World Day of the Poor 2018

Pope Francis has called a 2nd World Day of the Poor on Sunday 18 November, which invites all of us to find opportunities for encounter, dialogue and practical assistance for people on the margins.  Wellington Archdiocese is one of 12 Dioceses throughout the world who have been asked to take the lead for this day. A number of activities are being arranged for this day including a Mass for the World Day of the Poor in Taita on 18 November; and  a gathering with speakers and workshops at Bishop Viard College in Porirua and pop-up free St Vincent de Paul stores on Saturday 17 November.


Mass for the World Day of the Poor: Sunday 18 November 10.30am, St Michael’s church, Taita, Lower Hutt – this is also the tercentenary Mass for Nano Nagle, founder of the Presentation Sisters. For more information please contact Sr Ruth Coleman

Better off together – He waka eke noa gathering: Saturday 17 November 10.00am-5.00pm, organized by Challenge 2000, including presenters and workshops on a range of social justice issues, Bishop Viard College, Porirua. For more information, please contact Challenge 2000

St Vincent de Paul pop-up free stores: Saturday 17 November, Newtown, 230 Riddiford St; Petone, Sacred Heart Hall, 33 Brittania St; Stokes Valley, 3 Scott Court; Wainuiomata, TBC.  Also free pop-up stores will be held in Levin on 3 November and Porirua on 19 November.  For more information please see

Sponsor a meal at the Compassion Soup Kitchen: Parishes and communities are invited to sponsor a meal at the Compassion Centre soup kitchen in the week before the World Day of the Poor. For more information please contact Karen Holland

Wellington JPD Commission social analysis workshop: The Wellington JPD Commission will hold a social analysis and reflection day considering the experiences of participants in the 2016 and 2017 Benefit Impacts. For more information, please contact Lisa Beech

Fruitcakes for Kaikōura: North Island parishes are encouraged to bake fruitcakes as an act of solidarity and support for the people of Kaikōura, with the second anniversary of the 2016 earthquake falling in the week before the World Day of the Poor. Drop off points and other details to be confirmed – for more information please contact Lisa Beech

Benefit advice for low-income families in Upper Hutt: Friday 16 November, St Joseph’s parish, Upper Hutt. St Joseph’s parish Upper Hutt are offering benefit advice from an experience benefit advocate, along with a sausage sizzle and information about other community groups. For more information please contact Teresa Homan

 All parishes are encouraged to increase foodbank donations in the week before the World Day of the Poor – if you usually take a box of food to the foodbank after Mass, this week see if you can take a wheelbarrow of food.

Parishes, families, communities, households are encouraged to consider other ways to connect with neighbours and communities – please send us your ideas and plans so we can publicise them on the ADW website and facebook pages

 Further support is available from:

Wellington Archdiocese JPD Advisor: 04-496-1715

Challenge 2000: