Saturday Morning at Steubenville

We began our day with Mass. Our very own Deacon Bob proclaimed the Gospel as Father John Burns inspired us with his homily and Bishop Powers blessed us in the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

The theme of the morning speakers was identity as blessed sons and daughters of God and growing in holy relationships. Our morning was capped with the Sacrament of Reconciliation.


Friday at Steubenville

The opening session was very inspiring, we were challenged to be more authentic in our relationship with God. When we first got there, we went to a Traveler’s mass with many other teens. After mass, we listened to music and we got to preview the speakers and adoration. After the night was over, the group headed back to the hotel and we had small group time where we discussed what we learned.

Steubenville 2018

We began our pilgrimage to Steubenville Rochester with stop at a beautiful Wisconsin Spiritual Hot-Spot, Rudolph Grotto Gardens and Wonder Cave, the life work of Father Phillip Wagner, in Thanksgiving to Our Lord and Our Lady. This was an awesome spiritual experience, you have to visit, just 15 minutes west of Steven’s Point, incredible shrines, chapel and the spectacular cave of shrines.

Our next stop was at Decon Bob’s cabin, where we stayed the night. There we went swimming and hung out getting closer as a group and preparing ourselves for the spiritual journey of the Stuebenville conference.

Day Two of Mission Camp

After Mass and a nourishing breakfast, we walked across the street to Autumn Oaks Community. We spent time visiting with the residents and doing chores around the grounds.

We enjoyed playing cards and listening to their stories; we always feel welcome there, and they are so grateful for the work we do beautifying their gardens and grounds.

We walked up to Fireman’s Park after lunch to stain some new sign posts before heading to Slinger Pond for a refreshing and fun swim.

For dinner and evening fun, we went to Ann Hayden’s house. She introduced us to her little farm, donkeys, goats, chickens and dogs. Ann built a huge bonfire for us and we enjoyed laughing and sharing stories.

Mission Camp, Day One

This year’s Mission Camp boasts twenty Middle School Campers from St Peter and Resurrection Parishes. We started camp with a little team building exercises, a lesson about Mission Discipleship from Tom Gauger and a nice talk from our Missionary Priest, Fr. Augustine, about his missionary experiences in the Himilaian Mountains.

Being properly prepared and encouraged, we headed out to our first Mission Site, St Peter School Playground. The playground was in desperate need of an overhaul, so we worked hard in the hot sun to redefine the playground layout, remove unwanted vegetation, and lay down copious amounts of mulch to pad the play areas. Once finished, we looked back on the work we’d done with a sense of accomplishment, the playground is now restored to a beautiful and safe state. We know the young children will enjoy many hours of fun here.

Many hands make light work. We finished quicker than we thought so we decided to weed and beautify the St Peter Cemetery also, we were surprised by the number of names we recognized and took great reverence in cleaning around each grave.

After Mass in St George Chapel, we enjoy dinner and a movie, “Heaven is for Real”, followed by discussion about how our actions reflect our beliefs..

Sunday at Steubenville

Saturday Night Adoration at Steubenville is so powerful and spirit-filled.  We all had an awesome experience of the Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.  The Eucharistic Procession was amazing, Fr Mike Schmitz walked all around the arena carrying the Monstrance, it came so close to us, where we were kneeling and praying, we could almost touch Jesus.  And the worship music had us all worshiping like we never have before.  In small group that night we shared our personal experiences and of God’s Merciful Love.

As we woke this morning, we were still filled with love and fervor for God, we were excited to get back to the conference, but also a little sad that this is the last day.  We know we have to go home, but we want to find a way to take this fervor and love with us, so that it is a part of our daily lives.  And sure enough, that’s what the Sunday Morning Session was about: the steps we can take to make Jesus a part of our daily lives; Frequent Mass and confession, Adoration, Scripture reading, youth group and spiritual friendship to keep us accountable.  Some of this we already do some of, but we were encouraged to be more intentional about it.  Pray for us as we work to Elevate our relationship with God.  

Sunday Morning Mass was a double bishop Mass, Bishop Powers from the diocese of Superior and Bishop Quinn of the Winona Minnesota diocese.

After the conference, we went hiking in Quarry Hill Park, it was good to get some fresh air and move our bodies after three days of sitting in conferences.  Back at the Hotel, we enjoyed small group sharing, swimming, pizza and fun.