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February: Highlights

Youth Formation and Development

Earlier this month, the young adults and staff of Vinnies embarked on a series of retreats so as to grow closer to one another and to grow in their faith. This provided an invaluable platform to build upon the values of the individuals and form lasting bonds that would translate to stronger acts of service for the wider community.

Ladies Retreat with the powerful theme “This is me”.
Gents Retreat with the theme: “The Greatest Showmen”

Reconnecting with the Schools 

The start of February also signaled the unraveling of the Schools Youth Programme for 2018. Across Auckland, the Vinnies Youth Team currently operate in 14 Catholic Colleges. The purpose of this programme is to provide a curriculum based on the seven corporal works of mercy. Each school visit is an opportunity to educate the youth on social issues within their community, and provide the neccesary tools for these young men and women to carry out works of service.

Throughout the month, a number of the youth team began visitation to each of the colleges to meet with teachers and the student leaders for each Vinnies group. Each visit was centred around planning themes for future meetings, and potential service projects that the students could undertake over the next school term.

Marcellin College Vinnies 2018
Sacred Heart College Vinnies 2018
St Peters College Vinnies Leaders 2018
Rosmini College Vinnies Leaders 2018
Marist College Vinnies Leaders 2018
Sancta Maria Vinnies Leaders 2018
St Mary’s College Vinnies Leaders 2018
Mcauley High School Vinnies Leader 2018

First AVSSC Meeting 2018

Once a month, the student leaders of each Vinnies group in Auckland gather for leadership development. At these gatherings the students learn more about the St Vincent de Paul charism and are provided practical tools to manage their wider Vinnies groups. The significance of this forum is that it provides a platfrom for the voice of the youth to be heard and nurtured. Through a network of support and guidance, these young men and women make up the Auckland Vinnies Secondary School Council, or “AVSSC” for short. After meeting with each school group respectively, the time came to gather these students for the first time. What began as nervous glances between strangers, soon developed into acquainted youth full of laughter and smiles. These connections will be nurtured over the many gatherings to come.

The Auckland Vinnies Secondary School Council 2018

Farewell to Pelasio

As some journeys begin, others enter a new chapter. In this instance, the Youth Team bid farewell to Pelasio Iaseto-Filo, a staff member bound for Wellington to undertake an intern position with Challenge2000. Challenge 2000 is a professional, dynamic and passionate Youth Development, Community and Family Social Work Agency. The organisation works mainly throughout the Wellington region, providing a wide range of services and programmes to children, young people, families and community groups.

Pelasio was a member of the youth team since 2014, and was a significant youth volunteer for many years prior. The Kingsland Vinnies team as well as leaders from the Logos Marist Project gathered to celebrate, pray for and send off their colleague.

Staff, family and friends gather to farewell Pelasio as he prepares for his new position in Wellington
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Daily Bread:Update

Last year in December, the Vinnies team began the launch of Daily Bread, an initiative that was created to “Feed a Family” over the Christmas season. It was open for everybody and anybody who was able to provide donations for three different types of parcels: A food pack, a linen pack and a Christmas gift pack. Since the launch, we received all sorts of generous donations that have helped us provide the essentials for those families. Lots of hard work was put towards raising awareness for Daily Bread and involved different kinds of projects to bring about that awareness:

Official Launch of Daily Bread

The official launch happened in three different parishes in Auckland: St Benedicts, Christ the King, St Particks Cathedral. Our ambassadors handed out fliers and set up stalls in order to get the word out about the initiative.

Packing of the first 100 parcels

The start of sorting through donated goods and packing them, ready to be delivered to families this Christmas. 

Kohuora Card Making

Couple of days spent with families members who were visiting their loved ones in the Kohuora Correction Facility by making cards that they could take in. They were also given Christmas gifts for their families as they were leaving.

Ranui Caravan Park Fun Day


Enjoying the day with the families from the Ranui Caravan Park by hosting activities, preparing meals for them and also distributing gifts as well.

Busking at Countdown


Few of our helpers and volunteers busking at the local countdown in order to raise money for the Daily Bread initiative in Mt Eden


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New Beginnings 

The start of a new year invites opportunities for new beginnings and growth. In addition, it also provides the opportunity to reflect on the previous year, so as to explore the successes and struggles that unfolded. The Vinnies Youth Team gathered in Karekare for a retreat, and proceeded from there to continue their ministries and platforms for youth development. The month of January became significant in the sense that it provided a platform from which the youth could find a sense of belonging and form their journey of service for the year ahead.

Our Vinnies Youth Adult Leaders connecting and journeying through their retreat out in Karekare with the theme “This is Me”.


Members of the Youth Team proceeded to stock up on the SVdP foodbank  for families recovering from Christmas and New Years. Much of the food was sourced from both shopping and generous donations.


In light of recent natural disasters, youth volunteers have been preparing bulk loads of donated resources and goods to support families in Tonga.


The Hospital Ministry team attend mass at Auckland Hospital, helping transport patients to the chapels from their rooms. This was also the last service led by Fr Christopher, who starts anew at Takapuna Parish.