Work retreat planned by All Saints youths - Catholic Courier

Work retreat planned by All Saints youths

The youth group at All Saints Parish is looking for places in the Corning-Painted Post vicinity where they can really rock.

No, they don’t have a rock-and-roll band, and they’re not planning a big party. Instead they’re organizing the second-annual R.O.C.K. (Reach Out in Christian Kindness) community-service retreat, to be presented this summer. The youth group would like to hear from folks who need assistance with house repairs and chores, or might simply like some company for a day.

Work is free of charge. Anyone interested in obtaining these services can contact Marie McCaig, youth minister, at 607/936-8341 to schedule a visit.

Last year’s inaugural R.O.C.K. retreat was hugely successful, drawing approximately 75 teens who did a week’s worth of scrubbing, cleaning, mowing, organizing, clearing, scraping, painting, building and visiting at homes in the community. Although their work mostly involved assisting senior citizens, they also performed a massive makeover of a back yard for a large family that was tight on funds, installing an inflatablepool, swing set and basketball hoop.

Crews also did many chores at each of the All Saints churches. In addition, the youths and adult assistants stayed overnight at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Painted Post, where they engaged in prayer and reflection. For the final day of work, they fasted on bread and water.

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