Make a difference by helping others through organized and meaningful service projects!
Serve as Christ’s Hands & Feet
The young people and adults who care for them have unique opportunities each summer to serve as Christ’s hands and feet in the world, step out of their comfort zones and learn what it means to be a missionary disciple. By making a pilgrimage to a different city, living in community with other teens from across the country, powerful praise & worship experiences, celebration of the Sacraments and serving those who society often leaves behind, our young people grow in a deeper understanding of what love in action means.
It was an amazing experience to serve the people of Montague, MI this past summer. We truly were RADIANT with Christ’s love during the week and our lights continue to shine from this opportunity. Thanks for all the prayers and support in making this happen. Check out the video below to get a glimpse of what the experience was like!
Young people offer the world new energy and perspective, and the Church needs them, HERE & NOW. Through the mission trip, we are given the opportunity to be actively involved in serving others. God desires His transformative power to flow through the hearts of our youth, enabling them to be examples in making the world a better place today.
Timothy 4:12 states, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”
Pope Francis has urged young people to embrace their role in the present and the future of the Catholic Church by building relationships with their community and with God.
Young people are called to let their light shine before others so that others may benefit from their good deeds and glorify our Father in heaven. Teens do not have to wait to be active in their faith; they are invited to be involved through acts of kindness and service to those who are in need HERE & NOW.
Young hearts are invited to establish habits of prayer, gratitude, service, and faithfulness in Jesus Christ. Join us through your support as we celebrate the youth’s enthusiasm, force, and spirit and embrace their call to be servant leaders, not just in the distant tomorrow but HERE & NOW!
Traveling to other areas allows the teens to remove themselves from day to day activities and distractions and puts them into an environment where their faith will be nurtured through the people they will meet, the residents they will serve and the evening programs. In addition to service, CHWC programs involve fun activities, praise and worship music, witness talks, meaningful skits and special events such as Eucharistic Adoration, daily Mass, four corners prayer stations (with Reconciliation) and a night of reflection with the people they will be serving. These mission trips have proven to be a life changing experience for many of the youth and adults involved. We ask that you pray for all involved to have a safe trip and that the experience will touch the hearts of all concerned: those who are serving and those who will be served.
Paperwork to Be Completed
If you are already signed up for the mission trip, the following paperwork must be completed and turned in to the Formation office no later than April 15, 2024 unless otherwise indicated.
Click on the links below to see our current fundraisers and/or to sign up for a fundraiser. We want these experiences to be open to ALL our young people, regardless of family financial situation, so we will make several fund raising opportunities available.
2022 Mission Trip
Be Christ’s Hands & Feet
Who should go on a mission trip?
Anyone who wants to make a difference by helping others through organized and meaningful service projects, travel and visit another city and region, or learn more about what it means to be a Catholic
Who will be going?
Middle school, High school and college youth from St. John XXIII Parish and other interested young people. Oh, and of course the Youth Minister and other adults.
What will we do?
Be part of the solution to poverty by helping those in need. Interact with other Catholic young people from throughout the country. Put faith into action. Witness our faith to others.
But how specifically?
Depending on the site, we may do light house repairs, paint, help in a day care, food pantry, soup kitchen, homeless shelter…whatever is needed in the community.
Will we do anything else?
Participate in praise and worship music that rocks. Laugh, dance and have fun. Have a retreat experience. Deepen our faith through the sacrament of Eucharist, Reconciliation and prayer.
Nashville, TN from June 23-28/29, 2024 (open to current 8th graders and older) through Catholic Heart Work Camp.
How will we get there?
Specifically, by bus …but it will take more than that…
What if I can’t afford to go?
To offset the costs we will participate in lots of fundraising Pizza sales, Cookie sales, Soup sales, Stock sales, Letter writing campaign, Brat Fry, Kringle sale or contact the Faith Formation office for more information.
How do I sign up?
Complete the online registration form by October 3 with a deposit of $150 to guarantee your spot. Registrations received after October 3 will be granted spots if they are available. Register at https://qrco.de/mt24. Do not let financial situations hold you back! If money is an issue, contact the youth minister, as there are lots of fundraising possibilities available! The trips have limited availability so sign up quickly! October 3 guarantees your spot – after that it depends on how full the camp is!
Is there anything else I have to do?
Attend team building/informational meetings on October 8, February 3, April 20 and May 13 and other dates as needed. Be an active member of the mission trip team.