June 28-July 3, 2022 | Knoxville, TN

Participant Registration
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A Mission Trip On A Mission

Saint Matthew Life Teen’s annual summer mission trip. “AliveInYou” is a mission trip, Catholic conference, retreat, and adventure. As it was with Servio Deo in past summers, this trip will consist of a rhythm between service projects, a white water rafting day, evening programs with sacraments, skits, dancing, talks, small group discussions, and games, and opportunities throughout to build your friendships, your faith, and your love for life as you serve others.

Due to limited capacity, AliveInYou is open to all CURRENT 8th-12th grade students. As the deadline moves closer, if spots are available, this may open up to current 7th grade (rising 8th grade) students as well.

The Details

Chaperone vehicles to and from Knoxville and to worksites each day.

COST: $450 ($50 deposit now, additional $200 by Sunday, February 27, final $200 by Sunday, March 27)

If you are unable to pay the registration fee at this time, please contact Tommy at tkillackey@stmatthewtn.org.

Registration will remain open until February 27 or until all spaces are filled.

Additional information, including additional forms/waivers that AliveInYou needs and a form for chaperones, will be sent out soon.

If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to contact Tommy Killackey at tkillackey@stmatthewtn.org.

Frequently Asked Questions

AliveInYou is a mission trip, Catholic conference, retreat, and adventure. As it was with Servio Deo in past summers, this trip will consist of a rhythm between service projects, a free day (likely white water rafting in the Pigeon River), evening programs with sacraments, skits, dancing, talks, small group discussions, and games, and opportunities throughout to build your friendships, your faith, and your love for life as you serve others. AliveInYou has been operating for 16 years and has been raved by all who attended it. Our trip to Knoxville will consist of 300+ high school students. 

We will be staying on the campus of  Sacred Heart Cathedral School in the Diocese of Knoxville (the brand-new, gorgeous Knoxville Cathedral is on the same campus and we will be attending Mass and having our sacraments inside this beautiful masterpiece!). This is where we will spend the majority of our time outside of worksites. See shcschool.org to view the school and campus. This is where we will eat, sleep, attend programming, and have free time. This school and the Diocese of Knoxville is the longest-standing relationship with AliveInYou’s 16-year history. 

Day 1 (Tuesday): Depart from Saint Matthew, drive to Sacred Heart Cathedral School in Knoxville, begin with opening sessions and parish time (where Saint Matthew will be able to specifically spend time together, break down and reflect on the program, etc.) 

Days 2-4 (Wed-Fri): Include morning session, Mass, going to work sites, free time, evening session, and parish time. 

Day 5 (Saturday): Includes morning session, Saint Matthew Free half-day off-site, a keynote speaker, faith workshops, evening session, and parish time

Day 6 (Sunday): Begins by watching a highlight camp video, closing session, Mass, and then depart for Saint Matthew.

On the last day, Saturday, Saint Matthew (and each given parish) will be given a free half-day. While this is not finalized, we are likely going to be white water rafting on the Pigeon River which will be a blast! If time permits, we will do a pit stop in downtown Knoxville for a meal on the way back. 

Yes! Students will be supervised by adult chaperones at all times throughout the camp. AliveInYou requires a 6:1 student-to-chaperone ratio, and each parish is responsible for monitoring the behavior of their teens. 

All participating adults must be cleared through their own diocese’s safe environment program. At the adult meeting at the beginning of camp, we cover all of the rules and expectations for adults and will be with them all week to offer guidance. AliveInYou also works closely with youth ministers throughout the week to address any issues or concerns that may arise.

The work projects are in various locations throughout the city of Knoxville and are finalized in the spring with AliveInYou’s project coordinator who will be in close contact with Tommy. This will ensure that the best projects are matched with Saint Matthew. 

Each worksite will look different (as it does in Servio Deo or Catholic Heart Camp) but typical projects include painting, working at low-income community centers, homeless shelters and soup kitchens, landscaping, and simple building projects. Each worksite will be finalized and approved by Saint Matthew in the spring. 

Students from Saint Matthew will be kept together at work sites, though we may be split into two separate groups; however, at each site, Saint Matthew students will be with Saint Matthew chaperones. Likewise, if our parish is split, students will be placed with students in the same or similar grade (such as juniors with seniors and freshmen with sophomores). 

AliveInYou hires a work project coordinator for each given camp who often knows the given city well. Often they are selected through agencies such as Catholic Charities to find the current needs in the city. Each work project is visited by either this coordinator or a staff member of the AliveInYou team prior to the beginning of the camp. Knoxville is the longest-running AliveInYou camp so the worksites, relationships, and rhythm are very well established. 

In its 16-year history, AliveInYou has done a stellar job prioritizing the safety of participants in every decision they make. This includes thorough vetting of project locations, ensuring all chaperones are recently safe-environment trained, the rules and expectations put in place for all students to thrive, and fostering close communication between the AliveInYou staff and parish’s chaperones and youth ministers. While AliveInYou has policies put in place to ensure the health and wellbeing of everyone at the camp, they empower each parish’s leadership to guide their students, particularly at the worksites each day. 

Likewise, AliveInYou has a clear code of conduct policy signed by each teen and their parent prior to camp which will be reviewed at the beginning of AliveInYou. These rules and policies are clear and have clear consequences if they are violated. AliveInYou staff will meet with a parish’s youth minister and adult leaders should an issue arise to determine the path forward. While, in serious cases, a student can be sent home at their parents’ expense, this has only happened a couple of times during AliveInYou’s 16-year operation; however, it’s important for the teens to know that the rules to ensure the best experience for everyone are there for a reason and have clear consequences for their violation. 

Yes! While we have already completed our successful pumpkin sale where the proceeds will help students’ trip expenses, we will have another pancake breakfast fundraiser on Sunday, April 10. Be sure to get registered before the February 27 deadline and get ready to flip pancakes! 

Lastly, beyond this fundraising event, if money is a significant boundary from your attendance, there are anonymous donors who have generously offered to help students who cannot attend this trip due to finances. Please contact Tommy directly for more information.