Olympic Deanery teens help others through ‘Walk for Justice’

  • Written by Mary Louise Van Dyke
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Teens and adults didn’t let rain deter them from their annual Walk for Justice in Bremerton April 8. The walk raised money and food for the needy in the Olympic Deanery. Photo: Courtesy Lois May Teens and adults didn’t let rain deter them from their annual Walk for Justice in Bremerton April 8. The walk raised money and food for the needy in the Olympic Deanery. Photo: Courtesy Lois May

BREMERTON – Chelsea Resol of Holy Trinity Parish in Bremerton gave up part of her Saturday to help homeless teenagers in Kitsap County and get ready for Holy Week.

The 10th-grader and friends from her confirmation class joined the April 8 Walk for Justice, which included teens from St. Gabriel Parish in Port Orchard. The 20 teens and adults stopped at 14 points along the four-mile Bremerton route to pray the Stations of the Cross. 

“It was a powerful experience for all,” Lois May, Holy Trinity’s youth minister, said in an email. 

Resol and her friends raised money for Stand up for Kids, a program that operates an outreach center and street outreach for youth in Kitsap County. 

“They’re teenagers,” Resol said. “It’s not their fault that they’re in that situation. I just wanted to try and raise as much money as I can.”

Walk for Justice teensTeens and adults from Holy Trinity Parish in Bremerton and St. Gabriel Parish in Port Orchard pause during the April 8 Walk for Justice to pray the Stations of the Cross. Photo: Courtesy Lois May

The Walk for Justice, which started about five years ago, is intended to raise Catholic teens’ awareness of those in need in the Olympic Deanery and to do something about it, said May, who organizes the event. Open to all parishes in the deanery, the walk is always held the day before Palm Sunday, to help the teens prepare for Holy Week, she added.

Each parish group participating chooses an organization to support, May said. In previous years, organizations have included Society of St. Vincent de Paul and the Max Hale Center, a Catholic Community Services apartment building for formerly homeless adults.

This year, teens from St. Gabriel’s youth group collected nonperishable items for the parish’s food pantry, “so we can provide food at a moment’s notice for people who are hungry,” said Maria Murphree, the parish’s pastoral assistant for religious education. 

The group carried signs to make passersby aware of their walk and its meaning. “We’ve had people stop and ask us what we’re doing,” May said. “It’s a prayerful and peaceful walk.”