Kenai youth offer service during ‘Works of Mercy’ trip to Sitka

“Everything a baptized person does every day should be directly or indirectly related to the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy.” This quote by Dorothy Day was inspiration for Catholic youth from the Kenai Peninsula who embarked on a weeklong “Works of Mercy” mission trip to Sitka in late May.

Under the leadership of adult parishioners and Deacon Kevin Woodvine a group of eight youth from Our Lady of the Angels Church in Kenai traveled to St. Gregory Nazianzen Church in Sitka. There the group met up with local parishioners and Father Andy Sensenig, a priest of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate.

With the aim of participating in the spiritual and corporal works of mercy — comforting the sorrowful, visiting the sick, feeding the hungry and praying for the living and the dead — the youth assisted the Sitka parish, including washing windows on church grounds and reaching out to elder members of the community. Youth also helped serve lunches and visited with residents at the Senior Center in Sitka, in addition to visiting the homebound.

Parishioners at St. Gregory’s fed the youth volunteers, offered hikes and showed them around Sitka during their stay.

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