Diocese of Rockville Centre

St. Lucia 2012

2012 Mission Trip to St. Lucia

David Campmier

Adelphi Mission in St. LuciaThe Mission to St. Lucia itself was a blessing, but if I had to select one particular blessing from God it was the joy the Catholic St. Lucian community celebrated Sunday Mass. While the Mass was much longer than a typical Mass in the United States, the happiness and enthusiasm for celebrating Mass and being with each other in community was awe inspiring. The music was huge part of the joyfulness present at Mass; it was lively but prayerful. The community was deeply involved with every aspect of Mass, from the Liturgy of the Word to the final blessing. The community was joyful I believe because of their involvement in Mass.

That joy in celebrating Mass and praising God is the one thing I want to take from St. Lucia. The entire mission has invigorated me spiritually and inspired me to take greater more serious steps to become closer with God and the Church. That joy is crucial for me and my relationship with God. I know I will not always be so joyful at Mass every Sunday, but I know that I will remember the joy of celebrating of Mass in St Lucia.

- Sarah Kulins

Adelphi Mission in St. LuciaAt Newman Club, we often share “God Sightings”; things that happened over the course of the week, that we felt God’s presence. Its our way of sharing the ways that we recognize His work. The week we spent in St. Lucia was filled with not only “God Sightings”, but with Encounters with God.

An encounter with God that I would like to share with everyone is praying over Sheena, a young  lady at the Missionaries of Charity home. Sheena is 21 years old, however, Sheena is very sick, she is frail and very skinny, she is bedridden, and cannot speak or walk. When a group of us visited Missionaries of Charity that day, the first thing I heard when I walked in was her heart wrenching cries. Entering the side room hesitantly I paused to speak to a woman that was in the bed next to Sheena’s, however I felt drawn over to Sheena’s bedside where my friend and fellow missionary KK was standing. KK had started to sing You are Mine when I approached, seeing a glimpse of Sheena for the first time, my heart was thumping loudly and I was just filled with emotion. I sang along with KK, and Sheena stopped crying for a while.  We chatted for the nurse for a little bit, until Sheena began to stir again and we sang Do Not Be Afraid. Our voices harmonized beautifully, like never before, and we kept singing, what ever we could think of; On Eagles Wings, Blessed Be Your Name, and Mighty to Save.  A while later when Sheena started crying again,

A Missionary Heart 2012

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