Within the boundaries of St. Bonaventure Parish there are people who are:
- hurting and suffering
- lacking beds to sleep in
- unable to provide basic necessities for their families
- living alone with few resources
- feeling discouraged and helpless.
St. Bonaventure Conference provides many opportunities for your involvement. New members - Vincentians - are always welcome.
Those requesting financial or other types of assistance can call the Ministry Centre. Staff will take the caller's name and phone number and contact a member of the society to advise them of the request. As soon as possible, a pair of Vincentians will visit the person in their home, often to bring emergency help in the form of food or clothing vouchers or to arrange for delivery of a bed, and always to bring hope and respect.
You can help others by donating to our organized clothing drive which takes place twice a year.
Accepting Donations after Mass
Most of the funds used to help those in need come from parishioners who drop a loonie or toonie in the poor boxes after masses. Some Vincentians serve by holding the poor boxes after mass on the weekends. Tax receipts are provided to donors who make a donation of $10 or more using the special envelopes provided by the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
Members may choose to offer their skills and knowledge in areas such as finance, nursing, social work, immigration, etc., to aid in the effectiveness of the Conference.
There are opportunities for leadership roles at the Conference, Particular Council or Board level.