St. Vincent de Paul Society

The St. Vincent de Paul Society is a worldwide Christian community founded in Paris in 1833 by a group of young Catholic lay people. From the onset, members joined together to set examples of service and dedication to the poor and needy.

Members are called Vincentians. At St. Mary’s, they service myriad requests and fulfill needs in the community, including furnishing homes and apartments and supplying appliances and other items; taking care of home repairs; assisting families who lose their homes in fires and other disasters; and volunteering every Tuesday at the St. Vincent de Paul soup kitchen, Buffalo.


The St. Vincent de Paul Society holds meetings on the second Wednesday of the month from 7 to 8 p.m. from September through June, at St. Mary’s Elementary School. They host two fund raisers each year, as well as spring and fall Clothing Drives. Proceeds from the drives also assist St. Vincent de Paul clients in need, either by supporting the society’s store in Buffalo or providing food for the free lunch program.

St. Mary’s Vincentians also use the Track program to acquire metal that can be recycled for cash.

New members – male or female – are always welcome. To join the St. Vincent de Paul Society or for more information, please contact Jim Snyder at (716) 395-5677.


The St. Vincent de Paul Society has blue clothing bins for our parish, located in the parking lot, along the side of the road near the Church and across from the cemetery. These bins are for clothing only. No other items or material should be placed inside.

Through this program, St. Vincent de Paul collects countless pieces of clothing, helping many men, women and children throughout Western New York. All clothing should be packed in plastic bags. Please do not donate loose items.

If you are interested in donating appliances or household goods, St. Vincent de Paul will make arrangements to pick them up at your home. To schedule a pick up, please call (716) 882-3360.

Thank you for your ongoing help in caring for our neighbors in need!