Vinnies News Weekly

October Week 03

THE JOURNEY OF LOAVES AND FISHES – Thanksgiving Ceremony

Vinnies Youth Leaders 2015
Vinnies Youth Leaders 2015

Recently the Vinnies executives of the Auckland Secondary Schools and Young Adult Conferences, parents and teachers gathered at the McLaurin Chapel Auckland University to give thanks for the Gift and the service journey of 2015.
Their was a special liturgy to celebrate their service journey with the communities they had engaged with and also the transformation they had undergone. During the ceremony they were all presented with SVdP leadership awards and given a  special  Vincentian annointing and blessing  by President Claire Murphy to signify their being sent out  after a full year of service and formation with the Society.

Presentation of Awards by Vincentian Ralph Moore
Presentation of Awards by Vincentian Ralph Moore

The Chairperson Vinnes Youth Exec Lupesina Koro shared an inspirational reflection on how the journey was like the parable of the loaves and fishes.
She spoke of how the task at the beginning was overwhelming, the need was great and how they found it challenging. However with the right support, by putting their trust in God, offering up of what they had, by perservering and working together, they were able to totally blow it out of the water! She also shared of how she received and learnt so much through the year.

The Area Council Vincentian President Claire Murphy thanked the leaders and expressed how so very proud and moved they were by what was achieved, their compassion for others.

Vinnies Youth Executive Council President Lupesina Koro (centre) pictured wit her mother Lucy Koro(Left ) and her aunty.
Vinnies Youth Executive Council President Lupesina Koro (centre) pictured with her proud mother Lucy Koro(Left) and her aunty.

THANK YOU MCAULEY HIGH SCHOOL

McAuley High School Vinnies 2015
McAuley High School Vinnies 2015

Recently a special day in the 2015 was marked, in which the Youth Team had the privilege to visit McAuley High School one last time this year and thank the Vinnies for their service works. We were also blessed to have Frank Heffernan (Vinnies National Vice President) to attend and pass on some words of wisdom and gratitude. The projects initiated by McAuley High School Vinnies included food appeals for families, weekly Visits to the local elderly home as well as support for the Recreate Programme. The Society of St Vincent de Paul are deeply moved by their charism and willingness to serve others. We wish these young women all the best in the many years to come.


TO LOVE AND SERVE

Kieran Fouhy pincipal of St Peter's College
Kieran Fouhy pincipal of St Peter’s College

“Never in my life have I gone to work and stopped calling it a job, until I came to St Peter’s College… The memories, friendships and spirit forged here I will never forget”. – Kieran Fouhy, Headmaster of St Peter’s College.

Recently the Vinnies of St Peter’s College honored the journey of Kieran, in particular his long and devoted service to those the Society of St Vincent de Paul seek to assist. A mass was held to celebrate, with Vinnies of the college both past and present in attendance. Since the inception of the Vinnies Youth Programme within Auckland, Kieran has been a steadfast supporter and role model for love and service to the community. The impact of his service works span numerous generations. We thank Kieran for all he has done, and pray blessings upon him as he takes on the role as principal of St Paul’s College in 2016.

LIVE JESUS IN OUR HEARTS

De La Salle College Vinnies
De La Salle College Vinnies 2015

In thanksgiving for all these young men of De La Salle College have done in service to their fellow brother and sister, the Youth Team passed on a token of appreciation in the form of certificates. These awards acknowledge the countless hours spent in projects including afterschool programmes for the local housing trust, immersion retreats to understand homelessness, and food appeals. For all that they have and continue to contribute to the lives of others, we extend our utmost gratitude.


PUTTING FOOD ON THE TABLE

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Recently, Anthony from the Otahuhu St Vinnies Centre called in to collect the proceeds of a food drive that was held in the final weeks of term three at McAuley High School. These generous donations of non-perishable food items willl go a long way to assisting families within the local community.
Thank you to all those wonderful staff and students who supported this action.


FAITH IS OUR COMPASS

Sancta Maria College Vinnies
Sancta Maria College Vinnies

In recognition of service to those the Society of St Vincent de Paul seek to assist, the youth team alongside John Smith (South Area Council President) presented Sancta Maria College Vinnies with certificates of appreciation. There were smiles all around as the students looked back on the many experiences they had whilst among the community. The Society are most thankful for the many hours spent preparing food and clothing appeals, local svdp shop assistance and afterschool care programmes for the local housing trust.


REMEMBER THOSE IN PRISON AS YOUR OWN

Psalm 69:33 Ministry Team
Psalm 69:33 Ministry Team

Pictured above are some of the volunteers  from across the Auckland Diocese who attended a recent Prison Ministry Meeting.  The meeting was most fruitful, as the group welcomed Teingoa who shared a part of his journey and the life the led him into spending 12 years in incarceration. This team of volunteers will be leading Sunday services as well as leading other programmes in Serco Men’s Prison in Wiri.


THANK YOU ST PAUL’S COLLEGE

St Paul's College Vinnies 2015
St Paul’s College Vinnies 2015

The Youth Team had the privilege to recognize the many service works of St Paul’s College that were initiated throughout 2015. These works included:

– Serving at the local emergency housing centre
– Visitation to families at the local refuge
– Immersion retreats to understand Homelessness

We thank these young men for all they have done in service to those in need.


OUR JOURNEY OF FAITH

Marist College Vinnies 2015
Marist College Vinnies 2015

“This year has been such an eye opening experience… I have learnt so much about myself and the people around me” – Year 13 Student, Marist College

During a final school visit, the Vinnies youth of Marist College looked back on their faith journey throughout 2015. They were especially thankful to have met so many new people along the way in their service works such as food & clothing appeals for families, picnics for children under care, assisting local SVdP Centres and serving at the local emergency housing centre.


LOOKING BACK ON THE JOURNEY

St Marys College Vinnies
St Mary’s College Vinnies 2015

“…As part of the experience hearing so many stories and meeting so many people, it was so inspiring and awesome to be part of”. – St Mary’s College Student 2015

During a final school visit the Vinnies of St Mary’s College reflected on their 2015 journey of faith, highlighting the many events and experiences that impacted them along the way. The words shared reflected what they had written down on paper at the inception of the year – a true testament to their character as young women of Mercy and Service. With projects including food, stationery and clothing appeals, Cooking dinner for emergency housing centres as well as the Ronald McDonald House; the impact made this year is one to be remembered and cherished.


REFLECTING ON THE JOURNEY THUS FAR

St Dominics College Vinnies
St Dominic’s College Vinnies

“Just being there for the ones we serve… it’s something special. I’ve learnt so much and it’s all because I took that first step to get to know that person.” – St Dominic’s College Student 2015.

As the year draws to an end, the Vinnies of St Dominic’s College reflected on their faith journey. From stationary, food and clothing drives to rest home visitation and afterschool progammes at their local primary school; these young women have truly done their school proud.


IN CHRIST WE LIVE

Liston College Vinnies 2015
Liston College Vinnies 2015 pictured with West Area Council President Owen Knock

Recently the youth team alongside West Area Council President Owen Knock had the opportunity to visit Liston College for the final time this year. It was moving to reflect on the journey of the collective. Many members of the community would like to forward their thanks for the countless hours spent collecting goods such as food for donation, as well as assisting in community opportunity shops.


WE ARE THANKFUL

Sacred Heart College Vinnies 2015
Sacred Heart College Vinnies 2015 pictured with Vincentian Peter Courtey

Vincetian Peter Courtney thanked Sacred Heart College Vinnies on behalf of the Society of St Vincent de Paul for their commitment throughout 2015.We also wish to congratulate their staff, leaders and members for their efforts to make a difference in the lives of others. The journey has been enjoyable every step of the way, and so we wish them all the best with upcoming exams. To date, the students have taken part in numerous activities such as food and clothing appeals for families, as well as afterschool programmes for the local primary school.


GIVING THANKS – CARMEL COLLEGE

Carmel College Vinnies
Carmel College Vinnies

“Everyday is an opportunity to make it a good day” – Year 13 Carmel College student

As part of a recent visit to Carmel College, the youth team acknowledged the journey of 2015. The students all agreed that it was a journey likened to a rollercoaster with numerous ups and downs, but worthwhile all the same. These young women have dedicated themselves to several projects including weekly after school programmes at the De Paul House, toiletry collections for PARS, as well as numerous food and clothing collections for families in their local community.


A LITTLE GOES A LONG WAY

Proceeds of recent appeal for stationary
Proceeds of recent appeal for stationary

Over the last month, the Vinnies of Carmel College have been putting together toiletry packs for the Prisoners Aid and Rehabilitation Society. The results of their collection are phenomenal, each pack containing a personalised message to those who will be recipients of them.


WE ARE GRATEFUL – ROSMINI COLLEGE

Rosmini College Vinnies 2015
Rosmini College Vinnies 2015

The Society of St Vincent de Paul thanked and honoured the members of the Rosmini College Vinnies Group for their contribution to the works of the Society through 2015. Each member was presented with a certificate and thanked by the North Auckland Area President Kevin Mulcahy. To date, the students have dedicated their time to numerous projects including:

  • After school homework centres at the De Paul House
  • Stationary drives for prison learning programmes
  • Food and clothing appeals for family

LOVE AND SERVICE

“I am thankful for this journey, and so this award is for all those who have walked alongside me… we are all called” – Maurice K.

Maurice (Pictured Centre) with fellow Vincentians
Maurice (Pictured Centre) with fellow Vincentians

By recognition of His Holiness Pope Francis, the parishnours of St Patrick’s parish in Pukekohe witnessed a poignant mass to celebrate the good works of Maurice Kearney. Maurice has devoted over 45 years to the Society of St Vincent de Paul, and those the Society seeks to assist; for which he received a Benemerenti Medal. The medal is an honour awarded by the Pope to members of the clergy and laity for service to the Catholic Church. The Society congratulates him for his steadfast love and devotion for the community.


THANK YOU POLYNESIAN SHIPPING

Staff of Polynesian Shipping together with Mother of Divine Mercy Youth
Staff of Polynesian Shipping together with Mother of Divine Mercy Youth

For numerous years Polynesian Shipping , its management and staff have continued to faithfully and generously support the work of the work of St Vincent de Paul here in Auckland and overseas in the Pacific. Sponsoring cartage of school furniture, clothing and household affects to support communities in the Pacific. To date their sponsorship has exceeded well over $200,000. Recently the youth members of the Mother of Divine Mercy Youth sang and performed a dance to show their appreciation for the assistance given to their collective to support their Refuge in Samoa. The manager of Polynesian Shipping Mike Swann and his staff were thanked for their tremendous work and presented with a St Vincent de Paul Service Award by Vincentian Peter Courtney on behalf of the Society.


Vinnies News Weekly

September Week 03

LIVE GOD’S WORD – DIOCESAN YOUTH MASS

Vinnies Youth Family
Vinnies Youth Family

On Sunday 27th September, close to 1,000 people came together at the St Patrick’s Cathedral to attend the Auckland Diocesan Youth Mass and also celebrate St Vincent de Paul’s Feast Day. St Vincent was a man who dedicated his life to tend to the needs of others.The theme of the Mass was “Living God’s Word.”

Feast Mass of St Vincent de Paul
Feast Mass of St Vincent de Paul

It was a beautiful Mass filled with music, prayer and a poignant message shared by celebrant Monsignor Bernard Kiely. The music was prepared by both Grace Worship Ministries and  Mother of Divine Mercy Youth Choir. Monsignor Bernard shared that he throroughly enjoyed the Vincentian Mass as it really brought in a diverse range of people from the wider Auckland to the Cathedral.

The procession of the candles
The procession of the candles

The youth presented a theatrical animation in the genre of Spoken Word which is a popular type of performance based poetry. During this animation six youth members shared of what they understood what Living God’s Word meant in the context of today. The congregation was really moved by this animation.

Vinnies Youth share an animation during the mass
Vinnies Youth share an animation during the mass

CELEBRATING TIME AS ONE FAMILY

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Coming together as a family has been a significant part of this term for the Vinnies staff and students of Sancta Maria College. They have spent each week dedicating their gifts and talents to leading the Vinnies After School Programme for the resident children at the Monte Cecilia Emergency Housing.
Making good use of the Spring-time sun in their final visit for the term allowed the families to gather for games, skipping battles, dance contests and even puzzle-time! These young men and women also brought fabulous goody bags along with stationery to be given to the children.


BUILDING FRIENDSHIPS & BREAKING DOWN THE BARRIERS

Students take part in a presentation by a recreate nz representative
Students take part in a presentation by a recreate nz representative

Recreate NZ is committed to enhancing the intellectual, social, emotional and physical development and independence of children and youth with disabilities regardless of ethnicity, gender or disability.
For the last five years the McAuley Vinnies have continued to work closely with Recreate to grow their own awareness around Disabilities and also support the Recreate participants at camps and events. At these events they buddy up with the participants and forge long lasting friendships.


CATHOLIC SCHOOLS RALLY TOGETHER TO PUT FOOD ON THE TABLE FOR FAMILIES.

Students drop off the much needed donations of non-perishable food items
Students drop off the much needed donations of non-perishable food items

An immense collection of food was coordinated across  10 Catholic schools in Auckland in support of families. The initiative was organized by St Peters College staff members and the result was staggering. The collection totalled over 4000 cans to be distributed to the different SVDP Area foodbanks throughout Auckland.

Donations received from:

St Michael Primary
St Joseph’s Orakei Primary
Sancta Maria Primary
Monte Cecilia Primary
Christ the King Primary
St Therese Primary
St Mary’s Avondale Primary
St Dominics Blockhouse Bay Primary
Pompallier Center
St Peters College
Santa Maria College

Proceeds of Food Drive
Proceeds of Food Drive

NCEA SUPPORT FOR CLENDON/WIRI PRISON

St Dominic's College launch a stationary drive in support of women in incarceration.
St Dominic’s College launch a stationary drive in support of women in incarceration.
 Over 2 months ago the leaders of St Dominic’s Vinnies group invited a University Lecturer who is currently overseeing the NCEA programme in the Clendon Women’s Prison to speak to their group. From this meeting this group of students learnt about the importance of this programme for these women and also how much they needed support to get stationery and text books.
The leaders of this group immediatedly launched an appeal in their schools and passed on the knowledge of this project across 12 other catholic schools in Auckland. The students of these schools wasted no time in launching their stationery appeal for the residents of the Women’s Prison in Wiri. To date, over 40 full boxes
of brand new stationery and 2nd hand text books have been collected.
St Peter's College with proceeds of their Stationary Drive
St Peter’s College with proceeds of their Stationary Drive
Sacred Heart College Vinnies mobilise their group in preparation for the Stationary Drive
Sacred Heart College Vinnies mobilise their group in preparation for the Stationary Drive

FAITH IN ACTION

Sancta Maria College Vinnies Leaders
Sancta Maria College Vinnies Leaders

“For me, the hardest part about service was starting. But once you do, it becomes so worthwhile and you learn so much about each other an yourself… ” – Student.

As another school term draws to a close, the young men and women of Sancta Maria College delved into the history of the Society of St Vincent de Paul, reflecting on how their own journey has had an impact on the community around them. The students thought back on their experiences throughout the course of 2015, and drew upon the core values that mattered to each individual


LIVE GOD’S WORD

Vinnies youth prepare for the animation segment during Mass
Vinnies youth prepare for the animation segment during Mass

In preparation for an animation that will take place during the upcoming Auckland Diocesan Youth Mass, a group of school and Tertiary students met up to take part in a workshop. The purpose of the workshop was to centre the minds of those who will be sharing a part of their faith journey during the mass. It provided an opportunity for these young poets and story tellers to come together and bounce ideas of one another. the next meeting took place in a studio, whereby the Grace Worship Ministries media team worked with the Vinnies Youth Team to produce the animation.

Students record their spoken word in preparation for the animation
Students record their spoken word in preparation for the animation

MRS MAC DOES IT AGAIN

Thousands of pies to the value of approx $40,000 were donated to the Vinnies foodbank.
Thousands of pies to the value of approx $40,000 were donated to the Vinnies foodbank.

Thousands of pies to the value of approx $40,000 were donated to the Vinnies foodbank. The proceeds of this generous donation was then distributed to numerous foodbanks & emergency housing facilities throughout Auckland. The Vinnies team were speechless at the sheer generosity of Mrs Macs Pies, as each member knew that this would go a long way to supporting families in need.


SERVING IN HOPE

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Tertiary and Secondary school Vinnies assist Madeline in the Vinnies shop

Over the past few weeks, the Kingsland Vinnies Centre has been fortunate to have the assistance of Madeline (Pictured far right) from Challenge Marist Youth Ministry. She has made a significant impact on the day to day dealings of the Centre, from sorting the foodbank, to assisting families who come in for food support and supervising students.


SOUPTEMBER AT THE RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE

Vinnies from Tertiary Vinnies ready to make to cook.
Vinnies from Tertiary Vinnies ready to make to cook.

Recently the Tertiary Vinnies cooked up bulk meals for the families residing at the Ronald McDonald House. The Housing accommodates families who have children being treated at the Starship Hospital. It caters to those who travel near and far to be with one another during the time of recovery. The concept was to create bulk “Heat & Eat” meals for families to refrigerate so they would not have to worry about organizing food whilst caring for their children. The staff and families residing and Ronald McDonald House are most grateful for generosity of time and resources.