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St. Vincent de Paul Society

Purpose

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is an international Catholic organization founded in 1833 by Frederic Ozanam and his companions. Placed under the patronage of St. Vincent de Paul, the Society derives its inspiration from his thinking and work. It seeks, in a spirit of justice and charity and by person-to-person involvement of its members, to help those who are suffering.

The St. Vincent High School organization strives to follow the adult Society. They pledge to pray for the poor and participate in activities designed to help the poor.

“Service” is the slogan for St. Vincent High School this year. The High School Society has pledged to help the St. Vincent de Paul-Ladies of Charity Food Pantry this year and to assist the Parish St. Vincent de Paul Society. Each student in the Junior and Senior High School has been asked to donate a food item each week of the school year. They have also pledged to supply a student to help the pantry every Monday morning to help the Ladies of Charity serve the poor in Perry County. In addition, high school members are asked to sign up to help man the Parish St. Vincent de Paul Society Thrift Store and furniture Distribution Center on Saturday mornings.

The young men also collect aluminum cans and recycle them for funds to run the organization and donate accumulated funds to the poor. Any high school young man is eligible to join the organization.

Faculty Moderator

Mr. John McLain

Officers 

President: Ethan Leible
Vice President: Carson Leible
Secretary/Treasurer: Gabe Anders
Junior Rep: Jacob Hennemann
Sophomore Rep: Braden Pech
Freshman Rep: Jace Hennemann

Membership and Expectations

All young men in grades 9-12 are eligible for membership. To be an officer, students must have a "C" average, no significant behavior issues, and regular participation in events.

Every member of St. Vincent de Paul Society is expected to meet the following criteria to maintain an active membership in the organization. Failure to do so may result in removal from the organization. 

Dues

$10.00

Meetings 

  • September 9, 2021
  • November 18, 2021
  • January 13, 2022
  • February 9, 2022
  • March 16, 2022
  • April 28, 2022

Upcoming Events 

SVDP Parish Food Drive: October 11-18, 2021

Induction Ceremony: September 27, 2021 - 8:00 a.m. Mass

All members will be inducted and officers installed following Mass. Members are asked to dress up in a shirt and tie.

Soup Kitchen: November 24, 2021

Every year for Thanksgiving members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society travel up to St. Louis to a soup kitchen to serve the needy for the holiday. The young men start their day by going to mass at the New Cathedral. They then head over to a soup kitchen in downtown St. Louis. This past year, the young men served with the Daughters of Charity. They had a great experience by not only serving food but preparing food, doing yard work for the sisters around the house, setting up a Nativity set in the front lawn, and organizing all of the food that was in stock. This is a great service for the Daughters of Charity and a great experience for the young men. Many of our students look forward to this trip every year right before Thanksgiving. 

Annual May Procession: May 1, 2022 - 1:00 p.m. 

Members will participate in the Annual May Procession. Line-up is at 12:30 p.m. and the procession begins at 1:00 p.m. at the Shrine Church.

 

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SV Schools Show Me Dough Fundraiser

St. Vincent Schools will be participating in the Show Me Dough Fundraiser, which consists of butter braids, pizza, and...Read More

SV Schools Show Me Dough Fundraiser

St. Vincent Schools will be participating in the Show Me Dough Fundraiser, which consists of butter braids, pizza, and cookie dough. The fundraiser begins November 23 and ends December 10. The money raised will be used for SV School Security and Track Team. The delivery date is December 21 from 3:30-6:00 p.m. in the elementary cafeteria. Just in time for your Christmas celebrations.

We are encouraging each student to sell 10 items. As always thank you for all you do and your support! Questions, email Emily Hager at ehager@svdepaul.org.

Message from Fr. Joe
As superintendent of Saint Vincent Schools, it is my responsibility to ensure the safety of our students and staff and act in the best interest of our...Read More

Message from Fr. Joe

As superintendent of Saint Vincent Schools, it is my responsibility to ensure the safety of our students and staff and act in the best interest of our schools.

I had hoped that we could begin this school year with normalcy rather than with masks and quarantines but it seems that the pandemic has not yet finished with us. It is still my goal to provide as much in-school learning as possible.

As part of the Archdiocese of St. Louis and citizens of Perry County, we are obliged to cooperate with the Perry County Health Department and follow the guidelines they provide. The Health Department has threatened to report any noncompliance of our school to various agencies including the Missouri High School Athletic Association which could result in the disqualification of our school from interscholastic sports competition. While I do not care for such threats, it is not in the best interest of our school nor our students to risk that outcome.

In my view, it is not proper for St. Vincent Schools to become an enforcing agent of the health department's quarantine orders. That is a civil matter, not a school matter. However, providing a safe environment for faculty, staff, and students is very much a school matter.

This past week a significant number of our students were ordered to quarantine by the health department. Subsequently, the health department notified us of their quarantine order. A few parents chose to disobey the quarantine order and send their children to school without masks or social distance. Because I do not wish to be the enforcing agent of a quarantine, but wish to protect the rest of our students and staff to whatever degree possible, We asked that these students at least wear a mask and social distance. Some refused even to do this which compromised those around us and created a scene unbecoming of St. Vincent de Paul School.

Later this week the matter will be discussed by the school board. Until I receive their counsel and come to a further decision on the matter, we will follow these protocols.

When the health department notifies us of students who test positive for COVID-19, that student will not be allowed to attend in-school classes at St. Vincent school until they are cleared by the health department to return.

When the health department notifies us of quarantined students who were "close contacts", we encourage parents to follow the direction of the health department.

If a close contact student showing no symptoms comes to school we will:

• Notify the health department of their non-compliance with the health department's order.

• We will require them to wear a mask and social distance from other students/staff.

• If they fail to comply with the mask and social distance requirement, they will be suspended from school for the duration of the quarantine order.

Obviously, if a student is showing symptoms, we will send them home and encourage their parents to take appropriate action.

I pray you can see my effort to find a middle road here. It has been my experience that, as midwesterners, we are a little more rational than some parts of our country. We appreciate your continued support.

Fr. Joe
 
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