2017 Good Samaritan Project



We are excited to announce that our 5th Annual Good Samaritan Project (GSP) will be held from July 9th through July 15th, 2017!  Once again, this week of Service, Sacraments and Fun for our Youth around the Diocese promises to be a personal and spiritually beneficial time for all involved.

Please check out our new Good Samaritan Website for News and Information:

New this Year:  ONLY Parish Youth Ministers and High School Campus Ministers will be able to register their youth for participation.  There will be NO individual registrations accepted.  Information on when and how the registration process will work will be forwarded to all Parish and Campus Youth Ministers by the  end of 2016.

  • What is the Good Samaritan Project (GSP)?
    • It is an annual summer service program, run by the Office of Youth Ministry at the Diocese of St. Petersburg, designed to provide our young people the opportunity to joyfully serve the needs of the community and the Church.
    • It is a week-long, overnight retreat that includes quality service projects during the day, daily Mass and spiritually focused programs and activities each evening.
  • What are the dates?
    • July 9 through the 15th
  • Who can attend?
    • High School – Rising Sophomores, Juniors and Graduating Seniors
    • Middle School – Rising Seventh, Eighth, and Ninth Grader
  • Where is it held?
  • What is the cost?
    • $195.00 per participant
    • Price includes meals, t-shirts, water bottles, supplies and operating expenses.
  • What will the evening programming consist of?
    • Our evenings will include daily Mass, XLT, prayer opportunities, guest speakers, a Catholic concert, small group sharing, parish discussions, exciting challenges and games, and recreation activities.
  • What type of work will be done during the service day?
    • Each day will be spent doing various activities based on the needs of the organizations we are asked to serve. In the past, such responsibilities have including painting, housecleaning, and yardwork, helping at day care centers for low income families by assisting with the children’s programs, working at homeless shelters or helping at centers that distribute food to the needy.       Experienced adult leaders will visit the sites to check on workmanship and provide help when needed.
    • The exact sites for our program are still being finalized. We will be keeping participating parishes updated as our list of sites is completed.
  • Where and what will the participants eat?
    • Complete and well balanced Breakfasts, Lunches and Dinners will be provided to all participants.
    • Breakfast and Dinner will be shared in the Bishop McLaughlin cafeteria and lunches will be packed each morning and eaten at the individual worksites.
    • Please indicate during the online Registration process if there are any dietary concerns or needs and we will accommodate as best we can.
  • Where do participants shower and sleep? 
    • When not at the work sites, all activities will be held on the Bishop McLaughlin campus.
    • Separate shower stalls are available in both the boys and girls locker rooms at the school.
    • To ensure the safety of all participants, we will designate separate shower times for youth and adults (21 and older).
    • All participants will be sleeping in classrooms.
    • PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN AIR MATTRESS (air pumps may be available to inflate the mattresses on campus). You may purchase them during the online Registration process and we will make them available on the first day of the program.  There are separate hallways of classrooms designated as sleeping areas for boys and girls, with chaperones in close proximity for protection and oversight.
  • Have the adult chaperones and leaders been appropriately screened?
    • The Diocese of St. Petersburg places two rings of protection around its children and youth – a criminal history background check and safe environment program training.
    • In an effort to protect our children, youth, and vulnerable adults from abuse and neglect, the Bishop has instituted the Diocese of St. Petersburg Policy for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults.  This policy applies to Church Personnel who may have the care, responsibility, and or supervision of children or unsupervised access to vulnerable adults.  Church Personnel is defined as clergy (priest, deacon, or religious), employee (any lay person who is employed by or engaged in ministry who is given payment for services in any form), covered volunteer (any unpaid person who is engaged or involved in any diocesan institution or parish activity as a ministry.

If you have any additional questions and/or concerns, please contact your Youth Minister and they will be able to assist you.