Tuesday, November 30, 2010

SVdPLA Volunteer Conferences 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:

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.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Make your next RETREAT near beautiful Santa Barbara


Is your church, service club, school or business seeking the ideal retreat location? If so, look no further than the Society's Circle V Ranch Camp near gorgeous Santa Barbara, where you'll experience a memorable time in one of California's most picturesque settings.

At Circle V Ranch, consider the following:

Terrific year-round site for retreats, conferences, youth group activities, and more;
• Nestled in oak-filled ravines, hills and flat land near Lake Cachuma;
• Rustic lodge with a stone fireplace;
• An accredited American Camp Association facility that offers handicapped access to restrooms, dining room, the lodge, kitchen and sleeping areas;
• 16 NEW heated and air-conditioned log cabins that comfortably sleep 120 people
• New swimming pool, a fire pit with stage seating,outdoor chapel,miles of hiking trails and more;
• Fully-equipped kitchen and indoor dining hall;
• Full meal service can be provided at an extra cost;
• Located just 16 miles from Santa Barbara;
• Beautiful view of the Santa Ynez Valley;
• On-site camp ranger;
Competitive rental rates, guaranteed!


Circle V - located at Highway 154, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 - has been owned and operated by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles for more than 60 years!

Information: 323-224-6213, www.circlev@svdpla.org or www.svdpla.org.

Friday, November 26, 2010

ONLY one week remains for comedy event of the year!


From the creator of the hit comedy Late Night Catechism, comes a new comedy, Sister's Christmas Catechism! And, on December 4, YOU can witness it live!

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!

This laugh-out-loud comedy will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Holy Family Church, 1527 Fremont Ave., South Pasadena, CA 91030. Tickets, which are going fast, are just $50 per person in the first three rows, or $40 for general admission seating.

Proceeds from this event, 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 the disadvantaged this Christmas.

For tickets, call 323-276-6084.

Note: Below, please see preview of Sister's Christmas Catechism.

Today - Black Friday Christmas Extravaganza!!!


The day has finally arrived!

TODAY, November 26, the Society will hold its 3rd Annual 'Black Friday' Christmas Extravaganza from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at its three thrift store locations in Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oxnard.

The Black Friday sale will include 50% storewide savings on trendy fashion, fine home decor, hidden treasures and much more (some exclusions apply).

"There are SO many people who are still struggling to make ends meet. Our goal is to make it easier for them during Christmas," said Tony Terrazas, store director for the Society's L.A. Council, which serves the counties of L.A., Ventura and Santa Barbara. "Besides lowering prices on our already low priced items, proceeds from this sale also benefits our charitable programs for thousands of people who are seeking St. Vincent de Paul's help this Christmas."

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul's stores can be found at:

* LOS ANGELES: 210 N. Avenue 21, L.A., CA 90031 / 323-224-6280 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              323-224-6280      end_of_the_skype_highlighting begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              323-224-6280      end_of_the_skype_highlighting. (Note: Gourmet Genie's Mobile Mediterranean Food truck also will be on-site, and will donate 10% of all sales to the St. Vincent de Paul's local Christmas efforts!)

* LONG BEACH: 2750 Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90804 / 562-494-9955.

* OXNARD: 1258 Saviers Road, 93033 / 805-487-1500.

General information: 323-224-6291.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

A Thanksgiving Day Prayer


To all our wonderful 'Vincentian' volunteers, employees and donors, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles says...HAPPY THANKSGIVING! We are thankful for all your support throughout the year! Enjoy this Thanksgiving prayer:

Dear Heavenly Father:

Please make us an instrument of your peace;
Where there is hatred, let us sow love;
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy. As we pray together today, let us remember that things don't happen over night.

Let us not forget the struggles we all are going thru in this movement for economic injustice. Even if frustration may set in; Let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.

~ Amen

by Glenda Adams

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

REMINDER - Black Friday Sale on November 26!!!


REMINDER...

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul will hold its 3rd Annual 'Black Friday' Christmas Extravaganza from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on November 26 at its three thrift store locations in Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oxnard. Shoppers will not only save HUGE dollars on Christmas gifts, but the store revenue will help the Society's charitable services for families and individuals who will have very little this holiday season.

The Black Friday sale at each St. Vincent de Paul store will include 50% storewide savings on trendy fashion, fine home decor, hidden treasures and much more (some exclusions apply).

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul's stores can be found at:

* LOS ANGELES: 210 N. Avenue 21, L.A., CA 90031 / 323-224-6280. (Note: Gourmet Genie's Mobile Mediterranean Food truck also will be on-site, and will donate 10% of all sales to the St. Vincent de Paul's local Christmas efforts!)

* LONG BEACH: 2750 Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90804 / 562-494-9955.

* OXNARD: 1258 Saviers Road, 93033 / 805-487-1500.

General information: 323-224-6291.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Great deals to dance about in Long Beach!


Our Long Beach store has some exciting deals this week that will have you dancing. Check these out!

Today - Men's Shirts (25% off)
WED - Women's Long Sleeve Shirts (25% off)
THUR - Closed for Thanksgiving
FRI - Black Friday Christmas Extravaganza $ale
SAT - Belts and Ties (99¢)
SUN - All Linen (25% off)

The Society's Long Beach store is located at 2750 Pacific Coast Hwy, 90804. Store directions can be found on the right side of the blog. Info: 562-494-9955.

Monday, November 22, 2010

St. Vincent de Paul Volunteers to serve FREE Thanksgiving meals


Two local Society of St. Vincent de Paul Conferences, groups of ‘Vincentian’ volunteers who help improve the lives of local children and families throughout the year, will serve FREE hot Thanksgiving meals to the general public. Information is listed below.

St. Joseph Conference, POMONA (Thursday, Nov. 25)

Local restaurateur Jacob Jouni of Jouni’s Catering and the Society's St. Joseph Conference in Pomona will serve their 13th annual FREE community Thanksgiving Day meal from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Joseph Church, 1150 W. Holt Avenue, Pomona.

Jouni, former owner of Jouni's Cafe in Upland, a parishioner at St. Joseph Church and a member of St. Joseph’s American Arab Catholic Community (AACC), said that he enjoys Thanksgiving because it allows he and his family to share this special day with others. AACC and the Knights of Columbus, Council 877, will also assist with the feast.

Information: (909) 469-9773.


Our Mother of Good Counsel, LOS ANGELES (Saturday, Nov. 27)

The Society's Our Mother of Good Counsel Conference will serve a FREE community Thanksgiving meal at 11:30 a.m. at 2060 N. Vermont Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90027.

This special holiday lunch is part of St. Vincent de Paul's monthly meal that is held the last Saturday of every month. In 2009, close to 3,000 hot meals were served to the poor, homeless and lonely.

Information: 323-664-2111, ext. 350.

Friday, November 19, 2010

SVdP to hold 3rd Annual 'Black Friday' Christmas Extravaganza!



As our local economy continues to fight its way out of this great recession, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Council of Los Angeles wants to make Christmas a little brighter for local children, women and men.

The Society will hold its 3rd Annual 'Black Friday' Christmas Extravaganza from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on November 26 at its three thrift store locations in Los Angeles, Long Beach and Oxnard. Shoppers will not only save HUGE dollars on Christmas gifts, but the store revenue will help the Society's charitable services for families and individuals who will have very little this holiday season.

The Black Friday sale at each St. Vincent de Paul store will include 50% storewide savings on trendy fashion, fine home decor, hidden treasures and much more (some exclusions apply).

"There are SO many people who are still struggling to make ends meet. Our goal is to make it easier for them during Christmas," said Tony Terrazas, store director for the Society's L.A. Council, which serves the counties of L.A., Ventura and Santa Barbara. "Besides lowering prices on our already low priced items, proceeds from this sale also benefits our charitable programs for thousands of people who are seeking St. Vincent de Paul's help this Christmas."
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul's stores can be found at:

* LOS ANGELES: 210 N. Avenue 21, L.A., CA 90031 / 323-224-6280. (Note: Gourmet Genie's Mobile Mediterranean Food truck also will be on-site, and will donate 10% of all sales to the St. Vincent de Paul's local Christmas efforts!)

* LONG BEACH: 2750 Pacific Coast Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90804 / 562-494-9955.

* OXNARD: 1258 Saviers Road, 93033 / 805-487-1500.

For more information, call 323-224-6291 or visit www.svdpla.blogspot.com.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

SVdP's Holy Name of Mary Conference in San Dimas seeks Thanksgiving Help


St. Vincent de Paul's Holy Name of Mary Conference in San Dimas seeks the public's help with food donations and financial gifts for 81 Thanksgiving baskets that will be distributed to local disadvantaged families for Thanksgiving. The recipients of these baskets have already been selected.

Needed items include: Frozen turkeys, canned yams, canned fruit and canned cranberries and financial gifts to purchase the food.

Financial gifts – earmarked ‘2010 SVdP Thanksgiving 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, (and after hours in the boxes located in the Narthex of the Church) until November 24.

Information: 909-599-1243, ext. 138.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Words from St. Vincent de Paul


"It is our duty to prefer the service of the poor to everything else and to offer such service as quickly as possible. If a needy person requires medicine or other help during prayer time, do whatever has to be done with peace of mind. Offer the deed to God as your prayer.... Charity is certainly greater than any rule. Moreover, all rules must lead to charity."

~ St. Vincent de Paul

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Make Circle V Ranch your RETREAT Destination


Is your church, service club, school or business seeking the ideal retreat location? If so, look no further than the Society's Circle V Ranch Camp near gorgeous Santa Barbara, where you'll experience a memorable time in one of California's most picturesque settings.

At Circle V Ranch, consider the following:

Terrific year-round site for retreats, conferences, youth group activities, and more;
• Nestled in oak-filled ravines, hills and flat land near Lake Cachuma;
• Rustic lodge with a stone fireplace;
• An accredited American Camp Association facility that offers handicapped access to restrooms, dining room, the lodge, kitchen and sleeping areas;
• 16 NEW heated and air-conditioned log cabins that comfortably sleep 120 people
• New swimming pool, a fire pit with stage seating,outdoor chapel,miles of hiking trails and more;
• Fully-equipped kitchen and indoor dining hall;
• Full meal service can be provided at an extra cost;
• Located just 16 miles from Santa Barbara;
• Beautiful view of the Santa Ynez Valley;
• On-site camp ranger;
Competitive rental rates, guaranteed!


Circle V - located at Highway 154, Santa Barbara, CA 93105 - has been owned and operated by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles for more than 60 years!

Information: 323-224-6213, www.circlev@svdpla.org or www.svdpla.org.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Don't snooze on these pre-holiday deals at SVdP's Long Beach store!


Now is not the time to snooze on pre-holiday sales, which will save you money when you need it most! Check out this week's deals at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's store in Long Beach.

Today - Women's Long Sleeve Shirts (25% off)
TUE - Women's Pants (25% off)
WED - Books (50% off)
THUR - Ties and belts (99¢)
FRI - Men’s T-Shirts (25% off)
SAT - Children’s Clothing (99¢)
SUN - Purple tag clothing (50% off)

The Society's Long Beach store is located at 2750 Pacific Coast Hwy, 90804. Store directions can be found on the right side of the blog. Info: 562-494-9955.

Friday, November 12, 2010

There's still time to get your tickets


From the creator of the hit comedy Late Night Catechism, comes a new comedy, Sister's Christmas Catechism! And, on December 4, YOU can witness it live!

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!

This laugh-out-loud comedy will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Holy Family Church, 1527 Fremont Ave., South Pasadena, CA 91030. Tickets are just $50 per person in the first three rows, or $40 for general admission seating.

Proceeds from this event, 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 the disadvantaged this Christmas.

For tickets, call 323-276-6084.

Note: Below, please see preview of Sister's Christmas Catechism.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

A Veteran's Day Prayer


Not to us is the glory, O Lord! Not to us the glory. The nation we call "the land of the free and the home of the brave" has been your gift to us. If it depended upon our own abilities, we would no longer be free, and we often are not brave.

You know only too well the sins of our nation and our inherent weakness. You have looked into our hearts and seen the self-centeredness. You have seen the shame that blights our land because of the sin that taints the hearts of everyone.

Yet you have not forsaken us. You have protected us. There is a song about our nation that contains the words: "God shed his grace on thee." And this is the only reason for our safety and security. Your love, which we do not deserve, this is our strength. This is our only hope.

Continue to shield us with your faithful love. Continue to build up our faith in Jesus who has defeated the dominion of the devil and won the victory for us over death.

Lord, we thank and praise you for preserving and sustaining our nation for generations. We thank you for the faithful efforts of those who have served our country. We pray that you will continue to send forth people of courage and skill to be the tools in your hands for our protection. As our troops stand guard for us in distant and dangerous places, let them call upon you to be their guard. Then, please bring them home safely.

This we pray in the name of Jesus, the Lord of life and glory. Amen.


~www.wels.net

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Great Sales in Long Beach this Week!


Check out these TERRIFIC sales at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's store in Long Beach this week! And, these are above the store's everyday low prices!

Today - Belts and ties ONLY ($0.99)
Thur - Children's Clothing (25% off)
Fri - Woman's Long Sleeve Shirts (25% off)
Sat - All Linen (25% off)
Sun - Woman's Dresses (25% off)

The Society's Long Beach store is located at 2750 Pacific Coast Hwy, 90804. Store directions can be found on the right side of the blog. Info: 562-494-9955.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

SVdP Conferences seek THANKSGIVING Help


This Thanksgiving, local Society of St. Vincent de Paul Conferences (groups of year-round volunteers called ‘Vincentians’) in the counties of Los Angeles are seeking help to feed homeless, disadvantaged and working-poor families and individuals. The recipients of these baskets have already been selected.

The following is a list St. Vincent de Paul Conferences and its Thanksgiving needs:

GLENDORA

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

· Food Baskets – non-perishable food, stuffing, canned yams, canned pumpkin and evaporated milk for 50 families.

· Financial Gifts – Monetary donations to help purchase the needed food.
Financial gifts – earmarked ‘2010 Thanksgiving’ – can be mailed to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul St. Dorothy Conference, 241 S. Valley Center Ave., Glendora, CA 91741. Deadline for donations is November 18. Info: 626-914-3941.

LOS ANGELES

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

· Food Baskets – Canned hams and non-perishable items for 75 families.

· Financial Gifts – Monetary donations to help purchase the needed food.
Financial gifts – earmarked ‘2010 Thanksgiving’ – can be mailed to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Our Mother of Good Counsel, 2060 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, CA 90027. Donations also can be dropped off at the parish office at the above address from 9 am to 4 pm, November 15-19. Info: 323- 664-2111.

POMONA

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

· Food Baskets – Canned corn, canned green beans, canned fruit, mixed vegetables, pies, stuffing, instant potatoes, bagged rice and bagged beans for 100 families.

· FREE Community Hot Meal – Monetary donations welcomed for the meal, which will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thanksgiving Day to more than 500 people.

· Financial Gifts – Monetary donations to help purchase the needed food and items.
Financial gifts – earmarked ‘2010 Thanksgiving’ – can be mailed to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul St. Joseph Conference, 1150 W. Hold Blvd., Pomona, CA 91768. Donations also can be dropped off at the above address from 9 a.m. to Noon, November 12 and 15. Info: 909-469-9773.

POMONA

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

· Food Baskets – Frozen or canned hams, stuffing, instant potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, rolls, pies, canned vegetables, canned fruit for 100 families.

· Financial Gifts – Monetary donations to help purchase the needed food.
Financial gifts – earmarked ‘2010 Thanksgiving’ – can be mailed to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul St. Madeleine Conference, 931 E. Kingsley Ave., Pomona, CA 91767Donations also can be dropped off at the above address from 9 am to 5 pm until November 19. Info: 909-865-4433.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Buy & $AVE in Ventura County this week!

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The beginning of another week means one thing in Ventura County - buy more for LE$$ at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's store in OXNARD. Enjoy these discounts:

* TODAY: Crazy Tag Sale (25% off)
* TUE: Senior Citizen Day (15% off)
* WED: Military Day (15% off)
* THUR: Senior Citizen Day (15% off)
* FRI-SUN: Special Weekend Sale (50% off)

NOTE: These sales are on select items and exclude purple tags, mattresses and bed frames.

The Society's Oxnard store is located at 1258 Saviers Rd., 93033. Directions can be found on the right side of this blog. Info: 805-487-1500.

Friday, November 5, 2010

An early Christmas gift that will touch many lives!

From the creator of the hit comedy Late Night Catechism, comes a new comedy, Sister's Christmas Catechism! And, on December 4, YOU can witness it live and in person.

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!

This laugh-out-loud comedy will be held at 7:30 p.m. at Holy Family Church, 1527 Fremont Ave., South Pasadena, CA 91030. Tickets are just $50 per person in the first three rows, or $40 for general admission seating.

Proceeds from this event, 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 the local poor and homeless this Christmas.

For tickets, call 323-276-6084.

Note: Below, please view preview of Sister's Christmas Catechism.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

A Letter from SVdP's New National Development Director


Hello:

I would like to introduce myself. I am the new National Director of Development, Steve Martinez. I am very excited about joining the National Staff and assisting in the development and management of the resources that are essential to the Society's mission.

It is the time of the year when we are preparing for our Annual Year-End Appeal. The mailing is scheduled to be mailed to the Society members and National office donors on November 11, 2010, about two weeks after the Ozanam Newsletter is delivered. The National appeal raises funds to support programs and services administered by the National office. The National Friends of the Poor® Walk, for example, continues to grow and provide local funding to assist those who lack basic human needs. This program alone has the potential to bring in millions of dollars to help our Conferences (groups of volunteers) aid to those in need. The National Friends of the Poor® Grant Program distributed $164,000 to Conferences in eight regions.

In addition, the National Council unveiled its National Vehicle Donation Program, which can also provide significant funds to our Councils and Conferences.

Because of your generosity, these funds and others provided a wide variety of aid and support, administered by our 146,000 members who have dedicated themselves to alleviate their neighbors' suffering through food pantries, housing assistance, disaster relief, job training and placement, clothing, transportation and utility costs, home visits, care for the elderly, and medicine.

This is one of our largest fundraising activities of the year and it will require your support to be successful. Please share the mail date with the local councils so they can plan accordingly.

Thank you in advance for your support,

Steven F. Martinez

National Development Director
National Council of the United States Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Inc.
smartinez@svdpusa.org

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

L.A. Store Open During Remodeling


If you've visited our Los Angeles store recently at 210 N. Avenue 21, you've noticed that we are in the midst of a major remodeling project. We apologize for any inconvenience, as we continue to make our award-winning store even more customer friendly.

Despite the remodeling, our store will remain open seven days a week. Bringing you - our loyal customer - value is goal number one! And, we will not settle for anything less! Thank you for your patronage. Construction is scheduled to be completed in a few weeks. Info: 323-224-6280.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Today is All Souls Day


Today, November 2, is All Souls Day, in which we recall our non-canonized ancestors in faith, pray for them, and ask for their prayers in turn.

In Mexico (and, increasingly, in Southern California), November 2 is also celebrated as Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead); families build home altars on which they place pictures of deceased loved ones and/or visit their loved ones at their place of internment. It is a time of year to recall that our loved ones who have passed away are not really gone, but awaiting us in God’s glory.

Why We Pray for the Dead

We say prayers, not only for those whom we knew and loved, but also for the "poor souls". Explain to your children about praying for the "poor souls" who may have no one else -- no families, no children or grand-children -- to pray for them. This is an act of charity that we can perform for them.

Be sure to mention that that respect for the dead is part of respect for all human life which comes from God. Our heavenly Father gave us life, and we are all infinitely precious to Him, and he wants us all to be with him in heaven forever. We can see, then, how a denial of death, or a refusal to accept pain, sorrow, and suffering as part of life, is really a denial of the value of life and love.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church secton on Purgatory (1030-1032) explains that "All who die in God's grace and friendship, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the joy of heaven" (1030).

The Catechism states that "From the beginning the Church has honored the memory of the dead and offered prayers in suffrage for them, above all the Eucharistic sacrifice... The Church also commends almsgiving, indulgences, and works of penance undertaken on behalf of the dead" (1032).

The feast of All Souls is a reminder to pray for the "faithful departed". Although they are members of the Communion of Saints, have been saved and will one day be in heaven, they need to be perfected before they can go to Heaven, that is, to come into full unity with the perfection that is God.

We hope your school-age children have an opportunity to attend Mass on All Souls day. (If this is already not on your parish school's schedule, do suggest that it be added!)

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Monday, November 1, 2010

November 1 - All Saints Day


All Saints Day is solemnity celebrated on the first of November. It is instituted to honour all the saints, known and unknown, and, according to Urban IV, to supply any deficiencies in the faithful's celebration of saints' feasts during the year.

In the early days the Christians were accustomed to solemnize the anniversary of a martyr's death for Christ at the place of martyrdom. In the fourth century, neighbouring dioceses began to interchange feasts, to transfer relics, to divide them, and to join in a common feast; as is shown by the invitation of Saint Basil of Caesarea (397) to the bishops of the province of Pontus. Frequently groups of martyrs suffered on the same day, which naturally led to a joint commemoration. In the persecution of Diocletian the number of martyrs became so great that a separate day could not be assigned to each. But the Church, feeling that every martyr should be venerated, appointed a common day for all. The first trace of this we find in Antioch on the Sunday after Pentecost. We also find mention of a common day in a sermon of Saint Ephrem the Syrian (373), and in the 74th homily of Saint John Chrysostom (407).

At first only martyrs and Saint John the Baptist were honoured by a special day. Other saints were added gradually, and increased in number when a regular process of canonization was established; still, as early as 411 there is in the Chaldean Calendar a "Commemoratio Confessorum" for the Friday after Easter. In the west, Pope Boniface IV on 13 May 609 or 610, consecrated the Pantheon in Rome to the Blessed Virgin and all the martyrs, ordering an anniversary. Gregory III (731-741) consecrated a chapel in the Basilica of Saint Peter to all the saints and fixed the anniversary for 1 November. A basilica of the Apostles already existed in Rome, and its dedication was annually remembered on 1 May. Gregory IV (827-844) extended the celebration on 1 November to the entire Church. The vigil seems to have been held as early as the feast itself. The octave was added by Sixtus IV (1471-84).

(Francis Merseman, from the Catholic Encyclopedia, copyright 1907)

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