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Youth Mission Trips

In 2009, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Parish sponsored its first High School Youth Mission Trip. The intent was to give our high school youth a special opportunity to grow in faith and to live out the social teachings of the church. To "go in peace to live and serve the Lord." The trip was very successful, as can be evidenced by the tremendous growth and interest in the Youth Mission Trips ever since.   

Making these trips a reality has almost become a year-round effort. In addition to giving up a week of their summer to participate on the trip itself, the students also donate their time and talent to help with the planning process, volunteer at various Parish functions as a way to say “Thank You” to the Parish for their support, and to participate in fundraising efforts to help defray the costs related to the trips.

These mission trips provide a fun and tremendously rewarding experience for our high school youth and represent an important step in their individual faith journeys. They come to see the face of Christ in those they serve and in those they serve with.  It is exciting and reassuring to have so many young people willing to give witness to their faith and to share of their time and talents.  Thank you, St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, for your continued support.

Due to COVID-19 and the stay-at-home order in 2020, all mission trips have been canceled for the summer of 2020 to help keep everyone's health a priority during these times.  We hope to be back in action for the summer of 2021.  Summer 2021 registration will develop as we assess the COVID restrictions.

For those that have registered for summer 2020 mission trips, we unfortunately cannot return the nonrefundable deposit.  But, the payments made for these summer 2020 mission trips will be used for the summer 2021 mission trips.

For information about the Mission Trip efforts of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, please contact Joy Sponholtz at 262-534-4669 or via email.

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