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Prayer and Action Information

What is Prayer and Action?

Prayer and Action is a mission trip program founded through the Diocese of Salina, Kansas.  The idea was formed by seminarians who wanted to accomplish 2 things: offer a low cost mission trip experience and provide service to the people in their own communities.  They chose to name their program after a quote about Mary from  St. Pope John Paul II that emphasized Mary’s dedication to both prayer AND action. 

The program will reach out to various communities of our host parish, providing for those most in need. This is done by the laboring hands and the open hearts of high school students and their adult leaders. The most important aspect of Prayer & Action is the evangelization and inspiration of the youth, which is the fruit of their prayer and labor.


An Overview

Prayer & Action sessions last five days, with students arriving on Sunday evening and staying until Friday morning. Throughout the week the students will paint, clean, do yard work, and perform other meaningful tasks for the poor, disabled, and elderly. The students will spend the week in an atmosphere that is free of distractions which will foster their faith, inspire charity, and lead them closer to Christ. The experience will also allow them to get to know other high school students from other parts of the Archdiocese who share their Catholic faith.  

The Prayer & Action experience will be facilitated by the mission team which consists of seminarians and other dynamic young adults.

Teens paint house of elderly person through Prayer and Action program

This team and the parish adult leaders will be with the students at the worksites, working side-by-side with them. In the evenings the team will lead Collatio, the retreat portion of Prayer & Action. Collatio is perhaps the most important part of the day as the students play, worship, and grow together in Jesus Christ.


tYPICAL Weekly Schedule

This schedule is for example only to give youth ministers a general idea of the flow of the week.  Actual schedules are determined by staff and will differ in times and acttivities  based on infield circumstances.


5pm     Parish groups arrive, check-in, unpack and get settled

5:45pm                Dinner   (potluck provided by the parish)

6:30pm                Adult Leader Meeting/Tour of
facilities and games for students

7:45pm                Collatio (evening program)

9:15pm                Parish small group time followed
by snack and free time

10pm                    Night Prayer

10:30pm              Get ready for bed

10:45pm              Lights out!!


7am                      Wake up and meet for morning reflections

7:30am                Rosary

8am                     Mass

8:30am                Breakfast and prepare sack lunches

9:15am                Travel to worksites

Noon                   Eat lunch at worksite

4pm                    Showers and free time

4:45pm                Dinner Prep (designated work crew to help prepare dinner)

5pm                    Adult Leader meeting

5:30pm                Dinner

7pm                    Evening Activity

8pm                     Collatio

9:15pm                Parish Small group time followed by snack and free time

10pm                   Night Prayer

10:30pm              Get ready for bed

10:45pm              Lights out!!


7am                     Wake up and meet for morning reflections

7:30am                Rosary

8am                     Mass

8:30am                Breakfast

9am                     Pack bags and load cars

9:30am                Clean up (work crews designated different areas of the parish to clean up)

10am                   Collatio

11am                   Group Photos and say goodbye

11:30am              Go home!