Vinnies continue work during pandemic

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Even during the pandemic, Greythorn St Vincent de Paul Conference continues to be His Hands at Work.

“Our 27 members pray together, plan together and answer the calls from those in need in North Balwyn, North Fitzroy, Clifton Hill and South Melbourne through our Belgrave colleagues,“ Anne Hartley, president of the Conference, said.

Vinnies at St Bridget’s has a 29-year history of service to those in need carried on by current members in the tradition of 15 retired and emeritus members, “in the spirit of Christ who is always with us, and our founder Blessed Frederick Ozanam”.

Presently Vinnies are called to adapt to new circumstances. All visits are on a teleconference, meetings are on Zoom, the Call Centre is working from home and the shops are on eBay.

“Yet despite these COVID times and challenges, we can attest that where two or three are gathered in His Name. He is indeed there in the midst, even in the virtual world,” Anne said.

June and July were quiet months, nevertheless, the parish Conference provided $2700 in Hands Up assistance for those needing help and a washing machine replacement via online contact.

“We wish to thank parishioners for their ongoing generous support and request any who would value a call or need assistance to contact us directly,” Anne said.

New members please feel welcome to join our Conference.

Contacts:

Anne Hartley (president): anne.mijch@monash.edu

Susan Koay (secretary): smkoay60@gmail.com