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Holy Week Mercy Missions
It is not too late to get involved with local Mission Youth activities in your area

Mission Youth website

How can we accompany our Lord during this holiest of seasons?  Mission Youth is featuring a series of Holy Week Mercy Missions throughout the country on its webpage here. This year, Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday on April 13, 2014, and there is still time to get involved!

Missions are being organized in the areas of Atlanta, Georgia (click here); Chicago, Illinois (click here); Cincinnati, Ohio (click here); Dallas, Texas (click here); Detroit, Michigan (click here); Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (click here); and New York City, New York (click here).

Mission participants are high school-aged men and women, as well as families, including all ages. The cost to participate is usually $15 per person or $30 per family.

Although the activities and participation varies from location to location, basic commonality surrounds the structure of these Holy Week events.

On the Mission Youth website, it says that “Holy Week Missions are an evangelization project of Mission Youth to serve bishops and parish priests across the United States. Holy Week Missions are a transforming experience which seeks to bring the message of Christ to the world. In the year 2000 Mission Youth organized its first Holy Week Missions in the Catholic Archdioceses of Atlanta and Sacramento. Today, in 2014, we are present in 8 dioceses throughout the United States, where over 1,000 missionaries serve during Holy Week.”

In response to God’s commandment of love and His call to be a missionary of His Gospel, Mission Youth adopted the general theme of “Mercy” in 2012.  Missionaries not only share their faith in communities door-to-door, but are involved in projects based on their local community needs.  The website states that missionaries “give themselves in humanitarian/ service projects” such as “cleaning a house for a poor family, painting or building a roof for a trailer, building a grotto for Our Lady, feeding the homeless, preparing an Easter carnival for underprivileged kids,” etc. 

Activities take place during the Holy Triduum, beginning on Holy Thursday, into Good Friday, the Easter Vigil on Saturday evening and Easter Sunday.

Go to the Mission Youth website for more information on missions in your local area and to volunteer.



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