Vocations Festival – You Are Called
This weekend, a Vocation Festival was held at Christ the King Parish in Owairaka where people were able to go along and see ways in how they can deepen their faith. This is the first time that there was an event for people within the diocese that helps with discerning our vocation that would fit for each person. There were different stalls set up on the day. From religious orders to lay organisation, it was a day full of many inspiring testimonies that explored different vocations such as Marriage, religious order, teaching etc. It was an important event as it showcased the different vocations each stall had to offer and allowed a variety of opportunities to those who went along.
Living Wage in Aotearoa!
On Thursday night, a Living Wage Forum was held at St Annes in Manurewa where one representative from 4 different parties (Labour, NZ First, Maori and Green) came and sat down to discuss the situations around affordable housing and the living wage problem in New Zealand. The main focus was looking at the communities in South Auckland, where stories were shared from individuals who were and still are personally affected by these struggles. Each Member of Parliament had a chance to address their parties policies towards affordable housing and the living wage. They all committed to increasing the numbers of houses in South Auckland and to also raise the living wage to $20/hour if elected in to parliament. The event was filled with parishes, organisations, youth and school groups and even the residents who live in South Auckland along with representatives from Young Vinnies, The Logos Project and The Auckland Catholic Youth Ministry.