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.
December 17th—Third Sunday in Advent
In today’s Gospel John the Baptist says, “I am the voice of one crying in the desert; make straight the way of the Lord.” Let us ask for the grace to help others to know the love of the Lord.
John knew how to die. He knew how to speak the truth even when it cost dearly. He knew how to engage in an active public ministry to which crowds flocked, but also how to withdraw into the desert for prayer and penance. John the Baptist makes it very clear that we will live genuinely for Christ only if we are willing to die for him. Only the person who is practiced in the art of daily dying will be able to hand himself over to God in an act of final resignation, as John did. Daily dying consists in pouring out one’s energies in the service of the poor, in listening attentively, in praying faithfully, in living harmoniously with others, in seeking reconciliation, in doing penance, in renouncing anything that is an obstacle to the following of Christ. John the Baptist calls us to prepare the way of the Lord by eliminating from our lives whatever impedes his coming. (Maloney, Seasons in Spirituality, p.48)
Christmas is a time of love and gift giving… please give to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul so that those who do not have clothes and food can share in the blessings of Christmas.
Weekly Status of Giving:
Knowing that we find the face of Christ in the poor, for the week up to December 6, 2017, through your gifts, Holy Redeemer SVDP Conference has brought the love and care of Jesus to the poor by assisting 12 families with food worth $1,190 and two families with rent/utility bills totaling $924. 748 pounds of in-kind food donations were collected through the generosity of Parishioners and Friends, and 27 volunteer hours were worked including seven care center visits.
Thank you for donating socks this Christmas
Thanks to our generous Holy Redeemer Conference Parishioners, we were able to deliver Socks and Christmas stockings filled with toiletries to the Downtown Chapel. Thank You!
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.