Showing posts from September, 2015

Circle V Ranch Camp in The 69th Annual Los Alamos Old Days Parade

Los Alamos, Santa Barbara County, California—The 69th annual Los Alamos Old Days hosted its “Greatest Little Small Town Parade” on Sunday, 9/27/15 under sunny skies starting at 11:00 a.m. featuring more than 300 participants in 32 entries from around the region. The parade and festivities attracted an estimated 3,000 or more people to the community according to organizers.

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The Green Festival Expo - Los Angeles, CA September 25-27, 2015

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Happy Feast Day of our Patron, St. Vincent de Paul! 9/27
¡Feliz Día de nuestro Santo Patrón, San Vicente de Paul! 9/27
"We are living at a time when one must not incur useless expense. Public distress surrounds us on all sides. It is feared that it may overtake us; and, even should we be spared, compassion should urge us to do all we can for those who suffer." - St. Vincent de Paul
“Estamos viviendo en tiempos en los cuales uno no debe contraer gastos innecesarios. Descontento público nos rodea por todos lados.  Se teme que pueda dominarnos; y, aun si no sucede esto, la compasión debe impulsarnos a hacer todo lo que podamos por aquellos que sufren.”
-San Vicente de Paul
Today's atmosphere of tremendous change and tight budgeting demands a great deal of creativity to maintain our work for the poor and suffering. Gift me, Lord, with the creativity I need to continue that work in spite of the obstacles I face.
La atmósfera de cambios tan tremendos y presupuestos tan escasos demanda Una gr…

Seen in Store

Check out these awesome antique tables and chairs up for grabs at our LA store!
What have you found?

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We divert over 400,000 pounds of textiles from the landfill.  We recycle 800 tons of TVs, beds, metal, paper, cardboard, copper wiring, electronics and we are always looking for other avenues to continue our green efforts.
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A Prayer of a Vincentian Missionary
“O my Divine Saviour, Transform me into Yourself. May my hands be the hands of Jesus. Grant that every faculty of my body May serve only to glorify You. Above all, Transform my soul and all its powers So that my memory, will and affection May be the memory, will and affections Of Jesus. I pray You To destroy in me All that is not of You. Grant that I may live But in You, by You and for You, So that I may truly say, With St. Paul, "I live - now not I - But Christ lives in me". –St. John Gabriel Perboyre, CM Missionary, mystic, martyr, Vincentian, priest of the Congregation of the Mission, whose martyrdom 175 years ago in 1840.
Una oraciónde un Misionero Vicentino

TransformameenTi Mismo. Que mismanosson lasmanos de Jesús.
Concede quetodas las facultadesde mi cuerpo
Puede servirsólo paraglorificarte.
Sobre todo,
Transformami alma ytodassus facultades
Asíque mi memoria, voluntady afecto
Puede ser lamemoria,…
By shopping at our thrift stores you are giving an item a second chance in life! Bring new meaning to its life in this world! Otherwise it would wind up in the landfills and destroying our environment

In his first American address, Pope Francis speaks of his immigrant origins

Mr. President, 
I am deeply grateful for your welcome in the name of all Americans.  As the son of an immigrant family, I am happy to be a guest in this country, which was largely built by such families.  I look forward to these days of encounter and dialogue, in which I hope to listen to, and share, many of the hopes and dreams of the American people.
During my visit I will have the honor of addressing Congress, where I hope, as a brother of this country, to offer words of encouragement to those called to guide the nation’s political future in fidelity to its founding principles.  I will also travel to Philadelphia for the Eighth World Meeting of Families, to celebrate and support the institutions of marriage and the family at this, a critical moment in the history of our civilization.
Mr. President, together with their fellow citizens, American Catholics are committed to building a society whi…
"When our strength is gone, God makes us realize our helplessness which obliges us to ask him to send good laborers into his vineyard." - St. Vincent de Paul
“Cuando nuestra fuerza se ha ido, Dios nos hace entender nuestra dependencia la cual nos obliga a pedirle que envíe buenos trabajadores a su viñedo.” -San Vicente de Paul

Lord, when I feel weak and powerless, come and be my strength!
Señor, cuando me siento débil e impotente, ¡ven y se mi fuerza!
Vincentian Services Department
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles

Join St. Vincent's at the Green Festival

Stop by our booth to learn how SVDPLA minimizes our waste to the landfill! Wewill have unique pieces for you to buy at our booth.

Niños de Bajos Recursos Reciben Zapatos Gratis en Lincoln Heights


Por Servicios EGP Más de 150 niños recibieron zapatos el sábado justo a tiempo para el regreso a clases en el evento anual que se llevó a cabo en la tienda de segunda St. Vincent de Paul en Lincoln Heights. Los pequeños y sus familiares disfrutaron un ambiente de carnaval con entretenimiento y regalos. La donación fue una asociación entre Shoe Palace y Timberland para proveer a los pequeños con un buen comienzo para el año escolar, según David Fields, director ejecutivo de St. Vincent de Paul. “Creemos que tener a los niños con las herramientas necesarias les ayudará a sobresalir en la escuela y en la vida, y los zapatos es solo el comienzo,” dijo Fields. El Vicepresidente de Shoe Palace John Mersho agregó que ellos están comprometidos a mejorar las comunidades que sirven al ayudar a niños con necesidades económicas.

Delivering Second Chances

By Jon Nerdig
When Mike arrives at St. Vincent de Paul’s Cardinal Manning Center (CMC) on Skid Row, he was in the midst of that he described as the worst period of his life. He was homeless, underemployed, and in debt. First his driver’s license had been revoked, then he lost his job as a commercial river and eventually he lost his home. He was in need of a second chance. At the CMC he was given that chance.
After just three months at the center, Mike was out of debt, working at a new job, and moving into permanent housing. In his words, “Everything seems to be going my way.” Mike was a participant in the Men’s Advancement Program (MAP), a program for working adult men experiencing homelessness. Following the program, Mike was able to save 60% of his income to pay off his debt.
A large part of his success he attributes to the helpful CMC staff. “Every single one of them I would give a grade A,” he said. Mike was especially thankful for the assistance he received from his social worker, A…
Effective Conferences show initiative. Routine, tradition, and habit do not dictate current thought and action. Can the Conference do more?  Alert officers and members continually and deliberately ask, answer, and act on such questions.”

Conferencias Efectivas demuestran iniciativa.   Rutina, tradición y habito no dictan los pensamientos y acciones de este tiempo. ¿Puede la Conferencia hacer más?  Alerte oficiales y miembros continuamente y deliberadamente pregunten, contesten, y actúen en estas preguntas.”
Dear Lord, you know I am a creature of habit, and often it seems too difficult to do things differently than they have been done. Give me the grace and strength to fight against my own inclinations, and allow me to have the vision to see beyond my made up limitations.
Amado Señor, tu sabes que soy creatura de hábitos, y puede parecerme difícil el hacer cosas de maneras diferentes de las que se han hecho regularmente. Te pido la gracia y la fuerza para luchar en contra de mis propias i…

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"Like thrifty housekeepers, we should turn all things to real profit; let us not seek our consolation in creatures nor in self-gratifications, but let us go straight to God by the path of interior and exterior mortification, traced out for us by his Divine Son." - St. Vincent de Paul

“Como buenos amos de casa, debemos buscar que todo tenga una ganancia real; no debemos buscar consolación en creaturas ni en auto-gratificación, pero si debemos ir directo a Dios por el camino de la mortificación interior y exterior delineado para nosotros por su mismo Hijo Divino.” - San Vicente de Paul
I will make better use of the sacrament of reconciliation as a positive means to correct my faults.
Haré un mejor uso del Sacramento de la Penitencia (Confesión)  como una manera positiva de corregir mis fallas.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Vincentian Services Department
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles



We have the largest selection of costumes and decorations! Don't pay full price on your Halloween costumes or home decorations this year!

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Actor Cooper Barnes & Friends Volunteer at SVdPLA Store

Actor Cooper Barnes (Henry Danger) and friends volunteered at the St. Vincent de Paul Los Angeles thrift store last week to serve the poor and homeless.  Thanks Cooper and friends!

TV News Coverage of Shoe Giveaway - KTLA


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TV News Coverage of Shoe Giveaway - KCAL


TV News Coverage of Shoe Giveaway - ABC

"When we think that we have done our duty well, we believe that we have earned some credit and we wait for a reward. However, Charity is gratuitous; it is its own reward." - Rev. Joseph Jamet, C.M.
“Cuando pensamos que hemos hecho bien nuestra labor, creemos que hemos ganado algún crédito y esperamos alguna recompensa.  La caridad se da sin costo alguno; ella es su mismo premio.” - Rev. Joseph Jamet, C.M.

Lord, help me to understand the truth of these words and not expect personal recognition for everything I do.

Señor, ayúdame a comprender la verdad de estas palabras y no esperar reconocimiento personal por todo lo que hago.

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

St. Vincent de Paul Helps Underserved Kids Put Their Best Foot Forward With New Shoes For Back To School

Kids Get Their Kicks At The Annual Shoe Giveaway Event, Replete With Sno Cones, Rock Climbing Wall and Carnival Activities That Get Them Pumped For School
September 14, 2015 –  The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles teamed up with Shoe Palace and Timberland to ensure underserved children in Los Angeles are one step closer to feeling back to school ready. More than 150 kids and their families gathered at the annual St. Vincent de Paul shoe giveaway event to let off some steam, prepare for school and enjoy the carnival-themed atmosphere with inflatables, archery, treats and more.

“We are thrilled to partner with Shoe Palace and Timberland to provide our youngest Angelenos with a fresh start for the new school year,” 
said David Fields, executive director of  St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles. “We believe that setting kids up with the right tools from the beginning will help them succeed in school and in life, and new shoes are just the beginning.”  “Shoe Palace is committed to …
“I place my intentions under the auspices of our Divine Mother, trusting for the rest to my good will!” –Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, who passed away 162 years ago today on this, the Feast Day of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, September 8, 1853
"Pongomis intencionesbajo los auspicios denuestra MadreDivina, confiando para el restoenmibuenavoluntad!"
BeatoFedericoOzanam, quien falleció hace 162añoshoyen esto, eldía de la Fiesta de laNatividad de la SantísimaVirgen María, 8 de septiembre 1853

Beloved Creator, Your love for us is reflected in the love of Mother Mary for her child, Jesus;  may our love for our brothers and sisters and all Creation likewise reflect yours, in service and prayer.
Suamor por nosotrosse reflejaen el amor dela Madre Maríapara su hijo, Jesús; puedenuestro amor pornuestros hermanos yhermanas ytoda la Creaciónasimismoreflejarel suyo, en el servicio yla oración ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Vincentian Services Department
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President of local Society of St. Vincent de Paul lends a hand

By Stephanie Sumell
The Camarillo Acorn

HERE TO HELP— Marylee Hrabovsky is the president of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul: Padre Serra Conference, which covers the eastern portion of Camarillo. Richard Gillard/Acorn Newspapers asking for help is never easy, but for those who have no choice, Marylee Hrabovsky strives to minimize the amount of pain, fear and embarrassment they feel when they reach for a helping hand.

The president of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul: Padre Serra Conference, an organization that provides resources to individuals and families in financial crisis, heads a team of volunteers who meet with men and women who cannot afford to pay their rent, utility bills and other expenses to determine how the organization might help them.

Where's the story?  Some cannot afford to put food on the table. Others are at risk of losing their homes. “This is my way of serving the Lord,” said 70-year-old Hrabovsky, a Camarillo resident. “I pray before …

SVdPLA Celebrates Blessed Frederic’s Feast Day

“Charity is not sufficient. It treats the wounds but does not stop the blows that cause them… Charity is the Samaritan who pours oil on the wounds of the traveler who has been attacked. It is justice’s role to prevent the attacks.” –Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, principal founder, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, whose feast day is celebrated today, September 9
“La caridad no es suficiente. trata las heridas Ppro no detiene los golpes que los causan… La caridad es el Samaritano que derrama aceite en las heridas del viajero que ha sido atacado. es el papel de la justicia el prevenir los ataques.” –Beato Federico Ozanam, fundadorprincipalde la Sociedadde San Vicentede Paúl, cuya fiestase celebrahoy, 9 de septiembre

God of Justice, Grant us strength to walk on legs of justice and charity, following the path before us.
Dios de la Justicia,
Concédenosla fuerza paracaminar sobrelas piernasde justiciay caridad, siguiendo el camino que tenemos ante nosotros. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Vincentian Services Department
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