Tuesday, September 29, 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

Monday, September 28, 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 gran creatividad para mantener nuestro trabajo por los pobres y los que sufren.
Hazme el regalo, Señor, de la creatividad necesaria para continuar la labor a pesar de los obstáculos que me confrontan.

Vincentian Services Department

Thursday, September 24, 2015

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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 oración de un Misionero Vicentino

Oh Divino Salvador,
Transformame en Ti Mismo.
Que mis manos son las manos de Jesús.
Concede que todas las facultades de mi cuerpo
Puede servir sólo para glorificarte.
Sobre todo,
Transforma mi alma y todas sus facultades
Así que mi memoria, voluntad y afecto
Puede ser la memoria, voluntad y afectos
De Jesus.
Te ruego
Para destruir en mí
Todo lo que no es de usted.
Haz que yo pueda vivir
Pero en Ti, por Ti y para Ti,
Así que puedo decir en verdad,
Con St. Pablo,
"Vivo - ahora no yo -
Pero Cristo vive en mí."
–San Juan Gabriel Perboyre, CM
Misionario, místico, mártir, Vicentino,
sacerdote de la Congregación de la Misión
cuyo martirio hace 175 años en 1840. 

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

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

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 which is truly tolerant and inclusive, to safeguarding the rights of individuals and communities, and to rejecting every form of unjust discrimination.  With countless other people of good will, they are likewise concerned that efforts to build a just and wisely ordered society respect their deepest concerns and their right to religious liberty.  That freedom remains one of America’s most precious possessions.  And, as my brothers, the United States Bishops, have reminded us, all are called to be vigilant, precisely as good citizens, to preserve and defend that freedom from everything that would threaten or compromise it.

Mr. President, I find it encouraging that you are proposing an initiative for reducing air pollution.  Accepting the urgency, it seems clear to me also that climate change is a problem which can no longer be left to a future generation.  When it comes to the care of our “common home”, we are living at a critical moment of history.  We still have time to make the changes needed to bring about “a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change” (Laudato Si’, 13).  Such change demands on our part a serious and responsible recognition not only of the kind of world we may be leaving to our children, but also to the millions of people living under a system which has overlooked them.  Our common home has been part of this group of the excluded which cries out to heaven and which today powerfully strikes our homes, our cities and our societies.  To use a telling phrase of the Rev. Martin Luther King, we can say that we have defaulted on a promissory note and now is the time to honor it.

We know by faith that “the Creator does not abandon us; he never forsakes his loving plan or repents of having created us.  Humanity still has the ability to work together in building our common home” (Laudato Si’, 13).  As Christians inspired by this certainty, we wish to commit ourselves to the conscious and responsible care of our common home.

The efforts which were recently made to mend broken relationships and to open new doors to cooperation within our human family represent positive steps along the path of reconciliation, justice and freedom.  I would like all men and women of good will in this great nation to support the efforts of the international community to protect the vulnerable in our world and to stimulate integral and inclusive models of development, so that our brothers and sisters everywhere may know the blessings of peace and prosperity which God wills for all his children.

Mr. President, once again I thank you for your welcome, and I look forward to these days in your country.  God bless America!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

"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! We will 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.

Monday, September 21, 2015

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, Ann, at the CMC who helped set up the repayment plan to repay his debt. 

Mike had been to other programs before his arrival, but was quick to say that the CMC was where he received the help he needed. He appreciated how peaceful the CMC was. It didn’t seem like a program, it was more like an opportunity to learn.

Mike believes coming to the CMC was, “What God intended for him,” and that he was able to grow as a person during his stay. In the future, Mike hopes to save enough money to move to a nicer apartment, but for now he is content. He feels very blessed by the opportunities he was given at the CMC, and wishes that everyone who is homeless would experience the program.

“I’ve recommended this program over and over to everyone I know,” Mike said. “Everyone deserves a second chance.”

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 inclinaciones,
y permíteme tener la visión para ver mas allá de las limitaciones que yo mismo me creo.

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

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Thursday, September 17, 2015

"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


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Monday, September 14, 2015

"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 improving the communities we operate in through youth outreach to kids in need,” said John Mersho, Senior Vice President of Shoe Palace.

According to the National Retail Federation, the average family will spend $630 on apparel, electronics and school supplies this year, but not all families in Los Angeles can afford that hefty sum. St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles makes it their business to help Angelenos in need, with a special emphasis on sending its youngest citizens back to school with pride. 

Thursday, September 10, 2015

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

"Pongo mis intenciones bajo los auspicios de nuestra Madre Divina,
confiando para el resto en mi buena voluntad!"
Beato Federico Ozanam,
quien falleció hace 162 años hoy en esto,
el día de la Fiesta de la Natividad de la Santísima Virgen 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.

Amado Creador,
Su amor por nosotros se refleja en el amor de la Madre María para su hijo, Jesús;
puede nuestro amor por nuestros hermanos y hermanas y toda la Creación asimismo reflejar el suyo,
en el servicio y la oración
Vincentian Services Department
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles

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 I go to every home call to listen with an open mind and an open heart so I can help them the best I can.”

Those who know Hrabovsky said the time and energy she devotes to helping those in need has had a lasting impact on the community.  The longtime parishioner, who spends about 20 hours a week volunteering, received the Partners in Service Award this year from Catholic Charities of Ventura County for her service to those in need.

Recipients of the award are nominated by their respective pastors for their contributions to the community.  “There are so many people who do so many things,” Hrabovsky said. “This (award) was a wonderful honor.”  The Rev. Patrick Mullen, the pastor at Padre Serra for five years, said the recognition was well-deserved.  He praised Hrabovsky, a member of the parish for nearly two decades, for her intelligence when helping people in their darkest hours.  “Marylee manages to keep things cool and calm,” he said. “She has an extraordinary ability to help people make sense of what is going on in their lives and plan for a better future.”

Hrabovsky said handling difficult circumstances people find themselves in is something she’s been trained for.  She was a social worker for the greater part of her career.  She later worked as a case manager for an insurance company, specializing in catastroph- injury, before retiring eight years ago.  “I had always worked full time, so (my retirement) was the first time I really had the opportunity to be able to serve at the church,” she said. “This (ministry) is something that comes naturally to me.”

Since her retirement, Hrabovsky has committed much of her time to carrying out the mission of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.  The organization, made up of smaller conferences throughout the nation, distributes money collected through donations, grants and fundraisers to individuals and families who are homeless or in need, without regard to race, religion, age or ethnicity.
The Padre Serra Conference, which covers the eastern portion of the city, often works with other conferences to get the job done.  Volunteers take turns fielding calls from those in need and, when appropriate, pair up to visit them in person before developing a plan of action.  “You just have to be open and let them know you’re not there to judge them,” Hrabovsky said of the people they serve. “You are there to hopefully give them a helping hand so they can get themselves out of the position they are in.”

Although those who benefit from the organization usually receive some sort of financial assistance— rent and utility payments are made directly to the landlord to ensure the money is used as intended—the ultimate goal is to help the clients gain stability.
Hrabovsky once helped a father of two who was facing eviction. The single parent had just started a new job after being out of work for two months.
The organization supplied him with rent, food and gas money so he could travel to and from his new job.  The assistance helped the minimum-wage earner get back on his feet after two months out of work.

“Every situation is different,” Hrabovsky said. “We do a lot of referrals to government agencies and private organizations to help them not just put a Band-Aid on their problem but step up to another level where they can be more self-sufficient.”  The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is one of many ministries Hrabovsky is involved in.  She and her husband, Jim, are members of the Padre Serra baptism team, which is made up of married couples who take turns meeting with families whose children are to be baptized to guide them through the process.

“Our whole purpose in meeting individually is to welcome them to the church,” she said. “It is rewarding to see new families come to our church who want to have a religious background for their children.”  She and her husband also serve as Eucharistic ministers, church members who assist the priest in administering the sacrament of Holy Communion.  “Marylee has a strong presence here,” said Teresa Runyon, the faith life minister of the parish. “She’s welcoming, she’s caring and she’s always willing to help where she can.”  Hrabovsky, a mother of two and grandmother of four, shows no signs of slowing down.  “This is my way of serving God,” she said. “I enjoy it.”

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

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,
fundador principal de la Sociedad de San Vicente de Paúl,
cuya fiesta se celebra hoy, 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,
Concédenos la fuerza para caminar sobre las piernas de justicia y caridad,
siguiendo el camino que tenemos ante nosotros.
Vincentian Services Department
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles