Posted by De La Salle College, Mangere East on 5 March 2019

Kia Orana, Talofa lava, Malolelei and Kia Ora to you all!

Our year has started smoothly with the usual daily Catholic Character activities of the college slowly finding momentum. We have the 12pm Angelus with different Year 12 students taking turn in reciting the prayer over the intercom. Classes begin with a prayer and at the end of the day, lessons end with a prayer. Various Catholic Character meetings are taking place also.

Young Vinnies is a group for senior students from Years 11 -13. Young Vinnies meet every Thursday morning-tea for prayer, fellowship and organise their service activity where they go every Friday and cook for the homeless. Mini-Vinnies is the junior version of the Young Vinnies where members are from Years 7-10. Mini-Vinnies meet every Thursday lunch time for the same reason as Young Vinnies. All the student needs to do to be a member is to attend any of their meetings to register. All Vinnie members (Young Vinnies and Mini-Vinnies) receive a certificate at the end of the year if they are consistent in their attendance and service duties. Members who devote more than 40 hours of service will also receive Vinnie badges at the end of the year. Parents are encouraged to remind their son to get involved with service activities and joining Young Vinnies is an opportunity for them to do service.

The Young Brothers is a group of altar-servers. The group is led by one of the senior altar servers who also train the young ones every Wednesday lunch time. Altar-servers are reserved mainly for junior students Years 7 10. Parents are encouraged to remind their sons that they can also serve as altar-servers for the college, especially, if their son is already serving in their parish.

There are new Catholic Character initiatives in the next few weeks such as a Liturgy Committee group, the Eucharistic Minister training, the Ministers of the Word training and opportunities for the junior students to lead our Thursday Mass worship. We are looking forward to everyone's contribution to the Catholic Character of the college this year to "act justly, love kindly and to walk humbly with God."
Live Jesus in our hearts! Forever!

Author:De La Salle College, Mangere East
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