St. Chris youth serve others


By Alyssa Burley - For the Drummer



Erin Dean spent time with St. Malachy students during the St. Christopher Parish mission trip to Chicago.


Photo by Alyssa Burley

Will Long played basketball with a St. Malachy student during the St. Christopher Parish mission trip to Chicago.


Photo by Alyssa Burley

Ana Valdespino helps clean St. Malachy Church in Chicago.


Photo by Alyssa Burley

32 members of St. Christopher Parish partnered with Young Neighbors in Action during a mission trip to Chicago last week.


Photo by Alyssa Burley

CHICAGO — Last week in Chicago, Illinois, 32 St. Christopher Parish partnered with a mission organization called Young Neighbors in Action in order to serve the communities in West Chicago. The parishioners were broken up into seven service groups, each serving a different parish or cause.

The mission group sent to St. Malachy’s Precious Blood church spent the week participating in hard labor, playing with kids, and running a food pantry.

“It was a very humbling experience,” said Bailey Walko.

St.Malachy’s service group was led by Father Matt, the church’s priest, who is a Chicago native. The service group took on tasks that the staff at St. Malachy’s did not have the time or manpower to undertake.

Service members on this trip stayed at Mount Carmel High School in South Chicago while growing in their Catholic faith and serving the Chicago community.

Erin Dean spent time with St. Malachy students during the St. Christopher Parish mission trip to Chicago.
http://www.vandaliadrummernews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2017/06/web1_Mission1.jpgErin Dean spent time with St. Malachy students during the St. Christopher Parish mission trip to Chicago. Photo by Alyssa Burley

Will Long played basketball with a St. Malachy student during the St. Christopher Parish mission trip to Chicago.
http://www.vandaliadrummernews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2017/06/web1_Mission2.jpgWill Long played basketball with a St. Malachy student during the St. Christopher Parish mission trip to Chicago. Photo by Alyssa Burley

Ana Valdespino helps clean St. Malachy Church in Chicago.
http://www.vandaliadrummernews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2017/06/web1_Mission3.jpgAna Valdespino helps clean St. Malachy Church in Chicago. Photo by Alyssa Burley

32 members of St. Christopher Parish partnered with Young Neighbors in Action during a mission trip to Chicago last week.
http://www.vandaliadrummernews.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/19/2017/06/web1_MissionGroup.jpeg32 members of St. Christopher Parish partnered with Young Neighbors in Action during a mission trip to Chicago last week. Photo by Alyssa Burley

By Alyssa Burley

For the Drummer

Alyssa Burley is a junior at Butler High School. She can be reached at (937) 684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.

Alyssa Burley is a junior at Butler High School. She can be reached at (937) 684-8983 or on Twitter @VandaliaDrummer.