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                                         THE SEVEN CORPORAL WORKS OF MERCY                                                                                               

      To Feed the Hungry A Drink for the Thirsty To Cloth the Naked         To Bury the Dead           To Shelter the Homeless To Care for the Sick To Visit the Imprisoned

 

The Society of St. Vincent de Paul Bremerton, WA


Want to add a little flair to your holiday festivities?
We have a wide assortment of holiday stemware to add that little extra touch to your holidays! 

 


 

 

 

Our Lady Star of the Sea Conference 

                     

 


SVDP CONFERENCE OF OUR LADY STAR OF THE SEA

REFLECTION – NOVEMBER 2020

 

“To be grateful is to recognize the love of God in everything.”

~ Thomas Merton ~

 

During the month of November, as individuals and as a country, we traditionally celebrate thankfulness and express gratitude for our many blessings. St. John Paul, a man of wisdom, offered the following: “Remember the past with gratitude. Live the present with enthusiasm. Look forward to the future with confidence.” A thankful heart has been described as not only the greatest virtue, but the parent of all other virtues (Cicero, a Roman Philosopher).

 

St. Vincent de Paul himself was often heard to say, “We must give as much time to thanking God for His favors as we have used in asking him for them.” The presence of thankfulness is a fundamental characteristic of our organization and is essential to our Mission and service:

· Being thankful can make each of us a happier and more optimistic person. It is rare for a fundamentally unhappy person to inspire followers to give up their self-interest for the common good, consequently optimism is a key attribute of strong and inspiring leaders.

· Thankfulness opens our minds to the needs of others. When we recognize how we have been blessed, we are more apt to notice the needs of others whose situation in life is less fortunate. The roots of empathy are nourished by a thankful heart.

· Thankfulness is the basis for generosity. Guilt and fear may be powerful motivators for some people, but thankfulness has staying power when it comes to sharing resources with others in need. The motive for giving also matters. In the book, II Corinthians, the Apostle Paul tells us that God loves a cheerful giver. Thankful people give cheerfully.

· The free expression of thankfulness creates a culture of appreciation for the work of others. This is not something that can be easily faked. A heart filled with gratitude enables us to sincerely tell staff, volunteers, and donors how thankful we are for their hard work, dedication, and support.

Within our organization, what are we thankful for?

  • Work that has intrinsic meaning and makes a difference in the lives of others.
  • Those we are privileged to work with — people of good will who turn the Mission of the organization into reality in the lives of those we serve.
  • Those who continue to share their time, talent, and treasure with SVDP, enabling the organization to provide over 80 years of service within our community.
  • The realization that every one of life’s blessings comes from God and everything we go through in life is an opportunity to grow in holiness.

 

In closing, all those affiliated with our SVDP Conference wish you a thankful month as we pray:

· May God bless you with a restless discomfort about easy answers, half-truths and superficial relationships, so that you may seek truth boldly and love deeply within your heart.

· May God bless you with holy anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may tirelessly work for justice, freedom, and peace among all people.

· May God bless you with the gift of tears to shed with those who suffer from pain, rejection, starvation, or the loss of all that they cherish, so that you may reach out your hand to comfort them.

· May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you really CAN make a difference in this world, so that you are able, with God’s grace, to do what others claim cannot be done.

Amen (Franciscan Blessing)

 

Lin Krell

President, Conference of Our Lady Star of the Sea


With the progression of autumn, blessings continue to present themselves at St. Vincent de Paul. Holiday planning is underway. With the help of generous donations, the Assistance Office will be providing over 300 Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets. Families will receive a full turkey or ham dinner. We are continuously grateful for the support that makes such an endeavor possible. The Assistance Office was thankful to receive sleeping bags, coats, hats and gloves from Holy Trinity's cold weather drive. These items will be distributed to those who need them the most in Bremerton. With the support of volunteers, the Assistance Office is now providing Bibles, Rosaries, comfort and support to clients.

Star of The Sea Knights of Columbus & Holy Trinity Knights of Columbus will have holiday food drives for clients of the Assistance Office on November 7th & November 8th, respectively. We have been incredibly thankful for the ongoing support of The Knights of Columbus. At the Birkenfeld - Stella Maris House, residents enjoyed autumn activities such as pumpkin carving and baking cookies. For Halloween, children dressed up in costumes, watched Halloween movies, ate popcorn, and enjoyed time with one another. Residents harvested the community garden gathering over 150lbs of squash, pumpkins, and tomatoes. Tomatoes from the garden were used to make salsa to enjoy while watching the game. With a house full of Seahawks fans, it is always an enthusiastic Sunday afternoon at the Stella Maris House! Clothing at the store has been rearranged by size! Customers can now locate items in the correct size with improved efficiency. The Thrift Store has lowered prices again! Check our Store Facebook for the latest news on sales https://www.facebook.com/St-Vincent-de-Paul-Bremerton-Thrift-Store-155194574516853

October marked one year since our Executive Director Joe Crain joined St. Vincent de Paul. In the last year, Joe has been instrumental in improving operations and empowering a team of “helpers.” At St. Vincent de Paul, we help others. Joe is a prime example of someone who puts their all into bettering the community, one client at a time. Volunteers, staff, and board members were invited to commemorate Joe’s one year at a surprise luncheon.

We count our many blessings at St. Vincent de Paul and look forward to the holiday season.

 

With gratitude,

 

Felicia Kolhage & Melinda McMullan

 

 

 

 


DONATIONS NEEDED

Although St. Vincent's in Bremerton has needed to modify it's operations to comply with safe hygiene practices during the Corona Virus outbreak, we still have the ability to provide assistance through our Conference Office and Women's Shelter. Many in our community are seeking assistance for their basic needs and are hopeful that St. Vincent's will be able to help them during this very difficult time. Please consider donating through this website and with your prayers we will be able to continue our mission of serving those in (great) need. 

Please pray for our volunteers and employees who are continuing the work to provide for those we serve in our community. And of course, pray for those who are in need. May this be a time of spiritual discernment when people turn to the Lord and give their lives to Him.


 

 Starting in February 2020

All Active Duty or Retired Military will receive a 20% discount at our

Thrift Store & Furniture Annex

Monday through Saturday as a Special Thank You for your Service.

Must show ID. 

This offer will resume when the Thrift Store Re-opens


 

 SVdP Thrift Store - See Us on FACEBOOK

 


                       A VERY SPECIAL THANKS TO                                                         EAST BREMERTON ROTARY CLUB                                              FOR THEIR FINANCIAL SUPPORT OF THE                        BIRKENFELD STELLA-MARIS WOMEN'S SHELTER


A Short Video on the Work of St. Vincent's 

 


   

CLICK HERE for more information from the SVdP National Website


 

 

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Cash donations can be made here. Thank you.

If you prefer, you may specify where you would like your donation to go when filling out the dontation form. please specify in the note area: Conference General Fund, Assistance Office, Women's Shelter, Thrift Store or for specific needs (rental, utility, funeral expenses, etc.) Thank You!


Assistance Office

Thrift Store

Stella Maris Shelter

Friends of Stella Maris


 Birkenfeld - Stella Maris    Women's Shelter

  Current Needs

The Birkenfeld-Stella Maris needs diapers sizes 4, 5 & 6. If you would like to donate, please bring diapers to the Assistance Office at 1137 N. Callow Ave. 

For general information about The Birkenfeld-Stella Maris Shelter, please email Felicia@svdpaul.org

Contact the Housing Solutions Center at (360) 473-2035 for more information about bed availability.


Thrift Store Donations   Click here to see Current Donation Information


Thrift Store

Current Needs

The Thrift Store needs volunteers! Click here to see our monthly calendar and available Volunteer positions, or call the Thrift Store and talk to Melinda or Debra at (360) 377-2929, extension #3. Volunteering is a great way to “Help Us Help Others”.

Nov 26

CLOSED Happy Thanksgiving

Thursday, 3:00 PM

CLOSED Happy Thanksgiving
Time: Thursday, 3:00 PM
Location: St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store - 1117 N Callow Ave Bremerton WA 98312
  No Description Available
Nov 27

SEAHAWKS FRIDAY 25% Off Wear your Seahawks Coat, Jersey, T-Shirt or Sweatshirt

Friday, 9:00 AM

SEAHAWKS FRIDAY 25% Off Wear your Seahawks Coat, Jersey, T-Shirt or Sweatshirt
Time: Friday, 9:00 AM
  DOES NOT INCLUDE SALE ITEMS
Dec 1

Annex & Main Store Senior Day - 25% Off

All Day

Annex & Main Store Senior Day - 25% Off
Time: All Day
Location: St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store - 1117 N Callow Ave Bremerton WA 98312
  25% OFF -MUST SHOW ID Born on or before today's date in 1957 - Does not include Sale Items
Dec 3

Main Store & Annex 25% Off

Thursday, 3:00 PM

Main Store & Annex 25% Off
Time: Thursday, 3:00 PM
  DOES NOT INCLUDE SALE ITEMS
Dec 4

SEAHAWKS FRIDAY 25% Off Wear your Seahawks Coat, Jersey, T-Shirt or Sweatshirt

Friday, 9:00 AM

SEAHAWKS FRIDAY 25% Off Wear your Seahawks Coat, Jersey, T-Shirt or Sweatshirt
Time: Friday, 9:00 AM
  DOES NOT INCLUDE SALE ITEMS
Dec 8

Annex & Main Store Senior Day - 25% Off

All Day

Annex & Main Store Senior Day - 25% Off
Time: All Day
Location: St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store - 1117 N Callow Ave Bremerton WA 98312
  25% OFF -MUST SHOW ID Born on or before today's date in 1957 - Does not include Sale Items
Dec 10

Main Store & Annex 25% Off

Thursday, 3:00 PM

Main Store & Annex 25% Off
Time: Thursday, 3:00 PM
  DOES NOT INCLUDE SALE ITEMS
Dec 11

SEAHAWKS FRIDAY 25% Off Wear your Seahawks Coat, Jersey, T-Shirt or Sweatshirt

Friday, 9:00 AM

SEAHAWKS FRIDAY 25% Off Wear your Seahawks Coat, Jersey, T-Shirt or Sweatshirt
Time: Friday, 9:00 AM
  DOES NOT INCLUDE SALE ITEMS
Dec 15

Annex & Main Store Senior Day - 25% Off

All Day

Annex & Main Store Senior Day - 25% Off
Time: All Day
Location: St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store - 1117 N Callow Ave Bremerton WA 98312
  25% OFF -MUST SHOW ID Born on or before today's date in 1957 - Does not include Sale Items
Dec 17

Main Store & Annex 25% Off

Thursday, 3:00 PM

Main Store & Annex 25% Off
Time: Thursday, 3:00 PM
  DOES NOT INCLUDE SALE ITEMS
Dec 18

SEAHAWKS FRIDAY 25% Off Wear your Seahawks Coat, Jersey, T-Shirt or Sweatshirt

Friday, 9:00 AM

SEAHAWKS FRIDAY 25% Off Wear your Seahawks Coat, Jersey, T-Shirt or Sweatshirt
Time: Friday, 9:00 AM
  DOES NOT INCLUDE SALE ITEMS

Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish Website

Holy Trinity Parish Website