Mission Trip

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Mission Trips are a vital component of our ministry with High School students. Each summer we plan one or two mission trips to help our youth take their faith to the next level, put it into practice, and spread the Good News about Jesus Christ!

One of the highlights of the summer of many teens is the annual summer mission trip. It is an opportunity to grow in your faith, build relationships with others, and gain a deeper understanding of God and yourself. While the typical mission trip experience is to pack up a large bus and go all over the country to serve others, this summer St. Stephen’s has decided to stay local.

To help understand our decision for a local mission trip, let us reflect on the words of Saint Mother Teresa.  “Stay where you are. Find your own Calcutta. Find the sick, the suffering, and the lonely right there where you are – in your own homes and in your own 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 left alone.”

Need exists everywhere, just as God exists everywhere. By serving in our local community this summer, we are able to recognize the great need in our own backyard. This summer, we hope to spark a passion for service and a connection to our community that goes beyond this one week of service. We will have a unique perspective and opportunity to take this week of mission and continue our service well beyond the summer.

Please consider this opportunity to serve your local community through our mission trip this summer. For the week of July 22 through 27 we will be serving through the mission trip organization Catholic Heart Workcamp. We will be staying off site at a Twin Cities high school and doing our service work throughout the Minneapolis and St. Paul area. Along with the service, our youth will be making connections with other groups from all over the country and connect with their Catholic faith on a deeper level.

 

2018 Mission Trip – CHWC Twin Cities – July 22-28, 2018

This summer we will be serving our local Twin Cities community through the mission trip organization Catholic Heart Work Camp from July 22 through July 28. CHWC’s mission is to bring service, connection, and Catholic values to high school students all over the United States. As a part of this trip, we will be serving in various organizations throughout Minneapolis, St. Paul, and the surrounding suburbs. We will also be connecting with youth groups from all over the country and gaining a deeper knowledge and appreciation for our common Catholic Faith. This mission trip is open to all students who have finished eighth grade through those entering their first year of college. Registration is now open.

 

Download the authorization and permission forms (PDF) . Please note there are four pages to be filled out and returned.

Questions? Contact Katie Kelly; 763-712-7456.

 

 

 

Previous Mission Trips

    • July 31-August 4, 2017 – Red Lake Reservation in Northern Minnesota

To view photos from the mission trip, please check out the photo album on our SSYM Facebook page .

    • June 17-24, 2017 – Oklahoma City

To view photos from the mission trip, please check out the photo album on our SSYM Facebook page .

  • June 25-July 2, 2016 – Washington, D.C.
  • July 31-August 5, 2016 – Red Lake Reservation in Northern Minnesota
  • June 28-July 3, 2015 – Red Lake Reservation in Northern Minnesota
  • June 21-29, 2014 – New Orleans, Louisiana
  • July 5-13, 2014 – Ashland, Montana