Sept 20-21, 2014

St. Vincent de Paul part 2
Last week I mentioned that a representative of the St. Vincent de Paul Society is coming to speak at all the masses on our Time And Talent weekend (Oct 4-5). Let me offer some more background on the organization to make the presentation more useful for you. As you can see in the first part of their mission statement The mission of the society has two dimensions: service to the poor, and growth in personal holiness: "Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frédéric Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul."

Each local group, or conference, is associated with a parish and is dedicated to the poor who are found within the parish boundaries. Meetings include organizing service for the poor, but also time to reflect on how this service is shaping the spiritual journey of its members. Conferences assist one another across a region to coordinate its ministries for the poor.

Our parish does a wonderful job through our Franciscan Outreach to distribute food to anyone who comes to our doors. The St. Vincent de Paul Society would be able to add further services to those within our parish boundaries. Many of these requests originating in Southfield have in the past been handled by our neighboring conferences. There are many questions still to be answered, but the main question is whether we have enough parishioners to maintain our current outreach as well as a new St. Vincent de Paul conference. I'm sure that our speaker will be addressing this and any other questions you may have on October 4 and 5.

This Monday evening we will have a special mass to launch the local 40 Days for Life event at 7pm. Please come and support this movement. The 40 days are a time for peaceful and prayerful witness to the sanctity of life. More information about the 40 Days for Life movement can be found on this website: http://40daysforlife.com/local-campaigns/southfield/