The Academy’s Ministry in Action – read how we are helping others!

The Ministry in Action program continues to try new and exciting things….

 

For our March Service Project the collection for our US soldiers is going really well. Each class will prepare one or two boxes as their service project for March. They will also include a card for a soldier from the class in the boxes they package. Last step will be to ship them out and spread some cheer and good wishes for our troops.


For the months of November through January 2020, the Pre-K class, Kindergarten and 8th Grade have been focusing on Saint Ambrose. Saint Ambrose is the patron saint of police officers. The lower classes have written Christmas cards to our local law enforcement officers.  The 8th Grade made a thank you card which will be delivered in January. This project will be concluded during Catholic Schools Week when our local law enforcement will be invited into the lower classes during the week to share cookies and juice with the little ones.

The 2nd and 7th Grades have been focusing on Saint Elizabeth of Hungary. Among many other things, she was the patron saint of sick children. These classes have been collecting new children’s books for donation to Overlook Hospital.

The 3rd, 4th , 5th, and 6th Grades have been focusing on Saint Martin of Tours. He was the patron saint of horses. We are supporting a local horse charity in Bergen County which provides homes for abused, injured, and discarded horses.  The students will be organizing the collection of the following materials:

Gift cards to:

  • Home Depot
  • Lowe’s
  • Dover Saddlery  
  • Smart Pak Equine
  • Ramapo Saddlery – 135 W Ramapo Ave, Mahwah, NJ 07430
  • Small First-Aid kits
  • Rubbing alcohol, hydrogen peroxide, cotton balls, small gauze pads
  • Paper towels and toilet paper 
  • Clorox liquid bleach
  • Lysol liquid cleaner
  • Latex gloves (size medium)
  • Antibacterial hand soap
  • Flashlights
  • Recyclable lawn and leaf bags
  • Large plastic trash bags 
  • Cases of bottled water
  • Mane & Tail shampoo and conditioner

The months of September and October 2019 have been devoted to three service projects involving the whole school. Service projects are a great way to create and foster community. By being of service to others, we are reminded that we are part of a much larger plan. Service is an integral part of discipleship. As followers of Christ, it is sometimes necessary to leave our comfort zones and make ourselves available for the needs of others.
Our first service project focused on Saint Francis of Assisi. Among many other things, he was also the patron saint of animals. The Pre-K classes, the First Grade, the Second Grade, and the Eighth Grade were made responsible for collecting items for Saint Hubert’s Animal Welfare Center, our local shelter in Madison. Saint Hubert’s is always in need of many items. These classes created posters asking for all kinds of things. Donations of food, blankets, toys, treats, and old sheets came pouring in. The hallway in the Elementary School was jam packed with bags of dog food, cans of ALPO, dog toys, aging duvets, plastic garbage bags, and many other items so desperately needed by the shelter.
On October 21st, Mrs. Fiore and the Eighth Grade loaded up two cars full of the items that had been collected. Mrs. Fiore and Mr. Castillo then took all the goods to the shelter.