Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Original icon of Saint Vincent de Paul by American iconographer Brother Simeon Davis

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he Society of St. Vincent de Paul Conference for Our Lady of Sorrows Church is composed of lay men and women from the parish who are called to carry on the work begun by Blessed Frédéric Ozanam in Paris in 1833. Under the patronage of St. Vincent de Paul we work through person-to-person contact to help people in need in our neighbourhood. We are part of an international organization whose mission is to live the Gospel message by serving Christ in the poor with love, respect, justice and joy.

The members meet monthly (except in July and August) and perform the following works:

  • Visiting our neighbours-in-need in their homes to:
    • listen to their problems;
    • offer leads for social assistance;
    • supply food and clothing vouchers;
    • supply beds, mattresses and/or kitchen tables and chairs.
  • Providing special Christmas help to our neighbours-in-need and to other conferences in the Etobicoke area for their neighbours-in-need, with the assistance of:
    • our parishioners;
    • Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic School;
    • local businesses.
  • Arranging for children of our neighbours-in-need to attend summer camp at Marygrove Camp for girls or Camp Ozanam for boys. Both camps are operated by Toronto Central Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, with funding provided by ShareLife for Camp Ozanam, and by the special diocesan collection for Marygrove Camp in June.
  • Holding Bundle Up Weekends to collect lightly used clothes and household items for use by Toronto Central Council's Community Stores and Distribution Centre.
  • Funding for the above is made possible through:

    • donations to the poor boxes after each Sunday Mass;
    • special donations for which we issue tax receipts;
    • the annual Christmas collection held in early December.

Due to the ongoing generosity of our parishioners we are able to send funds to more needy conferences in Etobicoke or to Toronto Central Council to help finance its special works, including emergency shelters and homes in the GTA.

If you are interested in joining the Society, or would like more specific information about our programmes, please contact the parish office and one of our members will be in-touch.

More detailed information about the work done throughout the Archdiocese of Toronto by Toronto Central Council can be found here.

If you are in need

  • Those requesting financial or other types of assistance or support should call the parish office.
  • As soon as possible, a pair of Vincentians will arrange to visit you in your home, to bring emergency assistance in the form of a food and/or clothing voucher or to arrange for delivery of a bed or kitchen table and chairs, and always to bring hope and respect.