St. Vincent de Paul Society - St. Pius X Council
Mission Statement:
We seek in a spirit of justice and charity and by person-to-person involvement of our volunteer members, to help those who are needy and suffering. It is not necessary to be poor to be needy at any given moment, so we serve in a special way first those brothers and sisters of our Parish family who need our help. We serve also all within our Parish boundaries. No work of charity is foreign to our people. It encompasses every form of aid that alleviates suffering and promotes the dignity and integrity of mankind. Profoundly religious in motivation, this help is on the basis of need, not creed. This Parish service is based on sharing Jesus’ healing love and presence with those in need, and in giving of ourselves we receive from those we serve a closer relationship to Christ. We see in the poor the face of Jesus, and His love in their hearts.
The St. Pius X Conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society is aggregated to the International Society of St. Vincent de Paul, but is independently administered by members of our Parish. Our outreach is performed in anonymity as our work with those in need is on a strictly confidential basis. The Conference meets twice monthly, for spiritual renewal and to oversee the service performed by individual members. Individual help is provided by a team of two - rotating on a weekly basis - by personal contact with those in need in their own homes. In addition to active membership, we are assisted in various aspects of our work by associate members. In addition to spiritual support, the Conference provides limited material or financial assistance to meet short-term crisis needs, supplemented by referral assistance to appropriate civic and charitable agencies. It operates a Salvage Ministry (storing and distributing clothing, furniture, appliances, and similar household goods), as well as a Personal Care Ministry (providing new hygiene products, religious books and pamphlets, bibles, and miscellaneous items), and provides a monthly dinner to residents at a Prince George’s County Men’s Shelter. It twins with a Catholic Church in Vladivostok Russia, providing assistance with their charitable work.