The St. Vincent De Paul Distribution Center was among 17 community sites where students recently spent a day of service.
By Maria Siap, Director of Campus Ministry
As Scecina's Director of Campus Ministry, I believe our annual Service Day is a great opportunity for our students to see that at Scecina we don’t just talk about the importance of service, we live the commitment to serve others. It’s great for them to see their teachers and administrators doing the actual hard work with them. More importantly, because we begin and end the day with prayer, it helps them realize that any service to others is an expression of their love for Christ and that we, as a community, love and serve God together.
That's the idea behind Scecina's Service Day. This year, on September 19, 210 freshmen and sophomores from Scecina spent the day giving back to our local community. Students worked from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. doing painting, landscaping, cleaning, sorting donations, preparing food, and performing any other tasks needed of 17 sites that included our partner Catholic schools and parishes, schools and community organizations.
In addition to several community organizations, students visited several East Deanery schools and churches to help our friends and partners in faith. Some examples include one group of students who went to Holy Spirit and helped maintain the building and grounds by trimming hedges and washing windows. Another group visited St. Michael in Greenfield and repainted a fence.”
Students and chaperones cumulatively served for a total of 1,080 hours in just one day! We also helped out at Catholic Charities organizations, including St. Vincent de Paul Society, Holy Family Shelter and the Immigrant and Refugee Services, as well as the Irish Festival.
One student, sophomore Cecilia Linn, spent her day playing with a child at Holy Family Shelter. She said, “It was amazing to see how happy he was even though he was going through something very difficult. It reminded me that God is always there even when things seem the hardest. “
Students began the day with prayer and a reflection on service from President Joe Therber. Students then were dismissed to their service sites and returned to Scecina at the end of the day for Mass with Father Eric Augenstein. Father Augenstein spoke to the students about the importance of service in the Christian life, and how the Eucharist sustains us to have not just one day of service but a lifetime of service.
Posted on Mon, September 26, 2016
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