Mission Trip Journals

In June 2018 we spent a week in Ensenada, Mexico in partnership with Praying Pelican Missions. Our mission was to serve the community of Ensenada, in a variety of ways, spreading the joy and love of Jesus Christ. Please enjoy the following videos and reflections from our Mission Trip Team…

 

 

JOURNAL #1 – JOHN ANDRIKOS

 

This is more than just a sticky note. This past week, I and a group of parishioners (now close friends of mine) from Holy Trinity went on the parish’s first mission trip. We were in Ensenada, Mexico for almost a week doing what one usually does on a mission trip: serving. It struck me, though, how much that went both ways. Where we provided material support the Ensenadans gave to us profound examples of trust in God, hospitality, and resilience. The poverty was heartbreaking to witness at times, and adding to the effect was the fact that it’s only a few hours away from quaint, privileged south OC. I saw dry brush hills similar to the ones where I live, yet they had not million-dollar homes enclosed in a gated community built upon them, but shantytowns connected by derelict roads. Despite the misery around them, those people hold their heads high. They share what little they have with strangers in inspiring examples of hospitality. They look to God with an unshakable trust. During the week, we met people who had been in and out of jail, trapped by addiction, and burdened by sickness and injury. We met children with contagious joy. Each of them had a story to tell. Stories full of sadness and hardship, hope and triumph. That sticky note (above) was given to me by a little girl we met and spent a lot of time with – it’s my invitation to her birthday party. I may not be there for her party, but I know I’ll try my best to continue to serve as I can with what I have, and to see people as just that: people. God’s children. We would all do well to remember that and treat each other as such. It’s honestly so difficult to put into words just how much this exeperience has impacted me, but let me tell you, I’ll never forget it!

 

JOURNAL #2 – JAYMES MACABALE

¡Gloria a Dios! The Mission Trip was transformative to say the least. I have just returned from serving on my first mission trip with a group from Holy Trinity. I’ve been wanting to serve on a mission trip for years and I was beyond excited, but this was more than I could’ve ever expected. We spent the week in Ensenada and the amount of faith that the people had despite not having anything, was truly admirable. Seeing the conditions and the problems that many of these people faced in there day to day lives compare nothing to our small, insignificant problems we face here. I had always known that poverty existed, but finally meeting it and talking to the faces of poverty, put everything into a completely new light. Hearing their stories and all of the hardships they had, and through it all they all had this unbreakable faith. I wish I had faith like that. And even though we were there to serve them, there was never a moment where they were not serving us as well. I feel like lately I just haven’t been trusting God and I’ve been trying to fill my heart with things that don’t last. After this week, He has just filled my heart with his unending love and I just want to spread it and share it with the world. I hope to return Ensenada and more places like this to serve. And now that I’m back, I’m left with the question “where do we go from here?” And while we can’t be there to serve them now, we can glorify the Lord with every action we do! Make everything you do be a shining example of Christ through you. I hope that all of you could witness God working through these people and I wish you could experience something like this at least once in your life. I want to challenge you all to be a global citizen of the world, to live a life without borders, and to take a step back from your life today and think…just think, what can I do to better this world? Thank you Lord for making this trip possible and for blessing me with the life I have.



Children’s Liturgy of the World

After much prayer, the CLOW ministry dismissal will be on hiatus at the 8:30 a.m.and 10:30 a.m. Mass times in July and August, 2018. The ministry will begin again on Sunday, September 2, 2018 for children from kindergarten to 4th
grade.

Elementary Faith Formation Registration

We hope you are all enjoying your summer! It’s time to start thinking about registering your child(ren) for Faith Formation classes for 2018-19. Remember your child’s faith education still continues on after they have received 1st Communion. We have classes for kids in grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, & 8 for them to continue to deepen their understanding and grow in their faith all the way until they start preparing for Confirmation in 9th grade.

2018-19 Registration forms are now available starting Monday 7/2/18 in the Parish Office or to download online on our WEBSITE.  You can pick up/turn in forms anytime that the office is open – Monday-Thursday from 9- 4, Fridays 9-3 or on Sundays 8-12 noon. We do not accept mail, fax, or email copies.

We are requesting that forms be turned into the parish office by 9/10/2018.  Classes  will start the week of  9/25/18  and timeslot preferences are assigned on a first come, first served basis…we encourage you to get those forms in ASAP! Verification of enrollment will begin as of 8/27/18.

 


Holy Trinity Mission Trip

This Saturday a team of Holy Trinity parishioners, in partnership with Praying Pelican Missions, will be heading down to Ensenada to serve as part of  week-long Mission Trip. During our trip, the Praying Pelican Mission staff will be updating an online journal with pictures and stories so that people back home can follow along with our trip. To view that online journal please click the link below. We ask for your prayers for our team and those we will be serving next week. And thank you again to all those who generously supported our efforts to make this Mission Trip possible.

https://www.prayingpelicanmissions.org/mission-trip-journals?tripid=11068


Confirmation Registration Open

Registration for the Sacrament of Confirmation is now open! All incoming Freshman in the Fall of 2018 are welcome to begin the journey. Please follow the link below for more information

https://holytrinityladera.org/sacraments/confirmation/ 


Jr High Retreat

Registration for the Jr High Retreat has been extended to Sunday, June 3rd! All 6th, 7th & 8th graders are welcome to join us on our annual summer retreat. For more information click here


Ciao, Joe!

After serving at our Parish for almost a year, Seminarian Joe is returning to the Vatican to resume his studies. Come say good bye to him this weekend after each Mass with some donuts and coffee.


VBS Update

VBS spaces are almost FULL for participants and high school volunteers! (There is a waiting list for Jr High Volunteers) Download the packet from our website or fill it out in the office. We do need more ADULT volunteers though, so please contact us if you would like to be a part of Holy Trinity’s VBS this summer.