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All Catholics Should Be Vincentians

  

  • The Society of St. Vincent de Paul welcomes anyone who believes they have the grace of desiring to devote some of their time and energy to following Jesus' command to all of us to help the poor and the needy around us.


  • The purpose of being a Vincentian is to grow in holiness by serving the poor. We believe that being a member of the Society helps us to obey Jesus' command to us.


  • Being a Vincentian is a religious activity. You grow in holiness by your work in helping the needy. It is your own personal journey and the purpose of being a Vincentian is for you and your fellow Vincentians to help each other on that journey.


  • Becoming a Vincentian is easy. Just contact an active Vincentian in your parish, or if your parish is not affiliated with a conference, just conctact the Diocesan Council of Biloxi for the name of the conference closest to you.


  • Over a period of several weeks, you will be exposed to the activities that Vincentians do to help the needy. (What We Do).  After this, if you find that you wish to go ahead and become a Vincentian, you will be accepted as a formal member into the Society. Most members feel that being a Vincentian is one of the most important and fulfilling things in their lives.

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SVDP Council of Biloxi

SVDP Council of Biloxi

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No act of charity is foreign to the Society

  

  • As a Vincentian, you will find yourself doing various works that help those who are in need. The major activity is visiting the poor in their homes so that you can help them on a personal level. Other activities may include delivering food baskets to the needy, serving meals for the homeless, keeping a food pantry stocked and orderly, or visiting someone who is homebound or in a nursing home. There are numerous charitable activities that one can do.


  • Of all the activities that Vincentians do, you will be encouraged to do those works that you feel comfortable doing and enjoy doing. You will not be asked to do anything that you do not like to do.

Jesus Washing the Feet of His Apostles

Jesus Washing the Feet of His Apostles

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Please Join Us In Our Mission of Serving God Through the Poor

As Vincentians, we firmly believe that scripture is clear that in order to get to Heaven, Jesus has commanded us to serve the poor, and to do so personally. While donating to your favorite charity is a holy thing, it is written that we are also commanded to help others by our own sweat, too, and not just support others to do the dirty work for us.

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The Case for Vincentianism in Scripture

  • There are three passages in Scripture that illustrate the importance of being a Vincentian. All three indicate that we are commanded by Christ to serve thos who are in need as a requirement to get to Heaven.

Matthew 25

  • Everyone is familiar with this passage as it talks about such things as "When you gave a drink of water to, you gave it to Me." This passage's main point is about getting to Heave. Vincentians see two major points in this passage. It starts out by saying
  • The latter part of the passage, God separates all mankind on judgement day into two groups, described as the sheep and the goats. Those who gave the drink of water to the thirsty are included in the sheep, and those who didn't are

Luke 10

  • This is the parable about the Good Samaritan. Many people see this as simply a nice act by the Samarirtan. Yet Vincentians see more in the message. Again, this passage's main point is about getting to Heaven. Indeed that is precisely what the beginning of the passage states. Then the major part of the reading is about how the Samaritan personally got down on his knees and got his hands dirty caring for the badly injured man laying along the roadside. The Samaritan didn't just notice the man lying there and then continue on into town and contact a local charity or government agency and ask them to go out and take care of the injured man. No, he got his hands dirty caring for the man himself. The clear message here is that in order to get to Heaven we are to personally help those who are in need, and not pay someone else to do the dirty work for us.

John 13

  • This is the famous passage about Jesus washing the feet of his apostles. We re-enact this passage every year at Mass on Holy Thursday evening. Jesus humbles Himself to wash their feet. He then tells the apostles that they are to "do likewise", meaning to humble themselves and serve others. Vincentians see this message as a requirement for all of Jesus' followers to serve those in need. Very importantly, Jesus clearly says to His apostles that they are to do likewise themselves (personally), not pay for someone else to serve others for them.


Jesus Washing the Feet of His Apostles - John 13: 1-17

Jesus Washing the Feet of His Apostles - John 13: 1-17

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Matthew 25 - Lord, When did we see you hungry?

  

  

31. When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne 32. and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33. He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. 34.Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, 36. naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’ 37. Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38. When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39. When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’ 40. And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’ 41. Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43. a stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.’ 44. Then they will answer and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?’ 45. He will answer them, ‘Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.’ 46. And these will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.”

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SVDP Food Pantry

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Luke 10 - The Good Samaritan

  

  

25. There was a scholar of the law who stood up to test him and said, “Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26. Jesus said to him, “What is written in the law? How do you read it?” 27. He said in reply, “You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” 28. He replied to him, “You have answered correctly; do this and you will live.”

29. But because he wished to justify himself, he said to Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30. Jesus replied, “A man fell victim to robbers as he went down from Jerusalem to Jericho. They stripped and beat him and went off leaving him half-dead. 31. A priest happened to be going down that road, but when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side. 32. Likewise a Levite came to the place, and when he saw him, he passed by on the opposite side. 33. But a Samaritan traveler who came upon him was moved with compassion at the sight. 34. He approached the victim, poured oil and wine over his wounds and bandaged them. Then he lifted him up on his own animal, took him to an inn and cared for him. 35. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper with the instruction, ‘Take care of him. If you spend more than what I have given you, I shall repay you on my way back.’ 36. Which of these three, in your opinion, was neighbor to the robbers’ victim?” 37. He answered, “The one who treated him with mercy.” Jesus said to him, “Go and do likewise.”

The Good Samaritan

The Good Samaritan

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John 13: 1-17 - The Washing of the Feet

  

  

1. Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his hour had come to pass from this world to the Father. He loved his own in the world and he loved them to the end. 2. The devil had already induced Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, to hand him over. So, during supper, 3. fully aware that the Father had put everything into his power and that he had come from God and was returning to God, 4. he rose from supper and took off his outer garments. He took a towel and tied it around his waist. 5. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and dry them with the towel around his waist. 6. He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Master, are you going to wash my feet?” 7. Jesus answered and said to him, “What I am doing, you do not understand now, but you will understand later.” 8. Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “Unless I wash you, you will have no inheritance with me.” 9. Simon Peter said to him, “Master, then not only my feet, but my hands and head as well.” 10. Jesus said to him, “Whoever has bathed* has no need except to have his feet washed, for he is clean all over; so you are clean, but not all.” 11. For he knew who would betray him; for this reason, he said, “Not all of you are clean.”

12. So when he had washed their feet [and] put his garments back on and reclined at table again, he said to them, “Do you realize what I have done for you? 13. You call me ‘teacher’ and ‘master,’ and rightly so, for indeed I am. 14. If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another’s feet. 15. I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do. 16. Amen, amen, I say to you, no slave is greater than his master nor any messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17. If you understand this, blessed are you if you do it. 



Jesus Washing the Feet of His Apostles

Jesus Washing the Feet of His Apostles

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Additional Information About the Society in the USA

For additional information about the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, please visit our national website www.svdpusa.org.