DAVID CITY (AHS/SNR) – Ten members of the girls track team at Aquinas High School in David City traveled June 11-16 with Coach Tony Smith, Mrs. Julie Smith, and Father Benjamin Holdren to Denver. Through the Catholic non-profit, Christ in the City, the student athletes and sponsors learned how to know, love, and serve the poor.
The Aquinas missionaries were able to learn about what the life of a Christ in the City missionary looks like, before volunteering for “Lunch at the Park.” Each Wednesday and the second Saturday of each month, at Lincoln Park, lunch is provided to all Christ in the City’s “friends on the street.”
Giving lunch to the homeless is good, said senior Ivy Schmid, but, “a plate of food is just an excuse to sit down with others and listen to them and be a friend.”
“[The homeless] all had so many stories to tell and were so happy to share them with someone,” exclaimed senior Sierra Meysenburg. “It is amazing what a little love can do.”
The missionary group then traveled to Edwards, Colo. for hiking, recreation and spiritual refreshment. Father Holdren celebrated daily Mass in the mountains.
“I’ve gotten to see some of the beautiful creations of God and He has blessed us so many times on this trip” said Schmid.
This is the second time Aquinas Catholic has volunteered with Christ in the City. Father Holdren took the first group of missionaries last summer.
“I wanted students to experience work with the poor. Christ in the City made the Gospel come alive for us as we entered into friendship with the homeless,” explained Father Holdren.
“This trip has been such a blessing and I’m so thankful I got the opportunity to go,” said Schmid.