October 6-13, 2017
Our first mission trip to our newest sister parish, Holy Cross Church, will be October 6–13, 2017. We will leave on Friday (Oct. 6) evening and overnight in Rensselaer, IN. We need to arrive by 4 pm on Saturday, to join the parish for Mass at 5 pm with a welcoming potluck to follow. Our last day will be Friday, October 13. We will leave Jackson, KY after lunch and a closing prayer.
We are looking for men and women (ages 18 to 88) who are willing to help in home repairs in rural Kentucky. We appreciate skilled folks who can lead a team at a worksite as well as semi-skilled and unskilled folks who don’t mind working hard. We each pay our own expenses: shared travel, food, and lodging. We don’t have the costs established, but we will get that information soon. For our past mission trips in the United States, the costs have been less than $350. We will stay at the church in rooms of 4-6 people. There are twelve lower bunks. If folks are willing to sleep in upper bunks, we can accommodate a larger number.
This week in Kentucky will be a time for us bond as a parish mission team and to learn about life in Appalachia. We will pray together and we will work together.
If you have any questions, call or email Tom and Maureen Donovan: email@example.com or 920-426-0281.
February 22–March 3, 2018
The St. Raphael mission to Nicaragua will be Feb 22 – March 3, 2018, (Thursday–Saturday). The mission team will work on a project in the Tepayac community, located near the city of Granada. The goal of the mission is to work on projects that will help people support and care for their family and other members of their community.
One of the projects for this mission is to build a community bakery/kitchen. The people of the community will be able to make food there for their families as well as pastries and bread to sell. Last year the team participated in building a home, helped improve the community house, and supported a water project.
The cost of the mission is estimated at $1,250 per person. This includes transportation from St. Raphael and back, all transportation, lodging, and most meals in Nicaragua, as well as travel insurance. The team stays at the retreat house in Tepayac.
If you would like more information about the mission, please contact Paul or Fran at firstname.lastname@example.org. To see photos of last years mission, we invite you to check out the Facebook page Grupo de la mision de San Rafael a Tepayac.