Monday, January 31, 2011

11th Annual Paint Project LA at SVdP's Cardinal Manning Center on Feb. 5

Dear Young Vincentians & Friends:

In observance of the Souper Bowl of Caring Collection’s National Service Blitz, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Council of Los Angeles is hosting its 11th Annual Paint Project LA on Saturday, February 5 at the Society’s Cardinal Manning Center in downtown Los Angeles’ Skid Row.

Come and join with other young Vincentians from across Southern California as we gather to paint, clean, and otherwise help out at the Society’s homeless shelter. Please note at this time, we are only accepting twenty (20) participants for this event. So, first come, first serve. Please call or e-mail me to let me know if you plan to participate.

On Sunday, February 6, 2010 – Souper Bowl of Caring Collection at your Parish

That time of year is fast approaching; the annual Souper Bowl of Caring. That’s right, Souper Bowl. Every year, on Super Bowl Sunday, youth groups of every denomination across the country stand at the exits of their churches with soup bowls or other containers and ask their parishioners for a $1 donation. Less than a cup of coffee. Less than many newspapers.

As always, we ask those who participate to donate their proceeds to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Conference at their parish – or, if the youth have their own youth Conference, to keep all or part of the proceeds for their own service projects (and they are, of course, free to share part of the proceeds with their adult counterpart).

Please let me know if your Conference or parish youth participate in the Souper Bowl collection this year, and how much you were able to raise.

Thanks again for all you do.

Yours in Vincent & Frédéric,

Manuel Sanchez

Friday, January 28, 2011

Bundle Sunday Sites for January 30

Society of St. Vincent de Paul donation trucks will be at the below parishes from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, January 30 to collect tax deductible usable clothing, household goods and misc. items - as well as rags & newspapers. Feel free to drop off your donations during this time! electronics.

* St. Raphael: 5444 Hollister Ave., Santa Barbara
* St. Raymond: 12348 Paramount Blvd., Downey
* St. James: 124 N. Pacific Coast Hwy., Redondo Beach
* Immaculate Conception: 740 S. Shamrock Ave., Monrovia
* St. Peter Claver: 5649 E. Pitman St., Simi Valley
* Our Lady of Guadalupe: 440 Massey Ave., Hermosa Beach

* Note - Large items like furniture, appliances and vehicles (running or not) can be donated by calling 323-224-6280 or 800-974-3571.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Lincoln Heights is the place to be TODAY!

What a way to get your Thursday groove on! St. Vincent De Paul is having a 3-hour sale from 12:30 to 3:30 PM where you can get 50% off of all clothing and shoes. AH-MAZING! And the Grilled Cheese Truck will be across the street at Alta Lofts from 12-2 p.m.

St. Vincent De Paul is just steps away from ALTA Lofts at 210 North San Fernando Road, Los Angeles, CA 90013. For more than 100 years, St. Vincent de Paul has provided programs and services for children, the homeless and the poor within the counties of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara.

Everything you purchase helps this organization help the less fortunate in our city. SVDP has a great rep among set designers, wardrobe consultants and stylist that has made it a staple among creative professionals and bargain shoppers with style. Our buyers shop at SVDP, so we have teamed-up to make Thursday a special ALTA Lofts day! So, shop, make a difference and swing by Alta Lofts to eat at LA’s favorite food truck!


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Beatitude Prayer

Lord, be with us, and give us the grace to live the Beatitudes, the blessings of happiness that Jesus taught us:

• Happy are those who know how to laugh at themselves,they will never run out of amusement.

• Happy are those who know how to distinguish between a mountain and a molehill, they will be spared much trouble.

• Happy are those who know how to rest and to sleep without looking for excuses, they will become wise.

• Happy are those who can be silent and who can listen,they shall learn many new things.

• Happy are those who are intelligent enough not to take themselves seriously, they shall be appreciated by those around them.

• Happy are those who are attentive to others without thinking themselves indispensable, they will sow joy.

• Happy are those who know how to take little things and serious things peacefully, they will go far in life.

• Happy are those who can admire a smile and ignore a frown, they will travel in sunshine.

• Happy are those who think before acting and who pray before thinking,
they will avoid much foolishness.

• Happy are those who can be silent and smile when interrupted, contradicted or stepped on, the Gospel is beginning to penetrate their heart.

• Happy especially are you who can recognize the Lord in all whom you meet, you have found true light and veritable wisdom.

Lord, grant us the wisdom to recognize you in all of the events of each day and in all of those with whom we live and work, so that as Vincentians we will truly become Beatitude People. Amen

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Vehicle Donations Sought (running or not)

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Council of Los Angeles, which serves the counties of L.A., Ventura and Santa Barbara, seeks donated cars, boats, motorcycles and RVs.

100% of the proceeds benefit the local underserved. PLUS...your donations is tax deductible and we can pickup for FREE!

Information: 323-224-6291 or

Monday, January 24, 2011

Save the Date - April 2, 2011

Hike for the Homeless on April 2 in beautiful Griffith Park in Los Angeles and witness the beauty that surrounds this iconic city.

Adults, students and pets on leashes are invited to hike the 2.64 mile Fern Canyon Trail or 2 mile Old Zoo trail at their own pace, beginning at 8:15 a.m. near the Merry-go-round lot.

Registration is just $25 for adults, $15 for students and $5 for pets, with all proceeds benefiting the Society’s of St. Vincent de Paul’s Cardinal Manning Center and its work with homeless men and women with children. Registration includes a t-shirt, refreshments and a light breakfast. Various sponsorship packages are also available.

For more information and to register, go to or call 213-229-9970.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Come hungry to Hamburger Hamlet TONIGHT and help the local poor!

Tonight is the night! Come hungry to Pasadena's Hamburger Hamlet from 5-9 p.m. at 214 S. Lake Avenue. Write 'SVdP" on your meal receipt and 15% of your bill will help the Society of St. Vincent de Paul feed the local poor. It's that easy!

Great food and great fun, while supporting a worthy cause! Thank you in advance for your support.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

SVdP is BEST Thrift Store in Los Angeles

Seeking bargains? Think St. Vincent de Paul's store at 210 N. Avenue 21 in Los Angeles - recently named 'Best Giant Thrift Store' by LA Weekly.

This is what reporter Anna Jones had to say:

One of the best things about not having much cash — really, when you think about it, the only thing — is the excellent excuse to spend it at the large-scale second-hand fantasyland Society of St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store in Lincoln Heights. The thrill of furnishing an Eastside apartment with less than $200 is comparable only to the thrill of the great bargains you will discover here: a constantly rotating inventory of vintage and other lightly used furnishings, which on most days will include fabulous deals on everything from TVs and dishware to pianos and exercise equipment. The enormous selection of clothes, shoes and accessories for men, women and kids is packed with great finds and the staff is friendly and helpful (and sometimes willing to make deals on big-ticket items). Come prepared with a truck and ample time to spend exploring its many rooms, and be sure to check out the book section at the front. Plus, it’s all for a good cause. 210 N. Avenue 21, Lincoln Heights. (323) 224-6280.

Start the new year off right and pay a visit to this HUGE store near Dodger Stadium, where you'll find something for all your needs and dreams!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

FYI: 2011 Circle V Ranch Camp dates announced

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul's 2011 Circle V Ranch Camp season has been set. And, this year, there will be nine sessions; one extra week than in 2010. The dates are:

* Session 1: June 22-27
* Session 2: June 27-July 2
* Session 3: July 5-10
* Session 4: July 10-15
* Session 5: July 18-23
* Session 6: July 23-28
* Session 7: August 1-6
* Session 8: August 6-11
* Session 9: August 12-17

Note: Camp applications will be accepted beginning in April.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Happy MLK Day!

Today we celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., a man who stood for equality and everything right. May we continue to live his dream and what God commands of all His followers.

"Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase"

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Thursday, January 13, 2011

New year, but needs remain great!

The calendar may read 2011, but the needs of children, women and men remain great when it comes to assistance with food, household items, utilities, rent and mortgages!

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Council of Los Angeles and its more than 2,000 'Vincentian' volunteers serve the counties of L.A., Ventura and Santa Barbara. This past holiday season, close to 250,000 individuals were helped; the largest amount ever for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Despite a slightly improved economy, the Society expects requests for help to continue to rise, especially from working-poor families whose finances can't cover their daily basic needs.

Please help us help others! Tax-deductible usable donations of clothing, furniture, appliances, books, bric-a-brac and vehicles (running or not) can be picked up for FREE by calling 800-974-3571. Financial gifts (also tax-deductible) also are welcomed. They can be mailed to SVdP, 210 N. Avenue 21, Los Angeles, CA 90031. Please earmark your check '2011 Donation Needs.'

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Novena in Honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Dear Vincentians:

The U.S. Bishops have asked American Catholics to participate in a novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe for Haiti beginning on the anniversary of the earthquake, January 12th, and ending on January 20th.

Please see the following link for more information:

Our Lady Of Guadalupe

Guadalupe is strictly the name of a picture, but was extended to the church containing the picture and to the town that grew up around. The picture really constitutes Guadalupe representing the Immaculate Conception, being the lone figure of the woman with the sun, moon, and star accompaniments of the great apocalyptic sign, and in addition a supporting angel under the crescent.


On Saturday, December 9, 1531, the Blessed Virgin appeared to Juan Diego on his way down Tepeyac hill to hear Mass in Mexico City. The Blessed Virgin told Juan Diego to go to Bishop Zumárraga to ask him to build a church for her where she appeared. The bishop asked Juan to ask the Lady for a sign.

On December 12 on his way to the convent to get a priest for his uncle who was dying, the Blessed Virgin who called herself Holy Mary of Guadalupe appeared again. Juan Diego told the Virgin about his uncle whom she instantly cured. Juan Diego told the Blessed Virgin that the bishop asked for a sign. She told him to go up to the rocks and gather roses. He found the roses where the Blessed Virgin said and he gathered them on to his long cactus-fiber cloak called tilma.

The Holy Mother rearranged the roses. She told him not to touch them and to go back to the bishop. Upon arriving Juan showed Zumárraga the roses. As he unfolded his cloak the roses fell out. The bishop and his attendants knelt before him. On his tilma the life size figure of the Virgin Mother, just as he had described her, was glowing!

A great mural decoration in the renovated basilica commemorates the scene. The image was venerated, guarded in the bishop's chapel. The Our Lady of Guadalupe is the national patron of the Americas and the feast day is December 12.

Novena in Honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe

First Day

Dearest Lady of Guadalupe, fruitful Mother of holiness, teach me your ways of gentleness and strength. Hear my humble prayer offered with heartfelt confidence to beg this favor......
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory.

Second Day

O Mary, conceived without sin, I come to your throne of grace to share the fervent devotion of your faithful Mexican children who call to you under the glorious Aztec title of Guadalupe. Obtain for me a lively faith to do your Son's holy will always: May His will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory.

Third Day

O Mary, whose Immaculate Heart was pierced by seven swords of grief, help me to walk valiantly amid the sharp thorns strewn across my pathway. Obtain for me the strength to be a true imitator of you. This I ask you, my dear Mother.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory.

Fourth Day

Dearest Mother of Guadalupe, I beg you for a fortified will to imitate your divine Son's charity, to always seek the good of others in need. Grant me this, I humbly ask of you.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory.

Fifth Day

O most holy Mother, I beg you to obtain for me pardon of all my sins, abundant graces to serve your Son more faithfully from now on, and lastly, the grace to praise Him with you forever in heaven.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory.

Sixth Day

Mary, Mother of vocations, multiply priestly vocations and fill the earth with religious houses which will be light and warmth for the world, safety in stormy nights. Beg your Son to send us many priests and religious. This we ask of you, O Mother.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory.

Seventh Day

O Lady of Guadalupe, we beg you that parents live a holy life and educate their children in a Christian manner; that children obey and follow the directions of their parents; that all members of the family pray and worship together. This we ask of you, O Mother.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory.

Eighth Day

With my heart full of the most sincere veneration, I prostrate myself before you, O Mother, to ask you to obtain for me the grace to fulfill the duties of my state in life with faithfulness and constancy.
Our father, Hail Mary, Glory.

Ninth Day

O God, You have been pleased to bestow upon us unceasing favors by having placed us under the special protection of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary. Grant us, your humble servants, who rejoice in honoring her today upon earth, the happiness of seeing her face to face in heaven.
Our Father, Hail Mary, Glory.

Yours in St. Vincent and Blessed Frederic,

Joseph D. Flannigan

National President
National Council of the United States Society of Saint Vincent de Paul

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Circle V Ranch Camp Update...

In an effort to make St. Vincent de Paul's Circle V Ranch Camp the best place to be for children during the summer and groups during the year, changes continue to take place at this oasis near beautiful Santa Barbara.

Check out these two photos near the center of the camp. The top photo shows newly planted grass in front of the dining lodge with the main field (and flag pole) in the distance, while the bottom photo shows a new basketball court during its early stages on the main field. Note: Click on photos to enlarge.

Photos: Maral Tavitian

Monday, January 10, 2011

YOU can make a difference!

Help the Society of St. Vincent de Paul help others. Here are just two ways to accomplish that goal:

Planned Giving

This is a donor’s commitment to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Council of Los Angeles through a gift that takes effect at death or after a term of years. Include the Society in your will or other estate plans, and you’ll provide the financial power needed to help families and individuals for years to come.

Matching Gifts

Many corporations assist their employees’ charitable intent by matching, or multiplying, their employees’ gifts, up to a set amount. If you are considering making a gift to the Society, ask if your employer participates in such a program.

Info: Grace Casian at 323-276-6084 or Also visit and click on the word Donate.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Your next RETREAT destination? Circle V Ranch 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 - overlooking Lake Cachuma - near gorgeous Santa Barbara, where you'll enjoy your 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, or

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Calling all SVdPLA Conferences to help with Bundle Sundays

It may be a new year, but the needs are just as great, if not greater, than in 2010!

Parishes in the counties of Los Angeles, Ventura and Santa Barbara are needed to help the Society of St. Vincent de Paul help the less fortunate through its BUNDLE SUNDAY program!

Parish members can easily support the program by donating their discards of usable clothing, household goods and misc. small items - as well as rags and newspapers - when they attend Mass on a scheduled Bundle Sunday. *Please note that this collection is for small items only, and that a free pick-up of large donations (furniture, appliances & electronics) can be made by calling 323-224-6280 or 800-97-HELP-1.

Donations serve two purposes: First - They are given to families in extreme-need through the Society's free distribution progam; Second - They are resold in St. Vincent de Paul's thrift stores to help fund the Society's outreach programs. In either case, YOU are helping the less-fortunate and improving the local economy!

Information: 323-224-6274.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Celebrating St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Dear Vincentians and Friends:

Today, January 4, is the Feast Day of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, founder of the Sisters of Charity, whose rule is based upon that of the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, and was the first native-born citizen of the U.S. to be canonized as a saint. Details of her interesting life, from a young woman born and raised in a devout, well-to-do Episcopalian family, to her loving marriage, life as a widow and devoted mother, to her conversion to Catholicism and formation as a Vincentian, may be found by visiting the Vincentian Family web site’s VincentWiki page at

Also check out the famivin website at, which features links to a graphical presentation key moments on the development of her legacy, music in the life of Mother Seton, a prayer service commemorating the day, a crossword puzzle, and most especially, a presentation by Sister of Charity Regina Bechtle entitled “Harvesting Theological Abundance from Elizabeth Seton’s Story.”

"God is so infinitely present to us that He is in every part of our life and being-- nothing can separate us from Him. He is more intimately present to us than we are to ourselves..."

~ St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

Blessings to you all,


Manuel A. Sánchez
Youth/Young Adult Conference Coord.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles

Monday, January 3, 2011

Beginning 2011 with St. Vincent de Paul

As we begin a new year, let's reflect on a quote from St. Vincent de Paul in regards to what this organization is all about today:

“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.”

Saturday, January 1, 2011

It's 2011: Happy New Year!

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 Happy New Year. May 2011 be a year filled with many memorable moments both personally and professionally!

Wishing God's blessings to you!

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