St. Vincent de Paul Society

"Extend mercy towards others, so that there can be no one in need whom you meet without helping, for what hope is there for us if God should withdraw His Mercy from us?"


- St. Vincent de Paul

The St. Vincent de Paul Society at Holy Spirit provides assistance to the poor and suffering, is an advocate for social justice, and provides opportunities to empower the poor to help themselves. 


We strive to deepen the faith and spirituality of its members as they serve their brothers and sisters in need. 

For more information about the St. Vincent de Paul Society at Holy Spirit, contact:  Dave Laurence at 


St. Vincent de PaulEmail or Phone (757) 468-1533

Our Catholic faith teaches us that to give is far better and so much more rewarding than to receive. These words ring loud and clear as each of us ponders our own place in a world increasingly faced with so many individuals in economic peril. Through its St. Vincent de Paul (SVDP) Society, Holy Spirit continues to reach out to those in need within our own community, caring for others with deep devotion through our food pantry, “Vincent‘s Closet” for clothing, and financial relief. The SVDP Society strives to give where giving is most crucial. As loving parishioners, we have all shown our generosity, both financially and as devoted volunteers, in ways that have made our mission a beautiful outreach, giving as our Lord has asked of us. Recently, the SVDP Society assisted with the Thanksgiving and Christmas food basket outreach, serving 55 families on each occasion. In addition, a winter coat and food distribution event was held in December and January, supported by donations from hundreds of our very generous parishioners. Often, we do not have the opportunity to witness the effect that our initiatives have on those who are on the receiving end. As we move forward, SVDP will work toward developing additional partnerships within our community, building relationships with other nonprofit organizations with a similar mission. Gratitude cannot be fully expressed to all involved from Holy Spirit and the nonprofit charity for helping to bring this meaningful effort to fruition. Exciting, new outreach projects are on the horizon and will be introduced during the season of Lent. Over the next few months, we will continue to make parishioners aware of the many opportunities available to share their gifts with those in need. Saint Vincent de Paul devoted his life‘s work to the care of the poorest of the poor. Walk with St. Vincent to change eyes of desperation to eyes of relief and to create hope where once there was only hopelessness - for to give is far better than to receive.

Virginia Beach City Public Schools
Beach Bags Program
The Beach Bags program provides shelf-stable meals and healthy snacks to students who might otherwise go hungry during weekends and over school breaks, including the long summer breaks. Since the program was founded in 2009, more than 154,000 Beach Bags have been distributed. During the 2019-20 school year, more than 24,400 Beach Bags were provided to our neediest students.


Virginia Beach City Public Schools, in partnership with the Virginia Beach Education Foundation, is addressing this critical need through the Beach Bags program. Our parish community can help by donating food items, or by volunteering to assemble bags each week. 

Attention Ministry Heads:  We would like to encourage your ministry to consider assisting with the packing of 175 bags on a designated Wednesday during the summer. Contact Chris and Judee Clamor if you are able to help with this wonderful outreach project.


Thank you so much!

St. Vincent de Paul
Coat Drive


During the two coat distribution events held at the parish, in excess of 350 garments were offered to members of our surrounding community. In order to ensure that any unclaimed coats were put directly into the hands of those in greatest need, SVDP reached out to a local nonprofit charity that immediately joined our cause. Through the good works of this organization, the remaining coats were distributed to more of our friends in need - in their homes, in temporary hotel rooms, and to those living on the street. Witnessing the joy of these individuals - their tearing eyes, their obvious sense of relief, and their humble expression of thanks - became our own gift from God. This result was indeed beautiful as God‘s Will, through the work of the Holy Spirit, was realized. With this creative initiative, the level of the society’s effectiveness was taken to a new height. 

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Vincent's Closet
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The clothing closet is FULL!  New and gently used clothes are accepted by appointment only.  Call the SVDP Office at 757-468-1533 to make an appointment.

Thank you for your generosity!  
St. Vincent de Paul
Food Pantry & Delivery


The  Holy Spirit Catholic Church Food pantry provides emergency food assistance to those on fixed incomes, those who are temporarily out of work due to illness or layoffs and those who are working but do not earn enough to pay for basic necessities such as rent, utilities, and food each month.  Please drop off food items after Mass or during office hours. Thank you for your generosity as we continue to serve our community.


Those needing assistance can visit the St. Vincent de Paul office on Tuesdays/Thursdays from 10am - 12 or call the outreach office at (757) 468-1533 and leave a message. 

Most needed items (as of 7/7/2022) are highlighted. All donations welcome!

  • Canned chicken breast

  • 4 oz canned tuna

  • Grape jelly

  • Pancake mix

  • Pancake syrup

  • Tuna Helper

  • Chicken Helper

  • French's crispy fried onions

  • Cans of Cream of Mushroom soup

  • Cans of hearty soups

  • Cans of assorted fruit

  • Cans of pineapple slices

  • Macaroni and cheese

  • Ricearoni / boxed white rice

  • Cereal

  • Spaghetti sauce

  • Boxed pasta

  • Canned peas

  • Ramen noodles (chicken or beef)

  • Canned ravioli

  • Canned spaghetti w/meatballs

  • Canned Beefaroni

  • Canned beef stew

  • Boxes of instant oatmeal packets

  • Boxes of instant mashed potatoes

  • Knorr pasta sides

  • Peanut butter

  • Cans of baked beans

St. Vincent de Paul
Young Vincentians

This new social outreach ministry will allow its members (aged 11-17) to grow in holiness as they further develop their own spirituality and prayer life, create new friendships, and serve those in need. 


Please contact Erin Laurence at or 468-3600, ext. 114 for additional information or to sign-up for the leadership and training program.


Young Vincentians
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Fundraise Walk
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Spirit House Clean Up Day
Thank you to the members of the Men’s Club and other parishioners who volunteered with the St. Vincent de Paul Ministry to reach out to our brothers and sisters in need at Spirit House!