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Fr. Jay Donahue celebrates Mass at a mission worksite in Webster Springs, WV, with youth groups from St. Mary of the Assumption Parish, Glenshaw, and Ss. Simon and Jude Parish, Scott Twp. Credit: Mark Ferguson


Folks in Webster Springs, West Virginia, don’t have much. Jobs in coal and timber are scarce. Nearly a third of the 776 residents live below the poverty line. They need help.

That’s why Father Jay Donahue has led a group of young people the past two summers on mission trips to Webster Springs to help rebuild homes. As administrator of Saints Simon and Jude Parish in Scott Township, it’s one of his dreams—that we reach out to people in need and center our lives on Christ.

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