St Vincent de Paul
St Vincent De Paul Group - News and Announcements
Our College group usually meets on Thursdays in Room B201
(above Room B116), starting at 11.25 am.
Our 5 major activities of the year which are planned and organised at these meetings are:
Term 1: Easter Egg Appeal – we usually deliver these Easter Eggs to more
than 400 residents in 7 nursing homes in the week before Easter.
a) Vinnies Day in late May – an out-of-uniform day to raise funds to assist
young people, especially in overseas countries.
b) Winter Appeal in June for non-perishable food items and warm clothing.
a) Spring Food Appeal in October for non-perishable food items.
b) Christmas Appeal is part of St Francis Xavier’s Day in the first week of
December. It is an out-of-uniform day and the Student Council usually
organises some fund-raising fun activities. The profits go to the
Hamilton parish SVDP conference to assist local needy families for
Images Left: SFX Christmas Appeal 5 Dec 2015 Right: Vinnies Appeal 11 June 2015
As well as these activities, members have an opportunity to visit needy families from the local area with Mr Kevin Rees from the Merewether Beach conference and also to visit the SVDP Centre at Islington with Br David to see how donated furniture and clothing are processed there.
Each year, a diocesan spiritual development day, called Damascus Day, is run on a Saturday in October. In recent years, this has been at Kurri Kurri TAFE. Some of our members usually attend this with Br David. As well, in recent years, there has been a weekend at Lane Cove in Sydney for SVDP members from country Catholic schools and we have had members take part in this.
The St Vincent de Paul Society has about 1 million members in about 120 countries throughout the world. It was started by a small group of university students in Paris, with Frédéric Ozanam being the leading light, and they met for the first time in May, 1833. They decided to adopt home visits to the poor as a basic activity and to name the group after St Vincent de Paul, a French saint who was renowned for his care for poor people.
Mr Peter Pichler and Rev Jon Noble, who are teachers at the College, help Br David with the College group. The main aim is to help people who are not as well off as we are. We also try to have some fun and make some new friends. New members are always welcome. Just turn up.
Executive for 2015:
President: Lara Fuller
Secretary: Shay O’Callaghan
Vice-President: James Seldon
Treasurer: Alexandra Kerr
Committee Members: Chris Chapman, Kieran Palmer
( June, 2015 )