Inspired by gospel values the society of St. Vincent de Paul, a catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person to person service to those who are needy and suffering. In the tradition of its founder, blessed Frederic Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul.
As a reflection of the whole family of god, members, who are known as Vincentians, are drawn from every ethnic and cultural background, age group and economic level. Vincentians are united in an international society of charity by their spirit of poverty, humility and sharing, which is nourished by prayer and reflection, mutually supportive gatherings and adherence to a basic rule.
Organizes locally, Vincentians witness God’s love by embracing all works of charity and justice. The society collaborates with other people of good will in relieving need and addressing it’s causes, making no distinction in those served, because in them Vincentians see the face of Christ.
The work of St. Vincent de Paul is the gospel message in action:
I was hungry
I was thirsty
I was a stranger
I was naked
I was sick
I was in prison
and you cared.
Here at Mount Carmel
Our parish is blessed with kind and generous people that help us with our mission. We help feed the hungry. We help distribute food we collect from our parishioners. They bring food on Sundays and deposit it in a barrel that sits behind the pews as you enter the church. We fund-raise for money to help them pay their utilities and sometimes their rent.
We ask more of from our parishioners at thanksgiving to make sure that the needy enjoy a meal like the rest of us. They are also very generous at Christmas when we ask for gifts for all those on our list. The smile on the children’s face is all you need to feel you have done God’s will.
What you receive as members
You will be asked fro very little when you join us. But the rewards are huge. The lord’s blessing we receive every day in our lives are very evident that we are doing his will. The smiles on these people’s faces make you feel you are doing gods work. These are people from;
Our neighborhood, who remind us of our parents.
People that can no longer work because of their age and social security only goes so far
People who have to choose between paying for food or their medicines single parents who need a little help
People who have recently lost their jobs
We make home visits and listen to their problems which helps them. Sometimes all they need is someone to talk to.
Our members are people who truly feel the need of others. We meet once a month at the pantry which is located at the office building next to the mission.
We put effort in helping those people in need. We share our ideas on fund raising. We are people of all ages, men and women and children. We have a troop of boy scouts that have helped us fund raise, collect and dispense the canned food they collected. The other ministries here at Our Lady of Mount Carmel have given us help also.
For more information please call Rudy Troncoso 915-637-1668.