Vinnies News Weekly

April Week 05

Wednesday

St Joseph’s Parish Vinnies Group :Theme : Vulnerability —–Monthly Dessert Evenings

This group of Vinnies young adults turn up faithfully each month to prepare meals and dessert for the residents of James Liston Hostel. This group is from St Joseph’s Parish in Hellensville and drive all the way into the city each month to carry out their labour of love. This week they prepared freshly baked brownies, banana cake, crumble and bought in some ice cream. The residents and staff are very grateful for what these young people do. 

 

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 A Message from Serco Prison in Mt Eden

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 I want to take this opportunity to thank you and the Vinnies young people for the excellent work that you do unceasingly in support of those on the margins of society. On behalf of the Inmates and their families at Mount Eden Corrections Facility, I thank you sincerely for providing the Easter Eggs, Hot-Cross buns, Chippies and sweets which were well received and appreciated by the Inmates and their families.Thank you for your acts of kindness, especially the Easter eggs so lovingly prepared and packed by the students of Sancta Maria, meant a lot to the men in the Mount Eden Corrections Facility.
We pray in turn that you’d be blessed by the loving hand of God, and with God’s awesome grace be blessed always.
Best wishes for the work that you do.
God Bless,
Bernadette Pereira
Community Liaison Serco Prison

 

 

 

Vinnies News Weekly

April Week 04

Wednesday

Kingsland Vinnies Center : Thank you for all the Donations

It is awesome to meet up with generous people who have loads of enthusiasm and just want to help out…A big thank you to Paula and Ella for the van loads of donations that were picked up this morning…Thank you!!

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St Patrick’s Cathedral – The weekly pick up of donated food.

Extra morning pickup from the St Pats Cathedral today..a lovely parishioner has committed herself to purchasing a boot load of food for the Vinnies foodbank each month. May God bless you Tash..thank you for your generosity.

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West Auckland Area Council Vincentians 

These Vinnies soldiers picking up van load of food supplies to service the West Auckland food banks..these guys are the real deal..where the rubber meets the road…they even worked though Easter!

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Thursday

St Mary’s College – Theme : Homelessness

The residents at James Liston hostel wish to say a BIG THANK YOU to all the wonderful young people you have been coming in twice every week over the past months to volunteer in the kitchen and spend time with them.

They are particularly grateful for the positive energy the banter, the delicious desserts , the music and the wonderful connections and friendships made.
Today they received handmade cards and treats that were gifted by the St Marys College Vinnies. The residents were really moved and stoked and have been asking when the students are coming back. They can’t wait till after the school holidays to have you all back 
A special thank you to St Marys, Marist and St Pauls College and St Jos Hellensville Vinnies for your commitment to this ministry. Well done 
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St Dominic’s College- Theme: Food Insecurity

Quietly, quietly in the background the St Dominics Vinnies have been working away on their mammoth collection of food for families that seek assistance from the local food banks. St Dominics Vinnies in the last term have been working on their chosen theme which focuses on Food and Resource Insecurity for families in New Zealand .
It is such a hard hitting fact the at least 280,000 children throughout New Zealand go hungry each day…Thank you to these students for trying to make a difference. God Bless you. Image

 

St Benedict’s Parish – Theme : Food Insecuirty

Did you know that every Sunday without fail the parishioners of St Benedicts Parish collect food for the Kingsland St Vincent de Paul Centre? In the past year through their food contributions we were able to assist an additional 132 families with food for 4 days and prepare around 600 hot meals for those who are homeless. They also prepared around 150 gifts for the Christmas Appeal for the children of residents of the local prison. We are very grateful for the generosity of this parish
May God continue to bless this wonderful parish and its leaders.

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Saturday

Kingsland Vinnies Center – Assisting schools and families in our Partner countries

Thanks to Lavrenti and the big boys for your hard work today transporting and reassembling the giant retail pieces of furniture ready for auction to raise funds for our service work…and also prepping another load freight to support families in need. We really appreciate the help and all the hours you put in. Without the generosity of our volunteers we couldn’t do the work we do. May God bless you.

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Vinnies News Weekly

April Week 03

Sancta Maria College -Caritas Challenge

Sancta Maria College have completed the 24hr Caritas Challenge …these guys are amazing check out all the rosaries they assembled.

Congratulations Mr Gorman and the students of Sancta Maria.
Uncanny timing given the most recent developments in the Solomons. 

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Ignite 2014 Team : Formation for the upcoming Secondary School Homeless Retreats

Cool to connect in with these I-14 leaders in the city to plan out the process for the upcoming Secondary School Homeless retreats for the year. Thank you Helen for leading the process. 

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St Patrick’s Cathedral : Weekly Food donations for the Vinnies foodbanks

To all the wonderful parishioners and staff of St Patricks Cathedral THANK YOU for your generosity each week. This really makes a difference to all the families that come in seeking assistance.May God Bless you all 

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St Peter’s College : (Quest Retreat) Theme: Food Insecurity
St Peters College hosted their awesome Quest Retreat on Saturday and Sunday. Mad respect for Mr  Kingdon , the staff and student leaders and students who helped coordinate it all. As part of this retreat they organised a mega food collection where they went into the community collected food. The Vinines crew who came out to collect the food were blown away and had to work really hard to get it all in..The Society of St Vincent de Paul is really grateful for the HUGE VANLOAD of food !! 3000+ items that will be distributed to Vinnies foodbanks right throughout Auckland. May God Bless you all !!

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Tuesday

St Mary’s College – Theme : Vulnerability ( Women’s Refuges and Emergency Housing)

A massive thank you to the Vinnies of St Mary’s College for all their works of mercy this term! Such a blessing to see you all putting the Gospel into action… Whether it be writing beautiful Easter cards, or putting together care packs for residents of Emergency Housing; you can definitely see the Spirit at work. Well done SMC!

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St Paul’s College- Theme : Homelessness

A solid service experience with the young men from St Pauls College tonight at the local emergency housing center! It was fantastic to see you all working together as a team to serve the meals… as well as using this time to connect with the residents. Throughout the course of this term they have been visiting the center, and developing a connection with the residents… a connection that has only become stronger with each visit. Malo St Pauls College Vinnies!!

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Wednesday

Kingsland Vinnies  Center – Theme: Prisons

Lest we forget during this Easter Season those in our Prisons, on the streets, in hospitals and hospices and refuges. Spare a thought for them. 
A special Thank you for all the generous donations Easter goods that have been donated through the week.There will be a vanload of goods going out to many of the people in these places.God bless you.

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St Peters College – Theme : Food Insecurity

Tulua from the Marist sisters sorting all the donated cans to go out to the different Vinnies area foodbanks throughout Auckland.
Thank you St Peters College for your generosity. The food donated by you has been distirbuted to:
6 Vinnies Foodbanks in South Auckland, 2 in West Auckland, 1 in North Auckland,
1 in Central Auckland

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Tertiary Young Adults Vinnies Group – Theme : Homelessness and Vulnerability

Tonight Tertiary Vinnies had their first training session at the Auckland City Mission. A massive thank you to Helen who ran the training and all those who attended. Looking forward to seeing these superstars in action in a couple of weeks time.

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St Peter’s College – Theme : Food Insecurity

Some of today’s distribution of cans from St Peters College. All hands on deck at Otahuhu and New Lynn, North Shore Vinnies and Mother of Divine Mercy Refuge Thanks again St Peters your cans are going a looong way…tomorrow 3 more stops….

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Thursday

Marist College – Theme: Prisons

Today , we heard passion, we saw tears..the Holy Spirit moved in these women….We held a really ‘full’ session with the Marist students today..unpacking justice values..catholic social teaching, the Gospel, the sacredness of people, .telling stories of people ..of real people struggling and crying out….dialoguing and trying to understand and hold the tension of the different sides…trying to understand the reality and lives of those who are in our prisons..it was hard….and we are really really proud of these ladies…..they ‘get it’….
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St Paul’s College-  Theme: Homelessness
These leaders and students from St Pauls College prepared a real treat for the residents of James Liston as well as the homeless who went down to the City Mission for something to eat tonight. These young men brought in enough yummy homemade chocolate cake and loads of ice cream to feed an army! And feed an army they did indeed! They said they just wanted to do something special for these brothers and sisters on Holy Thursday. The huge crowd of people that gathered at the City Mission were so appreciative of their generosity and thoughtfulness
After dropping the dessert off they went back to serving meals and cleaning up after everyone at James Liston Hostel. Such an awesome crew !
Thank you Gloria for the pics, for supervising the crew and taking them up to the City MissionImage
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Sancta Maria College – Theme: Prisons
Thinking of all the partners and children who will be visiting their,dads, moms, partners, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters in prison today on Holy Thursday.
Thank you to Sancta Maria College for all the Easter packs made for the families of these inmates. Know that you have brought some joy to someones life. 
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St Paul’s College-  Overnight Homeless Retreat 
Around 20 Vinnies and leaders at St Pauls College on this cold, windy night of Holy Thursday are sleeping rough in support of all of our streeties who sleep rough every night.
They spent part of the evening preparing and serving food at the homeless shelter, attending Mass at St Jos, building shelters and learning about homelessness and then sharing reflections..Just as we were leaving them, they were washing each others feet…God bless you brothers..and May God bless all God’s people who are sleeping rough tonight.
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Friday 
St Paul’s College – Theme: Homelessness
Carrying the Cross on Good Friday from St Paul’s College to St Patrick’s Cathedral.
…”for the first time ever…I felt like I could feel a little of what Christ felt…the pain…the drops of blood and sweat….” (quote from St Pauls Vinnies Homeless Retreat)
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Tertiary Young Adult Vinnies Group- Theme: Vulnerability
Young Adult Vinnies setting up for lunch at the City Mission on Good Friday
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Hotcross buns ready for dispatch to families…
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Vinnies News Weekly

April Week 02

Tuesday

Marist College

A very moving session into the theme of “Homelessness” with Marist College Vinnies today. Today they watched a film based on Homelessness in Auckland city with personal testimonies of homeless people..
Reflection by the students afterwards of what they felt and thought…
– ” ..Not every homeless person is a druggie..” ” It made me feel sad that some people don’t have anyone one to turn to and have nowhere to go..” “…It make me grateful for what I have…” ..Everyone has a story…” “….I learnt from the story of the woman that although she was not abused or addicted sometimes people end up homeless because they don’t meet a criteria and don’t have options…”
– “…The story of the young man who was kicked out of home at age 14 made me sad…and how his friends built him a tree hut to live in …he was so young”
We asked them how many of them were 14 years old and around 20 students put their hands up.
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St Mary’s College

With laughter, song and smiles all round, these young women offered up their time tonight to volunteer at the local emergency housing center. So wonderful to see the ease at which they formed a genuine connection with those they were assisting – serving food, and listening to the wisdom of the residents and the staff Gloria. The staff and students of St Mary’s College can be proud of what was achieved today… truly a blessing!

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Wednesday

Grace Worship Ministries

What a beautiful and dedicated group of musos..thank you Grace Ministries for all your mahi over the past weeks in preparation for the upcoming Vinnies Mass this Saturday

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Thursday

Ignite 2014 Team

A big shout out to our Vinnies I-14 for coming in today and helping prep for the upcoming commissioning mass!!!

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St Mary’s College

A huge thank you to the Vinnies of St Marys for their heart of service for the residents of James Liston Hostel..bringing energy into their work, service with a smile and humility to connect and listen to the stories shared with them during dinner. Living out their Mercy values and learning to build the relationship with whom serve. 

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Friday

This Friday afternoon exec school leaders, parish and tertiary representatives and all those involved in the Commissioning Mass for 2014 gathered at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Was great to see everyone again and the positive energy that was evident as we prepared for Saturday night.

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Saturday

We are very grateful for God’s grace. Tonight was a celebration and a poignant reminder that God hears the cry of the poor. We are very moved by these young leaders and their school groups who have committed themselves to the call to love and serve others the poor this year.

Photos from Commissioning Mass can be found by following the link: 

https://www.facebook.com/stvinnies/media_set?set=a.650629038339176.1073741909.100001762584868&type=1 

 

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