Can you help two young people get to World Youth Day?
Friday in the youth team is usually a quiet day. We make sure we are packed for whatever programmes and Masses are happening for the amazing young people throughout our diocese. Most of the team have Friday off as their ‘weekend’.
This week all of our planning has gone out the window. Young people from Auckland have been planning, saving and fundraising for months to join a national pilgrimage with Bishop Charles Drennan for World Youth Day Panama. They were expecting the cost to be $6,000 per person with a deposit of $1000 this month. Two weeks ago we found out that due to supply and demand of flights the cost has increased to $8,000 and on Friday we found out that the deposit has increased from $1,000 to $4,000. That’s a big difference for a young person!
We have been frantically trying to secure help but today I’m reaching out to you to help make it happen for two young people. Can you help them by chipping in with a contribution to this urgently needed deposit?
For some, parishes or family members will help them out but for these two people this is the difference between whether they get to go or not! We need $8,000 as deposits for flights for these two dedicated young people in our diocese to attend World Youth Day Panama and we need it by 31 August! Both of the young people are active in their parishes and are supported by their parish priest and community.
We simply can’t do this without some support from wonderful parishioners like you. I’d love to be able to support our dedicated young people who want to join with Pope Francis and other Catholic youth from around the world to get there. We are going to need $8,000 by 31 August. So today I’m asking you if you can help our young people be part of this god-affirming experience?
I know that our young people are willing to work hard to make this happen, but with this new deadline they can not do it on their own. If you can help today, then we have a chance of getting these young people from the Auckland diocese to be part of this experience and share it throughout the Auckland diocese on their return.
We haven’t got much time so I’m also asking you if you can share this with your networks. If you are able to help the details on how to make a contribution are shared below or download the Form-for-donations in pdf format. We assure you that the young people appreciate your support.
YES, I can help a young person get to World Youth Day Panama.
The amount of my donation is: $__________________
PAYMENT INSTRUCTIONS: Sponsor details:
First Name: _____________________________ Last Name: ________________________________
Phone: ________________________ Email: ____________________________________________
Relationship to pilgrim (if applicable): __________________________________________________
Bank account name: Roman Catholic Bishop Auckland – Catholic Development Fund
Bank account number: 02-0100-0120931-018
Particulars: “756 – WYD”
Reference: Your surname
To receive a tax deductible receipt please email or post the above details to Teresa McNamara – Team Leader – Youth and Young Adult Ministry Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Private Bag 47904, Ponsonby, Auckland 1144. For any queries please contact Teresa by email or phone: 021 649 012.
Hear the stories of the young people you will be supporting to get to WYD Panama.
One is to be a primary school teacher at her old school of St Joseph’s Otahuhu.
The other is to attend World Youth Day Panama in January 2019.
Palepa has been working hard to achieve both dreams. Studying diligently to be a great teacher and saving money from her part-time job at Burger King to cover the cost of the deposit for World Youth Day. She’s finally saved the $1000 deposit only to be informed that she has to have a $4000 deposit and it needs to be paid by the end of this month! That’s right, she now has to pay by the 31st of August.
I know that Palepa is willing to work hard to make this happen, but with this new deadline, she cannot do it on her own. Can you chip in to help? If you can help today, then we have a chance of getting Palepa to Panama!
Palepa is a youth leader in her parish of St Joseph and St Joachim in Otahuhu. She has always been committed and active in her faith – from handing out Mass sheets as people arrived at church when she was a child, progressing to being an altar server, a Eucharistic minister and now a leader of children’s liturgy and youth group. When Palepa made the decision to be a leader of her parish youth five years ago it was because she realised the importance of a parish community. What she loves most about her ministry is being able to teach a range of young people about God, our church and their faith. She loves it when she takes a young person from the “Mass is boring” stage to “WOW that’s so interesting”. What makes her happy is that their faith experience takes them into a deeper relationship with God, and they recognise that they belong in our Catholic Church.
For Palepa, World Youth Day Panama would be a once in a lifetime experience. It’s an opportunity to reignite her faith, to meet young people from all around the world that share the same Catholic values as her and to bring that experience back and share it with young people in the South Region and with the children she teaches in a primary school.
Roseanne Ulunga is a 24 year-graduate engineer working with Downer. She’s really active in her parish community of St Joseph and St Joachim in Otahuhu and has already started living out her dream of making a positive contribution as a young adult Catholic both in her own community and overseas.
This year Roseanne has been working hard to save the money for the deposit for World Youth Day Panama. She’s saved the $1000 deposit only to be informed that she has to have a $4000 deposit and it needs to be paid by the end of this month! That’s right, she now has to pay by the 31st of August.
Roseanne is willing to work hard to make this happen, but with this new deadline, she cannot do it on her own. Can you chip in to help? If you can help today, then we have a chance of getting Roseanne to Panama!
Rosanne is really committed to helping and sharing with others. Earlier this year Roseanne had the opportunity to work in Solomon Islands through a partnership Downer has with VSA – Volunteering Services Abroad. She went as an Infrastructure Adviser for the Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development (MEHRD) in Solomon Islands.
This involved working with the Asset Management Division within the Ministry over three months to manage and deliver various infrastructure projects such as science classrooms and school libraries in Solomon Islands. She was the first Pacific woman to go as part of this partnership between Downer and VSA. Her warm, encouraging personality enabled her to form close relationships and identify with the people there as they shared similar Pacific backgrounds. From this experience, Roseanne hopes to work in other Pacific countries and other developing countries on engineering projects to benefit their communities.
Roseanne is excited to see how young people from other parts of the world celebrate their faith and expects to return to Aotearoa New Zealand with a renewed sense of being a Catholic. Roseanne is keen to share her World Youth Day Panama experience with others upon her return in the hope of inspiring other young people to dream big!
The New Zealand Catholic Bishops have agreed that a national pilgrimage to WYD2019 be established and planned. Bishop Charles Drennan from the Palmerston North Diocese will be accompanying the pilgrimage.
Click the link to access an official World Youth Day New Zealand page for more information: worldyouthday.nz/
Official WYD NZ Facebook page: www.facebook.com/worldyouthday.nz/
A presentation from the Organising Committee and the official prayer for WYD Panama 2019 can be accessed below: