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St. Thomas the Apostle Church


High School and College Mission Trips

Summer Mission information for 2019 will be available by late fall or early winter

MISSIONS INFO for Summer 2019

Servant Leadership is MORE than just words, it is Catholic faith in action, a witness to the world

“You know that those who are regarded as rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their high officials exercise authority over them. Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:42-45)

Calling all teens and college students!  You are invited to participate in one of our mission trips.  What is mission?  It is a chance to bring Christ and the Church, in a very real sense to others – through works of mercy, love, and compassion.


Who can go?

Any students, currently in grades 8-college who show a desire to be Christ’s hands and feet. Note: as a guideline, you should attend a local / national trip before an international.

 What trips are being offered?


What is expected of the parents?

Parent participation is requested and essential during this process, as your teen will rely on your for support and guidance too.  Contact Brett Adams ( with any additional questions or concerns.


How do I apply?

Applications will be available later this fall or early winter.



Working fundraisers are required and will likely help to offset the final cost. Teens will also have an opportunity to fundraise on their own and are encouraged to do so.  Despite this, no fundraising amount can be guaranteed. A limited amount of scholarship money is available for financial need.

Questions? Contact Brett Adams at 630.355.8980 x117 or!



Servant Leadership as adapted from To Leader is to Serve by Shar McBee

Leading to Serve. Serving others is the ultimate goal.  We meet the people where they are at and keep in mind how Jesus embodied these steps through his life.


Being Welcoming. Everyone wants to be included.  Reaching out to others on a regular basis and making a good first impression, which includes proper introductions, is vital.


Expressing Appreciation. Gratitude attracts support and success. Appreciate each volunteer’s strengths and talents on an ongoing basis and recognize their needs differ.  Once you assign a task, let them do it!


Sacrificing. When something is given up it makes room for something else to evolve.  Thus, continue to serve, even when unappreciated, and consistently do more than others ask of you.


Listening. Taking time to listen to people is our greatest contribution.  People want to be listened to, so be open to suggestions and know your audience.  Our opinions aren’t always what they want to hear, you should instead think of where they are coming from.


Inspiring and Informative Meetings. Set goals, plan the agenda, and be respectful of others time.  If you talk too much, others don’t have the space to share.  Inspiration creates energy and word of mouth is more effective than any advertising.


Being Attractive. Clear out negatives, don’t worry, and treat others as brothers and sisters.    Enthusiasm is attractive.


Changing Your Mind. As we think, we so become.  Fill your mind with powerful, constructive thoughts.  Positive words will equate to a positive response.   Small changes DO matter.


Having Fun Every Day. A Joyous mood is infectious and brings success.  People support leaders who are modest and kind, and humor keep leaders from being arrogant.  Laughter removes stress, so laugh.  Don’t be dazzled by fame or succeeding.


Being Creative. Creativity attracts creative people and the best way to get creative is to just get started!  Combine different flavors of people and create what you need from what you have.  Misfortune and changes or drops in membership can be used as a catalyst for creative change.


Creating Teams the Work. Individual work is weak and tiring.  Teamwork is strong and sustainable.  Every job is essential, so break it down into small steps and communicate effectively.  Plan for adversity.

Letting Go. Serve volunteers by letting them go and grow.  That means they must know what is expected of them.


Reach Our Goals! Setting a goal draws support from others, so write it down and share it.  Hit the target by keeping the goal constantly in sight and realize that obstacles may be there for a reason.  Making a specific plan is like a road map.  If ever in doubt, follow the example of water and reach your goal by flowing on – no matter what!


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