Dear young people, do not bury your talents, the gifts that God has given you. Do not be afraid to dream of great things" Pope Francis
The Young Vincentians' Mission begins with the 7 to 11 age group (the Mini Vinnies). They are the youngest members of the St Vincent de Paul Society. With the permission of their parents and the support of their teachers, the children are encouraged to embark on their first steps as possible 'Vincentians for life'.
Mini Vinnies (MVs) gather and pray together at school, talk about those around them who need our help and think of ways they can help those people. MVs each get pledge and prayer cards, badges, certificates and membership handbook.
Based on the Gospel readings spiritual reflections provide suggestions and creative ideas of putting the Gospel into practice through "see", "think" and "do".
Mini Vinnies' Prayer
Lord, thank you for our gifts and talents.
Lord, show us who needs our help.
Lord, use our hands to help those who are hungry.
Lord, open our hearts to love and comfort those
who are sad and lonely.
Lord, let us share our time, gifts and talents with
those in need.
Lord, help us to care for the sick.
Lord, may we all help and support each other as Mini Vinnies to build a better world.
To Be a Mini Vinnie
A Promise & a Prayer.
We have been chosen to follow Jesus.
Using the gifts given to us by the Holy Spirit
We commit ourselves to Him & one another,
To work, learn & pray together,
To do nothing alone that we can do better together.
To serve the needy.
Mini Vinnies at Our Lady & St KenelmPrimary, in Halesowen, have their own little mascot to support them in their mission.
Miracle baby saved by surgeons who fitted him with a 'hand-made heart' is our own little ‘Mini Vinnie’.
Vinnie Holliday born with half a heart and had a life-saving operation at Birmingham Children's Hospital
He was diagnosed with Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) while still in the womb and needed open-heart surgery just 24 hours after being delivered.
Surgeons at Birmingham Children’s Hospital ‘rewired’ his heart to construct a new aorta - to allow the right side of his heart to pump blood round the body.
Vinnie is now 7 months old and his parents have agreed for him to be our own little mascot. Our first fundraiser is going to be for the Birmingham children’s Hospital to enable them to continue their amazing work and look after Vinnie, and others like him, as he grows up.
On his visit to school, the Presidents, Izzy and Sophie, from Y5, presented him with his Mini Vinnie badge, certificate, pledge card and prayer card.