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:

Bundle Sunday is scheduled for Jan 11 / 12, 2020 at St Leo the Great. 130 Watford St. Brooklin

NOTE:  We do not accept appliances, baby or regular furniture, books, dishes, mattresses, video tapes or construction material.  For more information visit

Spring/Summer Newsletter 2019

Since our last newsletter our treasurer Anabela Wardell suddenly and unexpectedly died.
She was a wonderful person and a dedicated Vincentian. She will be missed by anyone who was blessed to know her and whose path she passed. Please continue to offer prayers for her son Behlen ( the Light of her life) as he journeys through life. Anabela lived the Mission of the Society “To live the Gospel message by serving Christ in the poor with love, respect, justice and joy.
Our conference has another Bundle Sunday on May 11 and 12 which is Mother’s Day weekend. Spring has arrived and time to start spring cleaning, so this is a perfect place to bring your clothing and linens that you no longer want. We DO NOT ACCEPT appliances, baby or regular furniture, books, mattresses, dishes, construction material or video tapes. The Oshawa store is located at 15 Albert St. in Oshawa. It is open Tuesday to Friday 10am to 4pm and Saturday 10am to 3pm. It is always wise before you visit to be sure that the store is open. The telephone number is: 905-723-3952.
The St. Vincent Pallotti Kitchen also has a thrift store at 51 King St. E. in Oshawa. Revenue from this store helps support the kitchen. It is open Monday to Friday 9:30am to 5:30pm.Their telephone number is 905-434-7543.
Our conference will also be participating in the Parish Bazaar/Garage Sale on Saturday
May 11, 8:30am to 3:00pm. We will hold a silent auction so drop by ,say hello and place a bid. There will also be bacon on a bun for breakfast and barbeque hamburgers for lunch offered by the Knights of Columbus. The Mothers’ Group and Net team will offer plenty of games for the young people of the parish to participate in and the CWL will have a bake and candy table, craft table, book table. There will be many other booths available. There will be something for everybody. All money made will support the Youth Ministries of our Parish.
This event is for the whole family to come out and have fun at the same time as you are supporting a good cause.
Now is the time to apply for one of the Saint Vincent de Paul Camps. Camp Ozanam is for boys aged 6 to 13 years and Marygrove Camp for girls aged 5 to 13 years. This is an overnight camp for underprivileged children. For further information call our help line and leave a message: 905-655-3286 ext. 221.
A special thanks to all who supported the poverty meal. Thanks to the CWL who provided the soup and organized the event. Thanks to the Catholic Schools in Brooklin whose staff, students and parents participated. The money raised at the Poverty Meal was donated to our conference. It goes a long way to help those in our community who need some assistance. Without your support through donations to the poor box, and the ongoing support of the CWL and Knights of Columbus we would not be able to do the works we do.

Recent Pictures:

Christmas Angel project 2018.





Stephen Collins, account executive from Purolator Pickering
giving a donation of food gift cards.