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The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is a lay Catholic organization whose mission is:

To live the Gospel message by serving Christ in the poor with love, respect, justice and joy.


The Mission of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul implies...

A Thanksgiving Prayer

God of all blessings, source of all life, giver of all grace:

We thank you for the gift of life, for the breath that sustains us, for the food of this earth which sustains us, for the life giving love of family and friends.

We thank you for the mystery of creation, for the...

Are you afraid of our world?

This year I’ve decided to spend a couple of months travelling - I was so excited. Around November I was telling my family and friends of my future travels and how much I was looking forward to it but somehow there would always be a point in the conversation where they...

In this year 2017, a most special period of time begins on April 16 and finishes on June 4. The first date is Easter and the second is Pentecost. That period of fifty days is the time the Church takes to properly celebrate the prime importance of the Resurrected Christ.

An evident sign of the period...

Lent 2017: Chance of a Lifetime


When we look at the long tradition of Lent, we see that it offers us three great ideas: prayer, penance and alms-giving.

Every Christian is asked to see how these ideas can be better integrated in his or her life. My suggestion is the we first look at the concept of...


How times, culture, bigotry, prejudice and religious animosity have changed in my lifetime... a personal reflection. 

I grew up in a strongly Catholic family, a mixture of two periods of religious persecution: Catholic emancipation, permission to practice your faith openly only emerged in the mid 1800's in England.  In Ireland it was more of an economic persecution of Catholics resulting from an English protestant invasion which drove Catholics from their homesteads into abject poverty.

Poor in spirit

Jesus says that “blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” Mathew 5:3, there can be a number of different interpretations of this truth. . I recently learned of one perspective which I think worthwhile to share in the context of our Vincentian spirit and activities. This is the perspective projected from the parable of Luke 18:9-14 - the Pharisee and the Tax Collector praying separately in the synagogue. 

One tradition that we have let slip is that of the twelve days of Christmas. Of course we are reminded of the matter when we hear the popular Christmas Carol, The Twelve Days of Christmas (more about the song later).

An interesting way of celebrating the twelve days is to make each day correspond to...

The Rich Content of the Advent Season

A young man has become truly acquainted with his girlfriend and decides to propose marriage. Obviously he will not give her a diamond in a little bag but rather properly mounted on a ring. Christmas is the diamond and the Advent season is the setting.

Entrance Procession

Have you ever wondered where the entrance procession at mass actually starts? The procession is meant to mirror the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem or likewise our journey through life as we process thru this world to eternal life. Like most of us, you were taught that the procession starts when the cross-bearer, the lectors, the servers, the deacon with the book of the Gospels and the presiding priest enter into the knave. The entrance procession therefore would begin in the foyer or does it? 


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