St. Mark Catholic Parish

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St. Vincent de Paul Society

A Message from the Society of St. Vincent de Paul
St. Mark’s Conference

October 2022

Dear Parishioners of St. Mark,

For many years the parishioners of St. Mark Church have supported those less fortunate in our own community through the support of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul conference here at St. Mark’s.

As you know, as a result of Covid-19, we were unable to continue providing food hampers to families.  Food distribution became centralized through The Food Bank of Waterloo Region at that time and a new food distribution system continues to develop.

Our SVDP conference continues to work with the various agencies involved in any way that we can, and will revisit options on how best to use our resources in the future.

While much continues to be unsettled, we appreciate your past support and wanted to let you know what we can as our community needs are as great as ever.

Part of the new food distribution system is the use of community centers being run by the House of Friendship.  We are currently in talks with the Forest Heights Community Center to see how we can pool our resources to aid families here in our community.

But for now, we are focused on Christmas.  We will be assisting the House of Friendship with this year’s Christmas program by providing volunteers and the use of our parking lot on December 16th.  In addition, we will provide financial assistance if possible.  The number of families that can be supported through this program has been capped based on last year’s numbers.  But they are expecting more calls this year so we have offered to provide direct assistance to an additional 20 families in our area. 

Online registration for assistance with food or toys opens November 1st at  Separate forms must be filled out for food and toys.

You can again find a blue SVDP envelope in your box of offertory envelopes.  Any donation you make is deeply appreciated and will be used in our efforts this Christmas.


St. Mark’s Conference Members
Society of St. Vincent de Paul

Available Food and Other Assistance Information

The Food Bank of Waterloo Region supports the Community Food Assistance Network – a system of 100+ community programs and agency partners.

A complete list of Hamper Programs, Community Center Food Distribution and Community Meals Programs can be found on their website:
and click on “Need Food?”

Alternatively, you can call:
519-743-5576 ext. 340

Included on this website for our area is:

Forest Heights Food Program
1700 Queens Boulevard
This program runs weekly on Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
* Identification with name and address is required. *

If you require support for other non-food services you can
visit the webpage of Region of Waterloo Community Services:
Alternatively, you can call 519-575-4400 and ask for assistance.

The Region’s website provides access to many programs including:

Ontario Works ……….……..     519-883-2100

Carizon Family Services …..    519-743-6333

KW Counselling Services …     519-884-0000

The House of Friendship ….     519-742-8327

Salvation Army ……………..     519-745-4215

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