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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

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Lady Star of the Sea Conference 

                     

 


SVDP CONFERENCE OF OUR LADY STAR OF THE SEA

REFLECTION – JANUARY 2021

Serviens in spe – Serving in hope. This is the motto of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in Latin, and the phrase is found twice in our Rule. The first instance is in the opening description of the “Purpose and Scope of our Service.” We read that “Members show their commitment through person-to-person contact. Vincentians serve in hope.” Much of how we’ve conducted our lives remains in a state of suspension as we wait in hope.  We wait for a vaccine and effective treatments for the coronavirus, but we wait knowing that a vaccination will not cure poverty, hunger, and homelessness. It will not heal political divisions and it will not cure racism. After the virus has been tamed, these ills will still be here. As Vincentians, we will continue to work toward root causes of these issues and we will remain deeply involved in providing relief from their effects through our charitable efforts.

 

As most of us have welcomed the new year with great hope, we also pause to give thanks for the blessings of the past year, 2020.  Here is a brief list*; please feel free to add you own:

  • For all the new babies born in 2020… We thank you, God.
  • For all hard-sought, worthwhile goals that were achieved, for discoveries that were made–especially those discoveries (like the COVID vaccines) that will benefit millions of people in need… We thank you God.
  • For families and friends who grew in their appreciation of each other… We thank you, God.
  • For all those individuals who looked out for family members, who checked on their neighbors, who helped total strangers… We thank you, God.
  • For those doctors, nurses, aides, EMT personnel, researchers who worked on the front lines of the pandemic with courage, expertise, and total devotion… We thank you, God.
  • For all those who, because of their work, helped to keep vital lifelines open: farmers, sanitation workers, truck drivers, aviation personnel, food distributors, postal workers, police forces, military personnel, teachers… and the list goes on… We thank you, God.
  • For those who have grown in self-knowledge, patience, self-sacrifice, courage, and thoughtfulness of others… We thank you, God.
  • For those who grew in prayer, who now speak with God with greater honesty, earnestness, frequency, and hope… and who listen to God with greater attentiveness, openness, and trust… We thank you, God.
  • For the greater awareness and appreciation we have for our connectedness to our one global community, and for all the steps taken this past year to care for the health of the beautiful planet we all call home… We thank you God.
  • For the renewed appreciation of our need for human companionship, for in-person conversations, for touch… We thank you, God.
  • For those who, despite the very real pain and hardships of 2020, were still able to smile (albeit behind their masks)… and for those who made us laugh, thus applying humor’s balm to our painful wounds… We thank you, God.
  • For SVDP employees, volunteers and donors who have continued to support our Mission and serve in hope, … We thank you, God.
  • For all those who died during this past year—especially those who succumbed to COVID-19… We remind ourselves that our grieving of them only underscores the deep love and affection we have for them… We thank you, God.
  • For all the other blessings of 2020… many of which we are not yet aware… We thank you, God.

 

Let us entrust 2021 into God’s loving hands, following the wise words of encouragement St. Paul offered the early Christians in Rome:  “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse. Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Live in harmony with one another.” (Romans 12: 12-16)

 

Serviens in spe,

 

Lin Krell

President, Conference of Our Lady Star of the Sea

 

*Source:  https://www.melanniesvobodasnd.org/prayer-looking-back-and-looking-forward/

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Service in hope means that we continue to look for ways to better serve our community and usher light into the darkness of our current environment.  I am excited to announce that our new Assistance Office hours are now Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, & Saturday from10:30am to 2:30pm!

Shelter residents had a wonderfully blessed Christmas thanks to Land Title Company, Macy's, and multiple private donors.  We are grateful for Holy Trinity Knights of Columbus for providing Christmas dinner.  Residents and their children enjoyed building gingerbread houses, making Christmas cookies and watching The Polar Express!

 

 

Christmas at the Assistance Office was a success because of the support from many incredible volunteers.  Through their heartfelt efforts, we were able to help roughly 400 families overall this year!  Our staff & volunteers really came together to make Christmas possible for those who may not have otherwise been able to.  Holy Trinity Knights of Columbus also came through really big this year with an incredibly impactful coat drive, providing warm winter coats for our community children.

Star of the Sea Knights of Columbus & Holy Trinity Knights of Columbus both held large and successful food drives for the holiday season, and we were so appreciative of their support.  Their partnership through the COVID-19 pandemic has been truly remarkable.

 

 

As our Executive Director, I’d like to pause and acknowledge Felicia, our new AO Manager, for stepping up to the plate and knocking the Holiday’s out of the park.  She led our staff and volunteers through two very impactful Holiday operations- Felicia, well done!  Both Felicia and Melinda (our Thrift Store Manager) worked together as a team to provide store staff for the “heavy lifting” days that made this entire evolution work smoothly…teamwork makes the dream work!  

 

Please do not forget that our Thrift Store is still open for business and we are accepting donations.  Our Thrift Store is an integral part of our operations and 100% of our store “profits” going right back into funding our Shelter and Food Bank! I am excited to announce that throughout the entire month of January, we are offering a "welcome students" discount of 35% and if they bring a friend the discount will be 50%! Like us on Facebook at: (3) St Vincent de Paul Bremerton Thrift Store | Facebook

Joseph Crain

Executive Director

St. Vincent de Paul, Bremerton

 

 

 

 

 

 


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.


 

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

 


                       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”.

Jan 19

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
Jan 21

Main Store & Annex 25% Off

Thursday, 3:00 PM

Main Store & Annex 25% Off
Time: Thursday, 3:00 PM
  DOES NOT INCLUDE SALE ITEMS
Jan 22

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
Jan 26

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
Jan 28

Main Store & Annex 25% Off

Thursday, 3:00 PM

Main Store & Annex 25% Off
Time: Thursday, 3:00 PM
  DOES NOT INCLUDE SALE ITEMS
Jan 29

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
Feb 2

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
Feb 4

Main Store & Annex 25% Off

Thursday, 3:00 PM

Main Store & Annex 25% Off
Time: Thursday, 3:00 PM
  DOES NOT INCLUDE SALE ITEMS
Feb 9

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
Feb 11

Main Store & Annex 25% Off

Thursday, 3:00 PM

Main Store & Annex 25% Off
Time: Thursday, 3:00 PM
  DOES NOT INCLUDE SALE ITEMS
Feb 16

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

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