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DC Mission Trip

On Wednesday, February 14th, 22 students headed to Washington DC for an OC Mission Trip. They spent four nights at the Washington Retreat House and volunteered at local Catholic schools in the DC area. Some students helped at daycares, while others were teaching assistants at elementary schools. The OC girls greatly enjoyed forming connections with the students they served. On Friday, everyone went to the Saint Pope John Paul II Shrine and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The students enjoyed the beauty of the shrines and seeing a first class relic of John Paul II. On Saturday, the girls visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture and the National Air and Space Museum. That evening, the girls had adoration and those who wanted to had confession. Afterwards, we shared our takeaways from the trip together, which is seen in the picture above. Thank you to all who made this trip possible!

In their words...

"Participating in the D.C. mission trip was truly incredible. Not only did I have the opportunity to directly engage with children and witness the positive impact I made on them, but I also formed meaningful connections with girls from OC who I had never interacted with before. My spiritual growth occurred effortlessly through moments of adoration, nightly mass, and the ability to pray with friends" - Myla Madera, OCHS'24

"Our journey to Washington, DC, was a wonderful and growing experience. We divided into groups and worked as teaching assistants within the DC and Hyattsville, MD area. We provided services to children as young as four months old to middle school age. Many of us learned patience and we all have an increased respect for educators as well. In addition, we attended daily mass and participated in adoration and confession. We also went to the Immaculate Conception shrine and the National Shrine of Pope John Paul II. Our final day in Washington, DC, was spent touring two distinct educational museums and the monuments. Moreover each of us were able to form new bonds with other girls from our school whom we would not have otherwise had the opportunity to engage with." - Christine O'Toole, OCHS'24