St Vincent de Paul (SVP)
In the parable of the Good Samaritan Jesus tells us to love our neighbour and explains who our neighbor is, even a stranger in difficulty. Blessed Frederick Ozanam founded the St Vincent de Paul Society in early 19th century France for the love of neighbour, of the poor. The SVP in our parish exists for the same reason, occasionally to give financial help, more often to visit those who may be housebound or unwell or isolated. These could be neighbours or acquaintances of any religion or none.
Our Parish Conference meets fortnightly for about 45 minutes after Friday Mass. We have a short reflection on any spiritual or scriptural topic, begin with prayer and end with individual intercessions for any person or cause we choose; so the meeting reinforces our own faith life, (which is what Pope Francis’s Synod initiative is about.) In the past members have visited the hospitals, helped with a Dementia support group, helped those mentally ill, with the food banks, in care homes.
It may be that with work or family you are busy at the moment, but could still make a ten minute phone call a week, or attend the occasional meeting. Please reflect too on anyone you know of who would like a phone call or a visit, and let Fr Jarek or one of the members know.
Redruth 2pm on Wednesday afternoons