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Service Opportunity for Youth: Hawai'i Mission Trip

Looking for a rewarding way to spend your summer? Consider our annual diocesan mission trip to Hawai’i under the auspices of His Grace Bishop Serapion and the guidance of Fr. Daniel Habib of St. John Church in Covina from June 24-July 4, 2011.

Mission To serve the poor and homeless in Hawai’i by showing them the Gospel message of our Lord Jesus Christ through our actions and through our words.

Services We serve homeless families on O’ahu in many ways. We involve ourselves in programs such as a parent-child participatory preschool for at-risk families near coastal beach parks and homeless families living at beach parks. Families also receive canned and dried goods as well as educational and social services.

We volunteer with a parent-child participatory preschool that provides services at two family shelters on the Leeward Coast. The two-hour-a-day, two-day-a-week program provides pre- and post-testing, portfolio assessment, referrals for health and developmental needs through community partners, parenting classes and education.

Adult educational services include goal-setting and budgeting, vocational training, job placement and GED preparation. We have the opportunity to volunteer at a four-hour-a-day, four-day-a-week comprehensive Family Education Service. Parents interact with their child for the first two hours of the program, then participate in various adult education and life skills programs while their children receive an intensive, developmentally appropriate education through preschool teachers and assistants.

With children ages 6-17, we participate in after-school, intersession, and summer break programs. These programs include academic tutoring, support service counseling, and activities that promote the Hawaiian culture that are geared to build self-esteem. We volunteer at urban shelters as well, making food and speaking words of comfort to those who live there.


  • Airfare cost + $550 for all accommodations and transportation in Hawai’i. + Airline will be chosen based on airfare costs and occupancy. Please do not book your tickets just yet!
  • Space is limited to 20 people – first come, first served basis April 2 @ 4pm – St. John Coptic Church, Covina + Fr. Daniel Habib –, (626)456-4540


Posted by Fr. Moses Samaan

March 30, 2011