Senior High Mission Week
Is hosted by the Diocese of Northern Indiana. St. Anne’s Sr. High youth have had the opportunity to participate in a week of mission during the summers since 2015. They stayed at Grace College in Winona Lake and served at various locations in Northern Indiana the first two years. Locations included: Grace College, both years we did landscaping, cleaned dorms and worked in the library; Lutheran Hospital in Ft. Wayne, reading books to children; St. Alban’s Church in Ft. Wayne, painting classrooms; Holy Trinity in South Bend, treating neighborhood children to VBS for a day; St. John the Evangelist in Elkhart, cleaning and sprucing the grounds; All Saints in Syracuse, helping to organize and set-up for their tent sale and at Grace Village, both years had the privilege to serve the elderly, fold linens, sing songs, visit and play bingo.
In 2017 they stayed in Dyer Indiana and serve at St. Augustine's and St. Barnabas both in Gary, St. Christopher's in Crown Point and St. Timothy's in Griffith. They also had a day of sightseeing in Chicago led by Bishop Doug. It is a great opportunity to serve Christ right here in diocese and build community with brothers and sisters from other parishes in our own diocese.
June of 2018 the Diocesan Sr. High Mission Week was again in the CEMP area. Mission work included; painting and gardening at St. Timothy's, Griffith and St. Barnabas, Gary and serving two days at Symphony Retirement Resort in Dyre. At Symphony, we met some wonderful people, shared stories, played Bingo, painted fingernails, sang songs, did jigsaw puzzles and enjoyed an abundance of fellowship. Friday was spent at Deep River Water Park for a day of refreshment. The evenings were spent walking the Stations of the Cross in St. John, Indiana, games and fellowship at the Frank's home and Holy Eucharist in a beautiful garden. Serving God and community can be done in your own back yard.
In June of 2019 the Mission Team traveled to Killington, VT to Mission Farm and Church of Our Saviour. Eleven youth and four adult chaperones did work on the farm, clearing brush, stacking wood, clearing weeds, building bridges and marking trails in the mountains. From St. Anne's. Sara Barker, Lennon Long, Marston Norris, Jaclyn and John Shingler and Riley Williamson attended. Maddie Richardson former member of St. Anne;s also joined the group. Carol Bianchini and Dan Kuhn were chaperones. These teens worked hard and made an amazing difference in the property at Mission Farm. "Because We Believe" was our theme for the week. Because we believe, we can make a difference with the help of Jesus Christ!