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Our Lady of Perpetual Help

What is OLPH St. Vincent de Paul?

St. Vincent de Paul is a Catholic Charity that reaches out to the entire world to end poverty. Our St. Vincent de Paul Society reaches out to our local community to provide resources to those in need. 

What Services does OLPH St. Vincent de Paul Provide?

Back to School Supply Drive 

Every August we collect school supplies to be sent to different locations for children who cannot afford their school supplies. It is advertised in the bulletin. We deliver to several locations:

  • Our sister parish St. Veronica's
  • St Wenceslaus Parish
  • Deep Run Elementary School

Advent Giving Tree

Every year we put trees in the back of the church with tags that you can take that specify a gift for a needy child or adult. You take the tag and then return the wrapped gift in the following weeks. The details will be in the bulletin in late November or early December. For 2018 the schedule is as follows:

  • November 24-25 get tags from the tree
  • December 1-2 gifts are returned and sorted
  • December 8-9 gifts are returned and sorted
  • December 15 groups will pick up gifts from the garage (the gifts are for St. Veronica's Parish, St. Wenceslaus Parish, Sarah's Hope, Grassroots, and the Franciscan Center).

Camp St. Vincent Summer Camp Supply Drive

Every May/June we collect supplies for Camp St. Vincent in Baltimore. Homeless children attend Camp St. Vincent during the summer to participate in activities that address the impact of homelessness on academic, social and emotional development. Camp activities include arts and crafts, nature studies, music instruction and swimming lessons. Breakfast and lunch are provided and counseling is available when needed.  We request supplies such as:

  • Bathing suits, boys and girls sizes 6T-Adult L (girls one piece)**
  • Snacks (individually wrapped/nut free)**
  • Arts & crafts supplies/Children's books
  • Drawstring backpacks
  • Picnic blankets/Beach towels
  • Juice Boxes
  • Bug Spray/Band Aids
  • Sports Equipment
  • Sun hats/Sunscreen (the camp requests non-allergenic sunscreen & no Coppertone)
  • Camp Kits - Drawstring gym bag w/Beach towel and Sunscreen

** Snacks and bathing suits are very much needed

​Collection boxes are in the Narthex (entryway in church) in May/June. Keep an eye out in the bulletin for the specific dates.

Families Helping Families at Thanksgiving

Every November we bring in boxes that you can fill with food. Please fill the box with the items in this link, but you can feel free to add other foods as well. Then please make a check out to OLPH-SVDP for $25 to cover the cost of turkey and rolls.  Put "Thanksgiving" in the memo line, put it in an envelope and tape it to the outside of the box. The boxes are returned 2 weeks before Thanksgiving so that they can be distributed.  For 2018 the schedule is as follows:

  • November 4 boxes are distributed
  • November 11-12 boxes are collected
  • November 17 boxes are delivered (the Thanksgiving dinner boxes are given to St. Veronica's Parish, St. Wenceslaus Parish, the Franciscan Center, and the Salvation Army).

Food Pantry

We have a food pantry that is used for anyone who needs help with food. It is used by people in need who call the Parish office. We serve those outside our Parish, but of course our own Parishioners can also contact the office if they are having a difficult time affording food.

Poor Box (Client Services)

We partner with Howard County's Community Action Council to serve clients in need of rental and utility assistance.  Please contact CAC at (410) 313-6440. 

Francican Center Clothing Drive

Clothing collections for needy and disabled persons at the Franciscan Center in Baltimore are held in the spring and fall.  All types of clothing and small household items are requested.  The clothing drives are announced in the Parish Bulletin. 

Our Daily Bread Casseroles

OLPH is committed to providing food for Our Daily Bread soup kitchen on the first Monday of each month. Parish members pick up an aluminum pan on the last Sunday of the month. They bake casseroles and desserts, drop them off in the Parish kitchen freezer. OLPH St. Vincent de Paul with the help of parishioners deliver them downtown on the Sunday prior to the first Monday of the month. Click on this link for the casserole recipe.  

How can I donate money?

Poor Box

A portion of the money collected in the poor box goes to OLPH St. Vincent de Paul.

Direct Giving

You can click here to make a one time donation to OLPH St. Vincent de Paul and select "Poor Box Income". To make a recurring donation, click here, select "Repeating Gift" and "Poor Box Income".

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Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church
4795 Ilchester Road Ellicott City, MD 21043