Perry County July 2014

Mission Trips

ASP, Mississippi (Gulf Coast Trip), YNIA

At the end of September each year Ascension Youth Ministry offers an information meeting.  Attendance at this meeting is HIGHLY encouraged. 
To be considered for a spot on ANY trip, a teen must complete their online registration piece and also turn in a paper application with their $150 deposit


Appalachia Service Project has been a beloved aspect of Ascension youth ministry for over 20 years.  Decades ago this trip began with a small group of 5 vans totaling 35 people and has grown to 23 vans equaling 161 people.  AYM usually goes to ASP the last full week of July, which is known as “week 7” to ASPers.     

This upcoming summer, 2015, our work crews will be split between counties in Kentucky and Tennessee on July 18th – 25th.

​All teens (and their parents) are encourage to utilize the participants "Managed Missions" username and password to be aware of our monthly meetings, their fundraising progress, and balance due.

To learn more about ASP please look at their website:


Mississippi Mission (Gulf Coast Service Retreat)  

UPCOMING opportunity for Spring Break 2016 and/or Summer 2016:  Participate in an 8 day prayer adventure to Mississippi.  Travel to and from the Coast requires 2 days (usually Sat-Sun on the way down &  Fri – Sat on the way back).  Cost is approximately $600.  

Why go to Mississippi? Teens will work in, or near Biloxi, MS – an area of Mississippi that was impoverished prior to Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and remains an area where residents still need assistance with home repair or help in general.  The devastation of Hurricane Katrina only continued to push them back as this area of the coast was a "forgotten area."  

Like Appalachia, the people there steal your hearts in their kindness and hospitality. Service work done for them feels more like a gift they give back to you.  As a Director of Youth Ministry I have taken both high school and college group to Mississippi since 2008.  Each week is different but the essence is always the same, an awesome spiritual and service week! 

Our work will be organized through “Change for Change” Inc., an organization begun by a Fenwick student after her first trip to Mississippi in 2011, and now run by her mother and friend (social worker) that was met on our service trip to Ocean Springs, MS in 2011.


In past years AYM has brought teens to this great experience!  And, in future years participation in this trip will depend upon both interest from teens and availability of adults to run the trip.  YNIA is a Catholic run service week to simultaneously teach about our themes of Catholic Social Teaching while also doing service.  There are many  places across the country for teens to spend a week doing service while learning more about our Catholic faith, including right here in Chicago.  If this trip interests you, make sure to send an email to the youth minister in late summer or early Fall.  Check out their website at: