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. 905-493-0184.

How to join:

Please call our president, Peggy Primeau, if you would like more information. 905-493-0184

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April 2, 2020
Dear Parishioner of St Leo the Great

The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul typically does not write to donors except to provide income tax receipts and thank you letters on behalf of the persons we serve.  We do however find ourselves in the unusual situation of being without our weekly collections from the Society’s “Poor Boxes” as a result of the parishes being closed during this health crisis.

As we continue to provide assistance to our neighbours in need, we are hoping that you may be inspired by this unsolicited note from one of our regular donors:  “I have been a long-time supporter of Saint Vincent de Paul and contribute weekly through my local parish. It is a great organization that carries out important work. Masses have been suspended so I will have to remember to continue my donations online as I’m sure funds are needed now more than ever.”

Realizing that many people are facing difficult times, we thank you in advance for your consideration. Donations can be made to the Society in the following ways:

  1. Send a cheque to the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul at our parish office or c/o: Alf Amson, Treasurer 65 Sadler Cres. Port Perry, On L9L 1T3.
  2. Go on-line to the Society’s website and click on “Donate Now”,
    donating by credit card through Canada Helps; please note the name of our Conference:
    Society of Saint Vincent de Paul, St Leo the Great Parish.
  3. Call our Society’s Central Council office at 416 364-5577 and donate by credit card, again stipulating the name of our local Society of Saint Vincent de Paul at St Leo the Great Parish.

We wish you good health and thank you for your assistance in supporting our Neighbours in Need.

Peggy Primeau.  Conference President.  Society of St. Vincent de Paul.  St Leo the Great Parish.

                                              The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul

                                                   St. Leo The Great Conference

                                                        Winter 2020, Newsletter

I apologize for not writing a fall newsletter. In June I fell and dislocated my right shoulder. In early December I had surgery of my right hand for a contracture. One never appreciates what they have until they lose it. This experience as difficult as it has been at times has made me more aware of the Blessings that I have in my life, including good health, a supportive family and friends. Thanks to physiotherapy and the support and prayers of many I am now regaining the use of my right arm and hand and soon expect to be able to safely drive again.

Throughout these many months the dedicated Vincentians of our conference filled the gap and continued to provide our many “Neighbours in Need” with visits and a listening ear, as required. Our annual Christmas Angel drive, thanks to our parishioners, was a success. Our

First Bundle Sunday of the year will be the weekend of January 11/12. The next one will be in May. 

A special thanks to the staff, students and parents of St. Bridget Catholic School who again held a successful 12 Day of Christmas food drive. Thanks to them the food cupboard of St. John the Evangelist and Holy Family in Whitby are full and the 28 families that St. Leo the Great provided Christmas gifts and food cards for Christmas dinner were all provided with an additional gift of food items.

We are planning a recruitment campaign in the spring and hope that some of you will answer the calling and join our enthusiastic, dedicated Vincentians in this important service to the less fortunate within our community. You will be given training and when on a home visit you will always have a partner. If you are interested or have any questions about the role of the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul please call me (Peggy Primeau) at 905-493-0184.

We continue to be blessed with the support of the Knights of Columbus, CWL and the wonderfully generous parishioners of St. Leo the Great. Thank You and Blessings in 2020.

Recent Pictures:

Christmas Angel project 2018.

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