St Vincent de Paul Society

Feastday: September 27
Patron of charitable societies

St Michaels branch of St Vincent de Paul's
Mission Statement:
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a Christian voluntary organisation, working with poor and disadvantaged people.
Inspired by our principal founder, Frederic Ozanam, and our patron, St. Vincent de Paul, we seek to respond to the call every Christian receives to bring the love of Christ to those in need.

We are involved in a diverse range of activities:
At the moment SVdP consists of about 10 voluntary members.

  • The South Africa Police Services in Rondebosch have been helping us with our monthly food tickets handout, our homeless meet there on the 3rd Friday of every month and St Pauls Anglican church assists with a plate of food or sandwiches.
  • We have teamed up with U-Turn a non-profit organisation in Kenilworth, who restore self worth and self esteem to the street people, they are a professional organisation who document and counsel the homeless.
  • We used to hand out food parcels from the church and 2 residential homes, which we have stopped ( as requested by the SAPS) because of certain very unsavoury elements.
  • At St Michaels we work with the homeless looking for and assisting with shelter, clothing, the odd food parcels and assistance.
  • The abject poor who live under our streets bridges or in the open, are helped with food tokens and the winter plastic sleeping bags and blankets.
  • We visit and comfort the elderly in Welverdiend, Avonrust and certain other facilities.
  • We financially sponsor the poorest of the poor in our twin conference, Matroosfontein where they feed around 58 families monthly at the moment.
  • We visit certain seriously challenged wonderful people in Valkenberg Mental Hospital (Friends of Valkenberg).
  • We hold an annual Christmas party there with the help of our wonderful folk choir, this is always a great treat for the patients and staff, and we party with as many as 200 patients on the day.
  • SVdP special volunteers collect and sell food vouchers after all masses.
  • We visit many lonely and destitute families and individuals weekly.
  • We survived so far on a generous donation given to us by an estate late, and various extremely important anonymous cash, clothing and bric-a-brac donations. (Our boxes /”for the poor” & Society of St Vincent de Paul” are in the porch)


If you are able too, please Make a Donation to our St Vincent de Paul Society at St Michaels.
Add us as a beneficiary in your will and testament.  Leave a legacy…..
We NEED estate and cash donations urgently, financials are available for any willing donor.

Support and friendship
Through person to person contact, we are committed to respecting the dignity of those we assist and to foster their self-respect. In the provision of material and other support, we assure confidentiality at all times and endeavour to establish relationships based on trust and friendship.
Promoting self-sufficiency
We believe it is not enough to provide only short term material support.
Those we assist must also be helped to achieve self-sufficiency in the longer term and the sense of self-worth this provides.
When the problems we encounter are beyond our competence, we enlist the support of others more specialised.

Any amount will be used to assist the needy.
Account Name:________ St. Vincent de Paul Society St Michaels Conference.
Account Number:______ CHEQUE ACCOUNT 071 488 944
Sort Code:___________   02 50 09

“Visitation”, is the Principal Work of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

Even the first Christmas family “needed a little help”, please help us to help others desperately in need.

Contact: Toby Hoffmann on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or John Biermann This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Parents Prayer

Oh, Heavenly Father, make me a better parent. Teach me to understand my children, to listen patiently to what they have to say, and to answer all their questions kindly.

Keep me from interrupting them or contradicting them. Make me as courteous to them as I would have them be to me. Forbid that I should ever laugh at their mistakes or resort to shame or ridicule when they displease me.

May I never punish them for my own selfish satisfaction or to show my power. Let me not tempt my child to lie or steal.

And guide me hour by hour that I may demonstrate by all I say and do that honesty produces happiness.

Reduce, I pray, the meanness in me. And when I am out of sorts, help me, O Lord, to hold my tongue.

May I ever be mindful that my children are children and I should not expect of them the judgement of adults.

Let me not rob them of the opportunity to wait on themselves and make decisions.

Bless me with the bigness to grant them all their reasonable requests, and the courage to deny them privileges I know will do them harm.

Make me fair and just and kind.

And fit me, O Lord, to be loved and respected and imitated by my children. Amen.

Child Safeguarding Policy

'The Archdiocesan Child Safeguarding Policy, promulgated in October 2015 seeks to support this celebration of life and to guide us in our interactions with the children and youth entrusted to our care.

This Policy states that: Each child shall be cherished and affirmed as a gift from God with an inherent right to dignity of life and bodily integrity which shall be respected, nurtured and protected by all.

1.1. The Archdiocese is committed to safeguarding all children who interact with the Church; Should you wish to read the full policy you can access it on the Archdiocesan website at

Our Parish Council has adopted the Child Safeguarding Policy and has begun the implementation of the policy in 2017 through ensuring that all those who are required to have the necessary clearance to minister in the parish have done so. This is an ongoing process and will be repeated each year. The contact details of the Archdiocesan Contact persons are on display in the Parish Centre and the the Church Foyer.'