WE ARE CALLED ……
To act with justice
We are called to love tenderly
We are called to serve one another
And to walk humbly with God.
Whenever there is a need, St. Bridget School students are there to serve that need! It is a joy to see how much they love serving people that they will never see, yet they are all there to help out in any way they can!
During January, we are called to help our Parish family by bringing in juice boxes, small snacks, Kleenex, and also canned pasta for the children who are a part of the families that use the Food Pantry. Also, during January, our Student Council will be asking our students to bring in a can of soup for the “Souper Bowl!” This will also be donated to the Food Pantry.
Our students will also be working on a Pajama Drive with Mrs. Rochefort as our leader! Soon you will receive more information about this! Again, our students will be quite eager to help out by bringing in a pair of pajamas. I will never forget last year when a child who received a pair, didn’t even know what they were and had always slept in their clothes. Our students were so surprised by this. This same child wore them under their clothes because they liked feeling the softness of the material.
During the month of December, many of our students and their families helped with the Giving Tree in Church, fulfilling wishes for Christmas. As many of you saw, the tree was filled with angels as so many gifts were brought in!
Our students, supporting our Parish Outreach, were also bringing in coins to fill baby bottles for Carolyn’s Place in Waterbury which supports girls wanting to have their babies and take care of their many needs. All the money that is raised in the baby bottles goes directly to Carolyn’s Place in Waterbury.
November found our Student Ministry helping with the Lights of Hope either preparing bags with sand and candles or placing the bags around the Church and lighting them in time for the 4:00 PM Mass. Working with the CCD students of our Parish, we all took the time to write out the words, “Lights of Hope,” as well as “Love” and “Peace.” Joining with other families and groups in the Cheshire Community, St. Bridget Parish and School did an outstanding job. All money raised was given to the Lights of Hope Scholarship Fund, the Food Pantry, Cheshire Youth and Social Services, and the Petit Family Foundation. It was a joy to be a part of this!
November also saw our students presenting a Prayer Service for our Veterans to honor them for all they have done to keep our country safe and to protect our freedoms. All of our school was involved in one way or another. Our fourth grade girl scouts were there to greet them as they enjoyed ‘coffee and’ before the prayer service. Our boy scout troop presented our flag to the front of the Church, led the Pledge of Allegiance ,our band played throughout the service, our Chorus sang, and students read prayerful readings throughout the service from kindergarten through grade eight. We also gave our veterans and soldiers time to speak to the students about their service to our country. It was a beautiful and joyful morning!
During the month of October, we helped our Parish fill a truck (two!) with clothes for St. Vincent de Paul Mission in Waterbury. Again, our students with their families brought many clothes and towels, willing to share all that they had with the less fortunate.
Of course, September always brings us to “Stuff A Bus,” led by Grade Eight, and our students love doing this as they get to put the food and paper goods for our Food Pantry on the bus, and they can see all that is brought! This year we donated 1767 pounds of food! The students and families were thrilled and we thank our parishioners for helping us with this project!
Our Student Ministry is based upon the words of Jesus, “To love one another as I have loved you.” He is our master teacher and we follow in His ways and words. Our students truly understand their calling to help anyone in need whether it be in Cheshire, our state, or country! Everyone in the family of God is included, even in the world! We always pray for them, and a few years ago we were sending books and school materials to children in need in Haiti. Our students are always there and enjoy helping in any way they can! They live their faith and their calling. They truly understand being God’s hands on this earth!
All that we do we offer to God and Jesus, each day, as we pray,
Good morning, Dear Jesus, this day is for you,
So we ask You to bless all we think, say, or do.
All that our Student Ministry does is a prayer offering to God. Our students not only understand their faith, they feel the love of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and they in turn are there to share this love with all those around them with prayer and with their service to others. It is a joy to be a part of all of this!
I thank all of you for all of your help and donations to make our Student Ministry actions and services possible. We could never do it without you!
May God bless you for all that you do,