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, Vencentians 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.
The Essential Elements of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul were established by Emmanuel Bailly together with the founding members. They are:
- Spirituality: to bear witness to Christ and to his church by showing that the faith of Christians inspires them to work for the good of humanity
- Friendship: to bring together people of good will and to assist them in mutual example and true friendship in drawing nearer to the Divine Model by fulfilling his essential precept, namely, the love of God in the person of others
- Service: to establish a personal contact between its members and those who suffer and to bring to the latter the most efficacious and charitable aid possible
- Holiness of Life: Growth in intimacy with Jesus in a life-long process. Prayer is essential, personal and communal.
- Service of the Poor: The dignity of the human person. The preferential option of the poor. The identification of Jesus with the poor.
- Humility: The virtue of humility, personal and corporate. Poverty in spirit is the primary Beatitude.
- Simplicity: The virtue of simplicity. Jesus is the Evangelizer and Servant of the Poor. Divine Providence.
- Charity: The Society is concerned with charity and justice. The virtue of charity within and outside the Society. Solidarity.
- Community of Faith: Friendship. Community.
Become a Member
Are you looking for ways to experience God? It can be difficult. God is a spiritual being. How do you experience a “spiritual being”? Members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society invite you to share in their ministry of experiencing God in the poor. Holy Scripture tells us: “The Word became flesh and lived among us, and we saw His glory, the glory that is His as the only Son of the Father, full of grace and truth.”
Monthly meetings are the last Tuesday of the month at 5:00pm (January – October).
We attend Retama Manor Nursing Home once a month and play bingo with the elderly. We also feed the homeless at St. Vinny's Bistro once every other month.
Volunteers are always needed. Please call 210-704-SVdP (7837) for more information.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul office hours are Saturdays, excluding holidays. Business hours are 10:30am-1:30pm.
For assistance with food from the Pantry, a valid ID/DL is required with the address being within the parish boundaries. Clients qualify for food once every 4 months, per household address. Please call the Rectory Office at 210-434-3247 prior to picking up food.
For questions or for assistance with clothing, furniture or utilites, please call Lydia Ramirez at 210-704-SVdP (7837) from 9 am to 5 pm Monday - Friday to schedule an appointment. This phone system is only voice mail, so please leave a message; all messages will be returned between 3 pm to 8 pm, Monday - Friday.
All appointments are scheduled on Saturdays only, between the hours of 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. Each client must provide a valid ID or DL with the address being within the parish boundaries and their social security card. If claiming children, client must provide (for all children) their current school report card with matching address with parents ID/DL, social security card, and children's birth certificates. Client must also provide proof of monthly income and proof of all current bills paid by the client and proof of any government assistances (SNAP, MEDICAID, SAHA, CHIP, CARELINK, etc.) Bills must be in clients name or in the name of current spouse, information for spouse will be required.
|Raquel Castillo||Vice President|
|Irene Ramirez||2nd Vice President|
|Lucy Villarreal||Spiritual Advisor|