Totino-Grace High School's mission trip program encompasses the core values of the Lasallian mission while providing students with unique opportunities to learn about different cultures and poverty issues locally and internationally. Partnering with Lasallian communities, schools, and ministries allows us to do this most effectively. Our students have truly enjoyed these learning opportunities with the Christian Brothers, Lasallian Volunteers and other various ministries. More than 100 students have had the opportunity to travel with Totino-Grace this year, living out the Gospel as Jesus calls us to do.
- Twin Cities Urban Experience
- Winona, Minnesota
- New Orleans, Louisiana
- Kansas City, Missouri
- Chicago, Illinois
- Port Au Prince, Haiti
- El Paso, Texas
- Anniston, Alabama
- New York City, New York
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Urban Experience mission trip is a two day, fast paced, intense learning experience right here in Minneapolis. Students learn about homelessness and poverty in the Twin Cities by walking a day in the life of someone experiencing homelessness. Throughout the day, they will visit with and explore different resource centers (such as Catholic Charities and Salvation Army) in the area. Students also have the ability to serve those who are suffering from homelessness by providing a meal and volunteering time at a local food bank.
The Winona mission trip is a three day Habitat for Humanity trip. Students work with a local chapter of Habitat for Humanity in Winona. During the trip students participate in a variety of Habitat projects such as painting, siding, or yard clean up to help provide a home for a family in need. Students also have the opportunity to visit St. Mary’s University and explore all that Winona has to offer.
The Kansas City mission trip is a six day experience where students live and work at Jerusalem Farm. Jerusalem Farm is a Catholic Intentional community built on the four cornerstones of Prayer, Community, Service and Simplicity. Each day students experience sustainable living and help the greater community through restoring homes.
The Chicago mission trip is a five day trip in which students take part in a unique learning and immersion opportunity that explore issues of social justice (such as poverty, the Chicago education system, food insecurity, or mass incarceration) through the lens of Christian social teachings of peace, justice and respect for human dignity and the environment. The group works with elementary students, shelters, and other organizations that provide for those less fortunate.
Social teaching is a central element of the Catholic Church. As a Catholic and Lasallian community we place emphasis on social justice education and action through our mission, curriculum and campus ministry programming.
There are seven themes of Catholic social teaching:
- Life and Dignity of the Human Person
- Call to Family, Community and Participation
- Rights and Responsibilities
- Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
- The Dignight of Work and Rights of Workers
- Care for God's Creation
Totino-Grace is committed to bringing social justice teaching topics and experiences to our students. Our faculty, staff, coaches and moderators help strengthen students' awareness of social justice systems and provide charity opportunities in a variety of ways throughout the school year. Examples include: mission trip experiences, lasallian youth service projects, respect life group opportunities, mission collection and donation opportunities through campus ministry and co-curricular group initiatives, partnership with Common Hope and St. Josephs in Keren, Eritrea.
Our Religion Department offers a Social Justice elective course that includes examines how we are called to address systems and do charitable work.