Vinnie’s – Thank You Message

Vinnie’s Winter Appeal

Each year, our Winter Appeal plays a vital role in enabling the good works of the Society and, with your support, we hope to achieve a strong result so we can continue serving the community.

The Hoppers Crossing North Conference provide food, clothing, furniture and financial support, to families and households in need throughout our local area. With the current homelessness crisis, the assistance we provide for people experiencing hardship this Winter will be needed more than ever.

Parishioners can donate to our Hoppers Crossing North Conference in the collection which will be held on the 05/06 August, online via HERE!


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Vinnies Giving Tree Thank You

Our Vinnies Conference thank the St James Community for their generous support of $2417, we gifted Coles Grocery Cards to 45 less fortunate families in our area.

Thank you to IGA Wyndham Vale for their $880.75 Charity Chest Donation. Special thanks also to Gerry & Cherry for once again providing us with a magnificent “Giving Tree” complete with envelopes for donations & sweets for the children .


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St James Christmas Giving Tree

Your CASH donation will greatly assist our Vinnies Conference to purchase Gift cards for those families within our Parish Schools and St James Parish Community who need a hand up during this Christmas season.

Envelopes are available from the Giving Tree in the Narthex of the church.  Kindly return via the Donation Box in the Bookshelves next to the Piety Stall.


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St Vincent de Paul’s Flood Appeal is being conducted to assist those who have been affected by the devastating floods particularly in the north of Vic.

Contributions can be mad by:

– Calling 13 18 12

– visit

– making a monetary donation through any Vinnies Shops at point of purchase, or

– via your local IGA where the purchase of a token supports the recovery of Victorians devastated by these recent floods.


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Last Tuesday evening was a very blessed event for the St Vincent de Paul Society, as over 100 members and volunteers from the Society gathered at St James the Apostle Church for the annual Altona Region Festival Mass.  The Mass brought together members and volunteers from 23 different Parish Conferences, Vinnies Stores, soup vans and educational programs from across the region, which covers an area from Werribee to Deer Park, to as far afield as Footscray, Williamstown and Port Melbourne.

This was the first time in three years that we had been able to gather like this, and there was such a sense of joy among the congregation at finally being able enjoy this face to face interaction once again.  At the Mass, new presidents were formally commissioned, while members and volunteers were formally commissioned and re-commissioned, to carry out the St Vincent de Paul Society’s mission of bringing the light of Christ’s love to people in need.

All aspects of the Mass were truly beautiful and moving. We were so blessed to have such beautiful music provided by the Parish music ministry team.  Father Jude’s Homily was a source of inspiration, as he spoke about the work carried out by the Society across Australia, and the wonderful spirit of generosity among local communities affected by the recent floods.

The Mass concluded with presentations of long service badges and an acknowledgement of the service of our retired members.  Nearly 100 long service badges were awarded, which included four members celebrating 50 years of service in the Society.  In all, the service badges awarded totalled over 1100 years of service to people in need!

Following Mass, we all gathered to socialise and share stories – once again, marvelling at the fact that we could actually chat face to face, rather than via phone or a computer screen!  The camaraderie and spirit among all members and volunteers was so strong, and as we all went our separate ways at he end of the night, we felt energised and inspired to continue on the work of the Society and try to emulate the work and spirit of our founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam.

We are so grateful to the Parish of St James the Apostle for hosting this Mass, and for the amazing work done by all of the members of the Hoppers Crossing North Conference in organising this event.


Kind regards,

Rohan Smith| Mission & Spirituality Co-ordinator
St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria

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Vinnies Christmas Appeal

Christmas is in the air!  We all look forward to a joyful and festive Christmas; sadly, due to the impact of the pandemic on many families, Christmas may not be so happy.

To send a message of hope, a fundraiser for Vinnies has been organised to assist them in making Christmas more meaningful to families in our area.  Donations can be directed to this LINK.

This Christmas appeal for Vinnies will take the place of our Christmas Giving Tree and will end on Fri 03 Dec.


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