The library offers G-rated videos and DVDs, audiotapes, and religious nonfiction and fiction books for adults. Rental fees are $0.50 per week for videos, DVDs and audiotapes, and $0.25 per week for books. Rental fees and donations are used to purchase new items.
The library committee evaluates, purchases, and distributes inventory. Committee members take turns staffing the library and hold meetings during the year to discuss library operations and acquisitions.
The library, located at the south (front) church entrance, is open before and after 5:15pm Saturday Mass and before and after Sunday Masses, except the 6:30am Mass. Volunteers are welcome to join the library committee.
The Lord’s Diner, a not-for-profit soup kitchen operated by the community, for the community, and sponsored by the Catholic Diocese of Wichita, provides an evening meal seven days a week, 365 days a year, including holidays. Responding to Christ’s call to feed the hungry, it seeks to achieve this goal in a spirit of compassion, respect, and loving service through cooperative efforts with churches, individuals, and organizations.
Located at the corner of Broadway and Central in downtown Wichita, The Lord’s Diner serves dinner from 5:30pm to 7:30pm large volunteer groups from area churches and organizations are the core of the volunteer base. These groups are scheduled to serve on a regular basis once a month. The Lord’s Diner utilizes approximately 50 volunteers per day to prepare and serve the nightly meal. Blessed Sacrament Parish is scheduled to serve at The Lord’s Diner on the first Sunday of each month.
To become a volunteer at The Lord’s Diner you first must obtain your Food Handler’s Card. This can be done by attending a free, two-hour class at the Wichita/Sedgwick County Health Department. Call the Health Department at 316-268-8351 for class dates and times. Classes are also offered at different parishes which are listed in the weekly parish bulletin. In addition to the food handlers card, designated volunteer forms from The Lord’s Diner must be completed before you can begin serving.
Additional volunteer needs are:
Deep Cleaning Team: These volunteers deep clean the dining hall and kitchen. Cleaning sessions are scheduled several times per month. A food handler’s card is not required.
Baking Team: Volunteers who love to bake are needed a couple of times a month to create cakes, pies and cookies for dessert. You must have a current food handler's card.
To serve at The Lord’s Diner as part of the Blessed Sacrament team:
If you want information about the other volunteer needs or serving at a different time: Contact: The Lord’s Diner 266-4966 www.thelordsdiner.org
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, an international lay Catholic organization, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, offers support to needy families and individuals. The Society also sponsors the Meals on Wheels program, and is affiliated with the Compassionate Care Ministry, Parish Nursing Program and God’s Food Pantry. No act of charity is beyond the scope of this Catholic lay organization.
What does the Society of St. Vincent de Paul do?
Currently, in the Blessed Sacrament Conference, we primarily do three things:
How do those in need contact you?
Usually, the parish secretary receives calls from individuals needing help, and the calls are passed on to us. A call is then placed to our St. Vincent de Paul Conference cell phone number, and whoever is in charge of our phone handles the call accordingly. For example, if a “client” requests emergency assistance, the Conference member receiving the call contacts other Conference members to arrange a “home visit”, and obtain a better understanding of the client’s unique situation. (Note: When we make a “home visit” to the person or family in need, we are required to visit in pairs.) Based on the outcome of the “home visit”, other Parish organizations may be contacted for additional help (i.e. Compassionate Care Ministry, Parish Nursing Program, etc.)
What are your limitations when you help someone?
We have a fairly small budget, so we are limited. We usually analyze the need and make a determination based on what we learn from our client during the “home visit”. Perhaps we will make a rent payment, pay a pressing utility bill, and/or give them a grocery store voucher for groceries or gasoline. Additionally, we may be able to offer suggestions for other sources of assistance (Food Pantries, and other agencies). Due to financial constraints we are only able to help someone with monetary assistance once a year.
How do you obtain funding?
The primary way we obtain money with which we help the poor is through the Parish’s annual Thanksgiving collection. Additionally, Blessed Sacrament’s St. Vincent de Paul Conference is supported by a large number of generous benefactors who make donations throughout the year. Finally, during each of our St. Vincent de Paul business meetings, Vincentians take up a “secret collection” amongst the members.
How often do you meet?
We meet twice a month, on the first Sunday of the month, after the 9pm Mass, and on the third Tuesday of the month, at 6:30pm in the Bishop Gerber room in the Parish Hall.
What is the purpose of the meetings?
These are standard business meetings, where we review our Treasurer’s report and meeting minutes from the previous meeting, review acts of assistance we’ve performed since our last meeting, and plan for any upcoming conference activity (Catholic Care Center visits, approval of unusual financial requests, communication, etc.). However, in addition to the business aspect of the meeting, there is also a spiritual side, to promote the spiritual nature of the Society of St. Vincent De Paul. The meeting opens and closes with prayers, and we have a Spiritual reading as well. The meeting is an opportunity to bond and create deeper friendships with our fellow Vincentians, and develop our own spirituality. Father Biltz is our spiritual adviser.
How long has the Society of St. Vincent de Paul existed?
The St. Vincent de Paul Society, an international lay Catholic organization, headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, offers support to needy families and individuals. The Society also sponsors the Meals on Wheels program, and is affiliated with the Compassionate Care Ministry, Parish Nursing Program and God’s Food Pantry. No act of charity is beyond the scope of this Catholic lay organization.
How long has the Conference existed?
We believe the Blessed Sacrament conference was formed in perhaps the 1950’s. During that time, the Conference has helped hundreds and hundreds of people.
If I become involved, what would I do?
Due to the broad mission of St. Vincent de Paul, there are many opportunities to volunteer, depending on your interests. If you want to become involved in helping those in need directly, you can help go on “home visits”. Additionally, you can visit the elderly at the Catholic Center, help with writing bulletin articles to promote the Society, develop a Parish conference web site or Facebook site, help deliver donated furniture and appliances to those in need, etc.
How can I learn more about the Society?
The Society has published guidelines that describe in detail the Society’s philosophy and guiding principles. It is called “The Rule”, and we will be glad to get you a copy. Also, feel free to attend a meeting and see first hand what we do. Contact: John Harris 208-6773
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