Catholic HEART Work Camp
Summer 2023 Mission Trip Registration Now Open
Catholic HEART Work Camp is a Catholic Mission organization whose aim is to equip young people to serve others while meeting Christ. St. Mary of the Lake is partnering with the Church of St. Michael in Prior Lake on this trip to Knoxville, TN.
2023 Mission Trip Information Sheet – VIEW HERE
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This week-long trip with Catholic HEART helps to fulfill our Christian mission and grow as a youth program. We will reach out to revitalize and beautify the homes of the elderly and of others who cannot afford repairs. We will also work in food distribution centers and interact with children of low-income families at day care centers. Many youth on Catholic HEART trips have powerful experiences of encountering Christ in a new way, as well as growing in deep fellowship with one another.
Who: High Schoolers currently in 9th-12th grade. Incoming 9th graders accepted on a case-by-case basis
When: June 24-July 1, 2023
Where: Knoxville, TN (St. Mary’s will ride coach buses to and from TN with participants and chaperones from St. Michael’s in Prior Lake).
Cost: $1,195 per participant*
|Total Individual Cost Breakdown||Cost|
|Catholic Heart Workcamp Spot||$425|
|Free Day Cost||$128.27|
|Total||$1,195 per participant|
*We do not want cost to be prohibitive to any youth participant. We are currently working on ways to help offset the cost through support from the parish and fundraising opportunities. If cost is an issue, please contact Coordinator of Young Adult Ministries, Michelle Boris at [email protected].
Information Meetings: You are invited to attend one of two information meetings to learn more:
Sunday, January 8 from 10:15-10:45 AM in the Chapel
Wednesday, January 11 from 5:45-6:15 PM in the Library at the Parish Life Center (you are welcome to stay until the Community Night begins at 6:30 PM).
Register today! Spots are limited!
Due with registration is a $100 deposit. You may pay this online by clicking the link above and finding the “FUSED Mission Trip Deposit” under Other Payments.
Other Payments. Alternatively, you may pay via check made out to St. Mary of the Lake. Please put “Mission Trip Deposit” in the memo. Checks can be mailed to the Parish Office or dropped off at the Parish Life Center during regular hours.
Questions? Contact Michelle Boris: [email protected]
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Loaves & Fishes Serving Opportunity - Cancelled due to weather. Rescheduling info coming in 2023.
Having high schoolers serve this meal has been a long-standing tradition, we are so happy to invite you to serve in this wonderful ministry. St. Mary of the Lake Parish has been participating/contributing to the Loaves & Fishes Program since 1984. We are currently in the new, beautiful building. There has been a long-standing need to help our brothers & sisters in need. Each month our parish provides the meal; we have parishioners who come at 1:00 and cook, the servers come at 4:00 PM. We serve 240-300 guests. By serving this meal, we are participating in Jesus’ command: “I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another.” (John 13:34) Serving is a small thing in the big picture, but a huge thing to each person we serve; we don’t know when their last meal was. We are the hands, feet, and smile of Jesus to our guests. Thank you for being a part of this wonderful ministry.
Join Us Loaves & Fishes FUSED Night of Service on
Wednesday, December 21 Cancelled due to weather. Rescheduling info coming in 2023.
3:15 PM – Meet in Parish Life Center Parking Lot to Carpool
3:45 PM – Arrive at Richard Schultze Opportunity Center (log in, store gear, wash hands, gather); serve 4:30-5:30 PM
4:00 PM – Preparation & Service Time (meal serving begins at 4:30 PM):
- The group will be serving dinner to 240-300 guests. (6 serving spots)
- Before the meal, we put a vase of flowers on the guests tables (we are the only group that does this).
- The guests pass in front of the serving line. Greeting, smiling and talking to the guests, as you are able is great. Examples include “Hello,” “Welcome,” “Glad you are here,” “Enjoy your meal”
- Each server will plate one part of the meal onto the tray, which is handed to the guest.
- After serving, we collect the flowers and wipe down the tables.
5:30 PM – Log out and carpool back to St. Mary’s
6:00 PM – Arrive at Parish Life Center (approximate)
A Few Notes:
*Wear comfortable, close toes shoes. Hair nets or a baseball cap are required; hair nets, plastic aprons & gloves are provided. Masks are optional at this point and are provided.
*There are lockers to store personal items.
*All volunteers need to create a Catholic Charities account. this is a tool Catholic Charities uses to keep track of volunteers and how you will sign in/out. Participants and their parents will be emailed information on how to do this upon completing the permission slip.
Questions about high school youth ministry? Please contact Coordinator of Young Adult Ministries, Michelle Boris at [email protected] or (651) 429-7771, Option 1.
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