WEST AUCKLAND SVDP FESTIVAL MASS
Vincentians from across Auckland came together for a West area festival gathering. This provided a platform for all to deepen the spiritual dimension of being a Vincentian in today’s society. It was an occasion for spiritual growth, mutual sharing and a chance to review the conferences’ works and future plans. Student representatives from Colleges in the West Area were also present at this gathering, and shared of their perspective as a Vinnie in the youth programme.
As the 2015 Vinnies Youth Programme nears the end of a chapter, the Ignite Team gather one last time to reflect on and discuss the many projects they have assisted in this year. These young men and women have played a significant role in many aspects of the Youth Programme, including facilitation at camps, retreats, school visits, regional youth events as well as peer support for fellow Vinnies. The faith journey of 2015 has seen a surge of positivity and passion, and so the Ignite Team look forward to building upon strength after strength in the chapters to come.
WHAT YOU HAVE DONE FOR THE LEAST OF THESE
Over the last few weeks, the Society have been fortunate to have volunteers at the Kingsland Vinnies Centre drop off Christmas card prototypes and assembling numerous “ready to make card kits” for (Psalm) 69:33 Prison Ministries who will soon serve within the prisons. These Christmas card making sessions have become a real hit with the residents of the local prison, who find these sessions fun, therapeutic and a personal way to connect with their loved ones during Christmas
These youth volunteers were quite moved to have the oppurtunity to make something to connect with the residents of the prison.
Recently a combined team of West, Central and South Catholic Parish Youth members as well as Adults & Vinnies of the 69:33 Ministry Team) visited the Mt Eden Serco Prison to assist with the Sunday Liturgies. These visits will continue on into the christmas season, with the hopes of facilitating card making sessions.
THANK YOU MRS MACS PIES
The Society of St Vincent de Paul are grateful to the management and staff of Mrs Mac pies for their donation of over 24,000 pies. These pies were distributed to 15 Vinnies food-banks throughout Auckland. These food items will go a long way to supporting families.
The Society are privileged to be recipients of food donationss from Kiwiharvest. This organisation will be bringing in fresh produce for our food bank each week. KiwiHarvest collects excess fresh, chilled and frozen meals and food donations from supermarkets, cafes, growers, caterers and manufacturers in a refrigerated van, ready for charities to serve or provide nutritious meals to their clients.
SERVING IN HOPE
Following the conclusion of the their exams, these three trainee nurses were onsite today to helping sort the food bank, as well as unloading and loading a van full of goods. The team spent some quality time in the Vinnies library listening to their poignant work stories of their placements at local hospitals.
TERTIARY VINNIES THANKSGIVING
The Society is thankful for these wonderful youth leaders who have worked hard this year in service of others. The Society is honoured to have you leading the way. Recently the Vinnies of local universities, ignite team, 69:33 Ministries, and young adults who have assisted at Auckland City Mission came together to celebrate their faith journey and share in food and song to close off the year.