Thursday, March 31, 2016

Spring is in the air! Enjoy the extra sunlight with us and take advantage of our extended hours this Tuesday! We’re going to have the Lobos Truck, music, and prizes to win. 

Lund 40 Acts of Kindness and Fit 40k Miles by Memorial Day

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La Cañada Flintridge CA - In conjunction with their 40 years in business, the Allen Lund Company will be completing 40 Acts of Kindness in 2016. Each of their 30 nationwide offices, as well as all support departments have been invited to participate with their own events. The 40 Acts of Kindness kicked off in February with a Build a Bike event held in San Diego, in partnership with Team Bonding. Five girl and five boy bikes were built to give to children from the Boys & Girls Club of Greater San Diego.
ALC team at Build a Bike Event
“As the Allen Lund Company celebrates our 40 years in business we have launched our largest community service project. Kind deeds come from a desire to give back, generated by a core response deep within all of us. When we carry out an act of kindness it is a message of love from one heart to another,” stated Kenny Lund, VP of Support Operations.
In continuation with their 2016 goal of giving back to the community they have many projects already in process, on the horizon, or nearing completion:
  • Since 1999, the company has sponsored the Cardinal’s Awards in Los Angeles, honoring members of the Archdiocese and Catholic Church that go above and beyond for their church communities. In 2016, this Act of Kindness will continue with a $10,000.00 donation.
  • Support of educational endeavors has always been important to the company. Beginning in 2004, annual donations have been made to the Catholic Education Foundation, which underwrites elementary and high school tuition for thousands of at need children. This tradition will continue in 2016, keeping the focus on inner-city schools within Los Angeles.
  • American Cancer Society’s Foothills Relay for Life. In April we will have a team on the track for the annual relay. A continuing project since the early 2000’s, ALC has raised over $110,000 towards cancer research through this local relay event…a recurring Act of Kindness.
  • ALC headquarters has partnered with Verbum Dei High School to take part in their work study program, which brings high school students to ALC for on the job training. Since 2007, 36 students have interned through this invaluable work study program, with our 2015/2016 group wrapping up their school year with ALC in May.
  • 2016 marks the 6th year working with the Chamber of Commerce and City of La Cañada Flintridge to develop and implement the Summer Intern Program with local LCF companies. We are currently in the interview process with students from La Cañada High School to fill this summer internship with the company.
  • For the second year in April, ALC will be feeding the homeless at the Cardinal Manning Center on Skid Row, via our corporate partnership with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. 50 to 100 meals are served during lunch to the temporary residents at the Center.
One of the most aggressive goals for the 40 Acts of Kindness project is a company wide challenge for all employees to walk or run for a combined goal of 40,000 miles by Memorial Day, 2016. In congruence with our goal, they will be partnering with The Independence Fund, supporting their mobility program. The Allen Lund Company will donate $16,000 to help provide a track chair and trailer to a disabled veteran after the challenge is completed on Memorial Day.
“I can’t tell you how proud I am of our management team and employees for taking on this feat on a national scale. I’ve always said that people are our product and we have the best people,” stated Allen Lund, President and CEO. “I am proud to work with all of our ALC employees, especially in efforts to better our communities. I thank them from the bottom of my heart for their generosity towards others.”

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Avery Dennison Serves the CMC

Volunteers from Avery Dennison served a delicious lunch today to the homeless at St. Vincent de Paul’s Cardinal Manning Center homeless program on Skid Row in Los Angeles.  Thank you Avery Dennison!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Daily Inspiration

Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said,
"What will you give me if I hand him over to you?" They paid him thirty pieces of silver.
And from that moment he began to look for an opportunity to betray him.
Matthew 26:14-16

Entonces uno de los doce, que se llamaba Judas Iscariote, fue a los principales sacerdotes,
y les dijo: ¿Qué me queréis dar, y yo os lo entregaré? Y ellos le asignaron treinta piezas de plata.
Y desde entonces buscaba oportunidad para entregarle.
Mateo 26:14-16

The Betrayal of Christ, 1596-97
Giuseppe Cesari, Galleria Borghese, Rome

There were two treacheries. Judas went out to grab his money, betrayed Jesus, and then killed himself in despair.
Peter, despite his protests, would deny his Lord; he faced his own appalling guilt, then wept bitterly.
His failure was not the end of the mission, but the beginning.

Success is what I do with my failures. Teach me to trust in your love Lord, no matter what I have done,
and to learn from my mistakes and even from treachery.

Hubo dos traiciones.  Judas fue a recoger su dinero, traicionó a Jesus, y después se suicido en la desesperación.
Pedro, a pesar de sus protestas, negaría a su Dios;  el confrontó su terrible culpabilidad, y lloró amargamente.
Su fracaso no fue el fin de su misión, si no el comienzo.

El éxito es lo que yo hago con mis fracasos.  Enséñame, Señor, a confiar en tu amor, no importa lo que
haya hecho, y a aprender de mis errores y aún de las traiciones.


Vincentian Services Department
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Council of Los Angeles
Happy thrifting!
Stop by this Wednesday and Thursday to get all WHITE colored CLOTHING for 99 cents! Every week is a new color, check back next Wednesday to see what color will be next. 

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Youth Serve the Homeless

Youth and Young Adults serve lunch to the homeless at the SVdPLA Cardinal Manning Center to celebrate the Feast Day of 
St. Joseph, March 19, 2016.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Best Places to Go Thrifting on L.A.'s Eastside

BY MAYA KACHROO-LEVINE                                 WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, 2016 AT 9:40 A.M.

Pretty stuff at Paper Moon - Maya Kachroo-Levine

There’s a substantial amount of polite confusion in L.A. about the difference between “thrift shops” and “vintage shops.” And no one — not even the people who own these fine establishments — knows where to draw a line. To my mind, going “thrifting” involves hunting around for deals on secondhand stuff and coming home with $4 jeans that I can distress myself. Thrift shops are where you treat yourself to new-to-you clothes because you don’t want to shell out for yet another $50 shirt you'll wear once when you could get 10 shirts for the same price, and where you find outfits for the annual ugly sweater Christmas parties. On the other hand, I think of “vintage” shops as carrying highly curated selections of clothing and accessories that I can’t afford, like an authentic Chanel bag or prescription sunglasses. Across L.A., thrift shops are disappearing while vintage boutiques are popping up all over the place. After a Saturday of exploring thrift and vintage stores alike, I learned that there are plenty of vintage shops that still allow you to be thrifty, and that the tried-and-true, better-than-the-dollar-store thrift shops still very much exist on L.A.'s Eastside. 

Here are the eight best places to find deals on people's old stuff.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Thrift Thursday

Happy thrifting!
Stop by this Wednesday and Thursday to get all RED colored CLOTHING for 99 cents! Every week is a new color, check back next Wednesday to see what color will be next. 

Monday, March 21, 2016

Santa Paula Times

Tom Lugo of St. Vincent de Paul honored with Chamber Edwards Award
March 02, 2016
Santa Paula News

Their motto is “No act of charity is foreign to our Society” and the Santa Paula Chamber of Commerce honored the leader of the local Society of St. Vincent de Paul for bringing charity to all.
Tom Lugo was honored with the Sam Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award at the Feb. 24 awards luncheon held at Casa del Mexicano.
Also honored were Debbie and Don Johnson, Citizens of the Year; Business of the Year Calavo Growers, Inc.; and Nonprofit of the Year Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Clara Valley. The Community Service Award was presented to Santa Paula Memorial Hospital, the local campus of the Ventura County Medical Center.
Lugo, whose family has lived in Santa Paula for more than 50 years, has been the President of the local chapter of the St. Vincent de Paul for the last six years and a member for over 15 years.  
Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to the needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Frederic Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul. 
At Saint Sebastian Parish, the Society provides both food and other temporary assistance to those who are experiencing financial difficulties.
Lugo, according to his nomination, “leads a group of volunteers and every Thursday they provide food, clothing and financial relief to approximately 350 families,” at St. Sebastian Church, located on North 9th Street.
In addition, the local society also visits Ventura to feed up to 200 homeless persons with funds they have raised to help those most in need. 
The Sam Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award was created to honor the late “Dr. Sam” who was a tireless community activist also credited with helping to reestablish and reopen Santa Paula Hospital after it was purchased by the Ventura County Health Care Agency following its bankruptcy. The “Hospital on the Hill” is now a campus of Ventura County Medical Center.
Emcee John Chamberlain told the crowd at the award ceremony that with the recent Great Depression and the slow economic recovery “A lot of people have fallen on hard times…and we’re grateful for all the work you do,” by helping to provide the necessities.
Lugo thanked the chamber noting “It’s truly an honor” to accept the award on behalf of the Society which he said also offers medication, dental services, lodging and utilities to those in need.
“Our motto is ‘No act of charity is foreign to our Society,’ ” and he noted the support of St. Sebastian Church as well as Fr. Pasquale Vuoso.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Food Share occurs each Thursday afternoon at St. Sebastian’s Church. 
The Society was founded in France in 1833; in 1845, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul was established in St. Louis, Mo. at the Basilica of St. Louis, King of France, popularly called “The Old Cathedral.” The first official meeting of the Society in the United States was held on November 20, 1845.
The annual Chamber of Commerce awards’ celebration featured Mayor Martin Hernandez’s State of the City address. Council members Ginger Gherardi, John Procter and Jim Tovias also attended the awards luncheon, as did Vice Mayor Jenny Crosswhite and Assemblyman Das Williams. Ventura County CEO Mike Powers also attended as did Santa Paula city department heads and City Manager Jaime Fontes.
Acclaimed harpist Xavier “Big X” Montes provided the musical entertainment and members of SPHS Future Farmers of America paid close attention to the guests.
"You represent the goodness of God to the sick."
- St. Vincent de Paul

"Tu representas la bondad de Dios a los enfermos."
- San Vicente de Paul

Lord, I want to show your goodness to others
but sometimes my shortcomings seem to prevail.
Help me to become the person you want me to be
so others can see your image in me.

Señor, quiero mostrar tu bondad a otros
pero a veces mis propias fallas prevalecen.
Ayúdame a llegar a ser la persona que tu quieres que sea
para que otros puedan ver tu imagen en mi.


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

Thursday, March 17, 2016

"We must always do things with the greatest possible simplicity."
- St. Vincent de Paul

“Debemos siempre hacer las cosas con la mayor sencillez posible.”
-San Vicente de Paul

Grant me, Lord, the ability to speak and act candidly,
acknowledging the contributions of others whenever possible.

ConcÉdeme, seÑor, la habilidad de hablar y actuar cÁndidamente,
Reconociendo las contribuciones de otros siempre que sea posible.


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

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

LA's 24 Best Vintage Stores and Fleas to Explore Right Now - Natalie Alcala on Mar 11, 2016, 10:00a

It's a known fact that Los Angeles is a retro fashion lover's dream. With vintage boutiques, consignment stores, and flea markets in just about every neighborhood, our city knows how to pay tribute to style from the past, which is why taste makers from around the globe flock here to visit the city's many buzz-worthy haunts.
Given that LA hosts an overwhelming amount of options for hard-to-find throwback treasures, we've narrowed it down to 24 inspiring, brilliantly-curated places to visit as soon as possible.

Daily Vincentian Inspiration

"To commit ourselves to Him for strength and refuge is the only relief from thoughts
which would overpower the mind that did not resist them."
- St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

 El único alivio que podemos tener sobre pensamientos que dominen una mente débil, es un verdadero compromiso y entrega con Él, para obtener fortaleza y refugio.
-Santa Isabel Ana Seton

Lord, teach me how to let go and trust you,
so my faith can grow and my hope increase.

Señor, enséñame el desapego y confianza en ti,
para que mi fe pueda crecer y mi esperanza aumentar.


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

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Happy thrifting! 

Stop by this Wednesday and Thursday to get all blue colored CLOTHING for 99 cents! Every week is a new color, check back next Wednesday to see what color will be next. 

Monday, March 14, 2016

St. Patrick's Week Sale!

Starting tomorrow until Sunday all couches are buy one get one FREE! 

Circle V Ranch Campers craft flutes for children in Philippines - March 10, 2016 - Tidings Staff

Earlier this year, children in the Philippines received recorder-style folk flutes crafted under the direction of award-winning musician John Zeretzke, founder of the Flutes Across the World workshop.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Circle V Ranch hosted the workshop to teach campers aged 7 to 13 to craft two flutes, one to keep and one to donate to an underprivileged child in the Philippines. Under Zeretzke’s direction, campers learned to sand, shape, decorate and play the flutes. Each camper enclosed a note and picture of themselves along with their donated flute.
In January, Zeretzke and Claire Padama of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul traveled to various underprivileged areas to distribute more than 200 flutes.
“Our Circle V Ranch campers through the Flutes Across the World project have connected, in a uniquely caring and educational way, with Filipino children in need. These wonderful flutes communicate the happiness and learning that occurs when children give other children the gift of music,” Padama said.
For the past four years, Zeretzke has donated flutes to underprivileged areas in the Philippines, Central America and Haiti. For more information about Flutes Across the World, please visit
"The sign of Christ's love possessing a heart: Liberty of mind,
constant awareness of others' needs and the demands of the apostolate."
- Mother Suzanne Guillemin, D.C.

“La seña del amor de Cristo cuando posee a un corazón:  Libertad de mente,
conciencia constante de las necesidades de otros y las demandas del apostolado.”
-Madre Suzanne Guillemin, H.C.

Father, today, I will try to listen to the needs of those around me.

Padre, hoy trataré de escuchar las necesidades de aquellos a mi alrededor.


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

Friday, March 11, 2016

Spring Break Service “Transforms” SJU Students

Produced by: Office of Marketing and Communications 
For 39 students at St. John’s this semester, spring break proved the perfect time to put the University’s Vincentian values into action by immersing themselves in uninterrupted service at sites around the country. Sponsored by the Division of Student Affairs and Campus Ministry, the activities offered the undergraduates an opportunity to reflect on their faith, gain real-world experience, and find meaning through helping those in need.
Thirteen students traveled to Give Kids the World, a 79-acre nonprofit resort in Central Florida that provides weeklong, cost-free vacations to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. A special guest this spring break was Safyre Terry, an 8-year-old girl whose entire family was killed in a fire in May of 2013. She was hosted by Give Kids the World after her 2015 request for people to send her Christmas cards went viral. The St. John’s students presented Terry with Christmas cards from the University community with messages of encouragement.
Mary H. Pelkowski, Associate Dean for Student Engagement, Division of Student Affairs, participated in the visit to Give Kids the World. “For the past nine years,” she said, “I’ve had the humbling experience of joining SJU students on service trips that are truly life changing. The journeys reinforce the message that time is precious, and life is a gift.”
"It’s impossible to walk away from Give Kids the World unchanged,” said Kezia Harris ’17TCB. “In just one week, I learned so much from the children, families, and the spirit of the village. I've been challenged to be thankful for the time that I have, and I feel obligated to love others more freely and unconditionally.”
The St. John’s Plunge Program, offered through the Office of University Ministry, emphasizes service, reflection and prayer, community building, and living simply. Twenty-six students participated in Los Angeles, CA; Denver, CO; and Greensboro, NC. Working and living within and among Vincentian communities, they learn and grow in love for those in need. “Participating in service offers students the opportunity to be transformed by their encounters,” said Angela Seegel, Director of Vincentian Service. “There are many moments when they come to reflect and pray about being called to love God's most vulnerable. This is the heart of Vincentian service, the beautiful way we educate our students."
In Los Angeles, 10 students stayed for one week at the St. Vincent de Paul Society in the city’s Skid Row district. They partnered with Daughters of Charity and St. Vincent’s Meals on Wheels to care for the hungry. “I couldn’t believe how many homeless people I saw on the streets,” said Celeste Najera ’18Ed. “I served them food, heard their stories, and witnessed their resilience.” She added, “I saw Jesus’s face in everyone.” 
Eleven students in the Denver group stayed at Casa Karibu, a hospitality house located downtown. Highlights included helping at sites such as Food Bank of the Rockies—a warehouse that provides food at low cost to distributors and agencies that feed the hungry; S.A.M.E. Café (So All May Eat)—a nonprofit café where patrons pay what they can or work in exchange for a meal; and Metro Caring—an emergency assistance food pantry.
In North Carolina, five students resided in St. Mary’s Catholic Church for the week. They worked at a variety of service sites, including a soup kitchen, a nursing home, and a child day care center. Partnering with local Vincentian priests with connections to the agencies, the students also led a youth retreat on behalf of St. Mary’s parish. “Catholic means universal,” noted Rose Haslbauer ’18C, “and this plunge helped me more fully understand how people of all ages and cultures can join together through faith, love, and service.”
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Thursday, March 10, 2016

“Have the courage to own up to one’s omissions and blunders.”
– St. Vincent de Paul
“Ten el valor de admitir tus propias omisiones y errores.”
-San Vicente de Paul

To admit to my failures takes a lot of humility and courage.
Rather than yielding to despondency, let me see these occasions as times of growth, painful as they may be.

Adminitr mis faltas toma mucha humildad y valor.
En vez de ceder al abatimiento, permíteme ver estas ocaciones como un tiempo para crecer, aunque éste sea doloroso.


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

Friday, March 4, 2016

Catholic Charities Ventura honors 32 as ‘Partners in Service’

Friday, March 4, 2016

More than 30 parishioners from 15 Ventura County parishes were honored for their volunteer service to church and community at Catholic Charities’ annual Partners in Service Awards Dinner, held Feb. 21 at Padre Serra Church in Camarillo.

The honorees were commended by Santa Barbara Region Bishop Robert Barron for helping to build and nourish “the mystical body, the living organism that is the Catholic Church. What we do in celebrating our liturgy and in serving our community is interconnected; one feeds the other, and together they feed our efforts to evangelize.”

The fundraising dinner celebrates those from the Ventura County portion of the Santa Barbara Region who serve in numerous parish and outreach ministries, including liturgy, faith formation, family life and social justice. Honorees serve as catechists, RCIA team members, liturgical ministers, plant and maintenance volunteers, St. Vincent de Paul Society members, providers of food and shelter to the hungry and homeless, youth and family ministry leaders, and Safeguard the Children coordinators — to name a few.
Proceeds from the dinner support the work of Catholic Charities’ programs that operate from and/or near parish sites across Ventura County.

The honorees — nominated by their pastors for the Partners in Service Award — include:
Ami Milla and Glizcel Ditto of Padre Serra, Camarillo; Mary Lou Roberts, and Daniel and Barbara Courselle of St. Mary Magdalen, Camarillo; Sharon Cohen and Tony Casey of Holy Cross, Moorpark; Joyce Cantrell and Carol Birone of Our Lady of the Assumption, Ventura; Penny Hill, Erica Kern, Mary Catherine Root, Consuelo Scolman and Desiree Hernandez of San Buenaventura Mission, Ventura; Bennett Annan and Emilio Espinoza of St. Rose of Lima, Simi Valley; Tom Hsieh and Julie Hibbs of St. Peter Claver, Simi Valley; Efrain Mendoza, Eloy Magana, and Alberto and Maria de Jesus Alvarez of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Santa Paula; Jorge Aguilera and Emilio Guzman of St. Anthony, Oxnard; Richard Mulhardt of Santa Clara, Oxnard; Dorothy Kelly of St. Jude, Westlake Village; Ray and Stephanie Donckels of St. Maximilian Kolbe, Westlake Village; Deacon Kim Bond and Ron Gellenbeck of Sr. Julie Billiart, Newbury Park; Bert Braig and Anselmo Valencia of St. Paschal Baylon, Thousand Oaks.

Italian Dinner Benefits Society

29th Annual St. Joseph’s Table, Holy Family Church, 1501 Fremont Ave., South Pasadena. A continental breakfast and traditional Italian delicacies, pastries and flowers from the St. Joseph’s Table will be sold after all Masses. A complimentary Italian dinner will be served from 12 p.m.-7 p.m. All are welcome! Admission is free. All donations go to the Holy Family Giving Bank and St. Vincent de Paul Society. Info: Theresa (626) 403-6102.  

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Rundalay Sock Giveaway at the CMC

SVdPLA and Amazon Smile

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SVdPLA to Ed. Congress

St. Vincent de Paul of Los Angeles had a strong presence this year at the Religious Education Congress in Anaheim.  St. Vincent de Paul’s team led a workshop on understanding poverty that was sold out with 150 participants.  Above is a photo of our executive director David Fields speaking to Franciscan Media about St. Vincent de Paul in Los Angeles and our workshop.