Our Mission Statement
Inspired by Gospel values, The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service, to those who are needy and suffering, in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul
As a reflection of the whole family of God, members, who are known as Vincentians, are drawn from every ethnic and cultural background, age group and economic level. Vincentians are united in an international society of charity by their spirit of poverty, humility and sharing, which is nourished by prayer and reflection, mutually supportive gatherings and adherence to a basic Rule.
Organized locally, Vincentians witness God’s love by embracing all works of charity and justice. The Society collaborates with other people of good will in relieving need and addressing its causes, making no distinction in those served because, in them, Vincentians see the face of Christ.
At St. Charles Borromeo, we have a vibrant and active conference whose members are dedicated to carrying out the mission of the organization. We are funded, to a great extent, by the generous contributions of our parishioners, whose ongoing support makes it possible for us to continue our work.
Our ministry identifies those in need within our community through a “help line” that is staffed by volunteers. Those seeking assistance may call the help line, leave a message, and one of our volunteers returns the call to discuss the need and identify appropriate resources. Often, a pair of Vincentians will make a home visit to further understand and to communicate personally our desire and ability to help. We can pay a utility bill or assist with past due rent. We can provide access to food pantries or to our St. Vincent de Paul Thrift store where clients can find bedding, clothing, and household items at no charge to them. We can provide temporary housing to the homeless. During the holidays, we administer the No Hunger Holiday for Thanksgiving and the Christmas Giving Tree programs. If there is a need, we try to find a way to assist, either through our own resources or by referral to other social agencies.
St. Vincent de Paul also sponsors the Mini-Vinnie under the direction of Paula Wagner. This is a group of 7th and 8th grade Borromeo students who work diligently to reach out to the underserved in our community. Each week, they provide backpacks of food to school children who need assistance, they visit the elderly in local retirement homes, they prepare and serve meals at the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen and assist the “big Vinnies” with Giving Tree and No Hunger Holiday.
Every dollar of our funding remains in our local community to assist and attend to the needs of our neighbors.
We meet monthly on the third Monday at 7:00 p.m. in the Bicentennial Room in the parish school building and are always looking to grow our family of volunteers. If you would like more information about our ministry, please contact Joyce Cain at 636-448-2021 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. To refer someone in need to our help line, please have them call 636-925-1616.