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Summer Mission Trip

A week long commitment to be God's hands and face in service to the poor, elderly and marginalized.

Mission Trip 2018..... the Champaign/Urbana Illinois camp!

Our 2018 Summer Mission trip 6 was wonderful!  You can go onto the CHWC Facebook page to find pictures of our week. 

Mission Trip 2019

Tentative dates have been posted by CHWC for next summer.  They have their sites, but have not posted which camps are Next Level - the camps we use.  Therefore, we have not made our choice yet.  We will decide in early September and information will be on this page.  

​The History of our Mission Trips

In 1998, St. Edna Youth Ministry paired with the organization Catholic Heart Work Camp ( to offer a service experience for the teens of our Parish.  Since then this summer trip has become an important annual event in our Youth Ministry.  From our start, with 12 teens and 2 adults, we have grown to 50 teens and 10 adults for this summer's camp.  In all St. Edna Parish has had an estimated 525 campers and 100 adults being Stewards of our Faith, working to help people maintain their dignity, and their homes.  Camp in 2018 will be St. Edna's 20th year of partnering with CHWC for our week of service.  

What do we do at Camp?  We join people from other Catholic Parishes (usually 300 people at a Camp) and paint, plant, weed, sort, clean, serve, and do repairs in homes, shelters, daycare centers, playgrounds, Churches, outreach centers, and anywhere else we are sent.  (Local social service agencies pre-select our clients.)  

Where is Camp this year?  As noted above, we will be traveling to the Champaign/Urbana area of Central illinois next summer.  This area is not only the home of the University of Illinois, but is a socially diverse community.  We have been to this camp before.  Previous work at this camp location included rehabbing a school to serve as a retreat center, working at the Newman Center on campus, painting at a daycare facility, working in many homes, a soup kitchen and a senior center.  We will not know what next summer's projects will be....those plans are in God's hands and the hands of the local social service agencies.  





Important documents

Medical form for 2018: Be sure to attached a copy of your insurance card!

Code of Conduct for 2018

St. Edna registration Form   

For more information on this program or any other of our Youth Ministry events, please contact Nancy Holpuch, Youth Minister at St. Edna Parish.