JUST5DAYS is a five-day encounter of hands on service, faith learning, prayer, community building, and summer fun. JUST5DAYS was created especially for Catholic middle school youth and their adult leaders from parishes and schools.
2017 Theme: Saints Among Us: Young World Changers
FAITH is the heart of Just5Days. This year’s Just5Days theme focuses on the example of the Saints and their service to others. Summer 2017, middle schoolers will discover how Pope Francis challenges everyone to the vocation of becoming a Saint.
SERVICE during Just5Days has youth engaging in direct, hands-on work that meets real needs of people in the local community. Service sites include working with the elderly, people with disabilities, families living in low income housing, community soup kitchens, outdoor work, and assisting various nonprofit charitable organizations.
PRAYER begins and ends each day of Just5Days. Youth are encouraged to help lead and participate in communal prayers by proclaiming the Scriptures and sharing their voices in song. Liturgy of the Eucharist is celebrated together as a community on the last day of Just5Days.
COMMUNITY building during Just5Days is fostered through high-energy and age appropriate activities, group projects, games, and small group discussions. Daily activities are designed just for middle schoolers with plenty of engaging and creative opportunities to learn.
CATHOLIC is who we are! Just5Days draws directly from the teachings of our faith, Sacred Scriptures, the words of Pope Francis, and the many saintly and holy men and women who follow Jesus’ example to serve with love. Just5Days introduces middle schoolers to Catholic social teaching and helps them to better understand how their faith calls them to serve others compassionately and to work for justice.
Service Hours Earned: 20
Participation in Just 5 Days will satisfy all service project requirements for youth entering/preparing for Confirmation Program.