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2019 Summer Service Trip Destination: Rural Iowa!


St. Luke Youth Group works on home repairs in Appalachia.

St. Luke's Youth Group has been to two sites run by Catholic Heart WorkCamp in Pennsylvania and Kansas, and both times everyone agreed it was a terrific experience at CHWC, as our group bonded while serving a heart-warming population in rural America.


So this year we're planning to visit another CHWC site in the tiny town of Calmar (pop. 935) in the northeastern corner of Iowa for our next trip the week of July 7-12. Iowa is the site of the nation's first voting for our next Presidential candidates ... and who knows, we might even run into a front-runner or two out on the campaign! It's also not far from the famed Field of Dreams, the movie that paired baseball with Iowa just as "Hoosiers" did basketball with Indiana. Who knows, we might fit in a few innings of baseball, too!


The annual Service Trip is open to all teens who are in or entering high school by the next fall. It's a chance to work, ponder, dance, build, pray, make friends, heal, paint, sing, encounter, hammer, celebrate, repair, play, laugh, and be transformed. Download the forms below for more details.




Click here to read more about our 2019 trip
to the Catholic HEART WorkCamp in Calmar, Iowa!




As always, we are most grateful for the support of St. Luke parishioners with their prayers and contributions through our "Stock Sale" donation drives. This is a tremendous investment in the youth of our parish and the future of our Church!


These summer trips allow high school-age teens, college students, and adult leaders from St. Luke Parish to live out their faith in a very special way by taking part in a week-long working tour of areas deeply affected by isolation, neglect, and poverty. These trips are an important tradition at St. Luke, and we are happy we can provide them as part of our Youth Ministry Program.


Whether we spend a week remodeling a house, making sandwiches, or growing relationships, we all take part in building the Kingdom of God here on earth. Participants commit to a week of physical labor, simple community living, prayer, and reflection on their experiences. 


Click here for a sneak peek of the CHWC experience!


Please spend some time exploring our site and learning about these service opportunities. Click the links at the right to find answers to some frequently asked questions, learn more about the trips, find out what it takes to be an adult leader, and obtain other important information.


Thank you for praying and supporting our volunteers during their preparations
for these important weeks of prayer, friendship, and service!



Putting on roof is part of building up the Body of Christ.

Join us and ...

  • Make a difference by helping others through meaningful service
  • See and experience another part of our world
  • Overcome the “I’m bored with my faith” blues
  • Learn more about what it means to be a Catholic
  • Increase self-esteem and self-worth
  • Bond with the other youth from your youth group
  • Have a retreat experience
  • Laugh, dance and have fun!





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