The Society of St. Vincent de Paul San Antonio is opening a new Thrift Store
and needs your help to find a suitable location. 
The shop, manned by volunteers, will raise funds to support SVDP citywide
by selling goods donated from the community. 
We need a space 1,200 sql ft or larger and zoned for retail sales. 
Easy access, a drop off door, and good parking would also be great. 
Contact Maria Leslie at 210-829-4779
if you have info on a possible location.

Green Bag Collection

Ever wonder what happens to the money you put in the St. Vincent de Paul monthly Green Bag? Wonderful things happen! Your hand in the Green Bag is a hand that touches the outstretched hands of the poor, giving hope and fighting hunger. Your generous donations allow the Vincentian Society at St. Peters to provide food and hope to over 350 of our hungry Brothers and Sisters per month. For some families this food is critical to feeding their children and themselves. We also help our Homeless Friends in the area with non-perishable food, toiletries, and bus passes. As you can see we have a busy mission to support the poor and your unselfish help is critical. Thank you! As Jesus said “Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers, so you do unto me.” Matthew 25:40.   (complements of Dawn Smith, conference Secretary)\


If you are interested in ministering directly to those in need, please consider the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
 To explore membership, just pick up the phone,  call the SVDP office - 829-4779,  and ask for Maria Leslie, President.

  Did you know that you can help the Society of St. Vincent de Paul every time  you make a purchase from   That's right.  Log into Amazon Smile.  When prompted for the charity you want to support, name Society of St. Vincent de Paul St. Peter Prince of the Apostles, and check the box next to our name.  Then continue shopping as usual.  There is no extra charge, but there is the benefit to our Society that we will get a fraction of the purchase price.  It's a small fraction -- but a lot of small fractions can end up making a big difference! 

Our Meetings

Our Society of St. Vincent de Paul meetings occur regularly, twice a month:

+ After the 9 a.m. Mass on the Second Sunday of each month 

+ At 7 p.m. on the Last Wednesday of each month

There are meetings and there are meetings. Most of us know the press of meetings that drain our energy and take our time. However, some of us have been lucky enough to come into gatherings that increase our energy and transcend the mundane -- gatherings where mutual support and outward-looking, deep concern for the least among us bring us into the Heart of Christ. Those kinds of gatherings, where two or three -- or many more -- are gathered in His Name, are the soul of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

The purposes of our meetings are

(1) to reflect on Vincentian Spirituality and (2) to shape and direct our services to those in need.


Looking for news reported by Vincentians?  Try FAMVIN, the website for the entire Vincentian Family which includes Vincentian Fathers and Daughters of Charity as well as our own  Society of St. Vincent de Paul.  Besides studying  news reports, you can also learn the history, ideals, and spirituality which keep Vincentians actively working to form a worldwide "network of charity", and which has given us numerous martyrs and saints.  In this month of celebrating Mary's Assumption into heaven, we can find inspiration in reading of  St. Catherine of Labore, who has passed on to us the gift of the Miraculous Medal.

There are three levels of membership in the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.  Which is right for you?

Active Members  attend our meetings, learn the spirituality of the Society, and participate in decision making.     Meetings are held the second Sunday of the month after the 9:00 Mass  and the last Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at the Parish SVDP Office.   They work alongside Associative Members and ensure communication of current policy decisions.

Associate Members directly engage in face-to-face service of those in need.   Associate members  are needed  help at the SVDP Food Pantry which is open from 10 a.m. to 12 noon,  Mondays, Wednesdays, or Fridays. Associates may also accompany active members on  home visits and in the supportive ministries such as purchasing food, stocking the food pantry, and coordinating in-kind donations.  Also, volunteers are welcome to join us  the fourth Friday of each month when we serve dinner to homeless persons at Haven for Hope.  Call 829-4779 for additional information. 

Contributing Members are all of us who contribute to the monthly  Green Bag Collection and who send special contributions to be used
for the needs of those who come to us for help. 
 A special opportunity  exists  for contributing members to help with neighborhood emergencies.  We cannot jeopardize our ability to provide food to the hungry.  That is our primary mission.  However, other crises sometimes arise in the lives of  Brothers and Sisters in Christ who live in our neighborhood.  In fact, parish conferences all over San Antonio have seen an increase in the number of working people who have lost their jobs and are able to find only lower paying,  temporary contract work.   As they adjust, these neighbors sometimes need a one-time intervention to keep from having their utilities cut off -- or from being evicted from their homes  The Society of St. Vincent de Paul refers these neighbors to resources that can help them thorugh their rough times.  When an emergency has to be met that is beyond our means, we seek help from other conferences through a process known as networking.  However, most conferences these days are swamped with needs in their own neighborhoods, and sometimes time is critical.  That is why we are asking:

Could we call you when an emergency arises?  You would tell us how often we would call -- once only, once a year, semi-annually, or quarterly.  You would tell us if we could ask for $10, $25, $50 or more.  If your answer is "yes", please call our SVDP office: (210) 829-4779 and leave a message for President Maria Leslie. 
...a network of Charity and social justice to encircle the world... (Blessed Frederic Ozanam)

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