Friday, January 29, 2016

SVdPLA on All Things Catholic TV Program

Mercy on L.A.’s Skid Row

January 28, 2016 - R.W. Dellinger

Archbishop Gomez serves a hot meal to individuals at the Cardinal Manning Center on Skid Row. (photo: Victor Aleman)

“Enjoy,” said Archbishop José H. Gomez, placing the plate of meat loaf, mashed potatoes, green beans and salad in front of the middle-aged man with the shaved head. He repeated the motion with the other hand to a nearby gentleman wearing a flannel shirt. Then he headed back to the counter of the Cardinal Manning Center for two more paper plates.

The archbishop helped serve lunch to more than 70 men on Jan. 26 at the transitional homeless shelter as part of Pope Francis’ call for a Year of Mercy in the universal Catholic Church. The jubilee year started last year on Dec. 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, and runs until Nov. 20, 2016, the Feast of Christ the King.

 The center provides a 10-bed transitional living opportunity with case management services for working men who save their money and set goals to become housed; 55 emergency beds and case management help to men living on the street; and assistance to individuals in meeting their basic needs, obtaining housing, finding work and pursuing an education.

“It really means a lot that the leader of the Catholic Church here would come down to Skid Row to serve us,” said Richard Mesa, who was in the center’s transitional housing program for seven months and now has permanent housing. “This place saved my life, so I’m glad to see the archbishop.”

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Archbishop Gomez Serves at SVdPLA Shelter

Archbishop of Los Angeles Jose Gomez served lunch yesterday to 85 homeless men at St. Vincent de Paul’s Cardinal Manning Center (CMC) homeless program on Skid Row. The archbishop described Pope Francis’ 2016 Jubilee Year of Mercy as a time to show special mercy to all, especially the least of our brothers and sisters in the world.

Monday, January 25, 2016

Effective Conferences have competent leaders.  The officers of the Conference
handle their specific duties with whatever competence they have naturally or can cultivate. 
They work hard, but share with members the responsibility for decision-making and action.”

Conferencias efectivas tienen lideres competentes.  Los oficiales de la Conferencia
manejan sus responsabilidades con las habilidades que tengan naturalmente o puedan cultivar.
Ellos trabajan duro, pero comparten con otros miembros la responsabilidad de tomar decisiones y acciones.”

Lord, give me the courage to put my best efforts forward as I take on the delicate task
of serving you in the face of my brothers and sisters in need.  May I never be too afraid,
too proud, or too intimidated to lead and motivate others along the way.

Señor, dame el valor para poner mis mejores esfuerzos al tomar la delicada tarea
de servirte en la presencia de mis hermanos y hermanas que necesiten asistencia.  Que nunca tenga
yo tanto miedo, tanto orgullo, o me sienta tan intimidado para guiar y motivar a otros en este camino.


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

More Than 15,000 At OneLife LA

Photo credit: Archdiocese of Los Angeles/Office of Life, Justice and Peace.

SVdPLA joined more than 15,000 Southern Californians, a diverse roster of local and international speakers and celebrities, and Archbishop Jose H. Gomez at OneLife LA, on Saturday, January 23, 2016 at Grand Park in downtown Los Angeles. OneLife LA, the only large-scale event that celebrates the beauty and dignity of every human life from conception to natural death, drew thousands throughout Southern California.

"OneLife LA means sharing the love of God with others – especially those who are poor and forgotten, and those who are alone and excluded," said Archbishop Gomez. "With God's love – there are no boundaries, no borders, no barriers. Let's keep building our friendships and together let us build a Los Angeles that welcomes life and serves life and celebrates life."

Inspired by the example of Pope Francis, OneLife LA seeks to promote a culture of life, where every human life is valued, especially the marginalized. Events marked the 43rd anniversary of Roe vs. Wade decision that legalized abortion. The second annual event, themed "Who do you live for?" kicked-off at La Placita Olvera with a welcoming from Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, remarks from Bishop Charles Blake of the West Angeles Church and an address from Bishop Gerald Barnes of the Diocese of San Bernardino.

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Elizabeth Meri 3rd Star Wars Winner

 Elizabeth receives the shoes from SVdPLA PR & Marketing Director Chris Sariego.

Elizabeth Meri is the third winner of our Star Wars Sweepstakes, winning Storm Trooper tennis shoes for a young loved one about to have his birthday.  Thanks for shopping Elizabeth!  May the Force be with you.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Tomorrow enter the raffle with security at the Los Angeles location for a chance to win new Storm Trooper sneakers in size 12!

Sweepstakes rules can be found at

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Monday, January 11, 2016

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Giving Mom a Second Chance

Everything went from bad to worse for Anne Smith in 2013. She was evicted from her apartment due to underemployment as a temp. She was living in a motel with her son. She had a excruciating injury after boiling water spilled on her. She was a victim of identity theft and had all her funds stolen.
Fortunately, Anne’s temp agency referred her to an administrative assistant job at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles’s headquarters. “Being at the Society changed everything for me,” she said. “I think many folks would look at someone like me and say, ‘I don’t want to deal with this,’ but (the Society’s) executive director, David Fields is the opposite. If there were any issues, they worked with me. They helped me. They took their roles as Vincentians seriously.”
Vincentian Services director, Susana Santana, helped Smith procure business clothing through the Society’s free clothes distribution center.  Human Resources Director, Nancy Sinclair, helped Smith find a safe room to rent, avoiding scams. Public Relations Director, Chris Sariego, boosted Smith’s self-esteem by praising her completed assignments. “I had zero self-esteem when I started,” said Smith. “I became a professionally-dressed and polished woman with a sense of well-being.”

Smith carried this confidence into a job interview at a hospital. She was hired with a fine salary and benefits, a great help now that her son is in college. “I’m pinching myself!” said Anne. “I just can’t believe the change! I am at a great place, and I think if it hadn’t been for the Society that none of this would’ve happened to me.”

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Star Wars Sweepstakes Winner #2!

Maria Maldonado won an R2D2 necklace in our Star Wars Sweepstakes! Two more weeks left of the sweepstakes at the LA store. Apply at the security desk and may the Force be with you!
Storm Trooper sneakers in size 6

Light up your Star Wars fan steps by entering this week’s Star Wars raffle.

Free light sabers to those who mention the secret password to security “sabers of the universe” while supplies last.

Enter the raffle with security at the Los Angeles location.

Sweepstakes rules can be found at

Maria Maldonado won the R2D2 Necklace! 

Today the next raffle is for a chance to win new Storm Trooper sneakers in size 6!

Enter the raffle with security at the Los Angeles location.

Free light sabers to those who mention the secret password to the security guard “saber of the universe” while supplies last.
Sweepstakes rules can be found at