Today, September 27th, is the feast of Saint Vincent de Paul. Vincent was a priest who lived long ago and had two missions in life: the formation of the clergy and the care of the poor. His love of the poor and needy is reflected in the Saint Vincent de Paul Societies that abound in the Church.
The Pastoral Council thought it might be a good thing to remind ourselves of the outreach that we provide in this area in the spirit of Saint Vincent de Paul. First of all, we have a Charity Collection monthly that you generously provide for. In the Today’s Challenge/Tomorrow’s Hope campaign we set aside the first 10% received for the work of charity (this year bringing in over $3,500). Since January of this year we have given $1,105.14 to the local meals on wheels (10% of our charity collection plus an additional $256.92 toward providing fresh fruit for the meals periodically). Nearly $7,000 was given to our local Food Bank for supplemental totes items, gift cards and supplemental lunch bag items. We have contributed toward Catholic Charities of Greensburg as well as the Empty Bowl Project of the Westmoreland Food Bank. Total monetary response from the Charity Account amounts to $9,295.90 so far this year. This is in addition to your wonderful generosity with the lunch bags and totes projects, as well as so many individual acts of charity.
We are told in the scriptures to not let the “left hand know what the right hand is doing”, but it is important for us to be aware of the great outreach that we provide in our area in the spirit of Saint Vincent de Paul. On behalf of all who have benefited in the past … a great big THANK YOU!