Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vuncent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by ofering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul.

As a reflection of the whole family of God, members, who are known as Vincentians, are drawn from every ethnic and cultural background, age group, and economic level. Vincentians are united in an international society of charity by their spirit of poverty, humility and sharing, which is nourished by prayer and reflection, mutually supportive gatherings and adherence to a basic Rule.

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul offers tangible assistance to those in need on a person-to-person basis. It is this personalized involvement that makes the work of the Society unique. This aid may take the form of intervention, consultation, or often through direct dollar or in-kind service. An essential precept of the Society's work is to provide help while conscientiously maintaining the confidentiality and dignity of those who are served. The Society recognizes that it must assume, also, a role of advocacy for those who are defenseless or voiceless. Some 12 million persons are helped annually by Vincentians in the United States.

"The poor will be with us always". They are found not only in the inner city, they are in any place you could name, including here at St. Joseph Parish. They are families and individuals of limited income who are having problems paying their rent, water, or electric bills, and who may not even have enough money to buy food for their kids. Because we have people in St. Joseph Parish who need a helping hand, we need to establish a St. Vincent de Paul Conference. We need you, especially we need people who can speak both Spanish and English. Let your heart respond to Jesus' words: "What you do for the least of mine you do for me." It is Jesus who is asking you to help. If Jesus is calling you, call Deacon Phil at (630)-651-9190.

God Bless You!