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!
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
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.
place during the Holy Triduum, beginning on Holy Thursday, into
Good Friday, the Easter Vigil on Saturday evening and Easter
Go to the Mission Youth website for more information
on missions in your local area and to volunteer.