RTÉ SVP Mass 5 December 2021
Rose McGowan, National President, Society of St Vincent de Paul
Good Morning All,
The Sunday Mass on RTÉ TV at 11 am on Sunday 5th Dec., celebrating the second Sunday of Advent, will be an SVP – Society of St. Vincent de Paul Ireland Mass. The chief Celebrant is Fr Paschal Scallon CM, National Spiritual advisor, and all readers will be SVP members and staff. This gives us an opportunity to come together as a family in the lead up to the very busy time of Christmas.
For the second year, Covid has brought a great deal of heartache to so many people. At the end of November, just five days ago, almost 6,000 people had died in Ireland due to the pandemic. Our condolences and prayers go to all their families and friends. So many others have suffered in a host of other ways. In the Society of St Vincent de Paul, we see first-hand how living through Covid has made life even more difficult for those who were already struggling mentally and financially. Many of these people have turned to us for help.
While we provide a wide range of services to help people, the core work of the Society is Home Visitation. In addition to providing short-term help, meeting people in their homes allows us to support and work with them, find the best long-term solution, have a better life and become more self-sufficient. Despite not being able to visit for most of the past two years, our volunteer members and staff throughout Ireland continued to find ways to offer support and friendship to those in need who sought our help. We seek to offer whatever support and friendship we can in all circumstances. Our only criteria for offering help is need. We sincerely hope that we can safely resume our visitation work early next year. In the meantime, we will continue to provide what help we can to those who come to us.
This work is only possible with the continuous support of the Irish people, and for that, we are very grateful and offer our thanks and prayers.
The Sunday Mass on RTÉ TV at 11 am on Sunday 5th Dec., celebrating the second Sunday of Advent, will be an SVP – Society of St. Vincent de Paul Ireland Mass.