We believe faith formation is complete when community service puts faith into action. Our students participate annually in many community service projects, including Operation Soup Bowl, Advent Service Day, and our Veterans Day Mass and Reception, just to name a few.
“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in…” Matthew 25:35
Three cheers to our 8th-graders and their core fundraising team of Mrs. Kinney, Mr. Blanco, Mrs. Longo-Peairs, and our 8th grade moms for the outstanding job they did of raising money for the hungry and homeless in our community. Many thanks to all who bought tickets and supported this annual soup and bread lunch, including our Mayor Wade Troxell!
Service projects like this one reinforce for our youth that their efforts can make a difference in our community and the world.
The Rich Young Man | Matthew 19: 16-21
Now a man came up to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to get eternal life?” “Why do you ask me about what is good?” Jesus replied. “There is only One who is good. If you want to enter life, obey the commandments.” “Which ones?” the man inquired. Jesus replied, “Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother, and love your neighbor as yourself.” “All these I have kept,” the young man said. “Which do I still lack?” Jesus answered, “if you want to be perfect, go, sell your possessions and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in Heaven. Then come, follow me.”
The purpose of Advent Service Day is to help students understand that as Christians we are called to help one another in this world. As the rich young man in Scripture, we are asked by Jesus to “sell your possessions and give to the poor, then ‘come, follow me.’”
Every year, Saint Joseph Catholic School students honor veterans and those currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces during a Mass on or near Veterans’ Day. Students learn first-hand that service involves offering up one’s own life, if needed. Following Mass, veterans and their families are invited to the church hall for a reception in their honor. All denominations are welcome, and students are encouraged to bring friends or family members who are veterans or currently serving. Saint Joseph Catholic School is proud to be a community leader in the effort to honor the brave men and women who protect our freedom.