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Kristie, Abby, Susie, Aaron, Matt,
Mallory, Ally, Chelsea, Dan, Leanna, Maggy, Molly, Stephanie, Chris, Andy,
Joe, Sarah, Zach, Amanda, Chris, Darin, Jamie.
Adults attending: Karen Bender, Phil Bertoni, Nancy Davis (Youth Group Leader), Carol Gustafsen, Rosemarie Murphy, Joe Scanavino.
The Mt. Pulaski St. Thomas/Elkhart St. Patrick's Youth Group (22
students - 6 adults) attended the 2004 New Orleans
Catholic Heart Work Camp Mission - 350 students with about 70 adults,
sleeping on the floors of a Catholic Elementary School. The youth groups
traveled in from various states:
At lunch, each work group would sit somewhere in the shade and eat
peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, chips, and cookies along with water and/or
sodas. In these work groups, one student was designated as the
prayer leader. This prayer leader would lead their group in prayer at
the beginning of the day's work in the morning as well as at lunch.
Also, probing questions about service, faith, relationships to our family and
friends were discussed. Work ended around
Then, all boarded the buses to the showers (many of the groups went to
the Tulane University Campus sports center which has a state-of-the-art sports
complex). After quick showers, it
was back on the buses for the long return over the
On the last full day (Fri), all youth groups had a free day. The
The youths and yes, the
adults, got a whole lot of good heart-filled feelings and mind-filled thoughts
and memories out of helping the poor and disabled for four days, giving their
all under very hot and humid conditions and not with the best living and
There are other such missions going on in many of the other states this summer as well. The following address URL is web site for more information on this particular type of mission work, which has been going on for the past 10 years: Catholic Heart Work Camp.