How we do it…

Catholics on a Mission is Inclusive…

Inquiring students and adults are encouraged to join us for individual mission activities throughout the year.

Catholics on a Mission is Selective…

After attending two events, participants are invited to join the formation team.  Students and adults complete an application through which they assess their strengths and weaknesses and discern how they are being called to join the team.  Participants must also request a letter of recommendation from their parish.

During Part II of formation, team leaders evaluate the progress of students and adults to discern who will form the Costa Rican team.  Following the tradition of Christ and His apostles, twelve (12) high school and college students are selected with a support team of adult leaders.  Individuals are chosen based on the needs of the travel team as well as the strengths and abilities of students and adults to meet those needs.

The formation process continues for all team members throughout the year.  Additionally, the Costa Rican team undergoes a rigorous process of teambuilding and fundraising for the trip itself.

Catholics on a Mission is Formative…

Students and adult leaders make a commitment to grow in charity through intellectual and spiritual growth, moral fortitude, consistent prayer and service.

Formation is ongoing and includes (1) regular Eucharistic Adoration and group holy hours, (2) making a commitment to pray for Catholic missionaries and the people they serve, (3) reading and discussing church and missionary resources, (4) ongoing participation in group service projects, (5) small group discussions with Catholic missionaries, and (6) evangelizing diocesan parishes through visits to their youth groups.  High school and college students are trained to take a more active leadership role on the team as they grow in their faith.

Each month our team invites missionary priests and religious to share their experiences and reads and discusses resources consistent with our Catholic values…

Catholics on a Mission is Cooperative…

As members of the Body of Christ we have a responsibility to connect and build up the Church.  Locally that includes finding bridges between parishes toward common goals.  We accomplish this by building relationships across economic and ethnic divides.  A financially affluent parish might feel called to adopt a missionary from another parish.  Parishioners from a smaller, predominantly Spanish-speaking parish might provide invaluable assistance as translators.  Each has something important to contribute.

We do not seek to undermine the important service work being done by parish youth groups.  Rather we provide additional opportunities for students who want to explore a life of service with like minded Catholics.   We also encourage the participation of middle school students from our parishes.  These future mission team members make rosaries and trinkets we take to Costa Rica to share with their people.

Our team also provides opportunities to network with existing social service organizations. Working side by side these groups we can accomplish more than we can do on our own.


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