By ELI WOODVINE
Teens and youth leaders from four Alaska parishes teamed up earlier this summer to make a difference on Alaska’s Kodiak, Island.
In July, 14 teens and seven chaperones from Our Lady of the Angels in Kenai, Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Soldotna, and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Anchorage boarded a ferry and headed to Kodiak. Upon docking they joined forces with 14 local teens and Father Frank Reitter from St. Mary’s Church. The trip consisted of leadership workshops in the morning, service projects in the afternoon and evening Mass to end the day.
During workshops youth took part in team activities focused on leadership and collaboration. They also learned how to work with people of different personalities. Guest speakers from the local Rotary Club and the U.S. Navy SEALS added variety to the talks. During Mass, youth served as altar servers, extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion and as musicians.
In the afternoon, Father Frank Reitter kept the teens busy with projects around St. Mary’s School and church where they designed and painted a mural on a “Fry Shack,” designed and built a rosary walk, painted official lines on the basketball court, as well as for hop scotch and four square. The team also stained the front and back decks of the school and power washed and painted several buildings. After a week of hard work they boarded the ferry back to the Kenai Peninsula.