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During Lent, please consider making a donation to good works through SSVP – we'll make sure it gets to those who are suffering and in need.

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Lent is not just a time of prayer and sacrifice.
It’s a time to think about the suffering of others … and what we might do to ease their burden.


Although giving something up for Lent is the traditional way to practice self-discipline and remember the sacrifices Jesus made for us, we can also make this special time count by giving things away to people in need.


Making a donation to the Bishop’s Lenten appeal is the obvious place to start. But you might also want to consider giving something extra to your parish St Vincent de Paul Society. Donations of food, blankets, clothing and other basic necessities are always gratefully received and put to good use to bring a little hope into the life of someone who is suffering.


Go through your cupboards at home and consider marking the 40 days of Lent by giving away 40 items in good condition. Or take your children grocery shopping and let them pick out 40 items ‘for the poor’. Then drop off the groceries together at your church.

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Monetary donations to the Society off St Vincent de Paul are also most useful, as they can be channeled to wherever the need is greatest.  Click here to give conveniently and safely online.


You might also think about giving of your time. Again, your local Society of St Vincent de Paul will welcome you with open arms. Volunteers are always needed to help pack food parcels, sort donations, peel and chop vegetables for a soup kitchen, or serve meals to the poor and homeless.


What about giving away a smile every day of Lent, or a few kind words, to someone who’s feeling down? Start with your own spouse or children – everyone needs a bit of encouragement. Extend this kindness to homeless people, because no matter what their situation, everyone deserves to be treated with respect.


And lastly – something for yourself. Give up a grudge or ill will against someone who cheated, lied or hurt you in the past. Don’t just let the feelings go … say a prayer for the person who wronged you. It is possible to genuinely forgive and forget, just as God forgives our sins. Put down the burden of anger and bitterness and move forward with grace.


May you be richly blessed during this season of penance and preparation.

Heart of our work

Our core work involves alleviating the worst human suffering in areas of abject poverty – where families live in homes made of cardboard or thin plastic … where unemployment and malnutrition is rife … and where parents are dying and leaving children to care for one another.

We help the hungry, the homeless, the sick, vulnerable children and destitute aged.

And because most of the work is done by volunteers, almost every cent you donate goes directly to helping those in need.

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