St. Vincent de Paul, a priest from 16th century France who did great work in helping the needs of the poor. He understood that although the world disregards the poor, in God's Kingdom they have a special place and so he served the poor with a genuine love and practical intelligence, as he put it, "with affect and effect."
St. Vincent de Paul had a keen interest in evangelization as bringing the good news to the poor had a special appeal to him. It was also a matter of practicality as he felt that Christian discipleship was not to exist in the abstract, but should come to life in practical service. It was not enough to be enthused about the gospel or to have satisfying prayer experiences, one had to spread God's love. He wanted to ensure that the poor not only heard of God's love, but felt it!
A couple of centuries later in 1833, a man by the name of Frederic Ozanam and a group of students from the Sorbonne University were challenged to prove their faith. They decided to help the desperately poor in Paris and to do so developed a simple system of going in teams to help the poor in their homes, in the streets, in the hospitals and the asylums. Adopting as their patron, St. Vincent de Paul, the Society arose from humble beginnings to become an international organization found in 130 countries with one million members.
As part of our community outreach, we at St. Philip The Apostle, assist our local St. Vincent de Paul Society by our monthly food bank drives. Our drive is held on a Tuesday of each month that typically extends to the entire week. If you are in need of help, please visit our parish and receive assistance from the St. Philip The Apostle family. If you would like to know more about the exact dates and times of each monthly drive, please contact the parish office at 905.725.3275.