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Dear OLPH,

There are many goings on here at OLPH. Some are well publicized and others are more hidden. Catherine Doherty encourages us to “be a light to our neighbor’s feet.” I love that line. It is so concrete. Even a smile or gesture can be a light for our neighbor.

One of the hidden gems in our parish family is the Saint Vincent de Paul Society , headed up by Cindy Trubin. A small group of dedicated volunteers (who are looking for additional help) staff a helpline, conduct face-to-face interviews, and strive to assist the material needs of folks right here in our local community. More than that, members strive to be Christ, showing compassion, empathy and grace, while also finding Christ in those they encounter. “Whatever you did for the least of my brothers, you did for Me,” are words of Jesus that echo on the hearts of dedicated St. Vincent de Paul volunteers. We receive about a dozen calls a month requesting assistance, so they stay on their toes.

Last year, SVP OLPH assisted 34 families with gifts totaling about $28,000. It should be noted that 100% of every gift is passed on. No overhead. Our sister parish, St. Mary of the Lakes in Medford, helped to make that level of generosity possible, contributing about $22,000 to our efforts. We thank them for their generosity to families in our neck of the woods.

This year, SVP conducted a special collections for victims of the hurricanes in Florida and North Carolina. Over $2000 was sent down.

Before too long, SVP will put out their Christmas giving tree. Last year we raised $1445. Here is how it works: place a gift card (Supermarkets, Walmart, Target, and Wawa are best) in one of the white receptacles, and take an ornament as a gift for your own tree from the giving tree!

This Thursday, for Thanksgiving, we will be having Mass at 9am . Put your turkey in the oven and come on by for Holy Mass. Eucharist means thanksgiving! There could not be a better way to celebrate Thanksgiving than with the Holy Eucharist! At Mass, the parish takes a special collection for the SVP Society. Please be generous. Remember 100% goes to help local people who are struggling.

Saint Vincent de Paul Society meets on Tuesdays at 7pm in our school. Cindy says, “Come on by and see what we are about!” For my part, I am a strong supporter of the work of the society and would love to see them grow in numbers and in impact.

Two quotes from Blessed Frédéric Ozanam (1818-1853), considered the founder of the society:

The question which is agitating the world today is a social one. It is a struggle between those who have nothing and those who have too much. It is a violent clash of opulence and poverty which is shaking the ground under our feet. Our duty as Christians is to throw ourselves between these two camps in order to accomplish by love, what justice alone cannot do.”

“It is our vocation to set people’s hearts ablaze, to do what the Son of God did, who came to light a fire on earth in order to set it ablaze with His love.”

Maybe this is your invitation from the Lord to be set ablaze and so share that ardent charity with others.

In Christ,

Fr. Wilson

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