Submitted by Mission Trip on Thu, 07/20/2017 - 10:04am
by Jerry A. Racioppi
Early on in my time as rector at Holy Spirit Verona I was told about a Mission Trip that Holy Spirit Verona sponsored to Grace House on the Mountain in St. Paul, VA. Although an Episcopal Church sponsored site, I was not familiar with it. Several of the Holy Spirit parishioners raved about their experience at Grace House. My second summer (2016) at Holy Spirit, we considered doing a Mission Trip, but we felt we did not have the momentum to have a decent attendance.
Submitted by Jerry Racioppi on Sun, 10/28/2018 - 3:14pm
Two youth who attended our 2018 Mission Trip are collecting your old formal and prom dresses and accessories (shoes and purses) to be donated to girls in towns in and around St. Paul, Virginia. The deadline for donations is November 20, 2018. Dresses should be placed in dry cleaning bags and clearly marked with the size. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Submitted by Jerry Racioppi on Wed, 07/25/2018 - 3:20pm
Seven Verona High School graduates and current students participated in our recent Mission Trip. Read about it on myVeronNJ.com or on Father Jerry's blog posts.
Submitted by Jerry Racioppi on Thu, 07/19/2018 - 11:49am
Each day at the close of our work, after preparing dinner for each other, our team-lead, Joanna Eliasof, leads us in a reflection. For Day 4, she spoke to us about the continuum of our contribution to society. She explained that there are four possible categories, and we are probably each at multiple stages at various times in our lives. There is not a “better” stage; however, our passion and commitment to a social justice issue will determine where we see ourselves within the following:
Submitted by Jerry Racioppi on Mon, 07/16/2018 - 8:05am
In July 2017, I joined eleven Verona residents on a Mission Trip to Grace House on the Mountain in St. Paul, VA. This Episcopal Church sponsored organization hosts groups of caring individuals weeks at a time to complete construction projects in the surrounding towns and neighborhoods. Grace House is owned and operated by the Diocese of SW Virginia, but is open to any group of active citizens wanting to make a difference.