Catholic teens take part in mission week
WARREN — Two dozen area youth, who are part of the Warren Area Catholic Teens from Warren, Champion and Cortland parishes, spent the week making a difference for others as part of a Mission at Home Project.
Beverly Kook, one of the coordinators from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Warren, said the students are junior and senior high school students from St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, St. William Parish in Champion, St. Mary Parish in Warren, Blessed Sacrament Parish in Warren, St. John Paul II Parish in Warren, St. Robert Parish in Cortland and St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Vienna.
Kook said in the past year, many youth participated in mission work abroad, volunteered in community projects or have donated their time to various activities to help others.
She said 2019 was designated as “Mission at Home Year” with mission work done locally this past week.
Activities included a retreat, team building and recreation.
Kook said for two days, the youth worked with the the Rev. Julia Wike of Basement Outreach Ministries to help the homeless and poor in the immediate area.
The youth have been involved in the collection of food, personal care items, gently used tennis shoes, socks and paper products.
“The first day we had everyone meet at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton to sort, box and get ready for delivery all of the items collected over the past few weeks,” Kook said.
Boxes were loaded onto delivery trucks.
Kook said youth also prepared and delivered meals to the homeless and poor, and bagged and packaged food and supplies for Basement Outreach Ministries.
The youth also served meals at Basement Outreach Ministries to those who attend the weekly community meal.
Brooke Steines, coordinator for youth and young adult services at Blessed Sacrament, said activities also included cleaning and outdoor work helping at Bella Women’s Center, St. Vincent de Paul, and with Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership and Inspiring Minds.
Steines said as part of World Youth Day, the youth will share what they took part in this week.
Bethany Moten, 14, of St. Thomas the Apostle, said “This was a great chance to help out in the community and help those in need.”
Peter Kiniklis, 13, of Blessed Sacrament, said “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to dedicate our time to help those who need support in the different communities.”