The St Vincent de Paul Society was established in England and Wales in 1844 and is committed to providing practical assistance for those in need. Membership is open to all Christians who wish to live their faith by loving their neighbour in the service of the needy. The SVP is currently active in 1200 parishes and in over 100 Youth SVP groups across England and Wales.
Our parish conference currently has 17 fully active members with a number of additional parishioners always ready to provide extra assistance. Some of our activities are outlined below:
The core work of the SVP is befriending: sitting side by side with those who are isolated for whatever reason. This can involve visits to the sick at home or in hospitals; people in residential homes; and people in offender institutes to offer support. Activities vary from Conference to Conference and members carry out a range of work.
As well as the very practical aspect of Vincentian work, SVP members are encouraged to grow in spirituality through their relationships with those they seek to help, through prayer and reflection, and also through the Eucharist.
Masses for the Sick, Elderly & Housebound in St Joseph’s, Brighouse are held in Spring & at the beginning of Advent. All parishioners are encouraged to attend these special masses. The day includes a meal for our guests, entertainment, bingo and the traditional raffle in the Parish Hall.
If you are interested in joining our SVP Conference see the parish bulletin for contact details. For further information about the work of the SVP follow this link – www.svp.org.uk.