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St. Vincent de Paul and Service – a guest post by Bob LaBounty

mainlogo9This was written by parishioner Bob LaBounty and was published in our bulletin recently; he is a member of our parish and an active in the St. Vincent de Paul Society. The St.Vincent de Paul Society presented the parish hospitality this past weekend. If you did not get a chance to meet Bob or some of the others, here is your chance. You can help in many ways, whether you drop money in the Poor Boxes by the church doors, bring non-perishable food to church, or in other ways. Please contact the parish office for more information.

Reflection From a Member of St. Vincent de Paul Society

I was asked to join the St. Vincent de Paul Society a few years ago, to participate in its ministry of serving the poor and needy of Christ. I was surprised to find that Glenville and the surrounding area have many people in real need of material assistance.

The Society reaches out using funds and food donated by the members of Immaculate Conception to serve many needs. Trying to wisely use limited resources , the Society help folks past real difficulties of hunger , eviction , the loss of heat, and the shutting off of electricity.

Some of my personal experiences in this ministry that confirm for me the presence of the Holy Spirit, and my call to help Christ’s poor are as follows. When serving at the soup kitchen , I had a single mother of two small children come back to me and ask, “My children are still hungry can they have some more please?” You said yes.

When loading the Christmas food basket and Bethlehem Tree* gifts for a family of five, the grandmother told me two of the children were handicapped and both parents recently lost their jobs. She said “Bless you people for without you this family would not have had a Christmas.” You made this possible.

When a woman whose cancer had been in remission suddenly had a relapse, she came to us for help with gasoline so she could get to her chemo treatment. You said we can help.

Lastly , when a single mother came to us late in November after returning home from the hospital with a crying, three year old son who had just had ear surgery with drainage tubes still in his ears, and said “ I only have enough money for his medicine or to put food on the table. Can you help? You said yes.

These are a few of the special moments (God moments) that I’ve experienced. They remind me of why I think I’m really here and what Christ calls all of us to do.

May God bless you for your support and inspire you to continue to take care of His poor.

*The Bethlehem Tree is a ministry that coordinates gifts for the elderly and the poor at Christmas.

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