St. Helen’s Life Teen Harvest Workers is a service and retreat camp for all incoming high school freshmen through outgoing seniors which helps reveal to the teens the needs of those around them, especially those in our own parish; in the world, and in the local community, and provides tangible avenues for the teens to respond. Through service, daily Mass, prayer, reception of the sacraments, community building, and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, they come closer to a full commitment to live solely through love and for love.
This year the program ran from July 15-19, including a stop at the Sisters of Notre Dame Education Center and Health Care, on Thursday, July 19. Students formed small groups, allowing for some teens to visit with sisters in health care, as others met with sisters to learn more about their life as an SND, areas of ministry involvement, and to talk about their Catholic faith. The day spent with the Sisters of Notre Dame concluded with a talent show.
Theresa Zicker, St. Helen Life Teen Youth Minister, said that this year’s theme, “Finish Last,” focused on St. Paul’s spirit and ministry. “We put others first and ourselves last, so that we can finish first in God’s eyes and reach our ultimate goal of heaven.” Throughout the week, the teens performed a variety of service projects: helping parishioners, making and serving meals, and interacting with people at Camp Happiness, Maggie’s Place, and assisting at St. Vincent de Paul Society, to name a few.