Throughout the year, students collect non-perishable food for the parish food pantry. In addition, fresh produce from the garden is washed, bagged and labeled by students with the help of the teachers. The pantry services residents of La Mesa.
The Gift of Hope Tree activity is an opportunity to invite children and families to reflect on how Christ was born into poverty, and how this relates to the reality of many other families around the world today. Participants will consider what gifts the Holy Family might have needed and how those gifts compare to what people who live in poverty night need.
Gifts from the Catholic Relief Services Gift Catalog bless your family and our poorest brothers and sisters overseas. These gifts transform lives and show recipients just how much you care.
Here are some examples:
Health exams for 12 children: $25
Modified bicycle for a child with disabilities: $50
Quality seed for a season: $50
1 lamb or kid (baby goat): $80
Emergency household kit: $25
Hand-washing station: $30
Each year a speaker from the Missions Office gives a presentation to the students encouraging them to offer their prayers, personal sacrifices and financial help (coin folders) for the churches work in the Missions. In previous years, money has been donated to the Missions in Africa, Asia, and remote regions of Latin America.
The CRS Rice Bowl is the largest and oldest Lenten program practiced by Catholics in the United States. Generations of Catholics have used their Lenten sacrifice to alleviate hunger caused by poverty and improve the lives of individual and families in developing countries as well as in their own communities.
Our school and parish participate in the CRS Rice Bowl for “Lent for Life”, a faith-in-action program that helps us experience Lenten spirituality by living in solidarity with people in need around the world. Every student receives a CRS Rice Bowl following the blessing of the bowls during Ash Wednesday’s Mass. A Lenten Calendar is enclosed in the “rice bowls” for daily prayers and reflections.
During Catholic Schools Week, cards and expressions of appreciation are given to La Mesa service agencies.
Eighth grade students fill the “Santa” letter requests from children who attend Responsibility, a preschool & kindergarten in Tijuana, for Christmas.
Students send greetings to those who are homebound, seriously ill or elderly in the parish community. Each class adopts three or four people. Students also pray for these parishioners as part of their daily class prayers.