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2012 Mission Trip to Joplin, Missouri
Monday, 09 April 2012 00:00

by Kristina Viscariello

Last week, I asked St. Martha’s Parish if a few of the students could speak at their Masses and take up a collection to help subsidize the cost of the trip. They were more than willing to let Cody and I speak at three of their Sunday Masses and one daily Mass. While I was trying to prepare what I was going to say to the parishioners, I realized that I had to let them know that they are doing mission work along with us. One of the parishioners reminded me of this after Cody and I spoke at one of the Masses. We were thanking her for being so generous, and she told us that we have to share. She said that she couldn’t go to Joplin herself, so she wanted to help us get there. We are all called to different missions. Not all of us were called to go on this mission trip, but we were all called to be missionaries. The people who are praying for us at home are just as much a part of this mission as we are. If we didn’t have their support, then we wouldn’t be able to go.

I Hear You Call My Name Print E-mail
2012 Mission Trip to Joplin, Missouri
Saturday, 31 March 2012 18:34

"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me."

Contagious Faith in God & Joy in His Goodness Print E-mail
2012 Mission Trip to St. Lucia
Monday, 06 February 2012 15:41

Sarah Cote

Adelphi Mission in St. LuciaSt. Lucia has been a faith filled experience that has opened my eyes to people who are less fortunate than me and also to God’s work and love. The people of St. Lucia welcomed us with open arms and I experienced their faith first hand.  Walking through the streets of Castries strangers would give a smile and a quick greeting. Church on Sunday morning was especially joyful. The parishioners showed their passion for their faith and joy God has given them through their prayers and music. I watched as they clapped and danced through every song praising the Lord. During the sign of peace everyone left their seat to greet and hug everyone with genuine acceptance. The people of St. Lucia perfectly demonstrated how to treat and welcome everyone like they are Jesus. It was refreshing and inspiring.

I grew more than I could ever imagine in my passion and love for the Lord through this trip. I wanted to go to St. Lucia to help others, but in the end the people we met and became friends with helped me more than I could ever help them. They have shown me what it is like to truly give one’s life up for the Lord and trust that he has a plan and purpose in my life. It has renewed me with a sense of belonging in His heart. The biggest blessing to me on this trip was being around people with such a love for God. From the people we meet every day, to the team I spent the whole week with, the faith in God and joy in His goodness was contagious. I hope to keep and feed this new passion for God and pray it continues to grow.

Adelphi Mission in St. Lucia

Each Individual is Called to Holiness Print E-mail
2012 Mission Trip to St. Lucia
Monday, 06 February 2012 15:35

Meaghan McCormack

Adelphi Mission in St. LuciaHumanity ” has the ability to reach beyond upbringing…to evolve, from ordinary everyday humans into saints” Jane Goodall

Having time now back home has allowed me to reflect greater on my experiences in St. Lucia.   Although there are many thoughts and reflections that have arisen since I have been home, the greatest I feel compelled to mention is the universality of the church and each individual is called to enter into that unending journey towards greater holiness.  There are two parts to this thought.  The first being that the Catholic Church is beautifully universal in that we can learn how to practice our faith through many cultures enhancing Adelphi Mission in St. Luciaour relationship with God.  The second piece being that we are all brothers and sisters in Christ available to help each other attain greater holiness as a lifelong journey, which is capable in all walks of life and manifests itself in all sorts of ways.  We meet such strong witness’ of the faith on our journey from locals working to feed the poor, the homeless themselves, elderly and youth each in their special ways calling us to greater holiness as we tried to encourage them to live out their faiths more vibrantly, for we are the light of the world and our faith should not be hidden.

A Shift in Perspective Print E-mail
2012 Mission Trip to St. Lucia
Monday, 06 February 2012 15:29

John Miller

Adelphi Mission in St. LuciaFor someone like me who likes to travel a lot, the mission trip to St. Lucia meant a shift in perspective. Though being a tourist isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it doesn’t have a lot to do with true submersion in local culture. You go from airport to hotel, shuttling between beaches and landmarks without getting any sense of how people live. In a week’s vacation you may sample the culture, but only from the comfortable perspective of how different it is from the American way of life. You see, you taste, you experience, but you don’t actually learn about local life.

The mission trip to St. Lucia was by necessity completely different. The seventeen of us were not tourists, but new friends seeking to help, to comfort, and to learn. Abandoning our preconceived notions of how we’d usually spend a week in a tropical paradise, we took on the perspective of missionaries and had our lives changed by the experience. We opened our hearts, and had them filled anew.

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