This year we will be serving the community of San Antonio!
This is our first year to go on mission to the city of San Antonio. We will be taking 18 students and a staff member over spring break (March 11th-March 18th) to work with the poor, specifically those who are in need of food and shelter. We are looking to work with Catholic Charities and Catholic Relief Services, as well as service organizations like habitat for humanity. Regardless of the work we do, our goal is to spread joy and the Gospel to the people of San Antonio. This is an incredible opportunity to share the love of Christ with those around us. Please prayerfully consider coming on mission!
We are each called to bring Christ to those around us - especially in places close to home. Each Spring Break, St. Mary's takes a group of students on a domestic mission to various places within our own borders. In the past they have gone to Joplin, Galveston, New Orleans, Houston, Dallas, and Penitas. There is such a deep spiritual and physical need within our own borders and people are thirsting for more. On the domestic trip, you are given the incredible opportunity to be Christ to the community and share His love through relational and physical service.
"Stay where you are. Find your own Calcutta.
Find the sick, the suffering, and the lonely right where you are-
in your own homes and families, in your workplaces, and in your schools.
You can find Calcutta all over the world, if you have the eyes to see.
Everywhere, wherever you go, you find people who are unwanted, unloved, uncared for,
just rejected by society- completely forgotten, completely alone."
-Blessed Mother Teresa
The total cost of the experience will be between $250-400, depending on housing costs which will be determined as soon as arrangements are made. This amount will cover lodging, meals, traveling/gas expenses, and work fees. You will be responsible for your own meals on travel days (the first and last day of the trip). If accepted, a deposit of $75 will need to be paid at the receptionist desk by Nov. 13.
Complete paper applications must be returned to the receptionist or submitted
no later than Sunday, October 23, 2016.
Required meetings and activities
- Preparation meetings are scheduled on Sundays from 3:30-5 PM. on Nov. 13, Jan 22 & 29, Feb. 12 & 26, March 5.
- A workshop for all three mission trip teams is scheduled for Mon., Jan.16 from 12:30PM- 5 PM.
- A post-mission meeting will take place following the mission trip at a date TBD.
- Parking lot fundraising: all participants are required to man the parking lot for one evening on Saturdays from 9:30 PM to 1 AM. (Date is flexible)
Last year for the Domestic Mission
, a group of 16 students served in South Texas. During the week, they primarily served at Pro
yecto Desarollo Humano in Penitas, Texas with the Immaculate Heart of Mary sisters. They painted house
s for two families, assisted the sisters in manual labor in the garden and storage, and provided after school programming for the children in the community through games, sports, snacks and scripture. They also spent time in McAllen, Texas at Sacred Heart Catholic Church where they helped
Catholic Charities in providing hot meals, clean clothes, and a place to stay for
immigrants traveling from South America. Other activities that took place during the week were homeless outreach, a retreat at the
end of the week to Our Lady Star of the Sea, and a dolphin watch cruise in Port Isabel. During their service in South Texas, they stayed in the pilgrim hotel at Basilica of Our Lady San Juan del Valle which allowed the group to reflect and focus on the heart of the mission. The week created opportunities to find joy in serving and to encounter Christ in a new way.
In response to the question, if you could sum up the week in one word or phrase, what would it be? A student replied with, “ordinary—what we did, as extraordinary as it was, should be a part of our ordinary lives, serving our brothers and sisters that are in front of us.”
“Don’t be afraid of what God is calling you towards. It may be your first mission trip or your twentieth. Jesus is going to use you in a specific way for a specific mission. He never fails and if you don’t feel ready, He’s going to take care of you. He always provides.”
“The best part was seeing Christ in everyone we met. These people were no longer just a statistic; each is a soul loved into existence by the same God who created me.
We are so much more alike than we are different.”
“Yeah we traveled to get to where we were to serve, but it shows how much need there is in America. We are all called to serve in a different way and not everyone is called to go overseas to help. We can help right here, where we are.”