5th March 2020

Hello and welcome to this 6th Mini Vinnies Update which shares with you our work and activities as Mini Vinnies and members of the St Vincent de Paul Society here in St Bede’s School.

It’s been a busy few months since our last update and the Mini Vinnies have been sterling in their efforts to produce delicious and nutritious sandwiches for our brothers and sisters out on the streets of Birmingham City Centre.  Consistently every two weeks, our pupils have been dedicated in coming to the food room at lunchtime and giving their time to make the four boxes of sandwiches which are then given out to those in most need.  We have had many bags of breadsticks made by pupils also which has helped to boost the fantastic soup kitchen and outreach which is provided by Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish volunteers every fortnight.  Our next sandwich making session will be next Friday, 13th March.

This week, as we are in the first week of the Holy Season of Lent, the wider family of the SVP are asking us to consider donating much needed personal care and toiletries items for those who are homeless on the streets locally, in Birmingham City centre and surrounding areas.  As part of the Lenten disciplines of Prayer, Fasting and Charitable giving, may we be encouraged to consider buying an extra item of personal care and toiletry items which will be given out to those members of our communities who receive support from the fortnightly Soup Kitchen.  The SVP are hoping for donations of the following items:

  • Ladies roll on deodorants
  • Ladies body sprays
  • Ladies sanitary products – towels, tampons and pantyliners
  • Men’s roll on deodorants
  • Men’s body sprays
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Wet wipes/baby wipes
  • Flannels
  • Soap bars
  • Lip balm/Vaseline pots
  • Hand sanitizer gel
  • Packet tissues

Donations of toiletries which will be used to practically benefit those in most need locally over the next few months are welcome.

If anyone would like to help out with this vital outreach by helping to provide these items please bring these to:

  • School and leave items at Reception for the attention of Miss Downes or
  • Leave in her office in Room 8 or
  • Take them up to Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish Office marked with SVP Outreach Toiletries Donation.

May the Lord bless you richly for your kindness and generosity.  Live Lent and make a big difference to those who are in most need. “Whatever you did for the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did it for Me.” Jesus.  Matthew 25:40

You can check out the latest updates also on our school Twitter Feed on @StBedesMiddle and @BedesRE.

More exciting updates to follow.   We seek to continue our service and work here in St Bede’s by making good choices and living out our positive actions as we strive to be Faith-filled and Hopeful Mini Vinnies!

St Vincent de Paul, Pray for us!

St Louise de Marillac, Pray for us!

St Frederick Ozanam, Pray for us!

St Bede, Pray for us!

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Pray for us!

Blessed Rosalie Rendu, Pray for us!

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