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The San Antonio
VINCENTIAN VOICE
A monthly newsletter for all members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul,
Archdiocesan Council of San Antonio .
President's Message ...
Dear Fellow Vincentians,

What do you think about this statement; “The Society exists for the members – not for the person in need. Our goal is holiness and our works of service help us to attain that – service is not what we are about.”

Recently this quote was published in an article from the E-Gazette and it seemed confusing to some but it really should be a strong reminder of our true purpose.

The article went on to explain “There are three objectives of the Society (this is in the Rule): Growth in holiness, fellowship, and service. The primary objective of the Society is for each member to grow closer to God. That is why we have so much emphasis in the Society on spirituality.” The article further reminded us of the reason why every Conference meeting and gathering should have spiritual reflection and prayer. “Yes, our main work is service to those in need, but even that is to help us grow in holiness. We are not strictly a spiritual organization, we are not strictly a social organization, and we are not strictly a service organization. There must be a balance between the three objectives of the Society.”

Conference meetings are very important for us as individuals and members of Conferences to help maintain that balance by embracing the spiritual aspects and the friendship; as well as service that is part of being a Vincentian.

Many Blessings,

Barbara Ward
President
Conferences United In Hope ...
On March 21st, Mr. Ralph Clark was awarded the "Hunger Fighter of the Year" by the San Antonio Food Bank on March 21st.

Ralph is a tireless, caring Vincentian member of the Prince of Peace Conference, who is devoted to helping our brothers and sisters in need. You are a blessing to your Conference, The Society, and the families you serve. Thank you for all you do!

Please click the link below to watch the video about Ralph's award."

Following a collection of 1,152 Christmas gifts that were distributed to 17 other organizations, the St Francis of Assisi Conference assembled and donated 70 Easter baskets.
The Mission District led by Sister Consuelo Tovar, DOC, has been awarded a grant from the National SVdP office to revitalize Hispanic and Latino conferences in the Mission District.
Prince of Peace Conference recently installed 8 new members and ‘pinned’ their Pastor, Father Rodolfo, as pictured above.
Vincentians of Our Lady of Good Counsel display their recently awarded Aggregation Certificate from Paris.
News and Notes ...

Resource Engagement Training

Date:  Thursday, May 16, 2019  

Time:  9:00 am - 11:00 am

Location: 
Resurrection of the Lord
7990 W Military Drive
San Antonio

Presenters:  
  • Bexar County CEAP Program;
  • Workforce Solutions Alamo; and
  • TX Health & Human Services Community Partner Program

Please confirm your attendance to:   conferencesupport@svdpsa.org
Conference Presidents' Forum
Calling all Conference Presidents ---
please mark your calendar for
Thursday, June 6, 2019 for a Conference Presidents' Meeting.

Lunch - Door Prizes - Discussion - Socializing  
Details will be sent to you soon.

R E M I N D E R

All Raffle Stubs must be turned in by May 20th.

Remembering Those We Have Lost

~ Robert Trevino
~ Leo Lopez
~ Esther G. Jimenez
~ Stella Vaughn

May their souls and all the souls of the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.
CATV Series --- Discovering Your Faith
Recently, Valerie Finley, Executive Director of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul San Antonio, sat down with Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller to talk about SVdP-SA and our faith.
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Tune in to CATV - Channel 15
for the next episode...

Mon, May 13th: 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri, May 17th: 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Mon, May 20th: 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri, May 24th: 10:30 am- 11:30 am
Mon, May 27th: 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri, May 31st: 10:30 am - 11:30 am
Volunteer Opportunities ...

We just added a Weekend date!
Saturday, May 18th

We have two shifts to choose:
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Hope you can join us while we price and tag all our items for the Rummage Sale .

Be a Volunteer Superhero!
RSVP your volunteer interest to: Jacqueline Reed

Google Map Link to this Volunteer Location:
SVdP Warehouse (House In A Box® Location)
Volunteer opportunities are now available for our
Rummage Sale on June 7th - 9th
RSVP your volunteer interest to Jacqueline Reed
Come join us for our
Annual Friends of the Poor Walk/run
Saturday, September 28, 2019
8:00 am - 11:00 am
Woodlawn Lake, San Antonio

You are invited to join our
FOP Walk Planning Committee

RSVP your volunteer interest to Jacqueline Reed

Our next Committee Meeting is May 24th
Migrant Resource Center
Volunteers Still Needed
Description: Volunteers are needed to help at the Migrant Resource Center and/or the neighboring Overnight Shelter.
 
Hours/Shifts Needing Coverage at the Overnight Shelter:
·          7:00 pm-10:00 pm (3-Hour Evening shift)
·          9:30 pm-8:00 am (Overnight shift)
 
Where: Migrant Resource Center (400 N. St. Mary)
Overnight Shelter at Travis Park UMC (230 E Travis St)
 
Point of Contact Regarding the Volunteer Application: 
 
Point of Contact for More Details: Ann Helmke at Ann.Helmke@sanantonio.gov
 
City jumps in to help shelter migrants

She waded across the Rio Grande holding her 2-year-old above her head as the cold water rose up to her chest Friday night. Sopping wet and clutching her daughter on U.S. land, Nidia Dominguez told a Border Patrol official she was seeking asylum....

Read more
www.expressnews.com
Contact Us

Valerie Finley, Executive Director valerie.finley@svdpsa.org
Beth Keough, Director of Development beth.keough@svdpsa.org
Jacqueline Reed, Volunteer Engagement & Development Asst. jacqueline.reed@svdpsa.org
Lorris Gibson, Executive Chef, lorris.gibson@svdpsa.org
Devon Maddox, Family & Community Assistance Manager devon.maddox@svdpsa.org
Rosie Abreu, Vincentian Support Specialist rosario.abreu@svdpsa.org
Edna Snowden, Accountant/HR Personnel edna.snowden@svdpsa.org
Mary Helen Mendoza, Accounting Specialist, maryhelen.mendoza@svdpsa.org
Gregory Hampton, IT Support Specialist gregory.hampton@svdpsa.org
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 Frédéric Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul.