2020 Trip Details
2020 Trip Information Fact Sheet
2020 Jamaica Trip Application
About the Mission Team
St. Joseph Parish has a Mission Outreach to the Mandeville Diocese of Jamaica. The city of Mandeville is located just about in the geographic center of Jamaica, a two and half hour journey southeast of Montego Bay. So far we have made nine mission trips.
The Mission Outreach, endorsed by the Pastoral Council in 2007, is conducted through the Diocese of Mandeville. The Mission Trip is planned and developed. There are a number of consistent parts of the trip for our missionaries: educational by visiting the Diocesan Institutions for Homeless Boys, an Orphanage and a Home for the Elderly; members from the Diocese also offer needed and interesting facts in regard to the work they do, the people who minister there and the residents .
Manual work is very much at the heart of the Mission. The work may be building a small ‘house’, repairing or remodeling various institutional buildings, and painting.
There are no set places, but our Mission Team Project has especially endorsed St. Margaret-Mary School and Parish, located in Lionel Town. Lionel Town is located at the south shore of Jamaica about one and half hours drive from Mandeville.
A Mission Team consists of twelve people, randomly chosen from a list of volunteers. The Team will come together initially to get to know each other and then meet regularly to plan the Mission and to raise both monetary funds and well as commodities, which will be shipped to Jamaica in the Fall. Each member of the Team is assigned an area of responsibility. From July until the departure, Team meetings are scheduled once a month. There is much work to be done with fund raising and collection of the commodities that will be sent to Jamaica.
Those interested in the Mission Team are asked to volunteer. An initial meeting is held to explain and further detail the nature of the Mission and what an individual’s responsibly will be. Volunteers can be either men or women, but individuals need to be in very good health in order to travel and to work in the Mission. Volunteers are asked to pay for their own air-fare, but scholarships are available. Room and Board are taken from the treasury. Clothes are to be simple and suited for a warm climate. Work and casual clothes are both essential.
Over 80 parishioners have made the Mission Trip. Many want to return. As a matter of fact, most Team members have found the Trip ‘life enhancing’ and sensitive to Third World poverty. One recent member said upon return: “The Mission trip is not necessarily life changing, but it will change the way I live my life.”
Thank You Note from St. Margaret Mary's Parents
For More Information
Father Jim Menkhus, OFM Cap
Parochial Vicar / Mission Spiritual Director
(717) 755-7503 x204