SVP was founded in France in 1833 by Frederick Ozanam, who sought to serve the poor by following the gospel message ‘I was hungry and you gave me food to eat’. Our Patron is St.Vincent de Paul. We are part of an international Catholic organisation working in 140 countries with people in need, whatever their background, and have been in the Parish since 1930. We are always happy to have new members including young people.
First Quarter 2020
Catford SVP Conference continues to meet regularly. Since Christmas members have been in touch with seven beneficiaries, providing household goods, companionship, and advocacy. The group also supports the Parish by running the new food/household item bank requested by Fr.Antony, and is planning to assist in Family Days as part of the holiday at home scheme in the summer. Although YSVP are not currently meeting, they run monthly coffee mornings after 10am Mass, usually on second Sundays, and provide a framework for young people to help with Parish projects. Thank you to all our supporters, without your generosity none of the work would be possible.
We are always happy to welcome new members, including young people, to help with our ongoing work and specific projects. If you can help, or know someone who may benefit from our help, please contact 07835 188411 or speak to one of the members.
To find out more about SVP or make a donation or referral, find forms here, in Contact Corner inside the Church or ring the number above
NEW MEMBERS WELCOME
Thank you to all who have supported us over the last year
Mini Vinnie Group
Last September all of us in Year 5 became Mini Vinnies; we are the youngest members of the Holy Cross St. Vincent DePaul Conference.
We begin and end all our meetings with prayers.
We elected a President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer. We received our Mini Vinnies badges. We’ve also been learning our special Mini Vinnies Pledge and Prayer.
We have been learning about the SVP founder, Blessed Fredric Ozanam who started the Society with a group of friends in 1833 and about our Patron St. Vincent DePaul. Both continue to inspire us to follow Jesus’ teachings to be caring and loving towards others.
Our Mission is toSEE - THINK – DO, so in some of our meetings we talked about how we can help others in our school, Parish and wider community. We’ve discussed many ideas and had a very busy autumn term putting some of them into action.
For our school Harvest Festival we appealed for and collected lots of food items. We also managed the collection of more food and toiletries as part of our Advent Charity Project. As well as our own collections we also received a generous donation of toiletries from students at Christ the King College. We put all these together made up some Pamper Packs. We also made Christmas cards for everyone.
Before packing we sorted the items to make sure that the foods we put into the Hampers would be in good condition, in date and suitable for those receiving them – e.g. for a diabetic or for a family with small children or for someone living alone. With the support of SVP members we made up 21 Christmas Hampers and Food Bags. SVP members later delivered these to households visited by adult members as a special treat for Christmas
In November we made and sold our Christmas Tealights, pictures and wristbands at the Parish Fayre. From our sales were able were able to pay £141.00 to Parish funds. This is the first time we have had our own table sale in the Parish and we hope this will continue.
This term we have started our Knitting Project. Most of us are new knitters so it is taking us a while to get the hang of it. Our families and teachers are helping us to learn. Our focus this year is to produce TWIDDLEMUFFS for the Parish Dementia Project. We have appealed to our families for donations of wool and yarn and we are collecting safe items we can add to create lots of interesting textures and embellishments.
Knitting Project - Twiddlemuffs 2018
On March 6th 2018 we had our very special Commissioning when we were formally welcomed into the SVP family and presented with our Certificates.
In the summer term we will be serving as Playground Stewards, befriending children who appear to be sad, upset or lonely during play times; helping to resolve any arguments by encouraging listening and forgiveness. We are also planning more fund raising events for this summer. We continue to support and help out at SVP fundraising coffee mornings during the year.
In this way we can continue to show how we live our Mini Vinnies Mission to SEE- THINK & DO.
By Lucia, Ruth, Anjelica and Paulus - Year 5: March 2018
Parish Food & Household Item Bank
When?Trolleys will be available continuously
while the Church is open
Where?Side porch of Church
What can be donated? Food and
household items in date – for example, breakfast cereals, coffee, tea, washing
powder, toilet rolls, sanitary towels, tinned goods, biscuits etc. Plastic carrier
bags are welcome too
Who can take donations? Any parishioner
who is having difficulty making ends meet is welcome to take what they need, or
take for anyone they know who is in need – including families where children
receive free school meals who are no longer in school, as well as others
Do people have to pay? No.If anyone would like to make a small payment
and can afford it, they can put it in SVP collection at the back of the Church,
but there is no need to pay anything
What happens to anything left
over? It is collected periodically by SVP and distributed to local
people in need