We are honored to be returning in service to the wonderful city of New Orleans for the 4th time through the leadership of Catholic Charities of New Orleans and our partnership with the St. Scholastica High School Community.
A team of 25 Mater Dei students, faculty and staff will arrive in the Big Easy on Monday March, 28 and will be hosted by families of the St. Scholastica community through Friday, April 1. Nearly six years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, there is still much to be done. We are blessed to be doing God’s work in such a welcoming community.
Over the course of our trip, we will be participating in Operation Helping Hands to assist in building homes in areas still affected by Katrina. We will also be visiting with children from Our Lady of Prompt Succor School to present children’s books. This is one of the schools we went to on our first visit to New Orleans shortly after Katrina. Our team will also explore various areas of the city including the Lower Ninth Ward and St. Louis Cathedral.
In preparation for our journey, our student volunteers and their parents gathered in an evening of prayer on Monday, March 21 here in the Mater Dei chapel. Students were presented with a leadership crucifix which is a replica of the cross of Blessed John Paul II who is our saintly model for this trip to New Orleans.
This is our prayer as we go forth to be messengers for Christ:
Always know that your life has meaning
to the extent
that it becomes a free gift for others~
Go joyfully to meet Christ,
who gladdens your Youth.
See him and meet him by clinging
to his presence in the church,
in the sacraments and in one another.
Live with him in faithfulness to his Gospel.
Love him in the face of your sisters and brothers
who need justice, help, healing,
friendship and love
Love him in the face of our sisters and brothers that you will meet
as you serve his people in New Orleans
~Blessed John Paul II
We appreciate your love and prayers as we make this journey to New Orleans.
Director of Campus Ministry