St. Vincent De Paul Society - OLA Conference

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) is an international organization of Catholic laypersons who respond to the needs of the poor living within the OLA parish boundaries.  These needs are met through the operation of a twice-weekly food locker and home visitation teams who provide temporary assistance with rent, utilities, clothing, furniture, etc.  You can call us anytime to leave a confidential voice mail for more information:  (916) 481-6352.

Please note, our Food Locker temporarily is closed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.  Food Locker hours of operation once services resume: Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 9:00 am - 10:50 am 

SVdP COVID-19 Update April 27, 2020

Thank you again for your overwhelming generosity during the recent COVID-19/Fifth Sunday Collection.  OLA has always been the most caring of communities and your kindness has enabled our SVdP emergency assistance program to continue to aid our neighbors in need through this most difficult time.  However, as COVID-19 continues to affect our lives, so it has also affected OLA’s SVdP Food Locker program.  With the numbers of both clients and volunteers down as people diligently followed sheltering-in place orders, it became necessary to temporarily close our food locker.   We are an agency working with the Sacramento Food Bank, and as such we will be told when it is advisable to re-open.  We will do so with great compassion, love, and provisions because of you!   Thank you!!!

Our home visitation teams are still answering the phone calls & helping people cope with the new reality.  Even though some evictions and utility shutoffs have been postponed, we will have to be ready to help when things return to “normal”. Your generosity will enable us to do so.  A special thank you to our furloughed teachers who are assisting us in making home visits possible.

The Seventh Day Adventist Church currently operates a food bank in our area is known as Adventist Community Services that is open to all who live in our area.  They are located at 4965 Pasadena Ave, Sacramento, and are open on Wednesday and Friday mornings from 9 to noon.  Phone number: (916) 487-8684. 

More Information about the OLA Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) is an international organization of Catholic laypersons who respond to the needs of the poor living within the OLA parish boundaries. These needs are met through the operation of a twice-weekly food locker and home visitation teams who provide temporary assistance with rent, utilities, clothing, furniture, etc. Volunteers are always welcome.

As we serve God’s people in our parish of Our Lady of the Assumption, I am glad to share with you some words by the Holy Father to the great organization of charity, the St. Vincent de Paul Society, which does so much in our parish.

Dear Friends in Christ,

On the occasion of the 165th Anniversary of the Foundation of the Society of the St. Vincent de Paul, the Holy Father wishes to spiritually join the action of thanksgiving of this happy commemoration and at the same time to set forward an invitation to passionately renew the commitment of service to the Church in unselfish love to the most needed brothers and sisters.

Since its birth in Paris in 1833, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul with its local Conferences has wonderfully spread throughout the world, always answering the specific needs of poverty and instability, not “with words of tongue, but with actions in truth:, (1 John 3, 18). The pressing impetus of Christian charity, that is already present in the birth of this Society as maintained as its authentic reason of being, should continue to be a true reflection of the love that God has for each one of His children and is a sure means of continuingly experimenting His merciful presence, as “everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God” (1 John 4, 7).

With the awareness of being living instruments of the Lord, bearers of the Gospel of charit y, the members of the Conferences have to always look for the possibility to renew these deep meanings of faith, those that move Christians to perfect acts of charity, and continue to take Jesus Christ as a model of the Good Samaritan, therefore never allowing the acts of charity set forth so eloquently by the first members of this society to flag; an experience that has always been present within your distinguished tradition.

In today’s world, people that suffer any kind of poverty, whether it is through new or traditional forms of destitution, continue to require the consolation of charity. Unselfish love towards our neighbor, with sensitivity developed from a deep spiritual life, will increase the necessary creativity and enough bravery in order to cure the wounds of those who most suffer. Charity, therefore, can not only be limited to material aid, but also goes beyond this and offers support and peace for the spiritual difficulties of human kind. Following the trail of founder, the Blessed Frederic Ozanam, this anniversary will give new enthusiasm so that faith will neither be separated from action nor from the charity work of the brave and clear apostolate, as “They realize that a pure and generous love is the best witness to the God in whom we believe and by whom we are driven to love. A Christian knows when it is time to speak of God and when it is better to say nothing and to let love alone speak.” (Deus caritas est. 31 c). With these sentiments, the Holy Father invoking the intercession of St. Vincent de Paul and the Blessed Frederic Ozanam, conveyed a special Apostolic Blessing to all members of different local conferences of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul throughout the world.

- Pope Benedict XVI

For more information or to volunteer for service, please contact the parish office at 481-5115 or parish@olaparish.net.

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