CHRIST RULES Mission Trip July 2014

Youth Minister Colleen Trevisani (along with her baby Vincent), Emma Flaherty and Zebedee Blank of St Vincent de Paul's, and Julia Nolan and Erin Hayes of St. Mary's completed a week-long mission trip in Rochester from July 20-26! They were joined by Alana Schrader and seven other teens from Batavia Notre Dame, and stayed in the St. Boniface convent with the Sisters of Saint Joseph.

On the trip, students were able to witness first-hand the poverty that occurs so close to us. A typical day featured 7:00 am prayer followed by hands-on work at various ministry locations. The group would then reconvene at the convent with half helping to prepare dinner and the other half cleaning up. The days ended with evening reflection, prayer and group bonding, before everyone headed up to bed in preparation for another early morning.

Colleen, Zebedee, Julia, and Erin spent most of their days split between doing yard work for elderly residents in the city and helping out at Mary's Place, a special site in Rochester where refugees go to learn English and get assistance with finding housing and employment. Their assignments at Mary's Place ranged from working with refugee children to helping adults learn English. Emma spent her days helping at Nazareth Elementary School's SMART camp, where students continue to build their skills in the summer months. Emma served as a classroom aide.

On Wednesday, everyone went to Bethany House in Rochester, where they helped with some projects, then ate lunch with current and former residents of the house, which serves women who have no other place to go.

Both our teens and the Batavia Notre Dame students were very interested in their ministry sites, with many planning to head back for some more volunteer work!

All in all, our parishioners enjoyed their week with the Sisters of Saint Joseph very much, and were able to gain valuable knowledge about poverty in Rochester as well as their relationships with God.