Youth Ministry Activities
Middle School Mini Camp: July 17-21, 2017
Please be on the look-out for Mini Camp 2017 information and sign-up by mid February.
Our camp this year will include more opportunities to understand service justice and solidarity issues in addition to fun day trips to Hershey Park, Guppy Gulch and other soon to be named locations!
High School Work Camp: June 25 – July 1, 2017
We continue the tradition of performing corporal works of Mercy in our neighboring communities of western Maryland through sheltering the homeless. Since 2004, we have collaborated with Garrett County Habitat For Humanity in the construction of 24 concrete block foundations and building the wood frame homes for the working poor. Each winter we begin the process of developing our theme, our team and a plan to go and build quality affordable housing. Since 2007 we expanded to sending an additional crew to Allegany County in Lonaconing and then Cumberland to paint, landscape, build and serve the elderly and the poor. For all youth interested in serving through the Habitat Camp, you must be 16+ years old when camp begins. All youth 14+ are invited to serve at our Allegany Camp.
New this year we will collaborate and team up with Our Lady of the Mountain parish in planning and working together… don’t miss out as we begin the sign-up process in February.
St. Michael Catholic Church has a long tradition of work camp service since the early 1990’s. Over 27 years of inviting youth to see the face of Christ in those we serve.
Mandeville Solidarity Mission Trip: January 2-8, 2018
Since 2007, we have sent a team of up to 13 young adults 18 years and older to the newest Jamaican Diocese of Mandeville. The first Bishop of Mandeville, Bishop Paul Michael Boyle, C.P. shared his vision of the fledgling diocese with our parish for several years. In 2007 we were able to travel there with a small group of young adults to be in solidarity with the people of Mandeville. Since then we have raised needed funds to provide for house construction materials and we have built houses, visited the infirm, the elderly, the poor, the disabled, and those in need. For all adults who feel the inspiration to join in the mission through service, through organizational support, or financial support, please contact our youth ministry team.
Lunches For Those in Need: Every 3rd Saturday 8AM
We gather in the Fellowship Hall to gather food and assemble lunches for those who are in need of a decent meal. Currently we are delivering lunches that we make to Beacon House at the Rescue Mission in Frederick, and the Weinberg Housing and Resource Center in Baltimore.
Each month we communicate our needs for food and supplies and all are invited to participate in the mission. Children and youth along with their parents understand the gift of mercy through the corporal works of giving drink to the thirsty and food to the hungry. We recycle the packaging J. Please review the list of what we include and for which we seek donations to assemble 500 lunches:
- Lunch meat- sliced bologna, turkey and ham
- Sliced bread
- Sliced cheese
- Mayonnaise and mustard packs
- Fruit cups
- Fruit drinks
- Plastic Spoons
- Sandwich bags
- Salty snacks
- Sweet desserts
- #8 Paper Lunch bags
We invite set-up crews to arrive at 7:30 AM and clean-up to assist until 9:15 AM
We encourage lead persons to direct the morning assemblage from intro, to prayer to send-off.
We invite those who would be able to drive and deliver 10 large bags of lunches to Frederick and 15 large bags of lunches to Baltimore to contact our youth ministry office.
Our Daily Bread Service: Sundays following Lunches For Those In Need
As a group we serve a hot meal to over 500 people who are in need of food and drink… and a friendly smile. We have committed to sending ten youth and adults to help with the food service on the Sunday following our own lunch making for those in need. If you are 14 years or older please contact Sally to sign up for one or more of the spots. We gather in the library at 7:50 AM for a send-off soon after 8AM.