St Vincent de Paul (Vinnies)

Kingsgrove Conference

St Vincent de Paul (Vinnies) - Kinsgrove Conference is linked to the broader Society and is part of the Kingsgrove-Bankstown Region.

The purpose of the Society is to serve people who suffer from poverty and marginalisation.

Our members meet weekly. Our meetings consist of some introductory prayers including the Rosary and a reflection on a spiritual reading for the week, consistent with the tradition established by the Society's founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, 180 years ago. We then move into the business section of our meeting which involves considering requests for help from residents within the Parish and determining how we can assist. Our members visit the needy (in pairs) in their homes and assist them as we can in their need with clothing/furniture orders/food cards/energy vouchers and occasionally financial assistance.

We also run quarterly clothing drives. Some parishioners who can't commit to weekly meetings, etc. assist with these quarterly drives by putting out/picking up bags and returning them to the Church grounds where they are loaded on to the Vinnies truck.

We receive donations via the Poor Box (rear of the Church) and conduct bi-annual (winter and Christmas) appeals. The generous support of our parishioners enables us to do our work.

In recent years our generous donors have allowed us to support not only the needy within our own parish but various Vinnies special causes including:


 No  Organisation  Address
 1  St Judes Refuge  218 South Terrace Bankstown 2200
 2  Cleveland Centre  3127 Cleveland St Redfern 2016
 3  Night Patrol  PO Box 5 Petersham 2019
 4  Amelie House  PO Box 89 Janalli 2226
 5  St Louise's Lodge  PO Box 479 Burwood 1805
 6  Claffey House  PO Box 23 Croydon Park 2133
 7  Xavier House  38 Gordon Cres Stanmore 2048
 8  Mary MacKillop Outreach  1B Charles O, Neill Way Lewisham 2049
 9  Margaret House  78 Coonong Rd Gymea 2227
 10  Marian Villa  PO Box 232 Arncliffe 2205
 11  Rendu Youth Centre  51 Livingstone Rd Petersham 2049



Weekly Meetings: (Wednesday 7.30 to 9pm approx)

  1. Conference meetings start with Opening Prayer and Rosary and Reflection on next week's Gospel
  2. President presents "requests for assistance forms" from Regional Office (Bankstown) and members decide who should undertake visit and assistance ( two members undertake visits organizing mutually suitable times and arranging with client. Visits average around 20 minutes. Assistance generally consists of Food cards; Energy vouchers; Orders for clothing/furniture; etc. )
  3. Members report back from visits undertaken during the week at each Confernce meeting
  4. Received mail is read by the President and responded to as appropriate e.g., to our Thai "twin".
  5. Monthly reports are provided by President on Bankstown Regional  Meeting
  6. Monthly reports are provided by Treasurer on Finances


Weekly :

  1. Someone orders Catholic Weeklies.(now a standing order)
  2. Someone sells Catholic Weeklies (often this is now left to honour system..i.e. leave payment in Poor box)
  3. Someone Empties poor boxes each Sunday and
  4. Someone Banks contents (Mondays).


Quarterly Clothing drives:

  1. Someone liaises with Auburn Centre on the dates of our quarterly clothing drives so that a truck and driver are available on the day.  (Provide list of dates at beginning of year and phone to remind during week prior to drive that truck and driver are required).
  2. Someone Orders supplies for quarterly clothing drives i.e., bags, yellow cards and white cards.
  3. Someone Arranges for the distribution of above to volunteers with assistance from two others.
  4. Someone Liaises with Peter Shori for the printing of cards for the volunteers.
  5. Someone Counts the number of unused bags and cards at the end of each drive to determine how many we will need for the next drive.
  6. Need to enlist volunteers to work on the drive at least to pick up the bags from the homes.


Appeals (Winter & Christmas)

  1. Decide on dates for Christmas and winter appeals. (Liaise with parish office).
  2. Advertise them in the parish bulletin.
  3. Order envelopes and posters through Bankstown.
  4. Arrange for crossing out of certain info. on envelopes.
  5. Arrange for placement of envelopes on pews.
  6. Undertake power point presentation at weekend Masses.
  7. Arrange for collection of moneys after the weekend Masses.
  8. Bank the proceeds.
  9. Write out and arrange for the distribution of receipts.
  10. Arrange for parish office to prepare labels for placement on parish planned giving envelopes and assist in this.
  11. Receive blankets from OLF school at Mass of the Feast of Christ the King and arrange for distribution of same e.g., to some of the refuges in our general area.


Christmas hamper/toy appeal:

  1. Prepare gift tags for placement on the Jesse tree during Advent.
  2. Identify those to whom we are giving hampers etc.
  3. Give details of those to whom we intend to give hampers etc to St Ursula's and OLF.
  4. Take delivery of hampers etc. at the appropriate time.
  5. Place large box in church foyer for collection of food.
  6. Check for gifts under tree each weekend and take them to the room.
  7. Prepare stickers with names and addresses of recipients for bags of toys and        hampers etc.
  8. Arrange for the distribution of hampers etc. – put notice in bulletin for volunteers.


We would warmly welcome additional helpers so if the work of the Society appeals to you, or you would like to know more about what we do, please contact the Parish Office and leave your contact details and one of our members will contact you.

If you are between the age of 16 and 35 and would like to hear more about Kingsgrove Young Vinnies, please click here.