At the first meeting of the St. Vincent de Paul Society at Fatima there were twelve parishioners and Fr. Angus MacLeod, spriritual advisor, in attendance. Fr. MacLeod informed the group that monies would be made available to the Society that had been previously designated to assist needy families of the parish. The money would continue to be used for the same purposes, but would now be under the direction of the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
In the summer of 1994, the Society held a flea market as their first fundraising event. The success of the event allowed the members to respond to the needs of many families and to pass out Christmas baskets to needy families of the parish. During the subsequent years, the Society continued to expand its mandate in carrying out the objectives of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. Activities included: visitation to those in need, purchase and delivery of groceries, furniture and clothing, purchase of medical supplies, providing help with transportation, providing communion to shut-ins of the parish and supporting both the local St. Vincent de Paul clothing depot and the local Food Bank in Sydney. The Christmas food basket continues as one of the annual activities of the Society.
The parish family is very grateful to all those dedicated volunteers who work so hard and do such good work. In the short history of the Society at Our Lady of Fatima, many individuals and families have received much needed assistance. The work of the St. Vincent de Paul Society will continue to be supported by the parish community and will, hopefully, expand and grow in the years ahead.
If you wish to assist the Saint Vincent De Paul Society, the group meets the second Monday of each Month at 6:00 pm in the basement of the Glebe House. New Members are welcome.
If you require the assistance of the Saint Vincent De Paul Society, please phone their volunteers at 902-562-8028.