LINCOLN (SNR) - For their next project to raise the
necessary funds to go to World Youth Day in Madrid, Spain, a group of a dozen
students from St. John the Apostle Church in Lincoln will host a benefit concert
featuring contemporary Catholic singer and songwriter Ellen Soukup.
Free-will offerings will be taken for the March 20
Lenten concert at 2:30 p.m. in St. John Church, 7601 Vine St., Lincoln.
This event is the latest in a series of projects the
group has undertaken that go a little beyond the usual bake sale or car wash.
"We can’t thank St. John’s parishioners, the Catholic
community, and local businesses enough for all they’ve done to help us earn
money to go on this once in a life-time pilgrimage to see our Holy Father," said
Mary Litt, a junior at Pius X High School. "It’ll be an awesome trip and one
we’ll never forget, as we grow stronger in our Catholic faith by just being at
World Youth Day."
Each student needs to raise approximately $3,600 to
join more than a million of their peers from around the world in Madrid for
World Youth Day in August.
With the help of their parents, the students have
worked on several projects together including preparing and selling lunches to
employees at Dell Perot Systems, helping secure business sponsorships for the
group’s t-shirts, hosting junior high school dances and lock-ins, performing odd
jobs for parishioners through a "Rent-a-Teen" program, and selling Christmas
wreaths and greenery to parishioners.
"While we’re proud of our kids for putting forth the
effort to help raise the needed funds, we’re even more proud of the fact that
they’ve participated in activities to give back and be good stewards," explained
Shana McClellen, whose son Ethan, also a junior at Pius X, will be going to
World Youth Day.
"The kids have stuffed and folded bulletins, helped
serve food at various church events, and participated in the parish-grounds fall
At the March 20 Lenten concert featuring Mrs. Soukup, the students will also
read Lenten reflections and prayers, as well as greet and serve refreshments to
those attending. Carolyn Soukup, a senior at Pius X, will also perform with her