ST. VINCENT de PAUL
Parish Mission Statement
Using the Corporal Works of Mercy as our guide, we seek to educate & empower all members of the parish to provide for the needs
of the community & follow in the footsteps of Christ.
ST. VINCENT de PAUL SOCIETY
To volunteer, contact Ken Lindquist, 205-228-8399
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. The Society is organized into local Conferences ke the one here at Holy Infant of Prague. This is done so that the needs of the local community can be addressed most effectively.
The HIOP Conference is currently involved in three areas helping those in need. Our ministries are Camp Joseph, focused on youth development, Apostolate to the Elderly & Homebound serving those that are less mobile in our society and our largest effort, helping the poor in the surrounding area through financial assistance and referrals.
The personal ministry of each Vincentian is to grow in holiness by putting their faith into action. Time is dedicated at each meeting to examine and discuss our faith as it relates to our personal service. Vincentians feel a bond to one another and to the poor we serve.
There are many roles to fill in St. Vincent de Paul, including fundraising, membership, spiritual development, disaster relief, visiting the poor or even developing a new ministry to help those in need.
Our conference at Holy Infant in Trussville was established in January 2012. As of August 2013, we have been able to assist over 100 families and expended more than $40,000 in aid. This has only been possible due to the overwhelming support of our parish family.
We meet weekly alternating between Sunday at 9:30AM and Monday at 6:30PM. There are many opportunities for you to be involved in this ministry.
Contact: Steve Atchison, 205-296-3166, [email protected]
Camp Joseph is a ministry within St. Vincent de Paul that focuses on boys aged 8-12 in our community that do not have a male role model in their lives. Camp Joseph meets once per month at Camp Tekakwitha and combines activities that are both fun and educational.
Apostolate to the Elderly and Homebound
Contact: Diane McTamney, 205-655-5217
This ministry within St. Vincent de Paul provides assistance to the elderly and homebound through visitations to our clients. Imagine, after enjoying freedom of mobility and health that you find yourself restricted and confined at home or in an assisted living residence. Add to this the loneliness that can accompany such a situation and you find brothers and sisters who are anxious for a visit from someone just to chat, who can show them that people do care. That they still matter.
“Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” (Matthew 25:40) At St. Vincent de Paul, we see Jesus in the poor. These poor are not only financially poor but also the poor emotionally, spiritually, and physically. Many times these poor are in greater need than those facing financial hardships.
The best part of volunteering is that it doesn’t take much to help. Even an hour each month to make a visit to a client makes all the difference in the world. Many of our volunteers start there but find the reward and appreciation of those in need makes it easy to offer more time to this calling.