A faith perspective on creating a better 2021
(Excerpts from an article by Fr Edmund Vargas entitled “A faith perspective on creating a better 2021”, as published in CBC.ca on January 1, 2021)
“During this pandemic, all of us should work together to create a new world where we recognize the importance of every person, irrespective of race or religion… The efforts of other faith communities toward a more humane society are to be shared by all of us. We have to be together in our common task towards health and healing.”
“As church, we have to afford more to spend on God’s poor, even with our current financial struggles. We will continue to reach out to our needy families through a hamper program and through other ways.”
SSVP Hamper Day is Fourth Saturday of the Month – Christmas Hamper Day is on Saturday, December 18
How can you and your family help?
Sign up to be part of the team to assemble or deliver the hampers. This is a great opportunity for families and community members to live out their faith. Email: IServe@stanthonysyyc.ca.
Contribute financially to the Pantry to assist us in serving our neighbours. Send an etransfer to firstname.lastname@example.org (with a note specifying Food Hampers) or Donate by credit card. The average monthly expense for food is $3700 or $77 per month for an average of 48 people.
Monthly Food drive: Purchase food from our shopping list and drop it off at the hall door on Hamper Day between 10am and noon.
Pray for the members of the households we serve that they may receive the love of God through our charity.
Pantry to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul
We are now transitioning to become a “Conference of Charity” of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
We provide food hampers to those in need in our parish area, each month on the 4th Saturday of the month. Our team members are asked each month to register for the hamper preparation team or for hamper delivery teams.
We meet monthly on the second Wednesday of the month at 6pm in Meeting Room 1 and on Zoom for prayer, fellowship and organizational planning. All are welcome to join us.
All who are interested are invited to become part of the SSVP Hamper Ministry by completing the Ready to Serve screening process.
Members of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul provide service to the poor and others in need, as a result of life’s challenges. This ministry is about giving of yourself and allows you to both answer God’s call to service and to respond to needs within our immediate or wider community. Home visitations (meeting our neighbours as friends at their homes bringing food, a smile and a listening ear) have traditionally represented the core work of the members here in Calgary. By getting to know our neighbour’s needs we can pray for them and respond when the Spirit show us ways we can support them.
The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is a lay Catholic organization whose mission is:
To live the Gospel message by serving Christ in the poor with love, respect, justice and joy.
The Mission of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul implies that as Vincentians we
– see Christ in anyone who suffers
– come together as a family
– have personal contact with the poor
– help in all possible ways