St. Vincent De Paul Society

St. Vincent de Paul

We help people!

In a spirit of justice, charity and personal involvement, this ministry seeks to provide aid and comfort to the poor, the afflicted and the lonely.  Members of the Society make personal home visits; provide advocacy and support usually in the form of food vouchers, financial assistance, clothing and furniture.  (Training provided.)

“Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread”.  When we pray the Our Father, we ask God to provide our food and necessities. The majority of us receive sufficient food. Others do not. We can be our Father’s instrument by providing “bread” for the needy, particularly during these difficult times. You do this by your contributions to the St. Vincent de Paul Society

Thanks to all who contribute to our St. Boniface St. Vincent de Paul Conference. We were able to help many of our neighbors. Some people had no money for food, others no beds – they were sleeping on the floor – or there was no heat or electricity!

Help Those in Need on Long Island by donating your gently used furniture to the St. Vincent de Paul Society

  • We pick up items
  • We give furniture to our neighbors in need.
  • Your donations are tax-deductible

Buying a new car? Donate Your old one!  Donate your car, boat, motorcycle, or truck to help others!

Help us help others on Long Island by donating your motor vehicle, boat or even real estate.  Proceeds from sales of these items will go directly to helping our neighbors in need.

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St. Vincent de Paul

St Boniface Martyr Conference Annual Report, 2018

The Parish Conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society has submitted its 2018 Annual Report to Fr. Kevin. The report reflects the activities of the 22 volunteers from our parish conference, and is required by the Rules of the Society for the fiscal year. It has been an active and rewarding time for our parish Vincentians.

Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless. This is the simple, direct mandate by Christ to all followers. The reality is, for most of us, opportunities to follow the mandate are rare. Most people rarely personally encounter the hungry, naked or homeless.

The members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society are privileged to meet with the poor, face-to-face, in their homes, to demonstrate the love of Christ for His poor, and offer spiritual and material relief to them and their families. The Annual Report summarizes, in statistical format, the work of those volunteers, but hardly conveys their dedication to our neighbors in need.

Over the past year, the parish Vincentians made 61 visitations to the homes of the neighbors in need and provided help to 156 people in need of assistance. The Vincentians performed approximately 915 hours in service to those neighbors during the fiscal year.

At the heart of the Vincentian ministry is the “home visit” by pairs of Vincentians, not as invasive bureaucrats, but rather caring representatives of Christ’s love, through the Society of St. Vincent

de Paul. There is reciprocity, mutuality, in the service of Vincentians through the home visit that transforms the help from something that may have been humiliating into something that is honorable.

The Society initially was started at St. Boniface when parishioners formed a conference in 1934. The “home visit”, unique to the ministry and character of the Society, provides an opportunity for the poor and the deprived to communicate their individual needs with dignity in the comfort of their homes, and for the Vincentian visitors to analyze and respond to those identified needs.  The Society respects their privacy and all information is kept confidential.

Sometimes the most appreciated benefit conveyed by the Vincentians is the fact that they cared enough to visit the deprived and forgotten, regardless of race or religious belief.

During the past year, Vincentians in the Parish Conference expended  $30,744  for our neighbors. Typically, these disbursements were to pay rent, food vouchers, fuel, utilities, clothing, furniture, prescriptions, transportation, child care, etc. These payments were as varied and numerous as the individuals served.

The sources of income for the local ministry were also quite varied. The principal source of financial support is generous benefactors in the parish who share Christ’s love of the poor with our Vincentians. Their generosity makes them partners with the Vincentians in feeding the hungry, clothing the naked and sheltering the homeless. On behalf of the poor, thank you! Our gratitude to our benefactors in their support for St. Vincent de Paul is boundless. Income to the conference, $29,397, came from Conference members, Benefactors, SVdP envelopes, fundraisers i.e. Friends of the Poor Walk, our Harvest Dinner, Religious Education Lent mite boxes and the Thanksgiving mass collection so graciously donated by our Pastor, Fr. Kevin along with the poor boxes located near each entrance to the church.

The conference is particularly grateful for the constant interest and encouragement of our pastor, Fr. Kevin. Notwithstanding the many demands of his time, he has commended the work of the conference, celebrated a Mass of Thanksgiving attended by Conference members and benefactors and offered words of support, both privately and publicly, in our service of feeding, clothing and sheltering the poor. Thank you, Fr. Kevin.

Parishioners and others interested in financially supporting this work are encouraged to use the poor box located at the bottom of the stairs at the entrance of the Church or the boxes at the side doors of the Church for cash or check donations. Envelopes are available at the entrance of the Church.  Checks may also be made out to

St. Boniface Martyr conference of St. Vincent

de Paul and left at the Parish Center or mailed to the conference at the Parish Center, 145 Glen Avenue, Sea Cliff, NY, 11579. The Parish Conference is a charitable organization under Sec. 501© (3) of the IRC. Donations are tax deductible.

Thank you for your support and please keep our neighbors in need in your prayers. Deo Gratis.

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