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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