• Wartakanlah Injil kepada segala makhluk.
    Mrk 16:15

  • 你们往普天下去, 向一切受造物宣传福音
    谷 16:15

  • Everything is possible by the power of the Holy Spirit’s Grace.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • Segala sesuatu menjadi mungkin dalam kekuatan karunia Roh Kudus.
    St. Arnold Janssen

  • 我当传教士不是为主牺牲,而是上主给我的最大恩赐
    圣福若瑟神父

  • Với sức mạnh Ân Huệ của Chúa Thánh Thần, Mọi việc đều có thể được.
    St Arnoldus Janssen

  • Preach the Gospel to the whole creation./Anh em hãy đi khắp tứ phương thiên hạ, loan báo Tin Mừng cho mọi loài thọ tạo
    Mk 16:15

  • There are many different gifts, but it is always the same Spirit.
    1 Cor 12:4

  • And the Word became flesh and lived among us.
    Jn 1:14

  • Let the word of Christ, in all its richness, find a home with you.
    Col 3:16

  • To proclaim the Good News is the first and greatest act of love of neighbour.
    St Arnold Janssen

  • 传扬天国福音是第一且最大的爱近人行动
    圣杨生•爱诺德神父

  • Có nhiều đặc sủng khác nhau, nhưng chỉ có một Thần Khí/
    1 Cor. 14:4

  • 圣言成了血肉,寄居在我们中间
    若 1:14

  • Ada rupa-rupa karunia, tetapi Roh satu
    1 Kor 12:4

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Friday, 28 August 2015 10:29

Carpark sleepout for homeless at Kingston-Marsden parish

 

By Emilie Ng

Kingston-Marsden-youth-sleepout1---450Sleeping conditions fell to a chilling seven degrees when Christine and Andrew Lapalapa lay their heads down on their Catholic parish’s car park.

The Catholic married couple joined 40 young people to sleep outside St Maximilian Kolbe church, Marsden, with just a sheet of cardboard and a sleeping bag.

With security guards and warm soup on hand, youth group members aged 18-20, teachers from St Francis College, Crestmead, Marsden’s parish priest, Fr Sunil Paul Nagothu SVD, and the Lapalapa’s stepped into the shoes of Logan’s homeless for one night.

Mrs Lapalapa, who is the youth coordinator for the Marsden parish, said she and her husband had given blankets and food to a number of homeless people in Marsden.

This was the first time they had slept outside to raise money for homeless and other Logan residents in need.

“Being a mum and finding out that there are homeless children under 12 was a wake up call,” Mrs Lapalapa said.

“I only slept for 10 minutes, but it’s made me appreciate what I’ve got.”

Kingston-Marsden-youth-sleepout2---450Money raised at the sleepout will be given to the St Vincent de Paul Society to distribute to refugees, homeless and other disadvantaged people living in Logan.

“We hope we can raise more than $2000 for the St Vincent de Paul Society,” Mrs Lapalapa said.

Fr Sunil said young people needed to see a world without technology, music and even fun.

“(The sleepout) allowed (young people) to gain some experience of what it is like to be a homeless person living in the Logan area with no housing and few comforts,” he said.

Young people who braved the cold Logan winter night showed they were “serious about the side of faith” that asked them to “reach out to the poor and needy”, Fr Sunil said.

“There is a different side, and I saw the commitment from the young people during the sleepout,” he said.

“They are willing to sacrifice their time and talents to help the poor.”

This story was first published in The Catholic Leader, and is reproduced with permission.