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Fast and busy summer for Holy Family Youth Ministry

August 29, 2018
The Town Crier

On May 18, Holy Family Youth Ministry joined with other area youth ministries to volunteer at the Purple Cat Prom. The Annual Purple Cat Prom is held for their emotionally and physically challenged clients. This event was hosted by and held at Christ Our Savior Parish. The theme this year was "Candy Land." Holy Family has been a part of the Purple Cat Prom for five years. The responsibilities of the youth were to decorate, serve dinner, bus tables, dance with and engage the guests, and to clean up afterwards. The youth that volunteered all agreed that the prom was uplifting and gratifying, and they were proud to have made a difference.

HFYM spent the morning of May 26, placing flags on the graves of fallen military at Poland Riverside Cemetery for Memorial Day. This is the fifth year the YM has worked with the Scouts to honor the men and women who dedicated their lives to ensure the safety and freedom of the country.

In June, members of Holy Family Youth Ministry and eighth grade Confirmation class volunteered their time and talents to the parish Vacation Bible School (VBS) Program. This year's theme was "The Parables of Jesus."

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were: Maria LoCicero, Nola Argiro Catie Palusak, Audra Pesko, Gemma Kearns, Margaret Faur, Mark Pompeo, Marisa Ricciardi, Dani Scott, Katy Smith and Laura Pesko.

Holy Family, St. Columba, St. Dominic and St. Luke Youth Ministry's collaborated on a "Charity Begins at Home" Mission Trip from June 26th-June 28th. The youth stayed at the Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center in Villa Maria, Pennsylvania. During the three day Mission Trip, the youth worked at St. Vincent DePaul, Casa Madre and the farm at Villa Maria. Their charitable works included: preparing, serving and cleaning up after meals at St. Vincent DePaul, as well as deep cleaning their dining hall, refrigerators, deep freezers and restrooms. In addition, the youth weeded the grounds and distributed food at their Food Pantry and reorganized and distributed clothing at their Thrift Store. While at Casa Madre, the youth weeded the grounds, prepared lunch, tutored and socialized with the children. The Villa Maria's farm benefited from the youth planting crops, mowing the grass, weeding around the crops and picking blueberries. Appreciation baskets were presented to each of the charities. The Mission Trip also included Mass, daily reflections, prayer, swimming and a bonfire. This hometown Mission Trip allowed the youth to become aware of the needs of the people living in their own backyard, and to be a part of making difference in the lives of those they met.



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