Youth Group Trips 2016-17


Mission Trip

This year's summer Mission Trip will be June 24-30, 2017, in Wise County, VA.


What is the Diocesan Mission Trip?

The Diocesan Mission Trip is a weeklong camp experience for high school youth to serve our brothers and sisters in need by making their homes safer, warmer, drier, and greener while also having the opportunity to grow in our Catholic faith. Mission Trip is not just a youth event. It is an opportunity for parishes to make a difference in the lives of those in need right here in our diocese while encouraging youth to answer their baptismal call to serve others.

Who should attend Mission Trip?

Mission Trip is open to all high school-aged youth (rising 9th graders through graduated 12th graders). The week is going to require that youth give of themselves to serve others and to grow spiritually. It will be a challenging week that will provide many learning opportunities for participants.

Where and when is the Diocesan Mission Trip?

The Diocesan Mission Trip will be held Saturday, June 24 through Friday, June 30, 2017 in the Wise County, VA area. The work projects will take place in the surrounding community. Participants will be staying on the campus of the University of Virginia at Wise. They will be in the dorms which include air conditioned double-occupancy rooms with beds and mattresses. Participants will need to bring a sleeping bag or bed linens and pillow.  Showers will either be included in the dorm room or on the dorm hall. Housekeeping to clean restrooms and showers will be provided during your stay.

Youth will have the opportunity to serve alongside youth from other parishes during the week. We will spend some time getting to know each other and learning how to work as a team. We will also review general safety and instructions and have the opportunity to prepare for the specific site locations. Each day we will celebrate Mass together. At various points throughout the week, there will be the opportunity for Eucharistic Adoration and Reconciliation. Evening program will have a wide variety of components and will be geared towards helping participants understand what the Catholic Church teaches about social justice. Each day there will also be the opportunity for each parish to gather to process the experiences of the day.

How much does it cost?
Cost this year is $250 per person. The parish is subsidizing $75 off the diocesan fee of $325, and there are numerous fundraising opportunities for you to raise the remainder:


Sign up here to reserve your spot on the WAITING LIST for the Youth Conference at Franciscan University of Steubenville Ohio. Trip dates are July 14-16, 2017Cost is $125/person for conference fee, transportation, meals, lodging, and t-shirt. All 80 spots have been filled at this time. (Updated 3/21/17)

This year's speakers have been announced: Preview the awesomeness here!