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April 9 2014

Spiritual Reflection for April

A new spiritual reflection is available in the "Spirituality" section.

Saint Vincent de Paul tells us:

"Come then my dear confrere, let us devote ourselves with renewed love to serve persons who are poor, and even to seek out those who are the poorest and the most abandoned; let's acknowledge before God that they are our lords and masters and that we're unworthy of rendering them our little services."

To read more, please click on this link: Reflection-April


April 1 2014

Grant Regalbuto – Vincentian of the year 2013

Ottawa Valley Native Grant Regalbuto, University of Ottawa alumnus (BA 1964) received the certificate of merit as the Vincentian of the year 2013 at the Annual General Assembly of the members of the Saint-Vincent-de-Paul Society of Québec.

The award was bestowed in recognition of “his exceptional contribution to the Saint-Vincent-de-Paul Society (Fight against poverty and exclusion). His involvement in the community sector spans local, provincial and pan Canadian levels (Community Foundations of Canada, Maison Dauphine (street kids) and United Way).

Photo : left : Grant Regalbuto, Francis Normand, president of the Sainte-Foy Particular Council and Jean-Marc Vaillancourt, president of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul of Québec.


March 21 2014

Annual General Assembly

The Annual General Assembly will be held at the MacEwan University in Edmonton (Alberta), from Wednesday June 11 to Sunday June 15, 2014.

You can now register online for the Annual General Assembly.
Go to our web site: http://www.ssvp.ca/GeneralAssembly/Registration and follow the link indicated to register.

Please visit http://www.ssvpedmonton.ca/AGA2014 for further information.


March 6 2014

Spiritual Reflection for March - Easter 2014 - What does it mean for me?

 A new spiritual reflection is available in the "Spirituality" section.

Easter 2014: What does it mean for me?

Lent is the preparation time for Easter. It seems logical that we should ask ourselves why we should prepare for Easter. What makes the feast special for us? One of the answers, supported by the apostle Paul, is that if there was no resurrection our Faith would be a colossal waste of time. But what does Easter mean for us, living in a most secular society?

To read more, please click on this link: March Reflection


February 21 2014

Register online for the Annual General Assembly 2014

The next Annual General Assembly will be held at the MacEwan University in Edmonton (Alberta), from Wednesday June 11 to Sunday June 15, 2014.

You can now register online for the Annual General Assembly.
Go to our web site: http://www.ssvp.ca/GeneralAssembly/Registration and follow the link indicated to register.


February 13 2014

Mrs Bernadette Sanschagrin, recipient of the Sainte-Louise-de Marillac Vincentian Merit for 2013

Québec – February 11, 2014 Mr. Grant Regalbuto, President of the Saint-Denys-du-Plateau Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Conference, announced that Mrs. Bernadette Sanschagrin was awarded the Sainte-Louise-de Marillac Vincentian Merit for 2013. 

Mrs. Sanschagrin has been volunteering for many years at the Saint-Mathieu food bank in the old Sainte-Foy district, and with the Saint-Mathieu Society of Saint Vincent de Paul Conference that manages the food bank. The food bank helps over 119 families annually, that is approximately 253 people, including 76 children. A good number of those people are recent immigrants in Québec, among them Spanish and Portuguese-speaking people.

The Sainte-Louise-de Marillac Vincentian Merit intends to recognize in a tangible way the remarkable contribution of a volunteer worker in the old Sainte-Foy district. It commemorates the founder, with Saint Vincent de Paul, of the Charity brotherhoods in 16th century France, precursors of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul.

Grant Regalbuto,
Saint-Denys-du-Plateau Conference

From left to right : Mr. Georges Christman; Mrs Bernadette Sanschagrin and Mr. Grant Regalbuto


February 3 2014

Spiritual Reflection for February - Vincentian Way of Life

A new spiritual reflection is available in the "Spirituality" section.

The Vincentian way of life is a vocation and not all are called to this vocation. Those who are called are asked, like Frederic was asked, to use our God-given talents to serve His poor. How do we do that? 

To read more, please click on this link: February's Reflection


January 26 2014

Philippines

On December 8, 2013, some parts of the Philippines were hit hard by one of the most devastating typhoons ever.  To help the surviving victims of that catastrophe, the National Council asked Vincentians from across the country to help raise money to send to the SSVP in the Philippines.

At the same time, the Canadian Government offered to match any money raised by Canadian registered charities.

I am pleased to announce that, as of January 6, 2014, we received almost $129,000 at the National Council.  Therefore, we are asking the Foreign Affairs department to match this amount and the proper forms have been completed and sent.

On behalf of the victims of that catastrophe, I want to thank all Vincentians for their wonderful response.

God bless you all.

Jean-Noël Cormier
President
National Council of Canada


January 6 2014

Spiritual Reflection for January - Resolutions

A new spiritual reflection is available in the "Spirituality" section.

How many of us have entered a new year with renewed vim and vigor and a long list of resolutions concerning bad habits in the areas of eating, drinking, smoking, lack of exercise and misuse of leisure time or for the healing family relationships and re-establishing contacts with long forgotten relatives and friends, etc only to fall short or outright fail to achieve these goals year in and year out.

To read more, please click on this link: January's Reflection


December 9 2013

The 2013 Guignolée at Saint-Denys-du-Plateau

The Guignolée at Saint-Denys-du-Plateau took place on December 1, 2013. Twenty one Saint Vincent de Paul volunteers went door-to-door to solicit donations in the streets of the Saint-Denys district. The funds collected will help finance assistance essentially to the district’s needy families.

The Guignolée takes place in three different ways: the traditional door-to-door, regular mail solicitation, and the call to stores, institutions and businesses.

According to MM. Réal Camiré and René Pelletier, in charge of the Saint Vincent de Paul Guignolée: “It is during the Guignolée that we solicit our fellow citizens in anticipation of the holiday season. It is the main source of funds for the Saint Vincent de Paul; today, we collected $1370.”

The help provided by the Society takes the form of food vouchers, presents, and food hampers during the Christmas season, as well as assistance to the purchase of school supplies, clothing, furniture, household appliances. In addition, the Society also helps street youths or young people tempted to drop out of school.

 Photo:

The happy group of Guignolée makers, upon leaving for the door-to-door campaign.

Left to right

In front: Lucille Bordeleau, Henri Gagné, Denis Blanchette, Micheline Moisan-Cayouette, Gérard Bédard, Monique Fournier, Huguette Filteau and Gertrude Lessard.

In back: Walter Ouellet, Jean Fayt, Alexandre Hébert, Jean-Denis Côté, Donald Saindon, René Pelletier, Fabienne Côté, Grant Regalbuto, Mike Penney and Réal Camiré.