Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Friday, June 3, 2016

June 12, 2016
Gospel: (Luke 7:36-8:3)
A Pharisee invited Jesus to dine with him.  There was a sinful woman in the city who learned that he was at table in the house of the Pharisee.  Bringing an alabaster flask of ointment, she stood behind him at his feet weeping and began to bathe his feet with tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them, and anointed them with the ointment.  When the Pharisee who had invited him saw this he said to himself, "If this man were a prophet, he would know who and what sort of woman this is who is touching him, and she is a sinner."  Jesus said to him in reply, "Simon, I have something to say to you...Two people were in debt to a certain creditor; one owed five hundred days' wages and the other owed fifty.  Since they were unable to repay the debt, he forgave it for both.  Which of them will love him more? Simon said in reply, "The one, I suppose, whose larger debt was forgiven."  Jesus said, "You have judged rightly."
Most of us are more like Simon than like the woman.  It's far easier to see what is wrong in another than it is to see what is wrong in ourselves. One way that we might more easily come to acknowledge our own debt is to recall all the good God has done for us.  Perhaps one way to live this Gospel would be to sit down and make a list of all the good God has given you.  And then take some time to utter a prayer of loving thanks to this God who is so merciful and gracious to you.  (Living Liturgy, p.154)
Vincentian Meditation:
When reflecting on this incident in life of Our Lord, I have often thought that Simon was probably a smug and self-sufficient man.  For that reason he had little time for the poor woman who came to show her respect and reverence for Our Lord.  Self-sufficiency and smugness, or pride, fill our hearts in such a way that we have no room for Christ or his poor.  Perhaps that accounts for the importance which St.Vincent gave to the virtue of humility.  Humility has a way of emptying our hearts of ourselves and of exaggerated ideas about our own worth. If we are to love Our Lord, if we are to make room in our hearts and in our minds for him, we must ask for the grace of humility.  If we are to make room for the poor, if they are to feel at home with us, as the poor woman did with Christ, then we must first ask for the grace of humility. (McCullen, Deep Down Things, p. 248)
Discussion: (Share your thoughts after a moment of silence)
In what ways do you know that the poor "feel at home" with you?
Closing Prayer:                                                        
 Jesus, Evangelizer of the Poor, you call us to be your disciples,                          -may we be your true servants.
Jesus, show us how to make the poor feel at home with us,
 -give us eyes to see you in the broken and the poor.
Jesus, give us the spirit of humility,
 -make us true followers of Vincent and Frederic. Amen  

The Community Assistance will be closed from June 16, 2016-June 22, 2016,  will re-open , Thursday June 23, 2016.   All referrals, calls,  and e-mails will be responded to by close of business  on June 16, 2016.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact Devon Maddox.

  Project Cool  

Here are the guideline for this year's Project Cool Program:
  • ALL participating Conferences MUST enter ALL required information into SMS.  If a Conference does not have a computer and/or is unable to use SMS, please contact your District Council President and they will partner you with a Conference within your district to assist.
  • Fans are to be given to those seniors who are 60+ years or older and/or disabled.
  • If an individual is unable to come pick up the fans themselves, a family member is able to pick up the fans in their place.
  • If there are 2 seniors or 2 disabled persons in the household, 2 fans will be given to them both.
  • Anyone who meets the requirements and comes to your Conference for a fan, will be given one.  No one is to be turned away if they are not in your Conference Boundaries.
We do require that the Conference President or a designated representative of your Conference sign the attached MOU before we can approve you for this season.  Please return to Rachel Esposito at no later than Friday, May 27th, for ALL participating Conferences.
Once we received the MOU, we can approve you in SMS and you will be able to place an order for fans.  We do have fans in inventory and should be prepared to distribute fans to each site in preparation for the kick-off.  Please note that fans will be picked up at the Catholic Charities Guadalupe Center located on1801 W. Cesar Chavez Blvd, San Antonio, TX 78207.  Please note that The Guadalupe Center has addressed the parking and scheduling issues that took place last year.
If you have any questions at all, please contact Rachel Esposito at or (210) 220-2452.

 Training Schedule - Word Document

A Camp for Children of Active and Retired Military Families

A program of the San Antonio Council on Alcohol and  Drug Abuse (SACADA)

Summer is less than a month away and the San Antonio Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (SACADA) is getting ready for our annual Little Warriors Camp. Little Warriors Camp is a FREE fun, energetic camp for children of active and retired military. Children participate in games that teach team building and communication while also taking in lessons on life skills such as goal setting. Lunch and snacks are provided and the children take a field trip at the end of the week.
Camp dates are: 

June 13th - June 17th for ages 8yrs - 10yrs. 
June 20th - June 24th for ages 11yrs - 13yrs. 

Registration is open! Please contact Denise Smith at (210) 225-4741 or

The City of San Antonio has two car seat events scheduled for the month of June. These will be giveaway events, meaning parents can get free car seats for their children. Please inform your families needing seats and share with anyone else who may benefit from these events. These events are not limited to HS/EHS children or children who attend these centers - they are open to everyone.

Tuesday, June 28th  - 8:00am - 12:00pm

Inman Christian Center, 1214 Colima, SATX 78207 (Children with Medicaid only!)

Wednesday, June 29th - 9:00am - 11:00am

Carvajal ECC, 225 Arizona, SATX 78207
The events are by appointment. To schedule a parent for the events, I will need the following information:
Parent Name:
Child's Name:
Medicaid #:
Spanish or English?
Other Notes:
If you have any questions or need any additional information do not hesitate to get in touch! 
Katie Cunningham
Management Analyst, Health & Nutrition
| Content/Training & Technical Assistance
Head Start Division | Department of Human Services 
1227 Brady Blvd.
| San Antonio, Texas  78207

Does your Conference have any news, events, or any other information that you would like to share in the Friday Five? **Please note, that events can be advertised if they ONLY support the SVDP Conference.  Any events that are put on by a parish can no longer be advertised.**

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