Society of St. Vincent de Paul Our Mother of Perpetual Help Conference
The fundamental elements of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul are Friendship, Spirituality and Service. It is the aim of all Vincentians (members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul) to continually grow in these area. Membership is open to all individuals who desire to help those in need and want to follow the spirit of the founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam and the Vincentian’s patron and namesake, St. Vincent de Paul.
The Our Mother of Perpetual Help Society of St. Vincent de Paul Conference provides critical support to the residents within the boundaries of our parish (Oak Park, Ferndale, and Royal Oak Township). Through their hands-on charitable work they are a vital part of the community, offering food assistance, emergency support and relief services to help enhance the lives of the less fortunate in our area.
The Conference meets at 7:00pm on the first Monday of each month in the Gathering Area at Our Lady of Fatima Church.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul News
In this season of Lent and almsgiving our St. Vincent de Paul conference will ask the parish blessing and rededicate ourselves to this work at Sunday Masses in March .
In 2017 our members served over 1000 individuals. Most calls are for rent and utilities but we also meet other emergency needs like car repairs, glasses, appliances and furniture. Our records show that roughly $70 was provided for each individual. That, however, means that we needed $70,000 to meet those needs. $56,000 was contributed by you, our parishioners, and $15,000 was provided by other parishes in Oakland County.
Our parish has a long history with different St. Vincent de Paul programs. We host Bundle Days for store contributions, have drop boxes for donations of clothing and other usable goods and participate in the Walk for the Poor in the fall.
There are two other projects that have a significant impact on our neighbors. The diocesan St. Vincent de Paul partners with the Michigan Energy Assistance Project. This costs our parish nothing but it requires our members to assist applicants to apply for THAW and other energy funds. Our work gained $38,000 in DTE and Consumers Energy delinquent accounts, roughly $950 for each of the 42 applicants.
Last year the South Oakland Food Depot moved from the St. James location to the St. Vincent store at 12 Mile and Stephenson. You parishioners contributed 2500 pounds of food and 250 pounds of hygiene products.
Thank you for all you do. Our members work hard but you provide the goods and funds. If you would like to help the less fortunate in our community, please put your donation in an envelope and write St. Vincent de Paul on it.
Was One of Your Lenten Practices to Get Rid of STUFF? Mark Your Calendars
St. Vincent de Paul Bundle Days
May 20 & 21
Our Spring Bundle Days will be here before we know it. This is a very important, worthwhile project for our parish. We all have "extras" that we can shed and will help make someone's life more comfortable. Your clean, reusable items can be of great value to someone who has little. As you clean your closets and basements gather up clothing, linens, blankets, small household appliances, kitchen utensils, etc. that you no longer use. You will feel unburdened and happy knowing that you have been of some help to others. Remember - your surplus may be someone's necessity!
St. Vincent de Paul Update
BUNDLE DAYS: Thanks to all who donated items to our recent Bundle Days. These items are very important to our stores to fill the needs of the poor and also merchandise can be bought at reasonable prices by the public. There is always a need, so please remember our drop boxes at the back of the parking lots at each of our worship locations. For larger items, such as furniture, etc. please call 313-672-7837.
DIMENSIONS OF EXCELLENCE AWARD: We are pleased to announce that our Conference received this award from the Society of St. Vincent de Paul Archdiocesan Council of Detroit at their recent Annual Awards Banquet. This award is given in recognition for not only being models of Service, but also Friendship and Spirituality.