OLW Harlan Mission Trip Registration 2020
OLW Youth Ministry Mission Trips 2020
-Building Homes, Building Lives-

Where: Harlan, Kentucky
When: June 7-13th
and July 12th-18th
Who: current freshman – young adults
Cost: $280
Includes Food, Transportation, Lodging, and Job Site Materials

*What will we be doing?
We will be working to improve life in a small
area of the Appalachian Mountains
by renovating homes, new construction, landscaping, and more.

*You can accomplish anything with God at your side!

*We travel in 12 passenger vans!

*We will be staying at a camp provided by the organization we are working for, COAP (Christian Outreach to Appalachian People). We share the camp with other groups. We are responsible for cooking and cleaning up after ourselves.

Cost: $280 Space Limited
Registration starting day and Time: February 2, 2020 at 10:30am

*Registration is first come first serve basis and priority will be given to Youth Ministry Members and OLW parishioners. The only way to hold your place is to submit your payment and complete form below.

**Payment options - check, cash, or online payment

Online Payment! Follow this link

Checks payable – Our Lady of the Woods

Registration volunteers will be present at OLW at 10:30am on February 2nd to aid in registration, process payments, and answer any questions.

Questions? Call Christine Collins (708)269-6315


Dear Parents and Teens,

Happy New Year! As 2020 begins, our Youth Ministry Program always looks ahead to begin preparation for our annual mission trips to Harlan, Kentucky. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your consideration to join us this summer and share with you some information about our trip this year.

This year, we will be returning to Harlan, Kentucky. As you may know, Harlan continues to be one of the poorest communities in the United States which is what brought us there so many years ago. We return again this year because we find in many ways it is our home away from home. Our church has formed a wonderful working relationship with the agency COAP (Christian Outreach to Appalachian People). This year’s Summer Mission Trip Program offers two high school and young adult mission trips. This year our trips will only be able to accommodate OLW parishioners and youth ministry teens. Other teens will be placed on a waiting list.

This year’s cost to you is $280, which includes our COAP fees, lodging, transportation, food, theme t-shirt, and job site materials. We will ask that all teens participate in our Mission Trip Sponsor fundraising project. This has been extremely successful and all the money raised goes to the hard work our teens complete. Upon registration, you will receive details and a pledge sheet to begin at your convenience. We anticipate that this year’s budget will exceed $40,000 so a number of fundraising efforts (ex. Ash Wednesday Collection, and Car Wash) are scheduled. Your help will be needed, and I thank you in advance for your help to lighten our financial burden.

When considering the opportunity to participate in this experience, there are some expectations I wish to share with you. Although this will most likely be the best week of your summer, we cannot consider this trip a vacation. This is a mission trip – our mission is to go to Harlan to build homes and build lives. The only way we can do this is with team work and knowing that God is working through us! We will be completing jobs such as, roofing, painting, landscape projects (this is a nice way of saying shoveling a few tons of rock), new construction, and rehabbing homes in need of lots of TLC. As a result, we want nothing to stand in the way of our mission. We must respect one another, and always lend a helping hand. Our behavior must reflect our mission as we represent Our Lady of the Woods Parish and its Youth Ministry Program. As you would expect, alcohol, drugs, tobacco, weapons, and fireworks will not be tolerated. Thank you in advance for doing all you can to keep our mission in your mind and heart.

This week will be a learning experience. It will be a chance for you to learn a new trade or skill. It’s an opportunity to learn the value of teamwork. You will learn how to live in the same place with lots of other people (this one is not always easy). You will experience how other people live and meet individuals that you will carry in your heart forever. Most importantly, you learn how it feels to do God’s work in one of the most sacred places I have ever been.

I hope that my thoughts have helped you in your consideration of this incredible faith opportunity. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call me at (708)269-6315. I am looking forward to experiencing this week with you.


Christine Collins
Youth Minister
Our Lady of the Woods Parish


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I understand that on February 2nd at 10:30am at Our Lady of the Woods, is the official start of registration for this years Mission Trip. At that time, I will submit my $280 payment and complete this form. This will secure my spot for this years trip. *
I hereby request that our child be allowed to participate in the Our Lady of the Woods event. I understand that this event is formed to draw the youth of our parish together as a community, both spiritually and socially. I hereby release and indemnify the parish of Our Lady of the Woods, its staff and volunteers, and the Catholic Bishop of Chicago, a corporation sole, from any and all liability arising form claims of any kind or nature whatsoever from my child’s participation on this program. We understand that drugs, alcohol, tobacco, vaping, weapons, and fireworks are prohibited on youth ministry events. Anyone who violates this provision will be sent home at their parents expense. We understand that property is subject to search at any time during this event. *
In the event that I, or my authorized physician, cannot be reached, and in the judgment of the Youth Minister or the other adult supervisor(s), there is a necessity for immediate examination and/or treatment of my child, I hereby authorize any of the aforesaid personnel to obtain for my child such medical services deemed necessary. *
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