RIO DE JANEIRO — When 15-year-old Alina Ramos heard about World Youth Day in July 2012, she made it a priority to attend.
It didn’t matter that Ramos, a Mexican-American from Raleigh, N.C., didn’t have a job or the financial situation at the time to even consider paying for her trip.
At a cost of $4,000 for the WYD trip, a week in Rio de Janeiro can lighten even the fattest pocketbooks. For Ramos’ family, and many others in the congregation at St. Michael the Archangel Church, such a figure is financially unimaginable without support.
But when St. Michael the Archangel offered a WYD sponsorship contest last fall, Ramos immediately entered.
Ramos would have to present...READ MORE