Mission Trip 2017 News!!
The Holy Spirit is hard at work at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish! Our teens have the opportunity to embark on an exciting adventure in the summer of 2017…our second annual Mission Trip with Catholic HEART Workcamp. We are searching for 15 amazing teens who are willing to open their hearts to the fire of God’s love and go out into the world to minister to others.
We currently are accepting applications from St. E’s teens, ages 15-19 as of July 2017, who are interested in participating in Workcamp 2017. Our trip is scheduled for July 2-8, 2017, in Groton, Massachusetts. We have availability for 15 youth and 3 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.
Teens of St. E’s, if you feel called to be a part of this mission, please complete the application (download here) and submit to Shannon Jones or to the parish office. All interested teens/parents are invited to join us for an informational meeting on Sunday, 11/6, at 6pm in Classrooms 7/8. Please prayerfully consider this opportunity! Pope Francis has said, “Dear young friends, do not be afraid to give your all. Christ will never disappoint you.” When you open your heart to the fire of God’s love and commit to serving Jesus, your life and the lives of those surrounding you will be transformed. Come on board this Mission Experience. Give your all and you will not be disappointed.
Support our first fundraiser for the 2017 Mission Trip! On Thursday, 1/26, dine at Chili’s in the ITC between 11am-11pm and a portion of your bill will be donated to our team. This was a very successful event last year and we hope for the same success (or better!) this year. Please print the attached form and bring it with you on the 26th! Thanks from the team!!
Special Thanks from the Mission Trip Team: Sending heartfelt thanks to the St. E’s parish family for your amazing outpouring of generosity towards our upcoming Mission Trip. Thanks to your kindness, we are more than halfway to our fundraising goal! Our donation drive totaled $2,399, our Chili’s fundraiser raised $230, our Lollipop Sale raised $305, and our Applebee’s Flapjack Fundraiser resulted in a net profit of $520. Your generosity will allow our teens to serve neighbors in need this summer and your partnership inspires us every day. Together, we are making a difference and building up the Body of Christ!
2016 Mission Trip News
These are pictures from last year’s mission trip to Connecticut which was our first experience going out on mission. We look forward to our second year and will start sharing some of the planning pictures soon. Please keep our young missionaries in your prayers.
“The life of Jesus is a life for others. It is a life of service.”
With these words, Pope Francis called our young people to action at World Youth Day in 2013. An amazing team of teenagers from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish has answered our Holy Father’s call by embarking on a mission trip to Hartford, CT. This week, our teens will step out of their comfort zones and serve the poor of the community. They will put their faith into action and pledge their solidarity to the poor by sacrificing everyday comforts. They will journey spiritually and deepen their relationship with Jesus and His Church. And, upon their return to Flanders next week, they will teach all of us what it means to live the life of Jesus, a life for others, a life of service.
I’ve had the tremendous blessing of working with this team in their preparations for this mission. Words cannot express how proud I am of these remarkable young men and women. They have worked tirelessly over the past year, fundraising for the cause and learning firsthand what it means to be a disciple of Jesus. At our sending Mass last Saturday, tears welled in my eyes as Fr. Stan blessed the team and sent them forth to go and make a difference. This is Ignite in action; having their own hearts opened to the fire of God’s love, this inspiring team now will go forth and set the world ablaze with the love and light of Christ!
Please continue to pray for our teens, chaperones, and Fr. Hernan, as they live out their call to discipleship this week. Check back for pictures and updates!! Together, with this team as our example, we all can learn to live the life of Jesus, a life for others, a life of service.
The Mission Team attended Mass the Saturday Evening before they left on their trip. They worshipped with other St.E’s parishioners, received crosses and were prayed over by Fr. Stan and the parishioners.
Check out quotes below from our Mission Trip Team!!
- “You can make so many friends doing amazing things. My group helped an older woman clean up and paint her house. It was just an amazing experience and I wish to do it again. Many times, if possible.” ~Zack Richard, 7/14/16
- “My worksite was down on the Connecticut River at a park. We did not deal with poverty, but we got to see the beautiful nature that God created and helped to clean it up for the people of Hartford to enjoy.” ~Joe Potente, 7/14/16
- “Our group just finished our last day of work on Gifts of Love Community Farm! Hard to believe! We loved being on the farm. Looking forward to tonight’s program and to Six Flags tomorrow!” ~Mary Christian, 7/14/16
- “This week has been great; this has been an amazing experience for me so far and I’m learning a lot. Time is flying by!” ~Carly Bond, 7/13/16
- “Today we painted an old school that is now a Catholic Charities organization with the teens from St. Michael’s.” ~Michael McCabe, 7/13/16
- “So far this week has been fantastic, and it has gotten better each day! Today my small group grew closer while we worked. We all learned that we have something in common, even if it is not immediately noticeable. During the evening program, the staff hosted a dance party and organized time for Adoration too. Everyone has been part of something eye opening and special, and we cannot wait to see what is in store for the rest of the week!” ~Mary Lally, 7/12/16
- “Today was our first day working on our projects and we separated into small groups to work with individual residents. It was a great first day (although there were cockroaches where I was working!). My team is all my age; we are having a lot of fun! Looking forward to tomorrow!” ~Allie Christian, 7/11/16
- “Had a beautiful Mass last night with guitar music and lots of great songs…Heading to breakfast soon and then Mass and out for our first day of work! To be continued!!” ~Mary Christian, 7/11/16
- “We had a great first day meeting so many nice people! We are all excited for the journey ahead and starting our projects on Monday! 🙂 ” ~Rachel Jeska, 7/10/16
The send-off Sunday morning from St. Michael’s....