The St Vincent de Paul Society is an international Catholic charity which follows the principles of its’ founder Blessed Frederic Ozanam. Members, both men and women, commit to expressing their Christian values through personal service to their neighbours with a distinctive feature being person to person contact. Help is offered to anyone in need be it friendship, financial, material or advice and support.
The society operates in branches called conferences which meet regularly to review their work and allocate future work – all in the spirit of prayer and mutual support.
St Peter’s Conference currently has five members. Commitments include visiting the sick and elderly or housebound either in their own or residential homes, food parcels for those in need and financial and material support to our own parishioners and, on occasions, other Edinburgh Conferences who are in need.
The Society in Scotland is ‘twinned’ with 3 countries – India, Republic of South Africa and Hungary. St Peter’s supports projects in 2 conferences in India, 1 in South Africa. A very small sum of money from St Peter’s can make a vast difference in a country where a needy person may earn 50p a day. Disasters such as the earthquake in Haiti and humanitarian assistance programmes for Christian Refugees of both Iraq and Syria have also been supported by the Parish Conference. These funds are administered by our Disaster Committee based in Paris which deals with major international disasters.
New members always welcome and commitment to the Conference can be suspended or discontinued according to changing personal circumstances.
Recently the St Vincent de Paul Conference of St Peter’s received a letter from our Twin Conference in Kimberly, South Africa telling us about their work.
This is what they wrote:
“We want to thank you for the assistance you give us in order to help the needy.”
They visit two Homes for the Elderly where they give out clothing and pray with the residents. They visit a psychiatric hospital and two other hospitals and assist with funerals.
They distribute food parcels to the poor and organise children’s parties.
News from Emmaus Conference in India.
“We are extremely thankful for the support provided to our Conference; the funds received were used to support a poor student’s education. Once again, we express our sincere thanks for your help”
The members of the St Peter’s St Vincent de Paul Society would like to thank parishioners for their kind donations during this last very difficult two years. These funds have allowed us to deliver food parcels to families in need as well as enabling us to continue giving out small food parcels and alms throughout the pandemic to our regular Sunday morning men and women, as well as supporting our twin conferences in India and South Africa.
You are fulfilling the words of Jesus recorded in St Matthew’s Gospel 25,40
“I tell you solemnly, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these sisters and brothers of mine you did it to me.”