St. Dorothea’s St. Vincent de Paul Society in Action
February 24-25, 2018
Lent is not just to “give up something” but more important to “give something for the poor.” Wherever you live in the parish, there are poor families within walking distance of your home. When in need, they ring the rectory bell. They are, in effect, ringing your doorbell.
Consider giving to the poor by attending the St. Vincent de Paul Society Lenten Soup Dinner on Saturday, March 10 after the 5:00 PM mass. You can give a donation of any amount that is within your means and enjoy a meal consisting of hearty soups, delicious breads, and dessert.
If you would like to donate soup for the dinner, help setting up or cleaning up, contact our SVdP help line @ 732-939-6225 and leave a message with your name and phone number so we can call you back. God bless you for your continued prayers and support!
February 17-18, 2018
In today’s Gospel, Jesus overcomes the temptations to wealth, power and esteem. As we begin Lent, may we open our hearts to the grace of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. Your almsgiving in the St. Vincent de Paul poor box will help the poor celebrate the grace of God’s love this Easter.
Recently, we assisted a 75 year-old woman with her past due rent. She has been in and out of the hospital for several surgeries. She is being billed for 20% of her medical expenses beyond what Medicare covers, so she has not been able to make ends meet. In addition to helping her catch up on her rent, we referred her to the local PACE Program (Program of All- inclusive Care for the Elderly). Someone from the program will visit her to see if they can help her manage her medical issues and apply for supplemental health insurance.
We are blessed to have the support of our parishioners who make it possible to help our neighbors in their times of need! Please continue to pray for our St. Vincent de Paul Society and the families we serve.
February 10-11, 2018
In the Gospel today Jesus moved with pity touched the leper and healed him. Let us pray today for the grace to be generous with our gifts to help those who are suffering.
Thanks to your generosity, we assisted a woman who injured her foot and was out of work on workman’s compensation. After going back to work, she re-injured the foot, and she has been told that she needs surgery to repair the damage. She is not being compensated while she is out of work waiting for authorization to have the surgery, and she could not pay part of her January rent.
By your gift to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul you indeed put your faith into action as you bring healing to the poor, hungry and weeping. God bless you for your compassion and support!
SVdP Lenten Soup Dinner
St. Dorothea Conference, St.Vincent de Paul Society will host our annual soup dinner on March 10, 2018 after the 5:00 PM mass. There is no admission price, but free-will donations will be accepted to help us assist our neighbors in their times of need. Please mark your calendar and plan to attend. If you would like to make soup for the event, please call our help line at 732-939-6225. Leave your name and phone number, and we will call you back.
February, 3-4, 2018
In the Gospel today, we find that Jesus would rise very early before dawn and go to a deserted place to pray and then he went to preach and to heal. Please pray for the poor and suffering knowing that you are bringing the love and peace of Jesus to those who live in fear and doubt, loneliness and dread.
Thanks to your generous support, we assisted a woman who is battling with 3 different kinds of cancer. Having been in and out of the hospital and rehab, she got behind on her rent. The woman called this past weekend to thank us for going out to see her in her time of need. God bless you for your kindness and compassion!
January 27-28, 2018
In the Gospel today we read that because Jesus spoke with authority his reputation spread throughout the surrounding region of Galilee. As his disciples, we can also speak with authority when we put our faith into actions by helping the poor and suffering.
Recently, through your gifts, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul was able to assist a disabled gentleman. Despite years in literacy classes, he was unable to learn to read. He wound up on the street and was stabbed. We were able to help him stay in a motel for a short time while he is being processed for rental assistance and waiting to move to an apartment. Another local agency will pay his security deposit for the apartment.
May God Bless you for your compassion and support!
January 20-21, 2018
In the Gospel today, Jesus asks “What are you looking for?” Often we are looking for happiness in very selfish ways, but we find when we look for ways to make others happy, it is then that we truly become happy.
Recently, we got a call from someone to thank us for the help we had given him after he lost his job and his living situation. On Thanksgiving weekend, we helped move him from a motel that he could not afford to a rooming house. He said he lived for a month in the rooming house, and then he moved into an adjacent studio apartment. He found a construction job and he is doing well. To show his appreciation, he asked if he could volunteer his time to help us.
As you place your gift in the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Poor box, know that you are a sign of God’s love to those who are suffering and you give them reason to believe and to trust. God bless you for your generosity and support!
January 13-14, 2018
After Jesus was baptized, he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and a voice was heard “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” As we give to the poor, we can also hear these same words. As you place your gift in the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Poor Box, know that you are a sign of God’s love to those who are suffering and you give them reason to believe and to trust.
Thanks to your generous support, we were able to help a homeless couple to stay at a local motel for a short time during the recent cold snap. They became homeless 2 years ago and have been living in their car or wherever they could find shelter since then. Although our help was only temporary while they look for a more permanent solution to their problems, it may have been lifesaving help during frigid weather when they did not have other options and might not have been able to survive sleeping in their car.
God bless you for shining the light of God’s love for our neighbors in their darkest hours!
January 6-7, 2018
Today we celebrate the feast of the Epiphany where the Magi find the newborn king and offer him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. In the spirit of the Magi, please put your gift in the St. Vincent de Paul Poor Box so that comfort and peace can once again be given to a newborn child.
A father paid his son’s tuition for the coming semester so he could transfer to a new college with a full athletic scholarship. The prior college would not release the son’s transcripts unless all prior bills were paid in full. In order to get all the bills paid, the father fell behind in rent and was given an eviction notice. Thanks to your generous support and a little help from some other local churches, the father was able to give his son the gift of education and we helped the family avoid being evicted.
Our St. Vincent de Paul Society is in need of volunteers to take phone messages and to conduct home visits. If you might be able to consider volunteering a little time, please call our help line @ 732-939-6225 or call Susan Cook at 732-544-0347 for further information. God bless you and Happy New Year!