Mission Trip 2017
The Holy Spirit is hard at work at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish! Our teens have the opportunity to embark on an exciting adventure…our second annual Mission Trip with Catholic HEART Workcamp. For 1 week in July, 10 amazing teens have volunteered to open their hearts to the fire of God’s love and go out into the world to minister to others and join Workcamp 2017. Their trip is scheduled for July 2-8, to Groton, Massachusetts. These teens will be joined 4 adult leaders.
Workcamp 2017 is a unique Catholic mission trip designed specifically for high-school teens and committed to the three key elements of SPARK Teen Ministry – service, spiritual growth, and friendship/community building. During this mission trip, we will spend our week serving the community by repairing homes for disabled, elderly, and low-income residents and by volunteering with various organizations, including a camp for children with special needs, an orphanage, a home for teenage mothers and their children, homeless shelters, food banks, and soup kitchens. While our days will be spent serving neighbors in need, our evenings will have a retreat-like quality, allowing us to grow in relationship with Jesus and each other. Through this mission trip, not only will we build up the Body of Christ among the people of Groton, Massachusetts, but also we will experience life-changing spiritual growth and build life-long friendships among team members.
We at St. Elizabeth’s are very excited to continue on this path of discipleship. We embark on this journey because we believe it is rewarding to help and care for others. Through this process, we will build character, grow in faith, and learn to respect and value all people. Along the way, we will begin to realize that possessions are not the keys to true happiness. Most importantly, we will learn that we truly can make a difference and impact the lives of others when we answer Jesus’ call to love and serve.
Many fundraisers were held throughout the year to support our team and they are most grateful to our parishioners for supporting them! Your generosity allows our teens to serve neighbors in need and your partnership inspires us every day. Together, we are making a difference and building up the Body of Christ!
MISSION TEAM 2017
Meet our team: Erin, Shannon, Jackie, Anna, Nicole, Caitlin, Olivia, JJ, Joe, Joseph
And adults: Jim Beale, Colleen Huber, Susan Turzi and Team Leader Shannon Jones
Sending Mass, Saturday, July 1
During Saturday’s Sending Mass the Team were Blessed by Father Stan, received crosses and bags with an appropriate quote from St. Catherine of Sienna-“Be who God made you to be and you will set the world on fire”
Travel Day, Sunday, July 2
Waiting for everyone to arrive, a final pep talk from Father and a blessing and then on the road!
Work Day #1 – Monday, July 3
The inspiration for the day – Be the change you want to see in the world. By all reports our team was ready to do just that!
Jim and Caitlyn met other volunteers as they became a part of Team 45 and did an awesome job on Day 1!
Erin was on Team 13 and shared this story…We were focused on scraping paint, weeding gardens, painting etc. When it was time for a quick break, we turned around to find the neighbor’s chickens running after us! So, our resident came out and gave us chicken feed to give to the chickens so we could continue our work!
Team Building Day – Tuesday, July 4
July 4th is a scheduled fun day for the volunteers and our team spent the day in Boston! What’s more fun than a Duck Tour, followed by an awesome afternoon of swimming and volleyball?
“Serving our friends is as important as serving our community! -JJ
“Thanks so much to everyone who supported our trip. We had a great dinner to close an awesome team building day.”-Nicole & the whole crew!
Work Day #2 – Wednesday, July 5
After a great day in Boston, it’s back to work today along with some fun!
Olivia with her crew and resident had a fantastic day of service!
Erin with her crew, hard at work & joyfully serving, no chickens bothering them today!
“It was great learning from a resident today about her Puerto Rican heritage and her life. The life advice and great stories made a day of service even more rewarding” – Caitlyn
Work Day #3 – Thursday, July 6
“We had a rootin tootin time cleaning the rusty crusty stairs! Our resident was very generous..he gave us cookies and ice pops. It was nice to help out a man in need.” -Our sister team, Jackie & Shannon F
Anna and her team raising the roof for their very grateful resident!
Work Day #4 – Friday, July 7
Joseph and his team, hard at work in the great outdoors of Groton!
Joe and his team worked together to help a resident and build up the Body of Christ. Joe shared, “This was one of the most humbling experiences of my life. I’m so blessed for everything in my life.”
CHWC 2017, Groton! The teens and adults who served in Groton are rooted in Christ, rooted in service, and rooted in friendship. After a week of service, they prepare to head back home to continue their mission, by sharing the love of Christ with all whom they encounter.
Homecoming – Saturday, July 8
En route to home…Last breakfast together, for now!
Homecoming, back at St. E’s! Our teens gave witness to their mission experiences, as they shared pizza and fellowship with family and friends.
St. E’s is so proud of this Mission Team! Their work has not ended, but only just begun. Having opened their hearts to the fire of God’s love, the team will go forth, living the Gospel and building up the Body of Christ among us.