The theme of World Peace Day 2009 is going to be ‘combating poverty,’ as directed by Pope Benedict XVI. It seems like there is no end to potential service outlets for Catholics, especially Catholic youths.
Many Catholic teens and young adults spend all or some of their summer on service trips or participating in service projects. One such summer camp, the Heart Work Camp, is highlighted in the Mississippi Catholic, the newspaper for the Diocese of Jackson, here.
Another form of service is documented in an article in The Record, newspaper of the Archdiocese of Louisville, Ky., where recent graduates of local high schools use the performing arts in order to serve students aided by the Community Catholic Center. The Community Catholic Center helps underprivileged students attend Catholic schools.
Another example of service is a program organized by two sisters in Seattle to send books to schools in Alaska. They are featured in an article in The Catholic Northwest Progress on the Archdiocese of Seattle’s Web site.