OLHC Caring Group
The Caring Group's role is to provide cae to he local community in accordance with their needs and the group's capabilities as a practical application of the Parish's Vision Statement.
The type of care provided by the group includes:
- catering for funerals
- quarterly seniors' lunch
- driving assistance
Contact: Jayne Britton (9431 2667) or Barbara Bibby (9439 8594)
St Vincent de Paul
The Mission of the Society is to deepen the faith of its members and to heighten an awareness of Jesus Christ in the world. We do this by sharing ourselves - who we are and what we have with people in need. Our Lady Help of Christians, Eltham Conference has 16 members with home visitations, supporting the Heidelberg Heights Centre, running the Parish Shop, making up and delivering Christmas hampers and liaising with other community support groups being our main activities.
The society, through its conferences is taking a more rigorous stand in advocating on social justice issues and new members are being sought to assist in this initiative.
A normal month would see members visit up to 20 district families. Most often the visit follows a request for assistance, be it a food voucher, food, clothing or furniture. Referral to other support services can be an outcome of a visit but it is the visit itself, which is often the most important act.
Funding is by donations of money and food, the Parish Shop and special efforts, e.g. sharing Mass. Distributions from the Heidelberg Heights and Brial Hill Centres can also be accessed. Our services, with the exception of most professional support, are provided by volunteers.
People can help through financial assistance, making a bequest, material assistance, or becoming a volunteer. People can become more involved with the Eltham Conference at meetings at the Parish House at 8pm on the 2nd Wednesday each month. New members are most welcome.
Formation of a 'Young Vinnies' in the Diamond Valley Region is a priority.
Around Melbourne there are 20 young adult conferences, with members aged 17-30, involved in kids' days out, soup vans, kids' camps, BBQs etc. Please get in touch if you would be interested in forming a Young Vinnies in our deanery.
Each Tuesday evening at 6.15pm we have a bread run to a number of families in the area. The drop off usually takes about an hour. If any parishioner would like to be included on this roster, please get in touch with Parish House.
Parish Shop/Piety Stall
The St. Vincent de Paul Parish Shop is located near the front entrance of the church. It stocks a range of traditional devotional items, cards and prayer books.
Playgroup is a wonderful opportunity to get to know other families from our Parish and community. We would love to meet you and your newborn babies through to preschoolers. Playgroup meets every Monday during term at 9:15am to 11am in The Parish Hall, located at the school 1-13 Henry Street, Eltham. Great activities, games and toys for the children.
Every Parish Priest would prefer to be informed as soon as a death occurs in the parish. The prayers for the dying and for a deceased person are special, for the deceased and for the family members who mourn their loss.
A visit or several visits from a priest can help establish a support network for the family facing bereavement maybe for the first time, and offer guidance in funeral preparations.
Contact: Fr. Kevin Burke