St. Vincent de Paul
As winter settles in around us and Christmas draws near, our local SVP Conference is concerned about families who will face impossible choices this year. They will struggle with the decision of heating the house or having a Christmas dinner.
SVP will be able to help alleviate the struggle of families facing these impossible choices, thanks to the generosity of people in parishes who continue to support the SVP Collections throughout the year.
As many are aware, owing to parishes not able to have people gathering for Sunday Masses, the monthly SVP Collection has been missed and results in a drop in funds. That said, the introduction of the SVP Envelope (in August past) has resulted in many parishioners forwarding generous donations to SVP and for this we are most grateful.
SVP nationally will shortly launch its Annual Christmas Appeal, titled ‘Impossible Choices’, with the SVP Collection Sunday, fixed for 13th December. Even though Covid-19 restrictions are expected to ease in the lead into Christmas, numbers gathering for Masses will be much reduced as people continue adhering to social distancing guide-lines - and so the local branch of SVP are once again encouraging parishioners to make further use of the ‘SVP Envelope’ (available in church porches) by way of facilitating the generous Christmas donations that people are in the habit of making at this time each year.
If you are in need of assistance you can contact us in writing to SVP C/O Confraternity Rooms, St. Patrick’s Street, Ballybay or Freephone 180077777, at the latest by Thursday 10th December. In either case our SVP volunteer will follow up with a short visit to see how best we may assist.
While SVP always wants to be able to respond to calls for help, it is important that nobody seeks help unless they are genuinely in need of it.