A celebration of community and compassion
Information provided by Marian Catholic High School
CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. (October 29, 2023) – On Wednesday, October 25, 2023, Marian Catholic High School once again demonstrated its commitment to community service as it hosted its annual Day of Service.
The Day of Service saw Marian Catholic students engaging in a diverse range of service projects both on and off campus. On-campus projects included: preparing meals for the homeless and the Chicago Heights Fire and Police Departments, planting approximately 16 trees with the Morton Arboretum, crafting toys and blankets for furry friends in shelters, creating beautiful bracelets for pediatric cancer patients, building a Day of the Dead Altar (Ofrenda) for Union Street Gallery, sprucing up the courtyards, painting a mural outside the school’s chapel, and crafting heartfelt cards for various veteran and healthcare groups.
Off-campus projects included: visiting local Catholic grade schools, supporting local organizations dedicated to addressing the needs of individuals and families such as Respond Now and Habitat for Humanity, cleaning up St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, and helping at the NAWS Humane Society.
Linda Hansen, Vice President of Ministry and Mission, said “Our yearly Day of Service encourages our students to use their God-given gifts and to step outside of their comfort zone in the service of others. It allows them to practice the Dominican charisms of prayer, study, community, and preaching.”
She added, “We pray for those we will be serving at the beginning of our day; students learn about different organizations that help people; and they work as a community and preach from the pulpit of their lives in loving service,” said Hansen.
The event not only allowed students to provide tangible assistance to various segments of the community but also served as a meaningful platform for them to learn about different organizations and causes that make a positive impact on the lives of others.
As Marian Catholic High School continues to uphold its mission of nurturing service-minded individuals, it is clear that the annual Day of Service plays a vital role in shaping the school’s students into caring, compassionate, and community-focused leaders.
Marian Catholic High School is located at 700 Ashland Avenue in Chicago Heights.