region school service

Students get (and share) the message

Alannah Coady, from St. Francis of Assisi School, created a card of hope for a homeless person during a service project with other Catholic schools on Feb. 27. Eighth-graders from Region 5 Catholic schools gathered at St. Simon the Apostle to celebrate Mass with Bishop Mark Rivituso. After Mass, they did a service project for St. Patrick Center.

His penmanship wasn't perfect, but St. Mark School eighth-grader Christian Newcombe's message was on target — "Never lose hope."

Christian wrote the message on one of the cards accompanying 200 gift bags of hygiene products to be donated to clients of St. Patrick Center, a Catholic Charities of St. Louis agency serving people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

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