St Vincent de Paul Society
The Mission Statement of The St Vincent de Paul Society reads:
"The Society of St Vincent de Paul is a Christian voluntary organisation of lay people working with the poor and disadvantaged. Inspired by our principal founders; Frederic Ozanam and our patron St Vincent de Paul, we seek to respond to the call every Christian receives to bring the love of Christ to those we serve in the spirit of the Gospel message; "I was hungry and you gave me to eat.” The Society seeks in a spirit of love, to help those who are in need, irrespective of their faith.”
This is the defining document for many thousands of Vincentians who are committed to helping those in need.
Members of the Society are part-time voluntary workers who give willingly of their time, talents and resources to the service of their neighbour. Each group of members is organised into a Conference, which is headed by a President. Other executive officers include a Vice-President, a Secretary and a Treasurer.
Meetings are a combination of prayer and discussion on cases to hand. St MacNissi’s Conference meets on a fortnightly basis. At the Conference meeting, work is discussed and organised and gives the opportunity for all members to discuss the needs of the area in which they work; to review the work they have done since the previous meeting and to assess their effectiveness in dealing with problems encountered. Confidentiality is always respected and maintained.
Vincentian Visitation, which includes home, hospital, residential homes and in some cases prison, is at the very heart of our work. Members constantly seek out those who are in need, disadvantaged or lonely and offer them friendship and support.
St MacNissi’s Conference has promoted a Home Heating Oil stamp saving scheme, which has proved extremely popular. This scheme presents people with the opportunity to set a little money aside by collecting £5 oil stamps, which they then use to pay for an oil fill.
Christmas 2010 saw the Society distribute food, fuel and cash to over 140 families and individuals in the Randalstown area.
Need is the only criterion used in deciding whether or not Society support should be offered. Collections, which are taken up after all the weekend masses, provide us with the funds required to assist those in need in our community. We are extremely fortunate in Randalstown as the parishioners of St MacNissi have given most generously to our appeals - especially so at Christmas. We would encourage parishioners to make use of the clothing bank located beside the old Church as any income raised from this provides additional funds.
We hope that this short summary has given you an insight into the aims and objectives of the Society and if you feel you would like to help in any way or if you know someone the Conference could help, please contact the SVP help line IN CONFIDENCE; on Randalstown call box 0750 854 9606 Please leave you name and your contact number and someone will return your call.