Outreach Committee - This committee functions to provide service, education and advocacy related to social justice and human needs both within the parish and to the greater community. Meetings are held August through May, on the third Monday of the month, at 5:30 p.m. in the St. Louise Room. The chairperson is Renee Kampschneider, email@example.com. The staff contact person is Jenni Vankat, firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Back to School Drive
|IXIM Guatemalan Mission
|Respect Life Committee
|One Can Help Food Collection
(Every third Sunday)
|Society of St. Vincent de Paul
|Community Service Day
|Parish Community Garden
(May to September)
(Late July - September)
|Women's Shelter Meals
|Habitat for Humanity
(August to December)
HELP ST VINCENT DE PAUL SPONSOR A REFUGEE FAMILY!
This is an exciting chance for our parish to answer our Gospel call to “Welcome the stranger.” Our sponsorship involves three levels: 1) Furnishing the family’s home and providing food & clothing; 2) Meeting the family at the airport and sharing in their first meal; 3) Weekly visits to the family by a team from our Family Care/Visitation Crew for 3-6 months.
Our first Syrian family (Mahmoud, Amina, Diana, Ahmad, Malak, and Latifa) arrived on Sept. 1st. Our visitation team will be meeting with them weekly for the next few months. Because our Sponsorship efforts were so successful, we were asked to assist another Syrian family – the sister of Amina! We’re riding the wave of generosity and responding to the movement of the Holy Spirit!
We expect the arrival of our 2nd family of refugees on November 3rd.
Dad: Ferzat Mohammed 32 years old
Mom: Houra Husni 26 years old
Daughter: Rolita 5 years old
Son: Mohammed 2 years old
Daughter: Jana 9 months old
Read the latest via the weekly bulletin and our Facebook page, St. Vincent de Paul Refugee Sponsorship (@svdprefugeesponsorship). For any questions, please contact Renee Kampschneider at email@example.com.
Each Christmas, parishioners sign up to provide food, clothing and Christmas gifts to families and veterans through the Catholic Charities Women’s Shelter, Juan Diego Center and the Veterans Home.
2016 Christmas Giving Timeline
Sign Up Weekend: October 29/30 & November 5/6
Drop-off Night: Friday, December 2
Delivery Day: Saturday, December 3
Click here for more information.
In 2015, our parish was able to provide food, clothing and Christmas gifts to 43 families, including 126 children & 61 adults, through the Catholic Charities Women’s Shelter and Juan Diego Center. We also provided gift packages for 65 veterans at the Thomas Fitzgerald Home, $1,300 in cash donations were spent on individual toys and household goods for the children & adults at the Women’s Shelter and $1,200 in cash donations were given to Holy Name Church for their families in need. There were also many parishioners who contributed items for the Women’s Shelter wish list.
SAVE THE DATE! Trivia Nite 2017 is Saturday, January 28th!
Trivia Nite 2016 was held on Saturday, February 6th. Each table of 8 competed against others for the coveted SVdP Trivia Championship (but mostly, it was just a lot of fun and a great way to raise funds for parish Outreach efforts.)
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Parish Community Garden (Dorothy Day Garden)
We would love to have you join our team! Activities include planting the garden in mid-May or volunteering for a week during the summer months to water and harvest the produce and/or deliver it to the shelter. To learn more about the garden or if you would like to join our crew of volunteers, please contact Kathy Wilhelm at the parish office – firstname.lastname@example.org
To sign up as a volunteer, Click here
IXIM Guatemalan Mission
St. Vincent de Paul parish is a member of this Archdiocesan group that provides support, mission education and outreach to the country of Guatemala. Efforts include mission trips to Guatemala, fundraising, coordinating volunteers with medical expertise, partnering schools and religious education programs between the dioceses, andbuilding community with Guatemalans living in Omaha. For more information visit the IXIM web site at www.ixim.org.
The Respect Life Committee celebrates Epiphany by becoming a “modern-day magi”. Baby and maternity gifts are collected the weekend of Epiphany, January 7th & 8th to lie at the nativity of Christ. All “gifts for Jesus” are given to Omaha centers for pregnancy counseling and maternity homes.
Items most needed include:
disposable diapers, wipes, new or gently-used infant to 24-month size sleepers or outfits, undershirts/onesies, good condition maternity clothes, baby towels and washcloths, baby blankets, baby bath and lotion, NEW car seats (infants up to 20 pounds), and formula.
Monetary gifts are also welcomed and greatly needed. Checks may be made payable to Essential Pregnancy Services (EPS), Bethlehem House, Assure Women's Center, or Mater Filius. Donations can be placed in the marked box near the nativity.
Habitat for Humanity
St. Vincent de Paul has been a member of the Carpenter’s Crew Coalition since 2010. The coalition is made up of 12 churches and Temple Israel which pool their resources to build a house selected by Habitat. In 2016, the coalition is building a house at 3935 N. 21st Street. The home is for a Burmese refugee couple and their 4 children.
2016 Construction starts August 13 and will conclude the first part of December. There are two shifts each work day: 8:00am to 12:00pm and 12:00pm to 4:00pm. You can sign up for one or both shifts. There will be a Habitat for Humanity Construction Coordinator on site at all times during construction. Once you sign up, you will receive information from Habitat.
FIVE different ways you can volunteer!
* Volunteer for Construction of the House
* Volunteer to Provide Food for Workers.
(SVdP will be providing food on Saturday, October 15 and Saturday, November 12.)
* In-Kind Donations are Needed (Either Professional Skills or Building Materials.)
* Cash Donations in Any Amount are Welcome!
* Last but not Least, Pray for the Success of the Project!
Questions? Please contact: Kathy Mrla, Outreach Committee, at email@example.com
Community Service Day
In honor of the feast day of Saint Vincent de Paul, the Outreach Committee coordinates an annual parish-wide service project. For this year's project on Sunday, Sept. 25th, we teamed with Omaha Against Hunger and Kids Against Hunger. These organizations mobilize volunteers to package highly nutritious food products through an efficient meal assembly system. Latin Rice Meals were packed in the gym with 3,600 pounds of rice, 385 pounds of the spice powder and 247 pounds of beans equaling 180 boxes and 38,880 meals (the Outreach Committee did a mini-pack back in August of 1,200 meals making the total over 40,000!). The meals went to area pantries and shelters.
Society of St. Vincent de Paul
The parish chapter of the Society works in the spirit of St. Vincent de Paul to help people in need. Society members engage in person-to-person service in home visits to assess needs and provide resources related to food, rent, utilities, clothing and shelter. The Society gathers monthly for prayer and planning. Two person teams meet periodically to conduct needs assessments. For more information or to volunteer contact to Parish Office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Respect Life Committee
The St. Vincent de Paul Respect Life Committee is dedicated to responding to Pope John Paul II's call in The Gospel of Life to respect, protect, love, and serve life in our society through programs which support, promote, and create a culture of life. This committee offers parishioners numerous opportunities to promote the dignity of life through prayer, legislative advocacy, education, and direct service. To learn more, or to sign up for email updates, contact Suzanne Kerr at email@example.com or Corinne Dineen at firstname.lastname@example.org. To read more about specific issues visit our Social Justice Issues page.
One Can Help Food Collection
Nonperishable items are collected for local food pantries on the third Sunday of each month. Volunteers are needed at Noon to load vehicles, deliver the food, and help to stock the shelves at three Omaha pantries. On the second Sunday of each month volunteers are needed to help distribute grocery bags to parishioners following Masses. Food donations help to stock pantries at the Heart Ministry Center, Juan Diego Center, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, and our own parish pantry. For more information or to volunteer contact Carrie Meiers at email@example.com or Pam Sutton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Women's Shelter Meals
The parish provides a meal for the women and children at the Women's Shelter every Sunday at 5pm. Volunteer cooks prepare part of the meal at home and deliver it to the server. Volunteer servers take the entire meal to the shelter and help to serve dinner. Volunteers are scheduled to cook or serve once every four months. For more information or to volunteer contact Cheryl Downey at Cdowney110@gmail.com.
Back to School Drive
This annual collection provides school supplies to children in need who attend Omaha area schools.
As in recent years, your donations in 2017 will go to All Saints Catholic Elementary School, just south of downtown Omaha. Last August, All Saints greatly expanded its use of technology. Now, each student has the use of an iPad at school every day. All Saints also has a state of the art computer lab, where technology classes are taught at all grade levels.
The specific wish list of school supplies is available at http://tinyurl.com/SVDPSchoolsupplydrive. It will be helpful if you sign up for your donation so we know what items have been filled on the wish list.
A donation box for the school supplies will be in the gathering space of church from July 22nd through August 6th.
In addition to the list on the signup page, they are in need of the following technology equipment:
* 200 Headphones (Labsonic LS400 Foldable Stereo Headphones)
* 20 i-Pad charging cords
* 6 laptops for our new STREAM Lab
Anyone interested in donating toward technology equipment can contact Principal Marlan Burki at email@example.com. This is a wonderful opportunity to assist those in need and to emphasize the importance of education!