Service Immersion Trips

Totino-Grace High School's service immersion 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 150 students have the opportunity to travel with Totino-Grace each year, living out the Gospel as Jesus calls us to do.

Students interested in applying to participate in a service immersion trip during the 2019-2020 academic year should plan to attend a required student/guardian information meeting on Wednesday, September 18, at 7:00 p.m. at TG.

2019-2020 Mission Trips

Twin Cities Urban Experience

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. 

Winona, Minnesota

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.

New Orleans, Louisiana

Students will spend the week learning about homelessness and poverty, helping those most in need by restoring homes and serving at a variety of ministries throughout NOLA.

Kansas City, Missouri

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. 

Chicago, Illinois

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.

Washington, D.C.

In partnership with our Lasallian family, students will spend their days learning about poverty in our nation's capital by working at a variety of ministries. In addition, students will tutor students at San Miguel Middle School to gain a better understanding of the education gap happening in our country.

El Paso, Texas

Students on the El Paso, Texas mission trip will spend the week in an immigration immersion experience learning about, praying for, and connecting with those in the borderland.

Anniston, Alabama

Our Anniston, Alabama mission trip group will spend a week working with Habitat for Humanity, building a home for a family in need.

New York City, New York

Participants will meet and spend the week with our Lasallian partners in New York City. The group will live in community with the Brothers while working with students most in need at Brooklyn Jesuit Prep.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Participants of the summer mission trip to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania will spend the week living in community with other Lasallians while working with La Salle Academy and and learning about urban social justice issues.

Browning, Montana

Traveling to the Blackfeet Indian Reservations, TG student will tutor middle school students at De La Salle Blackfeet, learn about the Blackfeet culture and spirituality, and see reservation poverty first hand.

Social Justice and Catholic Social Teaching

Education and Experiences at TG

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
  • Solidarity
  • Care for God's Creation

More can be found on the USCCB website.

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.