Saint Vincent DePaul Society

Mission Statement:

Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, follows in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, and its patron, St. Vincent de Paul, by promoting spiritual growth through person-to-person service to those who are in need and suffering. Members witness God's love by embracing all works of charity and justice. The Society collaborates with other people of good will to relieve need and address its causes, making no distinction among those served because, in them, members see the face of Christ.

On Ash Wednesday, 1983, Saint Pascal was installed as a conference of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul. Since that time, the Saint Pascal conference has provided thousands of dollars in food and hours of service to our parishioners and the community.

Members of Saint Vincent de Paul are parishioners whose ministry is guided by Jesus’ command that we love one another, and the gospel message that we are our brothers and sisters keepers. The Vincentian ministry centers on prayer, faith and service to others regardless of religion, culture, race or social status.

The conference has 21 active members who attend the meetings, perform home visits and participate in works of mercy; and 13 associate members who participate in activities. The Special Friends of the Society make unsolicited donations of money to help support the Conference’s special works.

The Saint Pascal Conference is active both inside and outside of the parish community.

Activities include:

  • Visiting families or individuals either at their homes or the rectory to offer assistance and referrals to Catholic and public agencies
  • Providing Jewel and Subway gift cards for emergency assistance.
  • Maintaining a pantry to provide food to anyone in need throughout the year, especially for Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
  • Collecting food donations from the parish on the first Sunday of the month to stock the food pantry.
  • Sharing food with other pantries in the Chicago area.
  • Assembling survival packs (a brown bag of food) for the homeless once a year.
  • Collecting clothing for the needy (Bundle Days) twice a year.
  • Visiting hospitals, nursing homes, people with disabilities and the homebound.
  • The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is easy to join. No special qualifications are required other than the desire to join with others to help those in need for the love of God.

    To learn more, please call 773-725-7641.


    Bundle Days - September 2017

    On Saturday, September 23, and Sunday, September 24, Saint Pascal parishioners and members of the Saint Pascal Conference of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul braved unseasonable ninety-degree heat to collect clothing, shoes, kitchenware, bedding and other items for the less fortunate. The Saint Pascal Conference of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul would like to thank everyone whose strong sense of Christian charity helped make this event an overwhelming success.


    Annual Knights of Columbus Food Drive – May 13, 2017

    On Saturday, May 13, the Knights of Columbus Mater Christi Council hosted their annual food drive in conjunction with the U.S. Post Office, the proceeds of donated to several Northwest Side food pantries, including the Saint Pascal pantry. Knights from Saint Pascal Parish dropped off a whopping 61 boxes of food, and members of the Saint Pascal Conference of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul gathered to unpack the boxes and restock the pantry shelves.


    Bundle Days - April 2016

    On Saturday, May 20, and Sunday, May 21, members of the Saint Pascal Conference of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul and other volunteers staffed the trailer in the Melvina Avenue parking lot, collecting clothing, shoes, kitchenware, bedding and other items to aid the less fortunate. We would like to extend our thanks to everyone who helped make this event a success. Despite a rainy Saturday, the overwhelming generosity of parishioners and neighbors filled our trailer end to end.

    If you missed the May Bundle Days, don’t worry. The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul trailer will be parked at Saint Pascal in September. It’s never too early to start cleaning out your closets.


    Easter 2017

    On Friday, April 7, and Saturday, April 8, members of the Saint Pascal Conference of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul gathered in the Gold Room to bring Easter joy to the less fortunate of the parish, packing and distributing packages of food and flowers.


    Saint Joseph's Table

    On Sunday, March 19, the Saint Pascal Conference of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, in conjunction with the Saint Pascal Holy Name Society, and volunteers from various parish organizations, including Saint Pascal Scout Troop 815, successfully hosted the annual Saint Joseph Table. An abundance of delicious meatless food and desserts, most home-cooked by generous Saint Pascal parishioners, was eagerly devoured by the hundreds in attendance. A good time was had by all, building fellowship while raising funds to serve the less fortunate in our community.


    Survival Packs - January 27, 2017

    On Friday evening, January 27, approximately forty volunteers gathered in the Saint Pascal Club Room to prepare over 400 Survival Packs for the homeless. The packs, consisting of juice, a ham and cheese sandwich, cookies, and a snack, were donated to the Franciscan House of Mary & Joseph, one of the oldest and largest providers for men and women who are homeless in Chicago.

    The Saint Pascal Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul wishes to thank everyone who donated time, energy, money, cookies, and loaves of bread to make this annual event both fun and meaningful, a demonstration of Christian faith at work in our community.


    Christmas Food Packages - December 2016

    On Friday, December 16, and Saturday, December 17, members of the Saint Pascal Conference of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul gathered in the Gold Room to assemble and distribute Christmas food packages, toys, and poinsettias for the less fortunate in our community. The food, provided through the generosity of Saint Pascal parishioners, and through a toy drive sponsored by parish Scouts, allowed many of our brothers and sisters to celebrate Christ's birth with a hearty dinner, some holiday cheer, and the knowledge that the parish truly cares for them.


    Thanksgiving Food Packages – November 2016

    On Friday, November 18, and Saturday, November 19, members of the Saint Pascal Conference of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul gathered in the Gold Room to pack and distribute Thanksgiving food packages for neighborhood families. Through the generosity of Saint Pascal parishioners, the less fortunate in our community truly had reason to give thanks over the holiday.


    Annual Memorial Mass & Awards Ceremony - October 23, 2016

    On Sunday, October 23, members of the Saint Pascal Conference of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul gathered with other Vincentians from the Archdiocese at Saint Mary of the Lake Church in Chicago for the Annual SVDP Memorial Mass and Awards Ceremony, which was followed by a dinner in the Saint Mary of the Lake Parish Hall.


    Friends of the Poor Benefit – April 17, 2016

    Members of the Saint Pascal conference of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul gathered with hundreds of other Vincentians to raise money and awareness at the Eighth Annual Friends of the Poor Benefit at Drury Lane Oak Brook on Sunday afternoon, April 17. The Benefit featured an inspiring competition among choirs from Chicago Archdiocese churches. All proceeds from the event will be distributed among the Chicago area Society of Saint Vincent de Paul conferences, including Saint Pascal. Pictured are Saint Pascal Vincentians Jan Rykal and Jane Maher; Margaret Kummerer; Sherry and Frank Marquez; and Ed and Yolanda Stachon.


    Community First Medical Center Food Drive – March 19, 2016

    On Saint Joseph’s Day, Saturday, March 19, members of the Saint Pascal Conference of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul gathered to collect the proceeds from a food drive sponsored by Community First Medical Center at 5645 W. Addison Street. The generous donations of food items helped fill the parish pantry shelves, and we would like to thank the medical center for their dynamic commitment and concern for the less fortunate in our community..