Donation Drive This Weekend: April 22, 23 & 24

This weekend there are several Donation Drives scheduled starting today, Friday, April 22, at St. Theresa, 433 Benton Street, Palatine.

Then on Saturday, April 23 & 24, the St. Theresa Donation Drive continues and St. Linus, 10300 S Lawler Avenue, Oak Lawn, and St. Daniel the Prophet, 5300 S Natoma, Chicago begin.

Please remember to donate with dignity gently used items. To see upcoming Donation Drives please visit our website at

Earth Week “Invest in the Planet” & “Invest in Our Homeless Friends in Need”

This week is Earth Week and the theme is “Invest In Our Planet”. So what does Earth Week have to do with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul you might ask? Well, let us share a few informational facts and tidbits.

During Earth Week, we are educated through social media, television, podcasts, and so on, on our environment, climate change, recycling, etc. Our Homeless Friends in Need encounter many of today’s environmental hazards from soil and water contamination, air and noise pollution, and being exposed to severe weather events.

Because of climate change, our Homeless Friends in Need are susceptible to illness and death, again mainly because of the air pollution and any underlying respiratory and cardiovascular conditions which they might have that are most likely never seen by a medical professional. Sadly, those that are sheltered or unsheltered, the short- and long-term homeless, will experience negative health outcomes.

We have been able to take every day recyclable items and make them into something useful for the homeless. At the Mt. Greenwood Community Church they started a “beds for the Homeless ministry. They help the homeless by recycling plastic bags into mats! They meet once a week and make mats that provide a bit of cushion and are moisture resistant on a cold wet ground.

A local carpenter in Chicago was featured on ABC7 Chicago in November 2020. He was born and raised in the Robert Taylor Homes and now, besides being a carpenter for a living, builds tiny homes for the homeless. He uses extra pieces of scrap materials from jobs that will be tossed out and purchases necessary items with donations he receives, to build tiny “studio” size buildings for the many who live on the street.

So how can you help our environment and our Homeless Friends in Need:

·     Save your plastic grocery store bags. Find a local ministry that makes plastic mats for the homeless. Did you know it takes hundreds of bags to make a mat? These ministries can never have enough.

·     For those who are carpenters, reach out and lend a hand, use your experience and consider donating time to help build small shelters for the homeless. Reach out to community organizations. See if there’s a need for this type of project in your community. If not, find a place that has a need.

·     For the rest of us, maybe we don’t use plastic bags at the grocery store because we have our own reusable bags. Maybe we are not builders. So how can we help? A monetary donation to Investing in Our Homeless Friends in Need program can help a thousand times over. Something as small as $5 can mean the world to someone who has nothing.

We hope during Earth Week you will “Invest In Our Planet” and consider “Investing in Our Homeless Friends in Need”. Click on the link below to make a difference in someone’s life.

Be a part of something special.

May 8 Is Mother’s Day. Did You Get Your SVdP Mother’s Day Card Yet?

Mother’s Day …. A yearly celebration where we celebrate that special woman in our lives who has loved us unconditionally

SVdP Chicago is excited to offer a Mother’s Day card for that special woman in your life this Mother’s Day. Someone’s mother could be an Aunt, Grandmother, Friend, etc. Whoever this special person is, let her know that you’re thinking of her this Mother’s Day and appreciate everything she has done for you with this unique, one-of-a-kind card.

Proceeds from the sale of these cards will go towards providing clothing, food and other necessities to help our friends in need.

We will hand address and sign the card/s from YOU! This is a 5×7 double sided full color professionally printed card (see above) that will be mailed in a red envelope. The cards are $10 each.

Let’s work together to to eliminate homelessness in Chicago and Cook and Lake Counties in Illinois in 2022.

Thank you in advance for your kindness and support.

CLICK HERE to order your Mother’s Day Card today!

Happy St. Joseph’s Day

A St. Joseph’s Day message from the SVdP-Chicago Volunteer President, Harry Ohde:

St. Joseph’s Day

Celebrating the Greatest Father Figure

We gather together at the table to feast in celebration of the greatest step-father known to mankind; St. Joseph, Jesus’ step-father.

St. Joseph, the patron saint of workers, who was a life long partner of Mary, watching over both Mary and Jesus. No questions asked, he answered God’s call to be a father to our Savior. His example of a father figure is celebrated throughout the world on St. Joseph’s Day.

Amidst the mass, wearing red, and the over abundance of food presented at St. Joseph’s tables, let’s take a moment to consider the meaning of a father, or step-father as you will.

Many of us know the experience and feeling of getting married. Together with this person we love and are dedicated to, we witness the joy of bringing a child into the world. Watching that child grow, and at times seeing yourself in that child. Whether it be the same eyes, the whimsical look or common gestures, you see yourself in this child. This miracle that is a part of you. How can you not love and protect them? You spend many years teaching them, watching over them, and making them a priority. Afterall, that is what being a parent is all about.

Now, imagine a young woman with child and you take on the responsibility to be her husband, and help raise her child. You escort her across the dessert and settle on a manger as the birthplace. Helpless in some ways, yet called to love and protect, you witness the birth of a child you did not create. From before the moment this child is born, you love them. You spend the rest of your days putting this child first, guided by God’s wisdom, you remain attentive, loving and caring to this child and his mother. That is the true meaning of a father – unconditional love.

As we prepare for our St. Joseph’s Day celebrations, let us keep in mind, and maybe rethink the phrase step-father. Maybe step is not intended to “remove” the connection, maybe it is meant to mean “stepping up to the plate”. Dedicating yourself to someone else for the greater cause of all mankind.

May you be blessed always, and may your hearts always be thankful for St. Joseph answering his call – stepping up to the plate.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day

Celebrating St. Patrick 

We all have a little Irish in us! As the corned beef cooks, the beer flows freely, and the Chicago River turns green, the celebration of St. Patrick’s day is paramount. For one day a year, we are all Irish! As we gather with friends and family, attending religious services, feasting with food and drink and watch one of the most attended parades, we celebrate life! We celebrate the goodness God has bestowed upon us all from an Irish perspective.  

St. Patrick, a 5th-century missionary to Ireland brought Christianity to many parts of Ireland. Simply put he spread the word of God. St. Patrick is known for his protection from evil. As we prepare to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, let us all remember his prayer:  

May the strength of God pilot us.

May the Power of God preserve us.

May the wisdom of God instruct us.

May the Hand of God protect us.

May the Way of God direct us.

May the Shield of God defend us.

May the Host of God guard us.

Against the snares of the evil ones,

Against temptations of the world.

May Christ be with us!

May Christ be for us!

May Christ be in us.

Christ be over all!

May Thy Salvation, Lord

Always be ours,

This day, O Lord and evermore. Amen.  

A very blessed St. Patrick’s Day to ALL! 

God Bless,

Harry Ohde, Volunteer President – SVdP Chicago

In Remembrance of Fr. Bill Gubbins

It is with a heavy heart that we share the passing of Fr. Bill Gubbins, Spiritual Advisor at the St. Elizabeth Seton Conference in Orland Hills. 

Fr. Bill will be waked at St. Elizabeth Seton Church tomorrow, Friday, March 18, from 3:00pm to 9:00pm, with funeral services Saturday morning at 10:00am. The conference has elected to mourn in private and no prayer service will be held at the wake. We were blessed to have had Fr. Bill as a Spiritual Advisor.

Please keep Fr. Bill, his family, and the St. Elizabeth Seton Conference in your prayers. May he Rest in Peace. 

Please click on the link below for Fr. Bill’s obituary:

Wishing You Nothing but the Best Lorraine!

As many of you are aware, Lorraine Parisi, our Director of Operations, is leaving SVdP. Today is her last day. We cannot thank her enough for all that she has done for the Society in helping us reach some of our goals and expand what we can offer to our friends in need. Lorraine has been the “key” to keeping things running flawlessly. She will be missed.

Take care Lorraine and all the best from your friends at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul-Chicago. Don’t hesitate stopping by to pay us a visit or giving us a call!

God Bless,

Harry Ohde
Volunteer President
St. Vincent de Paul Chicago/ADC

Below is a message that Lorraine has asked us to share with everyone…
To My St. Vincent de Paul Family,

Sometimes in life, God places us in a certain position with certain people for the sake of His plan. I am so grateful that God called me to serve the Society. My intention was to work hard to help others. Knowing from personal experience as a child how it feels to be in need; food and clothing, I felt I would really understand and make a difference. 

Funny how things turn out. After 5+ years of working for the Society, and the privilege to help our friends in need, in the end, I realized that I was the one being helped. What I have learned about life, spirituality and myself is priceless. Simply put, I am leaving a better person than when I first came on board. 

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is not just a place that people go to get assistance, it is a place where hearts are healed, minds are expanded, friendships are built, and God presents miracles each and every day. It is a place where if you are quiet and listen, you can hear God whisper and give you guidance. It is a place where an inner peace will rest in your soul. 

It has been my humbled privilege to work with the most amazing people I have ever met. Dedicated, hard working employees. A team of kindred spirits that work from their heart and not their pocketbook. A place where all are welcomed into the SVdP family. Dignity and respect are at the core of the culture. 

My next chapter is yet to be defined. But what is defined is the blessings I received from the Society. 

May God bless the Society and all those that enter through its door always. 

Kindest regards, 

Lorraine Parisi
Director of Operations
Society of St. Vincent de Paul Chicago ADC

Weekly Lenten Reflection Series

The Weekly Lenten Reflection Series is a great way to educate ourselves on Catholic Social Teaching, our Vincentian vocation and homelessness. Below is a list of upcoming events.
Please make special note that on March 16, Pam Matambanadzo and Dave McNaughton from the Chicago Council District IV will be presenters.

Weekly Lenten Reflection Series

Join the National Formation Director and the Voice of the Poor for a series of Lenten reflections on Wednesday evenings beginning March 9, on Catholic Social teaching, homelessness, and our Vincentian response. We will explore how we are collaborating with other organizations to serve the whole person as well as unmet needs. 

CLICK HERE to register

·         March 9: Reflection: Catholic Social Teaching and Our Vincentian Vocation

·         March 16: Presenters: Pam Matambanadzo & Dave McNaughton – Chicago Council District IVGuest: Alderman Cappleman (46th Ward), Presenter: Miguel Santos – Buffalo NY

 ·         March 23: Presenters: Elmira Roque – Diocese of San Diego, Gloria Hyden: Ozanam Center – Food Mission, District Council of Memphis, TN

·         March 30: Presenters: Sally Wolfe – Denver, Co, Alicia Reyes – St Vincent de Paul Planada, Sacred Heart, Plana, California

·         April 6: Reflection: The Good Samaritan: Who Was the Neighbor? 

CLICK HERE to read more

Vincentian Reflections on the Stations of the Cross

Please join our Vincentian family in the Vincentian Reflections on the Stations of the Cross during this Lenten Season. Please click on the link below for the English version.


Únase a nuestra familia Vicentina en las Reflexiones Vicencianas sobre las Estaciones de la Cruz durante esta Cuaresma.
Por favor, haga clic en el enlace de abajo para la versión en español.


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