Texoma Catholic Teens Fight Hunger

Catholic Texoma teens united to fight hunger on an empty stomach.

Sacred Heart in Wichita Falls invited youths from eight churches in the area to a weekend retreat called "Food Fast". The 7th - 12th graders didn't eat for 24 hours, to be more aware of global hunger and learn how to make a difference in the lives of hungry people.

Catholic Relief Services created the event because young Catholics wanted to help the poor around the world.

The churches involved were:

  • Sacred Heart Catholic Church
  • Our Lady Queen of Peace
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe
  • Immaculate Conception of Mary
  • Holy Family (Vernon)
  • St. Joseph (Rhineland)
  • St. Boniface (Scotland)
  • St. Mary (Windthorst)

This year, participants learned about the drought in the Horn of Africa and raised donations to bring aid to the hungry in that area. Throughout their fast, young people participated in a range of activities including:

  • Inspirational prayer services
  • Learning opportunity activities
  • Powerful personal witness talks by African guest speakers.

This is the 6th year in a row Sacred Heart has led this event.

Around 100 participants gathered, last year, to learn about the struggle with poverty and hunger in South America. With the help of the surrounding community, over $3,000 in sponsorship pledges was raised. The money went to a boys home in Bolivia.

The "Food Fast" ended Saturday with Mass and then dinner in the Parish Hall.