Society of St. Vincent de Paul
Friday, June 24, 2016

July 3, 2016

Gospel: (Luke 10:1-12,17-20)

At that time the Lord appointed seventy-two others whom he sent ahead of him in pairs to every town and place he intended to visit. He said to them, "The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few; so ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his havest. Go on your way ; behold I am sending you like lambs among wolves. Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals; and greet no one along the way...Whatever town you enter and they welcome you, eat what is set before you, cure the sick in it and say to them, 'The kingdom of God is at hand for you.'"


In the gospel the disciples are "sent ahead" of Jesus, not so much with a mission to do as to be ambassadors for Jesus. The respect and honor that are due Jesus are extended also to Jesus' disciples and this is how God's kingdom is "at hand." When God's kingdom is present there is peace and healing. We do everything because we are disciples of Jesus and act in his name. It is in Christ's presence through us that peace and joy are spread. Mission is being sent to be Christ for others. (Living Liturgy, p.168)

Vincentian Meditation:

"I am sure that many of you have discovered in your work for the poor that, while their material needs are often great, their spiritual needs may be greater still. I am sure, too, that many of you have discovered that on many occasions, when the poor present a problem to you or seek your advice, you come eventually to realize that their real need is not your advice, but rather the sympathy of your listening heart. Often I feel that I have given advice to people when what they were really asking for was understanding and compassion. They were seeking a listening heart rather than a speaking bureau of information." (McCullen, Deep Down Things,p. 538-9)

Discussion: (Share your thoughts on the readings after a moment of silence.)

How have you found that your service indeed demands a "listening heart?"

Closing Prayer:

O God, give us the grace to be your disciples:

When the poor are lonely,
-may we bring your presence.
When the poor are burdened by worries,
-may we bring comfort in your love.
When the poor are sick or in pain,
-may we bring your healing and strength.
When the poor come to us,
-may they find a listening heart.

Please contact Mary Esther Jockers at or B.J. Polk at if you would like to host a class or have any questions in regards to the training.

2016-2017 Training Schedule Document

Click the Map Link above for the July 21st Training.  Please enter your location and you will be guided to the OLOG - Helotes House of Neighborly Service.  
There are burnt orange gates & fence at entrance.

   St Vinnys Bistro News

First time volunteers, Farmers Bureau Bank came in to serve lunch on Thursday, June 23rd!  We are excited for them to join the St Vinnys Bistro Team!

Meating the Need Update - June 2016

Wednesday, June 22nd was Chicken Fried Steak night at the St Vinnys Bistro! We served 432 plates of Chicken Fried Steak with Cream Gravy and Green Beans, all provided by Meating the Need.  The plate was rounded out with mashed potatoes and a big chocolate chip cookie for dessert.  

4 Our Kids
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Archdiocesan Council will be sponsoring the 4 Our Kids back to school program again for the upcoming school year. The purpose of this communication is to determine if your Conference wishes to participate in the 4 Our Kids back to school program.
This program is designed to assist low income children with backpacks and school supplies.
This program is funded by a grant from the Harvey Najim Family Foundation. We will do our best to allocate adequate funding to Conferences who wish to participate.
The program parameters will be the same as last year.  Please see below for program requirements:

All participating children must be entered into SMS by specified date.


Please contact Rachel Esposito if you are unable to enter the data in SMS.
Please be sure that the children's full address including zip code and ethnicity are being entered into SMS.

 Participating Conferences will receive funding to purchase backpacks and school supplies. All funds must be used for this purpose in full or returned to the Council.

All original, itemized, receipts must be returned into the Council office in order to comply with the requirements of the grant.

Conferences will need to provide a total number of volunteer hours spent administering the 4 Our Kids Back to School Program.

Conferences will provide a final report on specified date along with photos and stories of how the backpacks helped a family.

If your Conference would like to participate in the 4 Our Kids Program, please call or email Rachel Esposito at (210) 220-2452 or Rachel.esposito@svdpsa.orgNO LATER than MONDAY, JUNE 27TH.Please provide an estimate of how many children your Conference will include in the program this year.  

  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.


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.**

If so, please email Rachel Esposito at to be include in the next edition of the Friday  Five! All information must be submitted by 3:00 pm on Wednesday. Thank you. 

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Please continue prayers for Council Treasurer, Langston Rodge, during his difficult illness. 

Please continue praying for Yolanda and Ramiro Ramirez, Angela Angel and Gloria de Luna,  all from St. Ann's Conference  who are experiencing health issues.