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Orland Park Thrift Store Opens in January
Orland Park St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store at 7010 West 159th Street is now open!
"Anyone looking for good bargains and a way to give back to their community should look no further than the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store," SVdP Chief Executive Officer James D. Lonergan said. "Our Orland Park location will have a powerful impact not only on the people that we work with directly, but also on the larger community as a whole; offering a low-cost, high quality shopping experience as well as employment and volunteer opportunities."
St. Vincent de Paul is a non-profit organization. All of the proceeds from thrift store sales go directly back into the community to fund the St. Vincent de Paul food pantries and emergency voucher programs.
"Our thrift stores are self-sustaining enterprises and help us provide the basics for human dignity such as food, shelter, and clothing to thousands of people annually. We plan to build six more thrift stores over the next five years so we can better serve the growing number of people who come to us for help," Lonergan said.
Gently used clothing, shoes, housewares, home décor, books, furniture and much more can be found at low prices in a clean and modern store. Store features include wide shopping aisles, pleasant lighting, and large department signage to help our customers find what they need.
Store hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri., and Saturday.
10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Wednesday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Item donations can be brought to the drop-off area in the rear of the building. Please do not leave items unattended.
2014 Memorial Mass and Awards
Annual Memorial Mass and Awards celebrates the good works of past and present members of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul
We gathered as a family on Sunday, October 26 at St. Damian Parish in Oak Forest to pray for and honor all past and present Vincentian members, and those that we serve. We also awarded those who were nominated by their peers for going above and beyond in their unrelenting service to the poor. Every day, like many other Vincentians in Lake and Cook counties, they quietly go about their business of helping individuals and families who are struggling financially and emotionally. Congratulations to them and all of the award nominees for giving so much of themselves.
Once again, we were blessed to have Monsignor Michael Boland, SVdP Spiritual Advisor as our principal celebrant. Con-celebrants included Father Gerry Kelly, CM, SVdP Assistant Spiritual Advisor and Father Chris Kituli, Associate Pastor, St. Damian Parish. Music was provided by Tony Berardi and Rose DeVenuto, St. Damian Music Ministry.
Special thanks to St. Damian Parish, especially Frieda Bertello, and members of the St. Damian Conference for their hospitality and assistance.
The Ozanam Award was presented to conference members for outstanding service. The Youth Award was presented to a member or group of a SVdP youth conference for extraordinary and outstanding service to those in need. Servant Leader Award was presented to a past or present board member who has shown life-long dedication to the Society. The Top Hat Award was presented to a person or group of people who have helped the Society in an extraordinary way. Outgoing and incoming board members were also recognized.
(Clockwise from left) Ozanam awardees: Sharon and Ted Gressick (St. Mary Buffalo Grove - District I), Patricia Finn and Geraldine Liss (St. Pascal - District VII), Marion Krucek (St. Germaine - District VI), Denis O'Keefe (St. Joan of Arc - District II), Al Schoen (St. Benedict - District IV). Youth awardees: David S. Collins (Visitation - District IX), Bernie Wiscons Hoffman, Angela Murray, and student Victoria D'Astici accepting on behalf of Minnie Vinnies (Infant Jesus of Prague - District XII). Servant Leader awardees: Marie Copeland (St. Thaddeus - District VI), Mary Van Wazer (St. Zachary - District III). Top Hat awardee: Karl Reschke of Outback Steakhouse in Buffalo Grove. Outgoing Board Secretary Kathleen Soucie and District II President Jeff Schomisch. Incoming District II President Joe Herring. Not pictured: Ozanam awardee Bob Riesbeck (Our Lady of the Ridge - District X).
SVdP Helps Kids Get Ready for New School Year
The visible work of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is personal service to the poor. Nowhere was this more evident than at the SVdP District 9 back to school event held at St. Gall Parish in Chicago.
More than 60 Society members, volunteers and sponsors came together and distributed free school supplies and food to approximately 960 needy families, including 1,800 children, on August 20, 2014 in the St. Gall Parish parking lot at 5513 South Sawyer Avenue.
"There's such a need in the neighborhood. These people are barely making it. A lot of them are working people, but they just don't have enough funds to provide the necessary school supplies for their children," said Barbara Lakomiak, president of District 9.
Mid-August hazy sun and heat did not deter families who waited in a line that stretched three blocks long. They came from all over the area—Ashland to Narragansett and from 65th to 28th street.
Back to school essentials such as backpacks, folders, and pencils were distributed to children in grades one through 12. Children in need of a trim were even treated to the traditional back to school haircut courtesy of Lucy De La Luz Beauty Shop. "I'm just so grateful that what we talk about in church and what we teach in school is put into practice here," said St. Gall Pastor Gary Graf. "St. Vincent de Paul allows the church to be alive and well—and seen—allowing us to put into practice, our faith," he said.