The coming year will be a big one for the Society of St Vincent de Paul (SSVP) in Scotland - and is of special significance to our Archdiocese.
The foundation of the charity's first conference was at St Patrick’s in Edinburgh, way back on 25th May, 1845.
National President Danny Collins said: "As the time draws close to the end of 2019, we can reflect on the personal spiritual blessings that we received during this year and humbly recall the many acts of charity delivered to those in need that we gladly serve. The New Year is of particular significance in the historical journey of the SSVP as we celebrate our 175th anniversary.
"The coming year also marks the 50th anniversary of the National Council of Scotland, instituted in 1970."
The aim of the Society is to provide a means for members to practice Christianity by showing God’s love to their neighbours who are in need. Its work in our Archdiocese includes prison visits, providing caravan holidays and helping people in financial difficulties on a person to person basis.
This Christmas, many SSVP conferences are providing food hampers and toys to individuals and families who are in need of a helping hand.
They include the Most Holy Trinity Parish, based at St John & St Columba's Church in Rosyth. Margaret Wilson (above) and fellow members have been busy collecting Christmas hampers, following kind donations from parishioners and the West Fife community.
In the far west of the Archdiocese, SSVP conferences will help distribute nearly 100 parcels collected at St Maurice's High School.
Amazing 97 parcels and hampers collected during Advent ready to be distributed via local #SVdP in our local parishes @ParishStPats @StPatsKilsyth @StHelensNLC @HolyCrossNLC @rercag @leocushley @ArchdiocGlasgow #keepChristinChristmas #loveyourneighbour pic.twitter.com/UvzPeH6aPf
— St Maurice's RE (@StMauriceRE) December 16, 2019
Writing in the latest edition of the Ozanam News, the society's magazine, Mr Collins added: "I wish to express my appreciation to all those involved with the SSVP in Scotland and hope that everyone has a Holy Joyful Christmas and a Happy, Healthy New Year 2020."
Nationally, next year will see events across the country to help celebrate the 175-years milestone, including:
Mon 25th May 2020: 175th Anniversary event St Patrick’s, Edinburgh.
Sat 13th June 2020: Annual Mass St Andrew’s Cathedral, Glasgow.
Sat. 29th August 2020: Annual Meeting Corn Exchange, Edinburgh.
To read the latest edition of the Ozanam News click here.