“Founded in 1833 by six university students in Paris under the patronage of St. Vincent de Paul, today the Society includes almost 900,000 members spread among 46,000 confraternities in 130 countries of five continents.”
“The Society’s purpose is to provide direct aid to those who suffer, and to help individuals reduce and even eliminate the causes of their suffering, themselves. Society members use their own resources, sharing not only possessions but the valuable gift of their presence. (www.vincenter.org)”
JOINT VENTURE IN BLACKSTONE
As part of a “collaborative ministry” and in the spirit of our diocesan “Parish Cluster Program”, St. Paul’s Parish works jointly with St. Theresa’s Parish of Blackstone, MA to serve the needs of the poor and destitute of our town. Various services are provided such as: food vouchers, rent assistance, clothing, emergency overnight lodging and prescription assistance.
During the holiday seasons (Thanksgiving and Christmas), the society provides food baskets and turkeys to qualifying families. The St. Paul/St. Theresa Council of SVDP depends totally upon donations and fundraising to support its charitable efforts and works.
All donations are welcome. For further information, please contact: Mary Jane at 508-344-1440 or Dan at 508-883-8684.