Pastoral Care ~ Care in the Name of Christ
St Vincent de Paul Society
“No work of Charity is foreign to the Society”
When You Help Us ~ We Can Help Others
MISSION STATEMENT OF THE ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY
Inspired by the 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 Frederic Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul. As a reflection of the whole family of God, Members, who are known as Vincentians, are drawn from every ethnic and cultural background, age group, and economic level. Vincentians are united in an international society of charity by their spirit of poverty, humility, and sharing, which is nourished by prayer and reflection, mutually supportive gatherings and adherence to basic Rule. Organized locally, Vincentians witness God’s love by embracing all works of charity and justice. The society collaborates with other people of good will in relieving need and addressing its causes, making no distinction in those served because in them Vincentians see the face of Christ.
WHO WE ARE
St. Vincent DePaul Society Christ the King Conference was founded in 1984 almost simultaneously with the CTK Parish. It has grown in size from 12 members to 305 volunteers working in seven ministries. The St. Vincent DePaul Society is a lay Catholic organization founded in 1833. Its purpose today, as in 1833, is to help the needy. The Society was founded by Fredric Ozanam, a student at the University of Paris, to help the poor in Paris. It was named after St. Vincent de Paul who was known for helping the poor in the 1600’s.
Our Christ the King Conference is part of the Cape & Islands District, comprised of 17 Catholic Parishes on Cape Cod. Our Conference serves the communities of Mashpee, Cotuit, and part of Marstons Mills. We, in turn, are connected to the State, National, and International Vincentian community, again with the sole purpose of following in the footsteps of St. Vincent de Paul and his mission. We are all unpaid volunteers of many faiths and come from surrounding communities.
Board of Directors
Conference President, Kathleen Mulherin, Vice President, Don Chabot, Second Vice President, Charles Feeney, Spiritual Advisor,
Food Pantry, Dick Reilly, and Gail Walsh, Needy Cases, Deborah Journalist, Thrift Shop, Mary Daly, St. Joseph’s House, Gail Reilly, Lorraine Ghibaudi,
Friendly Visitors, Frances Parsons, Treasurer, Steve Morrison, Secretary, Madeline Ambrose, Membership, Kathleen Mulherin
In the early eighties the society, with 12 members, visited the sick in local hospitals, visited the shut-ins, those in need of a friendly face and met with needy families. In 1987, in conjunction with the St. Joseph House in Hyannis, a fourth ministry was formed to assemble and cook meals twice a month. That program was expanded to supply clothing and breakfast fixings.
In 1989 our own Food Pantry was established by an expanded membership of 23. By 1991 it grew to 58, today there are 80 Vincentians working at the pantry. As you can see by the picture above the Parish purchased a new (to us) truck that helps tremendously in picking up purchased and donated food.
In 1996 a clothing center was opened on Route 28, again with the mission of helping the needy to a now astounding 145 members. The clothing store has outgrown the three buildings providing clothing to the needy and also the astute cape wide shoppers.
As you will read below, the Pantry has seen a growth from 50 – 80 families a week. We spend $52,0000.00 on food a year. On any other day, prepared food bags are given to people who call or come in needing food. Most of our purchases are through the Greater Boston Food Bank and supplemented with local wholesale suppliers. Roche Bros and Stop & Shop are other sources.
We now have 16 Financial Assistance/Resource Ministry advocates to assist with financial issues. We spend about $4000.00 a month in housing, fuel, and energy assistance. In 2018, 468 families were helped.
This past Thanksgiving, Christ the King Parishioners participated in the “Fill-a-bag” program where they shopped, assembling and purchased a non-perishable Thanksgiving dinner, with all the fixings, the society then added a family sized turkey and vegetables for over 256 families who use our pantry. It continues to be a colossal success.
The Parish community continued to support the Parish and the Society‘s efforts to bring Christmas to those in need. $15,282.00 was raised to give 83 Christmas dinners, Gift Certificates for 185 children and Food Gift certificates to supplement the Christmas dinner. We had a joyous and tear-filled distribution day just before Christmas and we received many “thank you” notes from families and children thanking us for their gifts.
We have expanded our horizons and are actively searching for grants to supplement the generous donations of the Parish and its Parishioners. We are grateful for the grants we have received from the following:
Heroes in Transition ~ The Stop and Shop Corporation
The Town of Mashpee Human Services Commission ~ Project Bread ~ Mashpee Women’s Club ~ New Seabury Women’s Club
Christ the King Charitable Golf Tournament ~ BJ’s Charitable Foundation ~ Greater Boston Food Bank
The Town of Mashpee, Human Services Committee, awarded St. Vincent DePaul Society the “2009 and 2016 Humanitarian Award” recognizing the work of our Vincentians which “goes above and beyond to make a positive contribution to the Town”. In these uncertain economic times, there is a tremendous call to help those in need here in our parish.
We are pleased and humbled to receive this award and want to thank the 305 Vincentians for their hard work and dedication to the ministry. This award is also earned by all the parishioners of Christ the King Parish who continue to support the works of the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
Meet Our Board of Directors
Conference President ~ Kathleen Mulherin,
Vice President ~ Don Chabot
Christ the King Parish St. Vincent de Paul Conference works daily to assist our brothers and sisters in need. Food, clothing, financial assistance with rent, mortgages, utilities, cooked meals twice a month sent to St. Joseph’s House, visits to the homebound and parishioners in the hospital are needs being met by our 305h volunteers.
As a conference, we are considered the “workers” in the much larger International St. Vincent de Paul. We strive to be a face of hope in the difficult times of those we serve. In 2016 our 299 volunteers in all our ministries helped 2,899 people. Volunteers worked 11,626 hours and drove 17,753 miles
The difficult economic years challenged us, and the needs of our clients increased. Because of the generosity of our parish community and fundraising events we were able to meet those needs.
If you or your business would like to help St. Vincent de Paul as a volunteer or financially, together we can break the cycle of poverty. Please contact us through the parish office 508-477-7700 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org . Make checks payable to St Vincent de Paul Society. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
Food Pantry ~ Dick Reilly
The pantry is open every Wednesday from 9:30 am until noon and the last Wednesday of the month from 5 pm to 7 pm. Our goal is to supplement the food needs and provide five days of food for families in need. By using our pantry, some people are able to save enough money to meet their expenses. Sixty families are served each week by 94 volunteers.
The main source of our food comes from the Greater Boston Food Bank, without it we would not be able to furnish the quality and variety of foods. We provide eggs, cheese, canned vegetables, meats, and fish. We also receive food from the Federal Government’s USDA and the State MEFAP programs. Both of these programs supply food at no charge to us! We also purchase additional food from food wholesalers and local supermarkets.
Daily, Roche Brothers and Stop & Shop donate bread and baked goods near expiration. Rushy Marsh Farm and Sprout Farm donate fresh produce weekly during the summer. This adds wonderful variety to the menu. Parishioners donate food on a regular basis in answer to appeals in the bulletin.
Major donations come from the U.S. Postal Service Annual Food Drive, the Mashpee Police Department, Mashpee Fire Department, Town of Mashpee Human Services, our parish community, local schools, Boy and Girl Scouts, Christ the King Golf Tournament, and others. We are also a satellite for A Baby Center.
Over the past years, our cost has increased to $52,000.00 per year. This growth is sustained by the generosity of Christ The King Parish, our Parishioners, Charitable Donations and actively searching for grant programs.
The Thanksgiving “Fill a Bag” program, donated by parishioners provide a complete traditional Thanksgiving meal to over 200 families. At Christmas, we provide a ham or turkey dinner for families. We provide an Easter ham for 150 families.
The pantry manager is an active member of the Cape Hunger Network where resources, bundled purchasing agreements, information, and new ideas are shared at quarterly meetings.
Financial Assistance/Resource Ministry ~ Deborah Journalist
St. Vincent de Paul, through this Ministry, provides emergency assistance to those, who because of sickness, injury, job loss, or other situations, require help in meeting their bills. Emergency assistance may include helping to pay a utility bill, rent/mortgage, or for another of life’s necessities. A visit with a St. Vincent de Paul advocate is required to assess the needs and means of the client and work out a help plan – this is done on a confidential basis and sensitive to the dignity of the client. In addition to financial assistance, the plan will include educating the client to break the cycle of poverty. At this time we determine the food and clothing needs of the client.
Our guideline is to give a client financial help once in eighteen months. By networking with other help agencies on the Cape, we’re able to provide financial packages. Fortunately, because of the generosity within our parish, the community, and government programs, we are responding to the needs.
Our Ministry covers parish boundaries in the communities of Mashpee, Cotuit, and Marstons Mills (West of Route 149).
Need help? You may reach us by calling Christ the King Parish Office at 508- 477-7700 and follow the prompts to SVDP Help Line where you can leave a message.
St. Joseph’s House~ Gail Reilly and Lorraine Ghibaudi
The St. Joseph House Ministry consists of four cooking teams that provide complete meals twice monthly for approximately 60-75 residents at the shelter. Meals are prepared by the cooking team headed by a captain who plans the menu and is responsible for meal delivery to the shelter.
Each team consists of twelve to fourteen members who are assigned specific meal requirements by the team captain.
The pantry purchases and delivers breakfast fixings twice a month which is cooked and served by the St. Joseph House staff in Hyannis.
Several members of our Society have been volunteering to clothe the homeless. We sort and organize the clothing donations. Our SVDP also provides a generous quarterly allowance to purchase items that are much needed at the shelter but not usually included in donations of clothing.
This winter the allowance has enabled the purchase of underwear, socks, thermal underwear, sweatpants, warm caps, and gloves.
Friendly Visitors ~ Frances Parsons
Our “Friendly Visitors” ministry provides a link between the parish and parishioners who are homebound, lonely, hospitalized, or in nursing homes. This ministry keeps folks connected, providing a friendly phone call, a bulletin, or a short visit; we strive to nurture an ongoing relationship between the parish and parishioner.
Friendly Visitors who pay a call to the hospital participate in a special day-long orientation. They are identified by a photo ID badge. If during a visit, the Eucharist or a priest is requested, this information is relayed to the Parish Office. For those who might enjoy a visit, simply submit a name to the Parish Office (508)477-7700. Submissions also come from fellow parishioners, family members, or neighbors.
Our volunteers are all carefully screened. Presently, we have twelve volunteers.
The Friendly Visitors ministry provides a fulfilling, rewarding experience for participants and visitors alike; both are rewarded by the lasting friendships.
Parish Thrift Shop/Clothing Center
One Hundred and fifty Volunteers from SVDP help staff the parish thrift shop by sorting, cleaning, pricing and displaying merchandise. The shop serves the needs of the community through the sale and distribution of clothing, furniture, and some household items of very good quality at low prices. Volunteers may be on a shift of two and a half hours once a week.
Treasurer ~ Steve Morrison
As a member of the Board of Directors, the treasurer manages the finances of the Conference. Financial policies and procedures are developed and prepared for Board review.
A monthly financial report is prepared for Board meetings. Annual reports are generated for submittable to the SVDP Cape Cod and Islands District Council.
All donations, grants and contributed money is recorded, required reports are prepared for grant administrators. Assists with preparing data for grant applications and reports.
Financial counsel is provided to the conference President and the Pastor.
Secretary ~ Madeline Ambrose
The Secretary is responsible for keeping the records of the Conference. The minutes of the monthly Board of Directors are recorded and distributed for approval. All donations are acknowledged in writing with our heartfelt thanks. The Secretary also acts as the conference historian.
Membership ~ Kathleen Mulherin
Membership Ministry-compiles names for all ministry (Board, Friendly Visitors, Needy Cases, Noah Shelter, Pantry and Thrift Shop) lists and keeps lists current for an accurate master list. This information is necessary for the Annual Report.