Nearly 1,500 kids in our parish attend religious ed classes throughout the school year. They discuss, share and grow their Catholic faith through song, worship and fellowship in our classrooms and church.
But when summer comes, it’s time to take this show on the road.
A group of middle and high schoolers have the extraordinary opportunity to put their faith into action in June and July. Along with dozens of adult parishioners, 135 students are being dispatched to work in Atlanta, South Carolina, Texas and even El Salvador where they will lend a hand, an ear, a heart as they change lives.
“Teens enjoy mission trips because they are taken outside of their normal comfort zone to be the hands and feet of Christ,” said Director of Youth Ministry Kelly Simpson. “Parents are supportive because they see the impact that the trips have back home.”
Whether the students are building decks or wheelchair ramps, painting schools or houses, replacing sidewalks or windows, it’s not just about the work. The youth are living out the La Salette mission.
“You would be so proud as a parish to see what these kids do,” said Parish Administrator Jim Herrel, who volunteered on the June trip to South Carolina. “That’s a tribute to not this one week but what they’re getting the entire year back at St. Ann’s.”
El Salvador is an annual destination where the older high schoolers grow the relationship established by the Unbound ministry. During their stays, youth share meals and celebrate Mass with locals. And they bring their stories home.
pictured: Missionaries take a break with those they helped to build a house.
High school domestic trip (open to current grades 9-12): Life Teen Restore Mission Camp | Houston, TX | July 14-21
High school international trip (open to current grades 11-12): Unbound | El Salvador | June 15-21
Middle school domestic trip (open to current grades 7-8): Catholic Heart Workcamp | Hardeeville, SC | June 16-21
Middle school domestic trip (open to current grade 6): Marietta, GA | July 15-19