Posted by Br Lewis Harwood FSC
on 24 March 2020
Inspired by the District Plan of "giving voice" and support to at-risk communities and emphasising service to the poor, the Lasallian Mission Services team participated in a service day with the Asylum Seekers Centre in Newtown in February. The day consisted of an orientation of the Centre looking at its history and the valuable service it provides to those seeking asylum in Australia. The Centre supports the needs of people who have recently arrived from overseas countries. Through lunch meals, food banks and language and administrative support, the Centre is an invaluable network and community.
The LMS team volunteered by packing food containers and sorting out food items which were given to families in need. The team also cooked the main meal for the 80 plus families who attended the day for lunch and were able to interact with the clients who came from a variety of countries, including Pakistan, India, Fiji and Papua New Guinea. A couple of musical items were performed to entertain the spirits of those present. It was a great day of solidarity, working alongside amazing people in this city.
The Lasallian Mission Services team will continue to build a partnership with the Centre and offer a Lasallian presence and service. A new Lasallian outreach service group called the "St Yon Crew" has formed to encourage a number of service days and activities focusing on giving back and fostering our vocation as Lasallians.
The St Yon Crew is a Lasallian action, service and apostolic outreach group for young adults. Inspired by the spirit of St John Baptist de La Salle and the broader Lasallian charism to serve the last, the lost and the least, we invite young adults, former students, Uni students or those interested in supporting people who are disadvantaged and marginalised in society to come and join us for service days and afternoons. It is our hope to foster vocations as well as to allow young adults to reflect on their vocation as Lasallians through service and community. There are many pathways within the Lasallian charism to explore and get involved with.
Contact our Lasallian vocation team: firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more and dates.