, zeal is its flame; if love is a sun, zeal is its ray." - St. Vincent de Paul
"Si el amor de Dios es un fuego, el celo es su llama, Si el amor es un sol, el celo es su rayo."
- San Vicente de Paul
O God, may the work of my hands be done with enthusiasm as well as efficiency.  Help me give all my work today that extra touch of fervor.

Señor, que el trabajo de mis manos sea realizado con entusiasmo y también con eficiencia.  Ayúdame a darle a mi trabajo hoy ése toque extra de fervor.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Vincentian Services Department
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles

SVdPLA Recognized by Community Action Network

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The Society of St. Vincent de Paul was recognized last Friday night by the Community Action Network of Ventura County for operating the Winter Shelter for the homeless in Ventura County. We received their Community Partnership Award.


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"I ask God to be the heart of your heart." - St. Vincent de Paul
“Le pido a Dios que sea el corazón de tu corazón.” -San Vicente de Paul

Lord, I confide to you the needs of my family and all those I love. Protect them with your strength and keep them safe in your heart of hearts. Amen.

Señor, confió en ti las necesidades de mi familia y todos aquellos a quienes amo. Protégelos con tu fortaleza y mantenlos fuera de peligro en tu corazón de corazones.  Amén.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Vincentian Services Department
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles


Seen in the Store

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Carry Yourself with Style.

Relax with a Good Book.

A Vase Unlike Any Other.
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"You will help others more by the peace and tranquility of your heart than by any eagerness or care you can bestow on them." - St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

“Tu ayudarás a otros más a través de la paz y tranquilidad de tu corazón que por el afán o cuidado que presentes sobre ellos.” -Santa Isabel Ana Seton
Use me, Lord, as an instrument of your peace today. I want to extend your love to those I meet, especially those who are ill or grieving the loss of a loved one.
Úsame, Señor, como un instrumento de tu paz este día.  Quiero extender tu amor a aquellos que hoy encuentre, especialmente quienes estén enfermos o sufriendo la pérdida de un ser querido.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Vincentian Services Department
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles

2 Day Sale!

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Local leaders meet Pope Francis for Buddhist-Catholic dialogue

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July 9, 2015 David and Eleanor Fields and Father Alexei Smith meet Pope Francis at the Vatican.
Buddhists and Catholics joined Pope Francis for an ecumenical dialogue on “Suffering, Liberation and Fraternity” in Rome June 23-27.
The participants came from the papal meeting agreeing to work together to create youth outreach programs, collaborate in prison ministries and provide resources to address the immigration crisis, among other initiatives.  
Representing Los Angeles at the papal meeting were David Fields, executive director of St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles, and the Father Alexei R. Smith, ecumenical and interreligious affairs officer for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.
“It was the start of great collaboration between the Buddhists and the Catholics,” said Fields.
Forty-five Buddhists and Catholics attended the meeting, flying in from New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. The American Buddhist leaders represented the countries of Sri Lanka, Thailand, …
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"To correspond to the grace of the moment means a wonderful union between you and God all day." - St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

“El concordar con la gracia del momento significa una maravillosa unión entre tú y Dios todo el día.” -Santa Isabel Ana Seton

It is hard to comprehend how much you are concerned with all the details of my life, Lord. I will consult you often in the course of my day.
Es difícil comprender cuan preocupado estás tú con los detalles de mi vida, Señor. Te consultaré a menudo a través del curso de mi día. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Vincentian Services Department
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles

Community Bank Donates to Homeless

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Community Bank  employees from 16 branches and their headquarters participated in a drive to raise 320 hygiene kits for homeless men on Skid Row at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Cardinal Manning Center.  Bank employees took time from their lunch hour to assemble the kits, which were presented to the Society’s  executive director David Fields by Community Bank CEO David Misch.  Special thanks to the bank’s Lizette Vargas for organizing this drive.

Summer Camp: More than Fun

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Summer is here. For many of us, warm weather brings happy childhood memories of summer camp fun. For many of the children the Society serves, however, summer camp is not just a matter of fun- it’s a matter of survival. When you grow up in an inner city neighborhood that may be dominated by gangs, quality time among living camp counselors in a lovely natural environment can be a lifeline.
That’s why each summer the Society gives 1,200 children the chance to spend a week at its Circle V Ranch Camp in the mountains north of Santa Barbara. 94% of these children are on scholarship.  Luis, age seven, is such a child. He was abandoned by his mother and physically abused by his father. Resettles with his grandparents in Los Angeles, he struggles at his inner-city school. The society and a social-service agency enabled him to attend our camp last summer with financial assistance from kind donors like you.
Luis blossomed under the unconditional love. Positive reinforcement and spiritual guidanc…

Seen in the Store

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Old School Navigation.

A Cabinet with Character.

For Those Summer Date Nights.