Marie Woods writes:

Awareness month 2020 for society of St. Vincent de Paul

While we have had to stop our befriending visits, our SVP members have been writing to or phoning many housebound parishioners, who live alone and are not able to visit family and friends. In the fine weather, we enjoyed a chat with one or two in their gardens and left them a newsletter. Fortunately, most have wonderful neighbours to do their shopping.

We have also phoned care homes and sent cards to those residents we used to see every week.

A family of travellers asked us for help while they waited to move on to a permanent site. We showed them where the launderette was, bought them gas bottles and gave them a Tesco voucher so that clothes could be bought for the children.

We continue to sponsor 2 SVP Conferences in India: St. Thomas Conference in Madhapuram and Thuckalay Central Conference. Sister Manju and Brother Iyathurai are very thankful for our support. It enables them to give food and medicine to the old, the sick and widows as well as helping a few students to continue their higher education.

The SVP, particularly during the pandemic, is also focused on raising money for the SVP’s Covid Recovery fund to help pay for the crucial work now and in the future. The website www.svp.org.uk/rise suggests all sorts of imaginative ways to raise much needed money for those in need. If anyone wishes to donate directly to the SVP society, you can do so through the above website, or you can send a cheque to our SVP group at St. Joseph’s, payable to  “The St Joseph SVP Conference” and send to St Joseph SVP, St. Joseph’s church, 56 High Street, Aylesbury HP20 1SE.

Thank you very much for all your prayers and generosity

Marie Woods

SVP President

St Joseph and St. Clare Conference

October 1st 2020