DeSales students learn from the earliest age that one is never too young to help make the world a better place. The importance of giving back is taught from preschool through eighth grade, in the form of support for school, church, community, nation and world. Some service work is completed by DeSales middle school students both as members of organizations like the St. Francis Society or the National Junior Honor Society, and as a requirement of their middle school religion curriculum.
Other annual community service projects like Operation Scrooge and the Peanut Butter & Jelly drive, include participation from all DeSales students and their families. Many school-wide efforts benefit a variety of vital community organizations like Catholic Charities, CareNet, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, the Muscular Distrophy Society, local food pantries, veterans groups and overseas mission efforts. Present in all of these outreach efforts is the theme that even the smallest act of kindness or generosity, performed by the youngest child, can provide great comfort and help to someone in need. The result is that a DeSales eighth grade graduate recognizes their responsibility to give back to society through community service.
2015- 2016 A Year of Mercy at DeSales
Pope Francis has announced “an extraordinary jubilee,” a Holy Year of Mercy beginning December 8th, 2015 on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception.
Pope Francis wants us to live this Holy Year in the light of Jesus’ words: Be Merciful, just as your Father is Merciful” (Luke 6:36). The task we have before us is to contemplate, initiate, and adopt God’s Mercy as our life style and reach out to others bringing the goodness and tenderness of God!
The DeSales Spiritual Life Committee is committed to deepening the spirituality of the student body, their families, and the DeSales faculty and staff. In keeping with Pope Francis theme of “Mercy,” the Spiritual Life Committee will be coordinating monthly service projects that correspond to The Corporal Works of Mercy. It is our hope that through these works, the DeSales community will put their faith into action through prayer, service, love and forgiveness and deepen their understanding of what it means to be “A Person of Mercy.”
During the month of December, students will focus on the Corporal Work of Mercy “Visit/Comfort the Sick.” Grades K-4 will be making Christmas placemats for Meals on Wheels recipients and Grades 5-8 will create Christmas cards to be distributed to those who are homebound or in nursing/hospital facilities. Every month a banner will be hung in the gym that displays the Corporal Work students are learning about.
We encourage you to view the Spiritual Life Committee’s “Year of Mercy” video below to learn more about its goals for the DeSales student body during the 2015-2016 school year.
“Be who you are, and be that well.” St. Francis deSales
Year of Mercy Video