Inspired by Gospel values and in the tradition of its patron, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul leads people to grow spiritually by offering person-to–person service to those who are needy and suffering.
Members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul are keenly aware that poverty, suffering and loneliness are present for many in our community. For that reason, we collaborate with all who seek to relieve need and address its causes.
We offer tangible assistance to those in need on a person-to-person basis. It is this personalized involvement that makes the work of the Society unique. This aid may take the form of intervention, consultation, or often through direct dollar or in-kind service. An essential precept of the work is to provide help while conscientiously maintaining the confidentiality and dignity of those who are served. The Society recognizes that it must assume, also, a role of advocacy for those who are defenseless or voiceless. Some 12 million persons are helped annually by Societies of St Vincent de Paul in the United States.
The list of services of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in the United States is endless. No work of charity is foreign to the Society. To quote our patron, St. Vincent de Paul:"Charity is infinitely inventive"
How to Get Help?
For assistance from the St. Patrick Church of Merna Society of St. Vincent de Paul, please call 309-585-1712.
How you can help?
Your Prayers - The needy and those in the St. Vincent de Paul ministry always appreciate that you keep them in your prayers.
Your Eyes and Ears - Be aware of those in need in around you every day. When you learn of such a person, encourage them to contact us.
Your Time and Talents - If you would like to join this ministry or for more information, please call 309-585-1712 or leave your name at the Welcome Center.
Your Treasures - If you would like to support this ministry financially, cash and check donations are accepted at the end of every Mass on the second Sunday of each month. Donations are also accepted through Online Giving or by using the designated envelope in your monthly envelope packet.
To donate a vehicle, please call - 800-322-8284 or www.svdpusacars.com. Vehicles of any age or in any condition are accepted!