ST. VINCENT DE PAUL
The Holy Redeemer Conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society provides emergency assistance to families and individuals in our community. The St. Vincent de Paul Society welcomes any parishioner who would like to volunteer time to continue the work of serving the needs of our community. Meetings are held every month on the second and fourth Tuesday evenings in the parish rectory. Please contact the Parish Office if you would like to volunteer – 503-285-4539.
January 20, 2019 – 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
In the Gospel today, at the wedding feast in Cana, Jesus reveals himself to his disciples and they began to believe in him. Everyday, God also gives us signs of his love and so we also can respond in faith and trust.
We identify with Mary’s sensitivity in noticing that the wine was running short and Jesus’ sensitivity in keeping the miracle quiet. The purpose of the miracle, then, wasn’t to save the wedding couple’s day or to draw attention to Jesus. The purpose runs deeper: the sign revealed Jesus’ glory. The wedding feast as an opportunity for epiphany and belief. The epiphany (manifestations and revelations) of Jesus’ glory is a sign of the persistence of God’s overtures of love to us—God reveals glory to us in many ways to make sure we catch it—and the depths of God’s love, so much so that we are espoused to God. Belief entails a Who rather than a what. Our own encounters with Jesus in prayer, through others, in struggling with daily living, are truly epiphanies of God’s glory which also invites us to respond to divine Presence with belief. (Living Liturgy, p.42)
Your gift to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul becomes a sign of God’s love to those who are suffering and you give them reason to believe and to trust.
Weekly Status of Giving:
Through your gifts for the week up to January 2nd, the Holy Redeemer SVDP Conference has brought the love and care of Jesus to the poor by assisting 12 families with food worth $1,245 and four families with rent/utilities totaling $1,416.47. 614 pounds of in-kind food donations were collected through the generosity of parishioners and friends, and 31 volunteer hours were worked including 13 care center visits.
Need Emergency Food Assistance?
HR’s SVDP Food Room (back side of church, basement level) is open every Wednesday and Saturday, 2:30-4:00pm. Anyone in need of emergency food is encouraged to go to the food room during these hours of operation to be given emergency food. All requests are treated confidentially.