St Vincent de Paul Society – Northampton Cathedral Conference
The Society of St Vincent is an international Catholic organisation of lay people founded in Paris in 1833 by Blessed Frederic Ozanam and his companions.
Placed under the patronage of St Vincent de Paul, it is inspired by his thinking and his works. It seeks, in a spirit of justice and charity, to help those who are suffering or in need. It does this primarily by the personal involvement of it’s members.
In St Vincent de Paul’s memory the Cathedral Conference was re-established on the 23rd May 2005 with 10 parishioners. Since then the membership has grown to 24 active members and 16 Auxiliaries.
The SVP Motto ‘Turning Concern into Action’ encourages to help support the housebound, the isolated, the disadvantaged and vulnerable members of our community. We visit the elderly in their homes, Nursing Homes and the sick in Hospital. Holy Communion is administered on a weekly basis to those who request it. Our contact with them helps to prevent them from feeling isolated and cut off from their parish community. Masses for the Sick are held twice yearly in the Cathedral. These are well supported.
The practical side of our commitment allows for Food Vouchers and Food Boxes are given whenever required. We support the Hope Centre, Street Church, such organisations assist the homeless and disadvantaged. Food and clothing is given to families referred to us by Sure Start Camrose Kingsheath. We give financial and practical assistance to one of our local Catholic Schools. The Nene Valley Christian Refuge Centre for domestically abused women also receives our assistance when needed. We support Towcester school with breakfast and quiz night every 6 months. When funds allow, day trips are arranged for disadvantaged families. Christmas Hampers (the food donated by our Parish community) are given to families suffering financially. Sponsored Walks are held yearly to raise funds for various projects. We give occasional support to local and international appeals through the National SVP.
As we continue to receive referrals, we are always looking for more volunteers. Do you feel able to spare an hour to visit someone in need? Or are you able to provide transport to Mass, help with odd jobs or become an Auxiliary member? Do you need help? If you answer yes to any of the above, you can contact us on the SVP telephone number 07790334604.
The Next SVP Quiz Night will be on Friday 28th October. For more information please contact the Parish Office on 01604 714556.