AGA-Hamilton - Room on campus, booking deadline - May 27th
McMaster University offers a great place to stay on campus, but can only hold a set bank of rooms up to and including May 27th. Please decide now if you want to stay on campus, and call to book your rooms. Accommodation arrangements are to be made directly with McMaster University. To book your accommodation, call (905) 525-9140, extension 26898. Single Room $58.00/night; Double Room $45.00/person/night; Suite (4 beds) $199.00/night. All prices are subject to applicable taxes.
Registration for attending the AGA, including meals, is done separately, either on line here: www.ssvp.ca or by mail, and there is no deadline for registrations, only for room accommodations on campus.
May 6 2015
Council General International's Newsletter - March, April 2015
Please click on this link to read the Council General International's newsletter:
May 1 2015
Spiritual Reflection for May
A new spiritual reflection is available in the "Spirituality" section:
From the beginning of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, the central and most basic activity of Conferences has been the visitation of the needy in their home. This action is the clearest symbol of the Vincentian charism, which dictates the highest respect for the dignity of the poor; the visitor becomes the guest and the person being helped is the master.
To read more, please click on this link: Reflection-May-2015
May 1 2015
Earthquake in Nepal and Tropical Cyclone in Vanuatu– URGENT APPEAL FOR FINANCIAL RELIEF ASSISTANCE
As you all know, a severe earthquake in Nepal on Saturday April 25, has cause enormous destruction of habitats and infrastructures. The latest estimates placed over 5,000 deaths and close to a million displaced.
Moreover, on March 13,2015 a powerful tropical Cyclone crossed the islands that comprised the archipelago of Vanuatu in the South Pacific. This has cause several hundred deaths and thousands of misplaced people from their homes.
As a result of these terrible catastrophes, the President General, in the letter attache, has launched an international appeal for donations. I am soliciting the generosity of each Vincentian, Conference and Council that can afford it to send their donation to the National Council of Canada, 2463, Innes Rd, Ottawa, Ontario, K1B 3K3. All donations received will be forwarded to the International Council General as instructed.
I also ask Vincentians to keep the people of Nepal and of the archipelago of Vanuatu, in their prayers in this moment of great suffering.
Thank you for your generosity, God bless.
April 29 2015
Nepal Urgency - Message from CGI
We are very sad to learn of the tragedy that struck Nepal in the form of a violent earthquake on Saturday 25 April. The first pictures sent by the media show the impact and the distress of the people in the affected zones. The number of victims is rising hour by hour, the centre of Kathmandu is devastated, and strong aftershocks have caused panic among survivors.
The International General Council has been in touch with local contacts such as Joseph Pandian (Territorial Vice-President), Elizabeth Loo (national twinning coordinator in Malaysia – a country twinned with Nepal). They have been able to get in touch with fellow members in Kathmandu who are currently meeting as a crisis group to organise help for victims.
The conference in Godavari (Eastern Nepal) responded at once by sending tents to shelter families who have lost their homes. Our brothers Joseph Pandian and Gabriel Mondal (Western Asia Regional Coordinator) are working together to organise the help for victims.
According to Elizabeth Loo, the Tipling conference (in a mountainous region) has been badly affected by the earthquake.
The General Council has decided to release emergency aid at once, followed by a second instalment of funds, as soon as the position and the current needs have been properly assessed.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Nepal and with our Vincentian brothers and sisters, in this country whose first conferences were formed in 2010, and where a training meeting took place only a few weeks ago.
April 4 2015
April 1 2015
Spiritual Reflection for April
A new spiritual reflection is available in the "Spirituality" section: Easter 2015
As I look back on the many early Easter mornings, when, after rubbing sleep out of my eyes, I opened the parish church to inaugurate the radiant Easter morning, the liturgies of Good Friday were in the past, much like a bad dream.
To read more, please click on this link: Easter-2015
March 29 2015
On Thursday, March 26, 2015, John Chin of Edmonton passed away peacefully with family and friends by his side, at the age of 74 years. He will be lovingly remembered by his daughter Jacqueline (Bill) Cheavins and her mom Angela Chelliah; brother Sebastian and family as well as nieces, nephews and many dear friends. John was a devoted father and deeply enjoyed helping those in need through his charitable works with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
John has been with SSVP since it’s early start up in Edmonton almost 20 years ago. He served as President of the Basilica Conference, Chairman of the Grants Committee, Chairman of the Building Committee, and most recently Co Chair of the SSVP National AGA in Edmonton in 2014.
A Funeral Mass will take place at 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 1, 2015 at St. Joseph's Basilica, 10044-113 Street, Edmonton, Alberta. For those who wish, charitable donations may be made to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's Edmonton Central Council Building Fund, PO Box 11532 Station Main, Edmonton, AB T5J 3K7.
March 7 2015
SSVP Twinning - Facebook Group
If you have a Facebook page, we invite you to join our Twinning group on Facebook. Please click on this link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/457811231036890/?fref=ts
Or type the following words in Facebook's seach: SSVP Canada Twinning-Jumelage
We created this group so that Vincentians can exchange their twinning experiences and photos. This group is an interactive social network. If possibile, invite your twins to join this group. This group is an additional tool and will not replace the regular correspondence between the National Council of Canada and its conferences.
March 6 2015
The Season of Lent
During this Holiest of all seasons most of us try and do something special in remembrance of what the Father has done for us. Many “give up” something we enjoy in respect of the season. I am confident that our God is pleased that we make these scarifies. Our God of love and compassion would also want us to give to one another and to love one another. One way to show that love is to pray for one another. There are many people who are suffering and being persecuted in our world and we need to pray for them. We are asking all members to take time each day and remember and pray for all who are suffering.
May the Peace of Christ be with all of us and may He hold all of us in the palm of His hand.