The Society of St. Vincent de Paul is a Catholic lay organization that leads women and men to join together to grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to the needy and suffering in the tradition of its founder, Venerable Frederic Ozanam, and patron, St. Vincent de Paul.

Assistance is not limited to material need, but includes all activities to bolster and advance the human spirit, such as visitation to the lonely, moral encouragement and support for the downtrodden. The Vincentian members discover through home visitation the multiple needs of the poor. To address these needs, the Society has developed numerous special works. These include such ministries as the food pantry, clothing donations, housing assistance and reference to other organizations that can provide additional assistance.

We focus primarily on the residents of Hopkinton, but do assist the needy in neighboring towns on a case-by-case basis or if requested by a twinning organization in a local town. Turkeys and monetary donations collected during Thanksgiving are donated to St Joan of Arc parish in Worcester. Also during Thanksgiving and Christmas, we provide meals and holiday gifts to many families in Hopkinton.

Our funds come from the generous donations of parishioners. Donations can be made using the envelopes located in the pews and/or the boxes at the rear of the church.

Meeting schedule: first Monday of the month. 7 p.m.

Contact: Colleen Charleston, 508-435-3313 x 207,