First consider our Mission Statement
"As committed members of the Society of
Saint Vincent de Paul, we seek to identify and combat all
forms of poverty, by promoting social justice and actively
working with those in need, acknowledging that, by freely
giving of ourselves, we become more aware of the power of
love in all our relationships."
Consider the time commitment.
In St Patrick's Kilsyth, we seek our members to be able to
commit 2 hours per week. The actual time is often less than
this. We are trying to establish a regular 1 hour meeting
and we set aside 1 hour per week for visits which we always
carry our in pairs - so you are never alone.
Then, consider yourself.
The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is a Catholic lay organisation
and so it requires those who are Catholic lay people. The
role also requires discrete and confidential individuals who
are not afraid to enter into situations that can sometimes
be difficult, practically and emotionally. It requires someone
who is strong enough mentally and physically to be able to
cope with getting their sleeves rolled up and helping others,
no matter what we encounter. Life experience is a virtue and
also a virtue is the vigour and idealism of youth - we seek
all those who wish to help others, who have themselves perhaps
known what it is like to overcome difficulties in life and
also those who are seeking to gain experience of helping others,
perhaps for the first time.
Could you be a Vincentian?
Vocation is a strong word. But do you feel that you want
to do more for others and that you want to do this in a spirit
of faith? Belonging to the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul
is a vocation in itself; a vocation of personal contact with
Christ in the poor. Members of the society do not judge -
judgement is for God. Instead we serve and we serve others
in a spirit of hope.
If you feel that you have a vocation to help those in our
area who are in need then please contact us and volunteer.
To do this, please firstly speak with our Parish
Priest using the following contact
details. He will refer you to members of The Society of
Saint Vincent de Paul and together we can serve those less
fortunate than ourselves.