St Cadoc’s conference of the Society has been in existence for many years (1991) serving the congregation of our church. It is solely funded by the donations provided by our congregation for which we thank you most sincerely.
As a charitable organization, we conform to the Charity Commission rules and regulations, particularly by submitting annual accounts for independent audit. All members are fully approved by Disclosure Scotland.
In our work, we undertake to reach out to the sick and elderly of our parish. We also try to assist people in need, both practically and spiritually by offering help and advice on ways of improving their position. A visible sign of our efforts is the taxi service which ensures that our parishioners can attend mass.
In recent years, the Society in general have developed a scheme whereby conferences can assist poor parishes overseas. In this endeavour we play our part by providing financial aid to our twinned conferences, one in India, the other in South Africa.
Contact with our conference can be made either through our Spiritual Director, Mon. Thomas J. Monaghan, parish house. Tel: 0141 639 1073, or by speaking with a member managing the boxes after mass.
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Finally, we welcome potential new members who have an interest in aiding our efforts to serve the parish. We meet in the church hall at 7.30pm on the first and third Tuesday of the month.
Statements of Accounts 2012-2017 are available on request.
Records of relief and visits are also available on request.
The Society of St Vincent de Paul, or SSVP, is a worldwide confederation of national charities with about 750,000 members. Membership is open to men and women, young and old.
The Society was started by a young student in 1833 in post-revolutionary Paris, during a time of great poverty and social upheaval. A group of Catholic students at the Sorbonne University were challenged to show their Christian faith in action. Led by 20-year old Frederic Ozanam, they formed a small group, called the “Conference of Charity” and began to offer their time and resources to address the suffering of the poor around them. These first members were mostly in their early 20’s, except for one, a 40-year old journalist, who offered them a place to meet at his office.
In the early days, they were greatly helped by Sister Rosalie Rendu, a Daughter of Charity, from the congregation of Sisters founded by St Vincent de Paul in the 17th century. With her local knowledge, she brought the members of the new group into contact with the poor of Paris. Frederic and his friend chose St Vincent, well-known for his work with the poor, as the patron of their Society.
The SSVP reached Scotland in 1845 and has spread all over the world. Groups today are still known as “Conferences.” Now, there are around 300 ‘conferences’ across Scotland, with approximately 2100 members. The SSVP asks that members accept fully the Christian ethos of the SSVP, and are committed to express their love of God through personal service to their neighbour. They respect religious liberty and values of all people and offer help to anyone in need. The SSVP operates in branches, called Conferences, based on local parishes, schools and universities. They meet regularly to review their work as well as allocating future work in a spirit of prayer and mutual support. The work of a Conference is usually concentrated on local visiting, however other activities may include “special works”, which serve people in a wider area, or give more specialised help in a certain aspect of the work.
In Scotland, their 2100 voluntary members make about 140,000 visits each year. The distinctive feature of the SSVP is person to person contact. This is a fundamental part of the SSVP ethos, and so they do not make donations to any work in which members are not personally involved. Where appropriate they offer material or financial assistance to help those in need to overcome crises and develop longer-term solutions to their problems.