Society of St. Vincent de Paul

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With effect from January, 2016, Members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society will meet at 2 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at the Abbey. Please contact the Parish Office ( 01189 725250) in the first instance and the Administrator will put you in touch with an Officer.

The St. Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) is an international Christian voluntary organisation which provides direct practical assistance to anyone in need. The main work of the Society is to offer the hand of friendship on a regular basis to those who might be housebound, unwell or feeling isolated by visiting them in their home, care home or in hospital.

Our SVP group, known as the Douai Conference, was first set up in St. Bernadette's, Pangbourne, in 1997 and has since gained Members throughout the Parish. In the last year, twenty Members have made more than 1,400 visits.

Other activities are organised for those we visit and include Easter, Christmas and summer tea parties, the distribution of gifts from the Christmas Giving Trees and two Masses a year in the Abbey Church for the Sick and the Housebound. Working in partnership with our friends from the Anglican Church in Pangbourne, Members organise tea parties twice a month for the elderly in the village and a number also volunteer at the Drop In Centre for the Homeless in Reading. Members organise the Foodbank collections to be taken to the warehouse for sorting and distribution.

There are a number of ways to get involved in the work of the SVP Consider becoming a Member yourself:

  • Refer needy cases to us - they don't have to be Catholic!
  • Contribute to the annual Parish collection which funds our activities
  • Pray for the members of SVP and for those we serve

SVP Report October 2015