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Eighty St. Joseph’s Academy students participated in this year’s Alive in You Catholic youth event, held June 20-25 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Billed as “part conference, part service camp and 100 percent Catholic,” the camp is designed to enable participants to open their hearts and allow Christ to become the center of their lives. The goal of the camp’s founders is to educate, motivate and provide young people with a life-changing Catholic experience.

SJA students were among 400-plus teens from 16 church parishes and 10 states. Among the activities for the week were mass, adoration, rosary, mission work, parish time, fun and games as well as a concert. Campers did various tasks at four Chattanooga Housing Authority homes, including painting, cleaning, weeding flower beds and visiting with the residents. They also did yardwork, painted and cleaned at an affordable housing complex for those living with HIV/AIDS.

Some participants chose to visit a YMCA branch to help with an Olympic-style event for children. Still other travelers painted the gym and hall at Orchard Knob Middle School.

The theme for this year’s Alive in You was Unity, said school counselor Niki Banta, who was among the chaperones for the trip. “The focus was placed in the holy trinity,” she said. “The mission work that our teens experienced was everything from painting and pulling weeds to cleaning and interacting with underprivileged children.”

Junior Juliette Gautreaux said the week was memorable. “It brought me closer to my Sticker sisters and showed me how fortunate I am,” she said.

Amy Cave, administrative assistant to the principal, also accompanied the travelers. “I had a wonderful time,” she said. “The nighttime programs were entertaining. I enjoyed getting to know the girls, alumnae and chaperones on the trip.”

Junior Addison Bruce said she thoroughly enjoyed the week in Chattanooga. “Alive in You was a really special experience for me because I had the opportunity to apply all that I have learned about service and the servant that Jesus was,” she said. “Serving alongside my classmates was eye-opening and gave me the chance to see my everyday life in a different light.”

Sophomore Emily Reynaud said her first mission trip experience was special. “I absolutely loved it so much,” she said. “Not only did it feel amazing to help the community, but I met so many great people with the same morals and values that I have. Doing mission work that included painting, playing with children, cleaning and more really opened my eyes and helped me to look at everything I am blessed to have and how much we all take for granted. I wasn’t expecting Alive in You to have masses, adorations, singing and dancing, but it made my experience so much better, and I loved every moment of it.”

Junior Bella Rovere said the trip served to heighten her feeling of gratitude. “It taught me how blessed I am and how thankful I should be for what I have in my life,” she said. “I enjoyed getting close to my small group and coming together for Christ. It was an enjoyable experience with my Sticker sisters.”

Junior Kelsi Landry said she enjoyed the variety of work experiences. She also learned a valuable lesson. “I learned how little it takes to make those around you happy,” she said. “Even the smallest act of kindness can affect someone more than you know. I was treated with kindness by every single person I met in Chattanooga, from both the kids and the other campers. I wish I could do it all again.”

 

Mindy Brodhead Averitt
Communications Director

 

Photos courtesy of Amy Cave, Anna Hampshire, Kelsi Landry and Nikki Banta

 

Date posted: July 5, 2017

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