the catholic community of st. francis of assisi
Summer Service through Mercy Camp and Mission Mercy
Mercy Camp is a one-week faith-based summer camp for rising 6th – 9th graders. At Mercy Camp, youth travel to service sites throughout the Raleigh area and engage in direct service to those in need. Rising 10th graders through rising College Freshmen can register to serve as Teen Leaders for Mercy Camp. Teen leaders lead and travel with Mercy Campers to these service sites and engage with them in service. Before camp, teen leaders participate in leadership training and create many aspects of the camp.
Mission Mercy is for high school students by design. Following our Franciscan tradition of service and love of others, rising 10th graders through rising college freshmen assist in offering “Pequeños Gigantes,” a week-long, faith-based summer camp for children of The Hispanic Families Center which helps low-income Hispanic families integrate and flourish in the Raleigh area.
Volunteer Spotlight: Jeremy Roca
Jeremy has been involved in liturgical ministries as a Eucharistic Minister and a Lector and has volunteered with Faith Formation. Thinking about his times serving at Mass, he says, “What blows my mind is that when we gather in community, in all that we are and all that we bring, the Risen Jesus that we learn about in the gospel becomes present. During the readings, I couldn’t help but try to imagine who I was in this story. How would I receive what Jesus is saying? Would I be challenged, perplexed, confused, consoled? And then we move to the table of the Eucharist, and the words of the Eucharistic prayer, and the people’s response truly fills my heart with joy.”