service project

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.

Project Life teens serve as signs of God’s presence


After her farm was hit by a tornado more than three months ago, pretty much all that's left of Sharolyn LaRose-Brown's property is the shell of a home in which she once lived and several mounds of debris that once made up nine separate outbuildings.

'Wired' for serving others with Project Life

Cole Bestgen of St. Alban Roe Parish cleans the gutters Tuesday as he and others work to spruce up the building at the Catholic Renewal Center in St. Ann during Project Life, a weeklong service project run by the archdiocesan Office of Youth Ministry.

They're called "Feet Washers," and they united last week to serve God and others through Project Life.

One hundred teens participated in the weeklong service retreat, which is organized annually by the archdiocesan Office of Youth Ministry. The office is part of the Catholic Youth Apostolate.

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