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‘It was a great feeling ... to be the hands and feet of Jesus’

St. Dominic Parish youth spend week serving poor of Cairo, Ill.

Special to the Register
Editor’s Note: This article was provided by Joel McClure, a new seminarian for the Catholic Diocese of Dodge City.
In July, 18 high school students and five adults from St. Dominic Parish in Garden City traveled to Cairo, Illinois on a wonderful week-long journey together to serve the poor by living out the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
“It was a significant experience and the people of Cairo stole our hearts,” said Lea Ann Scott, trip leader for the last 15 years. “We were able to share the love of Christ with others. It is a life-changing experience and an unforgettable journey for all.”
Cairo lies at the southernmost tip of Illinois where the Mississippi and Ohio Rivers converge. This town, which was once a main river port, was – in its day - widely known to many Americans as a prominent commercial town with big-city attractions and a robust economy that would rival Las Vegas. But due to the decline of the river industry and escalating racial tensions in the 1960s, many jobs were lost and poverty became rampant in the city. Today the population numbers barely 3,000 people with an estimated median household income of just more than $21,000.
Lea Ann Scott has worked in Cairo three different summers and saw some progress in the community for the first time. New businesses and town clean-up was a welcomed surprise. The two-story hospital that sat empty for years is being torn down along with other dangerously crumbling buildings. “It was wonderful to see the community coming to life,” said Scott.
Participants met with some of the town leaders who are taking the initiative to rebuild Cairo. These leaders, among them a number of Christian pastors, shared that this time around Cairo would be built on faith and not on the worldly attractions that led to the growing populace during its time as a prominent port city.
The St. Dominic missionaries lived the week as a family with other missionary groups from Georgia and Minnesota. They were split up into three different work crews. Some of the youth spent the week doing extreme sports with the teenagers of the community. The other two groups scraped and painted houses and put on a Vacation Bible School for the children of Cairo. The youth also visited the residents of a nursing home, met with the city’s leadership, toured Cairo and learned about its history.
Their day consisted of morning devotion time, preparing the meals, cleaning the building, working in the community, evening activities and night prayer.
“It was a great feeling for us to serve the people here and to be the hands and feet of Jesus to them,” said Thomas Keller, youth missionary. “I’m glad to have met a lot of great people.”
Joel McClure, one of the adult leaders and a seminarian for the Diocese of Dodge City said, “I hope in some way we were able to bless the people of Cairo through our work and prayers. I certainly know that I was immensely blessed by those in the community and through the youth at St. Dominic.”
One of the best experiences of the week came on a Thursday afternoon. Because of the racial tensions in the 60s during desegregation, some men of the town filled the city’s swimming pool with cement one night because the city had ordered the pool desegregated.
Today, Cairo still does not have a swimming pool. Instead, the fire department built a large sprinkler that hooks up to the fire hydrants in town. Once a week during the summer, the fire department opens a water hydrant for the children of Cairo (and us) to take time to cool off and play in the water. This was one of the best experiences of the week because for that time, the children of Cairo had not a care in the world. Poverty and struggle gave way for a few brief moments to the songs of happy children.
This was St. Dominic’s 15th year of mission work and there are plans another trip next summer to work with the underprivileged somewhere in the United States. Please pray for the citizens of Cairo, Ill. as well as for the youth who attended the mission trip, that God would increasingly strengthen their faith and desire to live out the Gospel message of Christ to love and to serve.

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Sept. 16, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: 2018 Golf Classic; student athletes; physically challenged; Leonard Stegman; Lesson in forgiveness; Sending us on a mission

Sept. 2, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Priest crisis; Scandal; Opioid addictions; Seeds of Suicide; Leightons; St. Anne; Vincke; seminarians; Dominican Sisters; Stewardship Conference; Dead Sea Scrolls; PSR programs; Roe V. Wade

 

August 12, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Prayer and Action; Totus Tuus; Janee Bernal; Diana Ramirez; Heidy Ramirez; Bishop Gilmore honored for 20 years ministry; suicide; contraception and abortion; Dead Sea Scrolls; Humanae Vitae; certification in youth ministry; Chuck Weber; Cathedral rectory chapel; Sister Viola Heichelbech; Adam Urban

July 15, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Immigration Protest/Rally; Faith and Light Fiesta; Seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls; Corpus Christi procession; Prayers for priests; Sisters turn 100; Michael Brungardt; Gerald Vincke; Massacre in San Salvador; Action for Alex 

 

June 3, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Parish Pray for Priestly Vocations; Appeal reaches $10 million; Gangs; Seminarians; Pam Willis; Why I like being a priest; Happy Father's Day; Patricia Lujan; Tyler and Rachel Bennett; Adoption Protection Act.

May 20, 2018
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation

May 6, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Archbishop Romero; Seeing, Touching, Tasting; Exhortation; Father Patrick Conroy; Happy Mother's Day; A child on your doorstep; Vibrant Ministries Grant; From the heart of a young father; Love Gives Life; Roman Holiday; Smartphone; retirement
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April 15, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Easter Vigil; Angelica Village; Colorado woman; The art of anger; Cimarron Couple; Staats; Adoption; 

Father Ultan Murphy anniversary; Coughlan; Spiritual Advisor to Hoodlums; Woman of Courage; Oration contest; Darcy Feist  

 

April 1, 2018

 

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Defending Adoption; Led by the Spirit; Knights; ABC Pregnancy Center;
Memorial of Mary; Homeless; Relics; Down syndrome abortion; Chrism Mass

 

March 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: SKYAC; Aleksandr Men; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; Uganda; School for deaf; Rannah Evetts; Oberle; Rachel and Doug Trombley; Oscar Romero; Paul VI; DACA

 

 

March 4, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Fasting for priestly vocations; Father Juan; Fasting and prayer;
Quest Weekend 2018; DACA; With God, anything is possible; Homelessness in our communities; Rhubarb, Kansas;
What's the point of fasting; Rite of Election; same-sex couples

 

Feb. 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Catholic Schools Week; Rachel Doll; Ellinwood; Great Bend; Garden City; Ness City; Dodge City; Sister Rita Schwarzenberger; Nigeria; Bishop Hermes; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; World Day for Consecrated Life; 50th Anniversary St. Dominic School; What will life be like in 50 years?

 

 

Feb. 4, 2018

 

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: March for Life; Tracy and Ross Smith; Adoption; Vibrant Ministries; Faith and Light;
Pro-Life; Mortal sin to discard elderly; DACA; Abortion; Dreamers; Human Trafficking

 

Jan. 21, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Louise Korbe; Anne Frank; Miep Gies; Home Heat; Father Solanus

 

Jan. 7, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Good news and kingdom living; dreamers; Sister Teresa Orozco; Infant Adoption; Elderly; a moral conundrum; seminarian; feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

 

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