Queen of Heaven Catholic Church

1800 Steese Road • Uniontown, Ohio 44685 • 330-896-2345

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Pastoral Letter

March 18, 2018 - The 5th Sunday of Lent

A Note from the Youth Director

As the parish catechetical leader and high school youth minister of Queen of Heaven, I take great responsibility for the theological, spiritual, and catechetical needs of our young people. In my ministry, I have tried to adopt a style of servant leadership. What this means is I attempt to lead by way of doing rather than expecting. Now, of course this does not always happen as planned. But, I believe it is the model Jesus lived and expects us to live as well. In fact, He tells His apostles Philip and Andrew in today’s Gospel that “Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also will my servant be.” And finally, “The Father will honor whoever serves me.” The stakes are high because God invites us to receive the gift of eternal life. We know God is merciful, and will reward those who are willing to honor and serve Him in this life.

During a recent conversation with Father Durkee, we had discussed the possibility of offering a summer mission trip to our high school students. Days later, God answered our prayer. In the mail came a brochure from the Capuchin Franciscan Friars of St. Augustine, advertising their Group Catholic Workcamps. They offer Eucharist-centered, interactive, high impact mission trips for Catholic teens across the country. A lot of the physical work and service that occurs during the day is geared toward helping lowincome, disabled, elderly, and veterans with much needed home repairs. There is no experience necessary, other than a willing heart and mind to do as Jesus calls us to do! Students must be entering the 9th Grade in the Fall of 2018 or be 14 years of age or older. We will be going to Scranton, PA, July 29th-August 4th, this summer. This is the first time it is being announced and there will be more information to follow. Please pray that our teens will answer the call to bring Christ to others and that we raise the necessary funds (cost is $500.00 per person) to make the trip more affordable. If you would like to learn more about the trip, you can go to GroupCatholicWorkcamps.com.

Grace & Peace,
Steven Dyer