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National Service Day
The History of National Service Day dates back to about 2003 when the National Coordinating Committee of the UAC suggested that we promote a Day of Service in our Various Groups and Cenacles. St. Vincent Pallotti's birthday falls on April 21st, very close to Earth Day. The idea was to mark St. Vincent's birthday each year with a united effort throughout the country. What better way to honor our inspired leader than to present him with a gift of service to others in his name.
This year we are having a Potluck April 23th. We will be gathering for a potluck lunch after the 10:00 Mass on Sunday April 23th in the Parish Center at St. Vincent Pallotti Parish in Milwaukee.
We invite anyone who wishes to join us as a Pallottine Family, share a meal and conversation about how, in our fragmented society we can help heal, serve to build the community through some act of service during these days. It can be according to his vision -- the Love of Christ urges us on.
What kind of Service?
These are only examples drawn from what was done in the past. Use your imagination and gather friends and family to help you. St. Vincent always looked at the needs of people in his own time and tried to respond to them.
Here is a story from last year…- Fran - her story: -I called a friend of mine who is homebound and often feels lonely - I know she appreciates the time, the hour, which lifts her spirit and sometimes she asks me to pick up her prescriptions too. Little Things Count
Rosemary—I’m a member of St. Vincent de Paul Society. I help visit the poor and try to help them with the things (food, furniture, etc.) they need the most. It’s a good feeling to know that we gave them some help and hope.
Lenny S. we will be visiting people in nursing homes. Some we will take out to eat. We have to eat any way and it’s nice to talk about the old days sometimes. Everything we do is about giving, and any time someone thinks, smiles, or encourages is a blessing back.
The Potluck On April 23th after the 10:00 will be a chance to share what we intend to do or have done for our Service this year, and simply enjoy being part of the Pallottine Family.
In order to coordinate our efforts and be sure to have enough food prepared for our lunch we ask you to contact either:
April 21is the the Birthday of
St. Vincent Pallotti
Lord, may it not be
just lip service what I say about you
...but that I truly believe it, and that
I am deeply convinced of it in my heart.
-- St. Vincent Pallotti
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