On our second day we attended mass at St. Peter Claver in New Orleans. The Edmundites, who founded St. Mike's, founded this church. It really cool to see the how the community came together and was really welcoming to those visiting. They even sang us a song!! After mass we enjoyed some time in the heart of the city where we ate Beignets at Cafe du Monde and dinner at Mother's.
Monday was are first day of service work. We took down the decorations at the Peace Mission Center, where we were living, and decorated it for Mardi Gras. It was so much fun looking at all the different decorations and learning more about the holiday because we don't celebrate it nearly as much as they do down south. Also, we took a trip to Mississippi and saw what damage the hurricane had done. I know it has been a little more than 6 years but you could still see some aftermath. One of the most interesting things was most of the houses destroyed or damaged were gone. You would see random pieces of a home left, like a chimney or stairs.
Tuesday started our work with Habitat. We ended up painting mostly and by the end of the week we were experts. By working with others, I can say I learned a lot. I am not the most confident on ladders but by the end of the week I was scrambling up and down them without much of a hesitation. I also learned how to paint up to a corner between a wall and ceiling and how to use power tools. On our final day we got to meet some homeowners and hear their story. At first it was kind of disappointing to realize we had to paint all week but when we got to see how happy the homeowners were at the end of the week, it was worth it.
|The group of us celebrating after a successful week on roller skates|
This week reminded me a story I heard and I'll leave you with that: