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© 2020 Society of St. Vincent de Paul Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. 

Mailing Address:

2403 Holcombe Blvd, Houston, TX 77021

Phone: 713.741.8234

49th Annual Black Bag Collection

"Love Thy Neighbor"

This year's Black Bag Collection theme is "Love Thy Neighbor" and will be held the weekend of July 13-14. 


The special collection will be taken at every mass in every parish of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.


Despite being closely tied to the Archdiocese, the Society does not receive funding from the Diocesan Service Funds (DSF) like some of our sister organizations.


Please support our mission to help our communities living with the burdens of poverty in the greater Houston and Galveston areas. 

The funds collected during this single weekend play a crucial role in the Society’s ability to fund our Vincentian Services Center, Food Network Ministry, Voucher Ministry, Home Visits, and more.

What is the Black Bag Collection?

In 1970 Bishop Markovsky established the first Annual Black Bag Collection. Since then, a special collection dedicated to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is held every year in each of the 150 parishes that make up the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

Spirituality of the Black Bag

Yes, there is a spirituality of the Black Bag. Just as the spirit of charity moves among us all, the passing of the Black Bag in parishes, companies and neighborhoods is passed from hand to hand. As we act, one in the spirit of giving, the simple black bag is transformed into something beautiful and deeply spiritual among friends. We should all be aware of the joy in giving to the Lord. 

History of the Black Bag

In 1833, our founder, Blessed Frederic Ozanam, and the original members realized they needed money to fund their good works of charity. Because the giving capacity of the members varied, they decided to pass around a simple black bag so that each member could give what they could afford to give.