St Vincent de Paul Society

 

The Southport Parish has two St Vincent de Paul Conferences:

Guardian Angels Conference, Southport (covering Southport and part of Labrador)

Mary Immaculate Conference, Ashmore (covering Ashmore, Arundel, Parkwood, Molendinar, part of Labrador, part of Benowa)

The Society is a lay Catholic organisation that aspires to live the gospel message by serving Christ in the poor with love, respect, justice, hope and joy, and by working to shape a more just and compassionate society

The primary focus of the work of the Society is assisting those in need, enabling them to improve their situation and encouraging control of their lives, all the while giving respect to their dignity. The underlying principle is to give a  ‘hand up’  not a  ‘hand out’.

Home visits are a core means of responding to calls for assistance in our Parish. Visits by members are conducted in pairs, enabling us to meet people face to face in their homes. It gives us the opportunity to see their circumstances first hand and have an immediate understanding of their particular situation.  The needs of those we visit may involve:

  • Material – such as food or clothing
  • Social – such as isolation, unemployment
  • Personal – such as grief and loneliness

The Southport Conference meets weekly. Home visitations are done Monday to Friday. They distribute assistance from the St Vincent de Paul shop in Scarborough Street. Members also assist with visitation to four nursing homes in the Southport area.

The Ashmore Conference meets fortnightly, on Monday evenings at the Mary Immaculate Meeting Room. Members plan ahead using a roster to undertake visits that can be organised to fit in with their other commitments: visits can be undertaken day or evening, weekdays or weekends. The Ashmore Conference assists with the St Vincent de Paul Migrant Advice Service (Southport) offering free migration advice from qualified migration agents to those on low incomes. The Conference also supports both the Aquinas College Conference in its formation and activities and the St Vincent de Paul Buddies and SENSE youth programmes to offer their services to local families in need. Parishioners support the Conference through donating food donations (collections bins are in the Mary Immaculate and St Joseph the Worker churches) and money.

At Christmas time, through Parishioner and community generosity, food hampers and toys are distributed by the Conferences to families in need.

New members are always warmly welcomed. If you are over 18 and would like to know more or be part of this Ministry please contact:

Southport Conference President: Barry Litfin: 0417733193

Ashmore Conference President: Nerida Smith  nerida.smith@bigpond.com  M: 041 760 6639