St. Mary's Parish
St. Mary's Catholic Church -- 600 Avenue B Sterling, IL 61081 -- Call 815-625-0640 -- Rev. James Keenan- Pastor

Society of St. Vincent De Paul

This organization's purpose is to provide services to the needy from all cycles of life with dignity and respect in a caring environment.   

MISSION:  Inspired by Gospel values, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic lay organization, leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to those who are needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul. 

As a reflection of the whole family of God, members who are known as Vincentians, are drawn from every ethnic and cultural background, age group, and economic level.  Vincentians are united in an international society of charity by their spirit of pverty, humility and sharing, which is nourished by prayer and reflection, mutually supportive gatherings and adherence to a basic rule.  

Organized locally, Vincentians witness God's love by embracing all works of charity and justice.  The Society collaborates with other people of good will in relieving need and addressing its causes, making no distinction in those served because in them, Vincentians see the face of Christ. 


FOOD:  Food is distributed based on the number of family members and total income in any given household.  Clients are required to complete an application before receipt of requested assistance.

HOME VISITATIONS:  Visitations are offered in the privacy of your home to attain further information as to other needs of the family. 

We assist families in partnership with the following resources:  Illinois Dept. of Human Resources, Tr-County Opportunities Council, Whiteside County Senior Center, United Way of Whiteside County, Rock River Christian Center, Whiteside County Health Department, Lutheran Social Services, and Sterling Township. 

Support for  St. Vincent De Paul comes from its members.  St. Mary's Parish also supports it through its collection of food and donation of money.  Therefore, at St. Mary's Church every third weekend of the month is dedicated to collecting contributions of non-perishable food items, any paper products, and disposable diapers.  Monetary contributions are also much appreciated.  Regardless, donations can be directly dropped off at the center any time during normal operating hours. 

St. Vincent De Paul membership is open to interested adult parishioners.  They meet monthly at St. Vincent De Paul which is located on West Sixth Street, across from St. Mary’s School.  If interested in assisting at the facility please call (815)625-0311 for further information.

St Vincent De Paul is open from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM Monday thru Friday.Their telephone number is (815)625-0311.    

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