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Frederic's E-Gazette

An e-newsletter from the National Council of the  U.S. Society of St. Vincent de Paul ®

September 21, 2017

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(NOTE:  The links in some of the articles are intended to take you to websites for a specific story, page, function or program approved for your use by the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.  The Society does not accept responsibility for, or grant approval of, peripheral advertising or stories that may reside on those websites.)   

 
daveFrom your Servant Leader:

September 21, 2017

I'm convinced that the fattest squirrels in St. Louis live on my street. We have one very large oak tree in the front yard and another out back. This year they are both dropping acorn projectiles at an alarming rate of about a thousand every few days.

We are pelted with them dropping from the higher elevations. I think that our cat, who normally loves to sit around our yard, now has multiple concussions. But she's a cat so who can really tell?

While in most fall seasons the squirrels eat a few nuts and carry off so many more for winter storage, this year they are confused about the early over-supply.  The uncommon abundance of food has them fat and happy, but maybe lazy as well. Why store so much when food is lying around everywhere? Can't the storing be left until new acorns surely arrive tomorrow? 

Perhaps the neighborhood squirrel association needs a hoarding policy.

Yours in Christ,


Dave


IrmaAppeal
Hurricane Irma - A Destructive Follow-up after Hurricane Harvey

People need help in all of Florida, parts of Georgia, Alabama, the Carolinas, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

Sheila Gilbert, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul National Council President has issued a national domestic disaster appeal. Hurricane Irma hit the state of Florida as a Category 5 hurricane, the most powerful hurricane ever recorded (National Hurricane Center, September 5, 2017), right on the heels of flooding and devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas. Irma has left miles of destruction throughout the entire state of Florida and into adjoining states. Search and rescue has begun, millions of people have been evacuated, and millions of Floridians are without power. It will be weeks before basic services will be back on-line.

SVdP Disaster Services are needed now more than ever! Millions of people have been evacuated and SVdP members and volunteers are rushing to assist with immediate and long term recovery needs. Your contribution is critical to meeting the needs of those of who have lost everything!

 

SVdP Disaster Services is working on the ground in Texas and now responding to Hurricane Irma in Florida. Disaster Services personnel are training 41 Vincentians who are deploying as part of six Rapid Response Teams for Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery. Parish Recovery Assistance Centers (P-RACs) are now set up to assist survivors in five of the seven impacted dioceses. 



The Puerto Rico Council has been provided with logistics support and connections with FEMA on the ground. When power is restored, resources will be for their impacted Conferences.

We have also established a Hurricane Harvey Hotline at (877) 368-6494 that our Councils can call or refer survivors to if they need information on shelters, temporary housing, or parish, FEMA, state and community resources.

Please help ensure that SVdPUSA Disaster Services has the means to support the recovery needs of these hurricanes by making a donation to the Domestic Disaster Fund!

 
With your help and the help of SVdP Conferences and Councils, we will be armed with the needed resources. One of the most important resources is to ensure the Domestic Disaster Fund is sufficient to help during these times of crisis. These funds help to support SVdP resources needed to respond to disasters across the United States.
 
Immediate and critical needs are support of the local Disaster Rapid Response Teams, Disaster Case Management services, gift cards for immediate needs of displaced families, temporary shelter and eventually  the House in a Box® Program (90-120 days out at a minimum).

SVdP's House in a Box program restores lives one house at a time. This program was implemented to supply disaster survivors with critical items to furnish an entire home from the kitchen to the bathroom to the bedroom, including furniture, dishes, towels, utensils and bed linens. A contribution of $2,500 covers a House in a Box program for four people.


 
Hurricanes Harvey and Irma are just two of many domestic disasters responded to by the National Disaster Services of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Your donation helps to support the SVdP Domestic Disaster resources needed to respond to disasters across the United States. Thank you if you have already made a donation and for your continued support.
 
Please consider supporting the Domestic Disaster Fund. For online donations, there is a drop-down menu on the donation form. You can choose to donate to Hurricane Harvey relief, Hurricane Irma relief or to support the General Domestic Disaster relief.

If you prefer to support SVdPUSA's disaster relief by check, please send it to:
National Council of the United States
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
58 Progress Parkway
Maryland Heights, MO 63043
(Be sure to write "Harvey, Irma or Domestic Disaster Relief Fund" in the memo field)

We are deeply thankful for all you do to give glory to God by giving to those in need!




For more information about the Disaster Services , contact:

Elizabeth Disco-Shearer
CEO
Disaster Services Corporation
S VdP-USA


Brooke Newton
Deputy Director
Disaster Services Corporation
SVdP-USA 



mexico
Mexico National Council requests Earthquake Assistance
 
*A major earthquake struck this week near downtown Mexico City.  We have received this communication along with the accompanying photos from the SSVP Mexico National Council President (translated from Spanish):

 
Dear Vincentian Sisters and Brothers, Members of CGI and SVdP USA:

Accept a fraternal embrace from the SSVP Mexico; mainly, thanking you for your prayers, your solidarity and concern for the unfortunate situation that is going through our country due to the earthquake that occurred yesterday causing serious material and physical damages and the increasing number of deaths.
 
A few days ago, the SSVP Mexico was supporting with medicines, clothes and food to our brothers from last week Oaxaca's earthquake when this earthquake occurred in the center of our Country. On this occasion, the earthquake directly affected our brothers from Mexico City, State of Mexico and Cuernavaca, Morelos Conferences.
 
So far, thanks to God, I have been informed that the members of our beloved Society did not suffer any physical damage or serious material losses: at the National Council's office some pictures of Letters of Aggregation fell down, an image of St. Vincent is broken and some bookshelves were turned over; in Cuernavaca the Vincentian's Center, and our member's homes, neither suffered serious damages. Unfortunately, as we have seen in the media, there is serious damage in both cities of Mexico and Morelos. Yesterday, during the first hours, we were only asked to join in prayer ... now, we have a greater visualization of the situation ... there are several needs to attend, our members in those sites are already working to provide their support and services to cover some urgent needs, such as food and medical care. The Vincentian Centers in Cuernavaca and Narvarte are gathering centers, volunteers from Cuernavaca left in the morning to distribute support to affected communities.
 
Several of the regions responded with generosity to support Oaxaca earthquake victims, we are now united again as San Vicente de Paul Mexico Society, they are making deposits in the National Council Account, to  channel support throughout the Mexico and Cuernavaca Conferences.

A communiqué of the Mexico Vincentian Family, informed us about the suspension of the St. Vincent's celebration, which was scheduled for next Saturday, it states: "Talking with our Provincial Father and with some other members of this family, we have concluded. Having a consensus that THE CELEBRATION THAT SAINT VICENTE DE PAUL WOULD LIKE US TO HAVE WOULD BE TO PUT OUR SERVICE TO THOSE WHO HAPPEN TO BE AT THIS MOMENT IN SUFFERING.
 
There are several needs that need to be addressed, each of us Vincentians and Mexicans in general, are doing our best, but we also have many limitations; that is why we come to you and ask for your guidance in how we can appeal for ECONOMIC SUPPORT, in order to increase our services and care for the victims. What is the procedure to follow? Personally, I prefer to ask, please guide me ... I have no experience in disaster situations.

Thank you in advance for your attention, collaboration and support.
United in prayer, we will wait for your response...

In St. Vincent and Blessed Federico Ozanam.
 
Luz María Ramírez González
Presidente - Consejo Nacional SSVP - México


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How to help

Conferences and individuals here in the United States have asked already how they can help our Mexico Vincentian brothers and sisters. The international Society of St. Vincent de Paul will coordinate global assistance. 

Meanwhile, because we know that there are many in the U.S. who want to help immediately, we have added a designation line to the online giving portal on our National Council website: www.svdpusa.org. Councils and Conferences if they prefer can also send checks marked "Mexico" to the U.S. National Council.  

Thank you for your prayers and financial contributions to help the people and Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Mexico.
 
For more information, contact:
Steve Martinez
Chief Development Director
314-576-3993 ext.213
Gerri Sample
Senior Development Associate
314-576-3993 ext.211




QuestionsAndAnswers

 
 
Q: Are members allowed to use any of the Society's resources (food, clothing, etc.) for their own personal use?
 
A: In every set of nationally approved bylaws, the following paragraph exists:
Compensation: "No part of the property belonging to this entity, nor its net earnings or income shall ever inure to the benefit of any member or individual, or any person having a personal or private interest in the activities of the entity. There shall be no fee or honorarium for Conference service beyond reimbursement of expenses." One example of the above is that members cannot receive a financial benefit from their involvement in the works of the Society. Some people think this refers to money only, but it does not. It refers to any resources that belong to the Society. Whether it is food, clothing, furniture, medications, or money, the members of the Society are not to take any for their personal use. The fact is that the members are not to benefit from the availability of any resources purchased or received as donations for the poor. For example, a member or volunteer may not take merchandise donated to a store for their own personal use. Another example, a member cannot go to the Conference food pantry and simply take food for their own use or use Conference gift vouchers to get things for their personal use. This also refers to using the Society's name or accounts in order to acquire something that will benefit an individual member. For example, a member cannot go to a food bank and under the name of St. Vincent de Paul purchase food for their own use.
 
Q: Can you provide your advice and guidance regarding a Conference's desire to open a credit card account? The Conferences share the same taxpayer ID as the Council, we are NOT using the National office's EIN.
 
A: This falls under the realm of a Council decision. With the Conference using the Council's EIN, the Council is in a "doing business as..." relationship with the Conference. Technically, the Council is the legal entity; so use of the credit card places an ultimate obligation on the Council.

 
 
Submit your questions to: 
Pam Hudson
National Director of Governance & Membership Services

 



DSCUpdates
Disaster Services Updates
Urgent Need for Hygiene Kits for 
Hurricane Survivors

Disaster Services has begun working on a project to help those affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
 
In order to get individuals back on their feet after the devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, they are asking that those who wish to help, prepare personal hygiene kits.
 
This is something that can be done as a Conference or parish project and can have a large impact on those in need in Texas and Florida. 

The need for the kits is extremely urgent!
 
Councils, Conferences and Disaster Services will distribute the kits in shelters, parish centers, Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARCs) and other areas where there are hurricane survivors.
 
Click the links below for more information about Hygiene Kits:

Another option to help is to purchase a pre-made hygiene kit.
 
These hygiene kits cost less than $7 each and include a full bar of soap, a soap holder, and a 4 -ounce bottle of shampoo and other items. The contents of these kits are tailored to the needs of the age group and gender.
 
Also, you can purchase one, two, or a few - as many kits as you would like to purchase - you do not need to purchase full cases. All hygiene kits purchased will be shipped directly to the designated SVdP disaster relief location for distribution to people in need.
 



Kits for Harvey can be sent to:
SVdP Austin
#HARVEYKITS
901 West Breaker Ln.
Austin, TX 78758

For information about where to ship kits for Hurricane Irma, contact:

Brooke Newton
newton@svdpdisaster.org
Either way makes a big difference to people displaced by hurricanes and flooding!

Thank you for your support and generosity!
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DisVolSVdP - USA Disaster Services in need of Volunteers!

Volunteers are needed to deploy down to Florida in the first two weeks in October. Background checks will be conducted on all those interested. Once cleared, they will be connected with those confirmed to our Humanitarian Travel agency for a flight and rental vehicle. Volunteers will work with the local Archdiocese on sleeping rooms. All meals and expenses will be reimbursed upon submission of itemized receipts (no alcohol approved). Training will be provided on site with Disaster Services and Texas A&M. Vincentians will be paired up based on experience at six local parishes where the community can meet with them one-on-one and fill out intake forms, receive disaster recovery resource information, and potentially other goods that may be donated (hygiene kits supplies and Walmart gift cards). These P-RACs will be open for two weeks from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Monday-Saturday and volunteers would be expected to work those hours.

#Irma survivors need your help! 


If you or someone you know is interested, contact:
Brooke Newton
Deputy Director
Disaster Services Corporation
SVdP-USA 
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HarveyHotline  
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UpdatesDSDSVdP Disaster Services CEO on Relevant Radio's "The Drew Mariani Show"

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Disaster Services is hard at work helping those whose lives were devastated by back-to-back Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
 
SVdP Disaster Services CEO, Elizabeth Disco-Shearer took a few moments to speak with Drew Mariani on the "Drew Mariani Show" on Relevant Radio on Monday, September 11 about the work the Society is doing to help those who lost everything and are trying to get back up on their feet after the destructive storms tore through their homes.
 
To hear Elizabeth's interview with Drew, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OK8bdXwXXdA&feature=youtu.be.
 


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Disaster Services on the Ground



For more information about the Disaster Services , contact:

Elizabeth Disco-Shearer
CEO
Disaster Services Corporation
S VdP-USA


Brooke Newton
Deputy Director
Disaster Services Corporation
SVdP-USA 



DACADear Vincentian Family:
Our "Dreamers" are bright and gifted Students who contribute to our Society every day!

What is DACA?
 
"Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" is a result of the policy, introduced in 2012, that protects so-called DREAMers, or immigrants who would have qualified for protection under the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act (DREAM), a bipartisan bill introduced in the Senate in 2001 with the intent of carving out a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who had come into the U.S. before turning 16 and have continuously lived in the country since June 15, 2007. Individuals must also have a high school diploma, GED certification, been honorably discharged from the military or still be in school. Recipients cannot have a criminal record.
 
"Deferred Action is a use of prosecutorial discretion to defer removal action against an individual for a certain period of time," U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services states. On Sept 5, 2017 our government canceled the DACA program. This program provided protection to close to 800,000 youth. The DACA program did not provide legal status or government benefits but did provide recipients with temporary employment authorization to work in the USA and reprieve from deportation. Most of these youth entered the U.S. as minors and often know America as their only home.
 
"The Catholic Church has long watched with pride and admiration as DACA youth live out their daily lives with hope and a determination to flourish and contribute to society: continuing to work and provide for their families, continuing to serve in the military, and continuing to receive an education..."
 
To read the rest of the document from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops please click on this link:
 
 
INDIVIDUALS WITH DACA ONLY HAVE UNTIL OCTOBER 5, 2017 TO RENEW THEIR APPLICATION IF IT EXPIRES BETWEEN NOW AND THE SET PROGRAM  CANCELLATION DATE OF MARCH 5, 2018.
 
Resources on DACA for your HOME VISITS and special work programs:
 
* Spanish version can be found here:
 
About DACA and Employment:
 
Other important information:
 
TIME SENSITIVE INFORMATION - FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION:
 
We recommend your SVdP Council or Conference to:
Centro Rendu, a special works program of the Seattle-King County SVdP Council, provides this information. Centro Rendu, named after Blessed Rosalie Rendu, exists to protect, empower and support communities of color. It places a special emphasis on the immigrant low-income Latino community. It provides education as well as legal and social services. 
 
Please visit our website at  www.svdpseattle.org

Recordings of Livestreamed Sessions from National Assembly

Please note that all sessions from this year's National Assembly in Tampa that were livestreamed were recorded. They will be made available online when we receive them from the production company that handled the livestream and recording. 

The company is located in Tampa, Fla. and Hurricane Irma affected them as well. 

We will make the recordings available as soon as possible. Stay tuned to the E-Gazette and SVdP USA social media for news regarding the recordings.

Thank you for your patience! 
 
annualreportsOnline Annual Report Submission

The launch of online 2017 Annual Reports will be delayed. In an effort to ensure the most complete and accurate reporting system we are delaying the rollout of the online reports. Online reporting is a major part of the National Database revitalization project that is still underway. While we are working diligently to ensure the new database is free from issues, we encourage all Councils and Conferences to gather annual reporting information in preparation for the online roll-out. 

For questions or more information, contact:
 
Wendy VanDeventer-Jones
Information Technology Director
314-576-3993 ext. 216


solidarityAttention Vincentians!
Conferences and Councils who have not paid their Annual Solidarity Contributions yet

FY2016-17 will end in 12 days on September 30! If you have not paid your Conference or Council Annual Solidarity Contributions yet, don't delay any further. Send your remittance today!
 
Payments can be made electronically by contacting Pam Hudson at 314-576-3993 ext. 214. 
 
The name 'Society of St. Vincent de Paul' is trademark protected for those who are practicing good governance, which includes remittance of annual contributions assessed. National Council solidarity contributions make up a significant portion of the national budgeted income and is an essential annual membership requirement.  Click here for a listing of the Benefits of Solidarity. No SVdP entity can be exempt from annual solidarity dues contribution. Let us know if there is anything we can do to assist. 
 
For payment advice or to discuss payment arrangement contact:
Pam Hudson                                                                                  
Director of Governance and Membership Services
314-576-3993 ext. 214

VincentianFormation
Vincentian Formation
New Biography of Antoine Frederic Ozanam 
on Sale

Raymond Sickinger's new biography of Antoine Frédéric Ozanam is being offered by the University of Notre Dame Press at a 40% discount making it an affordable $36. This offer is good until Sept. 30, 2017.

Use the following link:  http://undpress.nd.edu/books/P03300

Use Promo code: NDSICKINGER. Make sure once you enter the code that you click the update button which adjusts the price. Postage and handling is free.

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Celebrate St. Vincent de Paul's Feast Day - 
Sept. 27


For further information contact: 
Sister Kieran Kneaves, DC
National Formation Director

gov
The Conference Meeting Agenda

Conference meetings are intended to be "mutually fulfilling" gatherings where members joyfully share their experiences, grow in faith and make plans to serve others. Sometimes, however, members do not always agree on how to go about these activities and the meetings are far from mutually fulfilling. Managing meeting conflict is almost never at the top of any Conference president's list of favorite undertakings, but it doesn't need to be a negative experience. In fact, sometimes it can be healthy and help your Conference grow. Here we share a few tips to better prevent and manage conflict within your Conference meetings.
 
To prevent Conference meeting conflicts:
  • Send out a detailed, specific agenda ahead of time so that members know how the meeting will proceed. Make it clear that the meeting will unfold in an organized, respectful manner.
  • Know the strengths and weaknesses of the members in your Conference, and tailor the discussion style to maximize the strengths and minimize the weaknesses.
  • Encourage frequent communication among Conference members outside of meetings so that members feel informed and are not taken by surprise.
  • Ensure that minutes are kept of Conference meetings, including specifics about decisions made and time frames. Distribute minutes in advance to all Conference members to reduce inconsistencies in memory.

To learn more about Governance, contact:
Pam Hudson
National Director of Governance and Membership Services
314-576-3993 ext. 214
DevelopmentNews
Sharing the Money!
Deadline for Applications extended!

The National Council of the United States Society of St. Vincent de Paul announces RFP's for TWO grant programs totaling $231,000! These funds are a result of an Anonymous Foundation Grant to the National Council.  SVdPUSA Conferences and Councils  are eligible to submit. 

Proposals are due October 20 by 4 p.m. Central Time!



The applications can also be found on the national website.
www.svdpusa.org/members and scroll down to the "What's Going On" tab.

For more information regarding the RFP's, contact:

Steve Martinez
Chief Development Officer
314-576-3993 ext. 213

Gerri Sample
Senior Development Associate
314-576-3993 ext. 211
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10th Annual Friends of the Poor ® Walk/Run

The 10th Annual Friends of the Poor® Walk/Run official date is Saturday, September 30, 2017 (dates vary by location).
 
Every dollar you raise through the Friends of the Poor Walk/Run stays with your local SVdP Conference or Council, to assist with programs/services for the poor in your area.

Last year, over $3.1 million was raised by the FOP Walk/Run.
 
To register a walker for your local 2017 Friends of the Poor Walk/Run, please go to the website https://www.fopwalk.org/ and select your state from the drop-down menu, click "Next" and follow the steps provided. When registering, please be sure to change your walker beneficiary to your local Conference or Council so they can receive the funds you raise.

 
For questions, please contact: 
Nathan Martin
National Director of Fundraising Programs 
314-576-3993 ext.218

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migrantsMark Your Calendars and support Migrants and Refugees on September 27

You are invited to join a global movement to show support for migrants and refugees. On September 27, Pope Francis will invite people around the world to use social media to love their neighbors and share the journey of the millions of migrant and refugee families who are seeking safety and a decent life. You and your organization are invited to participate and to encourage your networks to join you.

On or after September 27, on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, simply post a photo of yourself and/or your staff reaching out to migrants and refugees with the hashtag #ShareJourney.

If you prefer, post the graphic below instead of a photo. Posting a photo or the graphic shows your support for migrants and refugees by recognizing the challenges they face on their journeys. And be sure to ask your family, friends, colleagues, and other networks to post and take this campaign viral. 


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VofP  
Capwiz is now VoterVoice

Our Rule calls us to speak out clearly against "unjust economic, political or social structures or ... inadequate or unjust legislation ... always with charity, with the aim of contributing to and demanding improvements," (7.6). To answer this challenge and serve our friends in need more effectively, we have moved our email advocacy from Capwiz to VoterVoice.
 
In VoterVoice, we are gaining exciting new tools that will allow us to enhance our education and advocacy around important public policy issues that affect the lives of poor and vulnerable people. Visit our new landing page and check it out!
 
If you participate in the Voice of the Poor Committee's advocacy activities, you will begin seeing slight differences in action alerts and other materials. If advocacy is new to you, now's a great time to get signed up! Visit the VoP website for more information, and sign up for VoterVoice here!

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Critical Children's Health Care Program in Danger
Learn more and be ready to act!
By: Tom Dwyer, Chair, National Voice of the Poor Committee

Without federal action in the next two weeks or so, the 20-year old Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) - which has led steadily to a decline in the uninsured rate for children from 14% to a 2016 level of 5% -- is in jeopardy.  
 
That prospect prompted National President Sheila Gilbert to have the name of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul added to an interfaith coalition letter to Congressional leaders urging re-authorization of the program immediately.  In signing the letter, which was endorsed by 28 other interfaith groups, Sheila said:
 
"As Vincentians who actually go into the homes of poor families with children suffering from serious health issues, we see the need, we feel the misery, and we know the value of Federal programs like CHIP.  If our children are not healthy, problems multiply and it becomes even harder to break the cycle of poverty.  We are so grateful as Vincentians that our nation at large and our elected officials are now understanding the value of programs like CHIP in building a healthy future for all of God's children.  Let's quickly renew CHIP and keep the progress going."
 
Other faith leaders commented similarly.  Read their views in the Interfaith Healthcare Coalition's press release accompanying transmittal of the letter to Congress.  


For more information about Voice of the Poor, contact:
Tom Dwyer
National Voice of the Poor Chairperson

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youth



For more information about SVdP Youth, contact:
Julie Witzel 
314-576-3993 ext. 221


inthenews 
International News
CGI Board Members meet in Paris
FRANCE:

"Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last and the servant of all," (Mark 9: 35b).
 
This was the theme and 'marching orders' of the new Council General International chosen by its 16th President General, Renato Lima de Oliveira, during the inauguration of the new CGI leaders a year ago. A year later, the servants of the poor of the CGI met in Paris for its quarterly meeting to revisit what has been done in the past year; what are the things still to be done, and what the plans are for the future of the Society and the least fortunate that we are serving.
 
One day before, members of the International Commission for Aid and Development (CIAD) had held their meeting, during which three projects were approved for funding. Other projects submitted could not be financed, due to lack of funds from the CIAD (Read also: Appeal for Generosity "Fund for International Solidarity")
 
The meeting commenced with the celebration of the Holy Eucharist on the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the death anniversary of Bl. Frederic Ozanam last September 8. A special prayer for the victims of several calamities in the past weeks, especially the one still raging in Cuba, Florida and nearby areas (due to hurricane "Irma"), was also included. Some parts of the CGI board meeting were broadcast live via Ozanam TV.

  Read more.
National News 
Educators let Students turn the Tables for hitting Hurricane Relief Fundraising Goals

ROANOKE, VA:
History and social studies teacher Carolyn Buck (left) and math teacher Donna Nickels, dressed in school uniforms, laugh with seniors Delia Pilgreen (center) Megan McEvoy and Niki Patel (right). After meeting a fundraising goal by students for hurricane victims, teachers and staff wore school uniforms and students wore street clothes at Roanoke Catholic School.

Twelve rolls of duct tape were holding Stephanie Hogan to the wall by the time first-grader Devin Singleton caught a glimpse of the Glen Cove principal.
 
For more than an hour, students had walked by Hogan as if she were on display in a museum. Most giggled or pointed and laughed. A few asked how long she'd be stuck to the wall and whether she wanted a snack.
 
Devin marveled at the brightly colored tape covering everything but her head and feet.
 
"She looks like a beautiful butterfly," he said.
 
Hogan agreed to cocoon herself for a good cause: Her students hit and surpassed a fundraising goal to raise more than $1,300 for the American Red Cross for victims of Hurricane Harvey. And across the Roanoke Valley on Friday, she was one of many educators who played good sports to reward students' fundraising efforts.
 
At Roanoke Catholic, teachers donned school uniforms while students took a day off from plaid skirts and knee-high socks, khaki pants and green polo shirts. Students there raised more than $9,000 for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul's "House in a Box®" program, which gives families basic household items.

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 Calendar of Events

Deadline for Frederic's E-Gazette articles submission: Every Wednesday by 12 noon for article to be included in current week's edition

Invitation for Renewal
St. Louis, MO (Pallottine Renewal Center)
December 6-10

Dates for 2018:

Board Meeting
St. Louis, MO
January 26 - 27

Catholic Social Ministry Gathering
February 3 - 6
Washington, DC

Midyear Meeting
April 11-14
St. Louis, MO

Board Meeting
June
St. Louis, MO

Invitation for Renewal
July 11 - 15
St. Louis, MO

National Assembly
August 27 - September 2
San Diego, CA

Invitation for Renewal
November 14 - 18
St. Louis, MO

vinprayerlist
Vincentian Prayer List


Are you or another Vincentian you know in need of prayers from fellow SVdP members? Send the prayer intention to Pam Hudson at phudson@svdpusa.org and we will add the name to the prayer list on the SVdP website. Thank you and God Bless.
 

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