Society of Saint Vincent de Paul

St. Leo the Great Brooklin Conference

(905) 655-3286 ext. 221

We are volunteers with the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic organization that has, for over 170 years, been assisting those in need.  We are members of St. Leo the Great Roman Catholic Church parish.  Our Christian faith and beliefs call us to serve God by serving those in need.

We are not a government service and do not receive any government funding.  The material assistance we are able to provide in our home visits is due to the generosity of our parishioners who kindly deposit cash donations into the Society of St. Vincent de Paul collection box at the church after Mass.

  • The motto of the Society is “to live the Gospel message by serving Christ in the poor with love, respect, justice and joy”.

As members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, we reach out to our neighbours in need through direct, person-to-person contact because of our faith and commitment to the Gospel’s message to bring compassion and love to those in need…

…“And the King will answer, “In truth I tell you, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me.” Matthew 25

  • When a person calls seeking assistance, two Society members visit the person to find out how we can best help them; generally on an emergency, short-term basis. In some cases it may be with food or clothing vouchers.
  • In all cases, we bring compassion, respect, and hope. The confidentiality of all cases is strictly upheld and ensured.
  • If you need assistance, please call the Vincent de Paul Society, Brooklin Conference at (905) 655-3286 and press #221 to leave a message.We are always looking for new members. Please call our president, Peggy Primeau, if you would like more information. 905-655-9692

How to join:

Please call our president, Peggy Primeau, if you would like more information. 905-655-9692

Upcoming Events:

The Annual Marygrove Camp collection will take place at the Saturday & Sunday masses June 9 and 10 2018.

Camp sign-up starts April 11,2018 for Marygrove (girls) and Ozanam(boys). For information call 905-655-3286 ext. 221.

See camp Schedule


Christmas Angel Project is sponsored by our parishioners for our Neighbours in Need.  Gifts are purchased for participants in the project and are delivered  just prior to Christmas. If you wish to have your family participate return the completed form to the parish

Print and complete Christmas Angel Project Request Form



1. The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul is present in 140 countries.
2. The number of volunteer hours donated in Canada in 2017 was 1,546,423.
3. The number of people served in Canada last year were 349,614.
The annual collection for Marygrove Camp for girls aged 5-13 was held in early June. Thanks
to your generosity several girls will attend camp who otherwise would not be able to afford
the cost.
Our April Bundle Sunday collection was a big success. The truck was almost full. If you have
gently used clothing and footwear that you would like to donate but do not have space to
store until our next collection, you can bundle in bags and drop off in the Saint Vincent de
Paul boxes behind St. Mary of the People Church at Stevenson and Rossland in Oshawa.
WHAT IS NEW? We want to congratulate Maureen Kerr of our conference who recently
became the president of the Durham Council of Saint Vincent de Paul. Our prayers are with
her as she takes on this commitment of four years.
On Thursday June 21 we hosted the Durham Council monthly meeting. We
thank Father Forget for saying mass, Sandy Yatabe for serving as lector and the CWL for
providing refreshments.
UPCOMING EVENTS: In September members of the CWL and Knights of Columbus will join us
in serving dinner at the St. Vincent Kitchen in Oshawa on the third Friday of each month.
In November several of our members will attend a workshop on Social
Justice. It is being organized by Danny Bourne the V.P. of the Toronto Central Council.
We are starting to plan for our annual Christmas Angel project. We have
set tentative dates. More information will follow in October.
A small committee is developing a pamphlet that will explain to potential “Neighbours in Need”
how we may be able to support them. These brochures will be distributed to the schools and
throughout our community.
We are planning to work closer with Holy Family and St. John the Evangelist conferences in
the fall. They are very busy conferences with a high demand for service and if we can offer a
lending hand we would like to do so.

It is the mission of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul to live the Gospel message by serving Christ in the poor with love, respect, justice and joy.
We have had a busy winter with several new volunteers joining our conference. New members are giving us renewed enthusiasm and energy, new ideas and the people power to expand the services which we can provide our community and parish.
In December we held a successful Christmas Angel Drive which thanks to the generosity of our parishioners enabled us to help provide 8 families from the Brooklin area and 14 families from St. Gertrude’s parish in Oshawa with a much happier Christmas than they would have otherwise had.
Our first Bundle Sunday drive was held January 14/15. We had an almost full truck of used clothing and household items to donate to the SVDP thrift shop in Oshawa.

BUNDLE SUNDAY: Our next Bundle Sunday weekend is April 21/22. We will be collecting gently used clothing, footwear and linens to be sold at the Saint Vincent de Paul thrift shop at 15 Albert St. Oshawa. The parish conference also gives vouchers to “ Neighbours In Need “ in our community who need to purchase items from the store.
CAMP OZANAM and MARYGROVE CAMP: We will soon be completing applications for summer camp for boys aged 7-12 and girls aged 5-13. The camps are fully subsidized. They are an opportunity for children to enjoy a camping experience who may not otherwise be able to do so. Families who are experiencing financial or domestic hardships can apply. The camps are NOT PEANUT FREE and can not accept children with severe allergies or other severe medical conditions. For more information contact HELP LINE: 905-655- 3286 ext. 221

Thank you to all who donate to Saint Vincent de Paul through the POOR BOX. Your donations are our major source of income.
Thank you CWL and the Knights of Columbus for all your support not only financially but in so many other ways as well.
Thank you, Magda Nowak, parish secretary for all your help. Do not know what we would do without you.
Thank You Father Forget for your ongoing support of our Saint Vincent de Paul Conference.

Recent Pictures:

Bundle Sunday April 2018.