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Saint Vincent De Paul in our Parish


SVP at St Mary’s Horsforth

The SVP has existed in St Mary's for over 50 years & continues to thrive today. Currently we have13 active & 2 auxiliary members.

Our meetings are held each Thursday at 8.30 evening in the sacristy after we have been out visiting.

We regularly visit 18 elderly & housebound parishioners in their own homes, care homes or in hospital when the need arises. They are visited weekly, fortnightly or monthly according to their changing circumstances & 7 of the above housebound receive Holy Communion regularly. We provide lifts to Holy Mass for some of the more active housebound & we also provide transport for hospital appointments when needed .If required we also do shopping etc.

9 of our members are Eucharist Ministers & 6 are also readers on a regular basis.

We have Twinnage with 4 Conferences in Kerala & one of theses conferences corresponds regularly with us. We also sponsor a student in India.

In our Parish we give financial support at Christmas time & at any other time of the year when the need arises to families or individuals. We have also set up a fund for children in our school who may need help towards trips & uniforms etc.

Each year we hold a Christmas Party for our Senior parishioners with transport laid on where needed. Meals are taken out for those who are not well enough to attend. In addition at this time all those receive a card & those we visit receive a gift. During the year we send out birthday cards to them & give gifts to mark special birthdays & anniversaries.
Each Summer a coach trip & afternoon tea is also organized for them.

We have also a youth SVP section. as well as having their own activities helping with a group of young people with learning difficulties on a Thursday evening & involvement with PAFRAS they assist us at the Christmas party.

In the Spring we also organize & assist at a Healing Service for the sick & elderly of the parish.

We assist St Vincent’s Support Centre with donations of food & toiletries given by our parishioners & the School Harvest Festival & donate from our funds through SVP agencies to good works & disaster areas.

Holy Name SVP Conference

Holy Name Conference of the SVP meets most Tuesday evenings either at 8 p.m., after 7.30 p.m. Mass, or at 7.30 if there is no Mass. 
Our Conference has 10 members at the moment but we would be delighted to welcome anyone interested in joining us – please get in touch through the Parish office at Holy Name.   We think that we are a friendly group and we know that we all benefit from the opportunity to meet to pray together and from the grace of being invited to share in the lives of those whom we visit.  Our main “work” involves visiting parishioners i.e. anyone living within the old Holy Name Parish area who wants some support.  We visit a number of older people and some younger people and families.  We try to provide or supplement the type of help which families offer to one another.  Sometimes this help may be financial, at other times it may just be popping in for a chat, doing some shopping or providing a lift to Mass or to a hospital appointment.  We also try to signpost people towards other sources of assistance.   We can request furniture e.g. when people move into a new house or need to replace items.  We have obtained places for children to attend the SVP Summer camp and enabled families to benefit from SVP family holiday provision. 
In liaison with the SVP group at St Mary’s we would be delighted to visit or offer help to anyone in the Assumption area.
We treat all requests for help in confidence and all members have to receive CRB clearance before they can go on visits.  We would suggest that initial requests for a visit to talk about how we can help are made through Fr Pat or Fr Boniface or the Parish office.
We are grateful that we receive fantastic financial support from parishioners which enables us to carry out our role.