Vinnies News Weekly

Highlights: October

Saturday, 7th 

Thanksgiving ceremony

In recognition of the 150 years that the Society of St Vincent De Paul arrived on the shores of New Zealand, it is important to recognise the service and leadership of the Auckland Vinnies secondary school council and our young adults as a way to give thanks for the gift that they are to their community and to the society.

The thanksgiving ceremony took place at St Columba centre, it was a gathering for friends and family to celebrate and honour the journey and sercice work Vinnies youth leaders of 2017.At he end of the night the young adult Vincentians honoured the Auckland Vinnies School leaders with the Tika Tonu Haka in celebration of the mahi aroha (service of love) throughout 2017.

Tuesday, 10th

World Homeless Day

Standing in solidarity with those who have no place to call home is a tough concept to understand. However, this annual event was hold at Aotea square, organised by the Charlotte and her team from James Liston Hostel. Some of the young adults and secondary school students helped with setting up marquees and helped with packing down at the end.

The Society had the opportunity to have a stall at the event to promote the charism and different works of the society. An important part of this day is a reminder that the people who live out on the streets need to be supported. There were different organisations that were present at the event such as Auckland City Mission, Kiwi Harvest, Mother of Divine mercy who continue to do amazing work with the community.

Friday, 13th – Sunday, 15th

Society of St Vincent de Paul

Annual General Meeting

This month was the Annual General Meeting for the Society. It was particularly special being 150 years since the charism arrived on the shores New Zealand. It was even more so that it arrived in Christchurch where our meeting was held. Held over three days, the theme for the weekend was “Past, Present and Future”.

Fulled with conferences and sharing of experiences, the weekend managed to draw people from all over New Zealand and even from neighboring countries and islands  such as Tonga, Australia and many more. Vincenetian Paul Mulvaney had this to say about his time at the AGM:

From 13th-15th October, 2017 people gathered here in ChCh for a weekend of celebration to commemorate 150 years of the St Vincent de Paul Society in New Zealand.

In addition local conferences of the society in other regions hosted events and celebration.

Among a number of National or International guests it included Tony Muir the Council General and the International Territorial Frank Brassil Vice-President.

On the Saturday night we attended a super dinner/camaraderie @ the Commodore. I purchased the book by Tim O’Sullivan ‘’Early History of the SVDP in New Zealand’’ This is the story of the Society.

On Sunday in a packed St Mary’s Catholic Church, Manchester St, held an Anniversary Mass celebrated by Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Martin Krebs,  Bishop Emeritus Basil Meeking, Bishop Owen Dolan, Bishop Charles Drennan, Father Chris Friel, Father Rick Loughnan  & more. As usual the choir music led by Don Whelan was superb.

Afterwards we were treated to another form of food, cutting of the cake, a stirring haka outside from the Auckland troupers, more mingling, photos and fare thee wells.


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October, Week 1


Vincentian Festival Gathering

Last Saturday was a memorable occasion as we continue the celebration of 150 years of the charism of St Vincent de Paul being established in New Zealand. At St Benedict’s Church was the gathering of all Vincentians from different generations to come together and connect in under the Society.  The theme of the event was “Keeping the promise of Jesus Alive” which was held out throughout the day. We had guest speaker Helen Robinson come in and talk about her experiences working alongside the Society leaving us with a powerful message:

WE NEED to ruthlessly go out seeking diversity, seeking the margins, creating new meeting places to connect with others. In diversity, the margins and difference we meet Christ.

The day continued with discussions between our Vincentians on their experiences, their learning’s and teachings and how they came to become apart of the Society. The day ended in a meal and more discussions, bridging the connections between old and young Vincentions and also remembering the 150 years of the Charism of St Vincent de Paul in New Zealand.

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Highlights: September

Friday, 15th

Massive Can Drive for Christmas

On the 15th September, a small group of volunteers from Young Vinnies headed down the King Size Storage by St Lukes to help unload 17,000 cans that had been delivered from different parts of Auckland. These cans are going towards the Christmas Appeal at the end of the year, where it will be given to many different families during the holiday season. A lot of hard work and effort was put in to the gathering of these cans, thanks to the many schools and communities who offered up a generous donation. Special recognition goes to Billy Hadnet and Michael Mullen for dedicating their time to go out and actively collect each can from around Auckland. It was a long day but was full of rewards and satisfaction.

The team unloading the vans, getting ready for storage.

Saturday, 16th

Tamariki Day!

Every year, the students from Marist College and St Peter’s College come together to host whats called a “Fun Day” or as its called now “Tamariki Day”.  The day included a series of activities set up for children from different backgrounds, offering them a time to relax and have fun with our secondary school students. This also gave time for the parents of these children to relax and have a cup of tea while watching their young ones enjoy themselves. With a lot of excitement and energy, these kids had permanent smiles throughout the day, leaving tired and joyful.21731539_1492381207497284_3129817303297897215_o21731547_1492381454163926_3130124579476040583_o21753289_1492381460830592_3547777485146105369_o

Sunday, 24th

Celebrating the Feast Day of St Vincent de Paul

This month, the Vinnies from around Auckland rejoiced as we celebrated the Feast Day of St Vincent de Paul. It was especially important as we remember 150 years since the Vincention Charism had arrived in New Zealand. To celebrate the feast day, we held a special mass on sunday, remembering the charism that St Vincent de Paul displayed and the exact charism we continue to carry throughout our lives. The mass included a special display and song from our youth team and university vinnies, with the main message being “We Belong”. 21687680_1499421713459900_7121241025430860157_n22008303_1499423090126429_3767752976625799143_n22045801_1499421293459942_291260535369984489_n