300 young adults serve as ‘hands and feet’ of Christ across Houston

March 27, 2018

Auxiliary Bishop George A. Sheltz greets more than 300 young adults at St. Dominic Chancery Auditorium during the 2018 Archdiocesan Young Adult Day of Service on March 17. Photo courtesy of the Office of Young Adult and Campus Ministry.

HOUSTON — While most young adults spent the St. Patrick’s Day morning getting ready for a day out on the town, 300 Catholic young adults from across the Archdiocese gathered at the St. Dominic Chancery Auditorium for 8:30 a.m. Mass celebrated by Auxiliary Bishop George A. Sheltz to kick off the 2018 Archdiocesan Young Adult Day of Service on March 17.

Following breakfast, they broke off into teams to head out across the city and served 13 different organizations like Catholic Charities, Ronald McDonald House, Easter Seals Greater Houston, Juvenile Ministry-Special Youth Service and Pro-Life Activities.

In the end, the young adults helped to: serve lunch to 25 families at Ronald McDonald House; feed 290 homeless at Fishes and Loaves - Magnificat House Diner; make 150 care bags with 150 letters to the youth in the juvenile retention centers as well as pray outside the facilities; fill 10 pallets of food worth 6,700 food plates at the Houston Food Bank; cleaning at Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory and St. Joseph-St. Stephen Catholic Parish grounds; make 60 snack bags with letters of hope to homeless; learn about and support the mission of Catholic Charities; gardening and support services at St. Dominic Village; organize and make diaper cakes for Project Gabriel and pray outside an abortion clinic; sorted 40 boxes of donations for six refugee families at Catholic Charities; organize donations at St. Vincent de Paul Society; pack medicines for missions worldwide at Project Cure; and provided childcare for youth with disabilities at Easter Seals.

Sponsored by the Young Adult and Campus Ministry of the Archdiocese, the Young Adult Day of Service “is a way for young people to give back to the community, but at the same time gain experience for their future calling,” said its director, Gabriela Karaszewski.

For more information on other upcoming events, visit www.archgh.org/yacm or call 713-741-8778.