Ministry: Our mission is to help tackle poverty and disadvantage by providing direct practical assistance to anyone in need. This is usually provided as short-term assistance to those in crisis in the form of rent assistance, utility bills, or other emergency funding.
For those needing assistance:
Please call 281-466-1920 and leave a detailed message with your name and return phone number and one of our members will contact you.
Current Ministry Leader: Matt Mazanek
St. Vincent de Paul Society (SVDP) has three functions: to deepen our own personal relationship with Christ, to bring Christ to others, and to serve Christ.
The mission of St. Anthony's chapter of SVDP is to help persons in need who live in and around The Woodlands. On the last Sunday of each month, our Parish has a "black bag" collection to benefit SVDP. This money is distributed to our clients to pay rent, utility bills, or meet other emergency needs.
Our efforts are coordinated with other local churches because often SVDP clients will need help from several organizations in order to acquire the funds needed to resolve their particular issue.
SVDP meets the 1st and 3rd Sundays of every month at 10:15 AM in Room 205. Our meetings begin with prayer and a reflection on that Sunday's gospel. The meetings also end with prayer.
We have divided our members into weekly teams made up of "phone volunteers" and "home visitors." It is a minimal time commitment as SVDP members typically only volunteer 2-3 days or evenings a month. All of us have busy lives, but SVDP volunteer opportunities are very flexible and can be scheduled around our normal family and work commitments.
Phone Volunteers manage the incoming phone calls from our clients. The phone volunteers will periodically monitor our office phone by visiting the Parish Office or calling in to retrieve messages. This is typically done during the day on weekdays. It's a great opportunity to touch many people by talking to those in need and either providing help over the phone or arranging a home visit.
Home Visitors go out in pairs (typically in the early evenings on weeknights) and meet with clients in their homes to better understand their needs. We provide a much-needed ear to clients who are facing struggles (financial or other). While some paperwork is completed during the visit, the primary focus of a visit is intended as a gesture of friendship and love on our part. Visits usually last about 30 minutes and typically result in a financial pledge being made.
Not all SVDP members work on the teams. Some attend only the meetings; some have assisted only with the Archdiocese's SVDP Society. We sometimes can take on additional projects suggested by other members ~ for example, we aid a prison ministry in purchasing bibles.
In Matthew 7:21-23, Jesus says that not everyone who says "Lord, Lord will enter the Kingdom of heaven", and that we have to do the will of the Father to enter. Some protest in those verses that they even prophesied in Jesus' name, they cast out demons in Jesus' name, and they did other mighty works in His name, but to no avail. They were told by Jesus to depart from Him, because He never knew them. So what exactly is the will of the Father? It is giving food to the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, welcoming strangers, clothing the naked, and visiting the sick and prisoners. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul does all of these good works on a regular basis, which fulfills Jesus' commandment to "love our neighbors as ourselves."
Please considering joining us. When you give to those who are the least in the eyes of society, you give to Christ.