World Day of the Poor

At the conclusion of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, on November 20, 2016, in his apostolic letter, entitled Mercy and peace (Misericordia et misera), Pope Francis invited us to celebrate the World Day of the Poor on the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time. This year, we celebrate that special day on November 18th .

According to the Canadian government, one million, nine hundred thousand Canadian families struggle every day to make ends meet. Just a few weeks before Christmas, we must do more than usual to help the least fortunate among us. For more than 170 years, the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul has been distributing Christmas hampers or organizing community meals. Such gestures of solidarity help less fortunate people to emerge from isolation, and allow them to experience wonderful moments of joy. By taking the time to welcome our sisters and brothers in Jesus Christ, not only do we give food, but we interact with them on an equal basis.

In the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, our tradition is to avoid judging and to serve people with love, respect, justice and joy. In response to Pope Francis’ appeal, we invite you to work with the members of the local Society of Saint Vincent de Paul and give a hand by participating in our collection of food supplies. In this very busy period, we also need volunteers and, of course, financial help is always appreciated as well. You may donate to the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul team in your community, or directly to the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, via the official website, at the SSVP Vancouver Donation Page.