LINCOLN (SNR) - Over the next month, daily-picked Nebraska sweet corn and parish-grown vegetables will be available for sale in the city of Lincoln.
St. Michael Parish in Lincoln will sell sweet corn, along with cucumbers, watermelons, musk melons and tomatoes in the area of 70th Street and Pioneer Boulevard, and 84th Street and Pioneer Boulevard.
The sales are the latest in a string of fundraisers for a large group to attend World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland in 2016.
In March, a few parish youth decided they wanted to attend World Youth Day — no small undertaking, given the cost of travel and the ambitious itinerary which includes Rome and Assisi. Students and their parents started signing up, and concerns about how to raise funds was first on the agenda.
“We knew our first priority at St. Michael is building a church” said Mary Ann Miller, WYD organizer. “So we directed our fundraising efforts to the community as a whole and many wonderful and profitable opportunities came our way.”
The group held a garage sale in early summer, manned a fireworks stand in Hickman, and sold FatBoy barbecue sauce, as well. Now the two sweet corn stands are next on the list — and both stands will include homegrown vegetables straight out of the parish garden, located just south of the parish property. The parish, which has plans to build a new church, is located in southeast Lincoln. The parish school opened at the site in 2011.
“Parish support has been tremendous,” Miller said.
Through the generosity of a parish member, almost three acres were planted. Another friend of the parish donated more than 500 bedding plants which were planted by a group of men from the parish, including pastor Father Kenneth Borowiak.
“We have many more vegetables to plant and corn to pick, thanks to our parish family,” Miller said.
“World Youth Day has become a parish event and because of the efforts of everyone from the parish all of our projects are rewarding, spiritually, socially and economically. We are blessed,” she said.
“Because of these blessings,” she stressed, “the WYD team decided that 10 percent of all proceeds would be given back to the parish.”
St. Michael Parish will provide trip assistance to several individuals who may not otherwise be able to attend.
Miller pointed out that the fundraisers are not just a one-time event but will continue to support youth ministry in the parish, and possibly future WYD trips.
There are almost 70 signed up from several parishes to attend the Krakow trip with St. Michael Parish, and room for more.
“Anyone interested can still sign up to ‘work our way to Krakow’,” Miller said. “There is great value for a student to earn his or her own way and fundraising opens the opportunity for more to attend.”
She added that the pilgrims are also preparing themselves spiritually, through prayers and devotions.
“We have planned programs for each quarter which will help to keep us focused on our spiritual pilgrimage,” said Miller.
The St. Michael WYD Krakow team has a full agenda of fundraising projects this fall and will continue to work until they are ready to leave in July 2016. Donations are always welcome and can be sent to the parish at 9101 S. 78th St., Lincoln, NE 68516 in care of WYD. All donations will help to sponsor a WYD trip for someone in need.