July 15, 2018

Mission Week 2018: Living the Truth in Love: The following testimonies are from youth who attended the 2018 Mission Week. The week’s theme was Living the Truth in Love, based off this passage from Ephesians 4:15: “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of Him who is the head, that is, Christ.” The evening reflections focused on this verse and the promotion of the growth of the body of Christ. That time allowed youth to think and pray about the work they are doing and how their faith impacts that work. Please enjoy what our youth have to share, and may you be inspired just as much as the youth were.

Mission week was one of the best experiences I have had in my life so far. Over the course of the four working days, my group worked at three different sites. Most of the work I did consisted of lawn mowing and other forms of yard work. I also became a skilled duster while cleaning up an elderly woman’s home. On the last work day my fellow group members and I worked together to paint a woman’s back porch. I saw God a lot during this mission, but the most memorable moments of seeing God occurred at the end of the day when we were thanked for all the hard work my group had accomplished. The people we helped were in tears each day and were so grateful for what we had done for them. My favorite memory of the week was probably the talent show on Thursday night. Father Ken showed us all his amazing dance moves. I don’t know if I have ever laughed as hard as I did that night. Also, I will never forget the night we attended Adoration. I truly felt closer to God that night more than ever before. I made many new friends throughout the week, grew closer to the friends I already had, and I especially grew closer to God. – Josh Reder

Mission Week was a great time for me. I’m so glad I was able to go again. This year I helped with putting up drywall, carpeting, and wood paneling in an elderly family’s house, along with painting a porch and fixing a railing for a woman in need. This program gives me a great deal of opportunities to strengthen my relationship with God and reflect on qualities of mine that can be improved upon to be a more virtuous and helpful member of any project or community I’m a part of. It’s very satisfying using the gifts God has given me to help others. I met up with many friends and made new ones as well. I can’t wait to go next year! – AJ Markiewicz

This year’s Mission week to Enon Valley was a refreshing experience that I will never forget. My group was assigned on the first two days to serve food to the homeless who came to a rehabilitation center. I was really shocked to see how many homeless people there were in the area, and this made me realize that I shouldn’t take anything God has given me, even the little things, for granted. The last two days at our work sites, we helped another group move furniture and lay down a carpet for this elderly couple who weren’t physically capable of doing it themselves. They watched us work the entire time and tried to help out when they could. When they saw our finished work they were so overwhelmed with joy that they were crying. Overall I can say that doing this really impacted my faith in God because we have to live out what we believe in, and we can do that by helping those around us that are in need. Some people might have lost their faith in God because they didn’t get the help they asked for in life, or given the opportunities other people might have, but we can help bring them back to God by being the answer to them. – Christian Markiewicz

July 8, 2018

Mission Week 2018: Living the Truth in Love: The following  testimonies are from youth who attended the 2018 Mission Week. The week’s theme was Living the Truth in Love, based off this passage from Ephesians 4:15: “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of Him who is the head, that is, Christ.” The evening reflections focused on this verse and the promotion of the growth of the body of Christ. That time allowed youth to think and pray about the work they are doing and how their faith impacts that work. Please enjoy what our youth have to share, and may you be inspired just as much as the youth were.

This was my second Mission Week. I felt more comfortable and confident with myself this year compared to last year. Matthew, a Junior Leader from our parish, was in my group, as well as one of my cabin mates, Bella, from St. Bonaventure. I had an amazing time with my cabin mates. Even though I had to leave early due to some medical reasons, I still feel like Mission Week 2018 was a success. I saw God, in the fullest and purest way, during Adoration. I’m not really one to go to Adoration and embrace the Lord, but this time it was so powerful that I felt heat through my whole body, as if I was given a huge hug. I honestly loved the music this year (shout out to Jonah, our music minister for the week)! Overall I feel like it is/was an amazing experience, and hope that more decide to join us next year!

-Julianna Kustra

I went to Mission Week for the first time this year. Going into it, I wasn’t sure what to expect or what my experience would be. As we got further into the week, I realized that it was the right decision to attend. I helped people who couldn’t help themselves, and grew in my faith and as a person while I did so. My favorite part of the week was when we went to Adoration, and we got to sit quietly in the Lord’s presence and talk and listen to God.   – Owen Kostandinu

July 1, 2018

Mission Week 2018: Living the Truth in Love: The following testimonies are from youth who attended the 2018 Mission Week. The week’s theme was Living the Truth in Love, based off this passage from Ephesians 4:15: “Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of Him who is the head, that is, Christ.” The evening reflections focused on this verse and the promotion of the growth of the body of Christ. That time allowed youth to think and pray about the work they are doing and how their faith impacts that work. Please enjoy what our youth have to share, and may you be inspired just as much as the youth were.

Mission Week was very fun and exciting, but it was also very inspiring as I became closer to God. My group went to the Sisters of St. Joseph’s in Baden to help with weeding and other outdoor work. The main director that led the outdoor work was driven by God in his job, which inspired me to live my faith a little bit more. After we finished our work each day, we were able to go swimming, play mini-golf or sports, or just to relax and socialize back at the SNPJ property where we stayed. During the week we either had Mass in the morning or in the afternoon, which was a good way to start off or to end the day. Later in the week, we had Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, which led me closer to God than I have ever been. All in all, the week was a very good time to become more active in my faith and to be around people just like me. – Gregory Parrish

My worksite this year at Mission Week involved helping out at a summer lunch program and working with kids ages 5-11. The kids were so energetic and kind! I loved it so much. The joy they brought me, along with a lot of laughs, made my week. I think the way I saw God most was in the kids. A lot of them come from underprivileged families. They were always happy and smiling. The kids were amazing and were truly very strong and high spirited. My favorite Mission Week memory would be jamming out in the car with my group mates and Fr. Ken. I also enjoyed talking about Bigfoot and other conspiracy theories with Fr. Ken. Mission Week was wonderful. I hope more youth decide to join us next year. The experiences I’ve had and friends I’ve made will last a lifetime. – Maggie Scifo

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