Prayer and Action 2017
The Prayer and Action program of the Salina Diocese provides meaningful opportunities to high school aged students and their adult leaders to do mission work right here within the boundaries of our own diocese. Although it is awesome to think globally, and to participate in mission fields around the world, it is also important to realize that there are many people within our own communities who are in need of assistance. A mission trip experience has a wonderful way of uniting groups in Christ, and inspiring the youth to grow in their faith.
Prayer and Action sessions last five days, with students arriving on a Sunday evening and then staying until the next Friday morning. Throughout the week the students will paint, clean, do yard work, and perform other meaningful tasks, for the poor, handicapped, and the elderly. The students will spend the week in an atmosphere, free of distractions, which will foster their faith, ideas of service, and love of Catholic values. Each session will also allow them to get to know other high school students from other parts of the diocese who share in their Catholic beliefs.
The Prayer and Action experience will be facilitated by the mission team that will consist of seminarians, as well as other dynamic young adults. This team will meet the students and adult leaders on Sunday evening and guide all participants through the week. The number of sessions available each summer may vary depending upon demand. There are approximately 60 participants in each session. These sessions are held in the various towns throughout the diocese and, the program may go to more than one town or city in any given summer. Students’ housing for the week will be located at parishes or schools, sleeping in sleeping bags or on air mattresses throughout the week. Food preparations will also be taken care of at the housing site by the students, adult leaders, and mission team. Every parish within the diocese is invited to bring as many or as few of their high school students as they wish to participate in the program. Prayer and Action also asks that for every six youth, one adult leader also attend. Adult leaders are to share the same experience as the youth and are asked to be positive role models throughout the week’s activities.
Prayer and Action: The Name
The name Prayer and Action, comes from a speech that was given by the late Pope John Paul II. In speaking to a group of high school students in the Philippines in 1995 he said: "Look to Mary to see how to respond to Jesus' call. First she kept all things, pondering them, in her heart. She also went in haste to serve her cousin Elizabeth. Both attitudes are essential parts of our response to the Lord: Prayer and Action. That is what the church expects of her young people."