Adolescence is a time of tremendous self-examination and self-centeredness, a necessary process through which all children must go. However, that self-absorption can be too much at times. Students who get involved in Campus Ministry and other service projects are helped to keep a balance, to see that there are other perspectives on life, and that it is important to work to help others, even in small ways.
Activities include Halloween candy collection, Thanksgiving food drive, blood drives and more. We have an on-going relationship with the Elizabeth Coalition to House the Homeless, St. Joseph Social Service Center and Bridges, which is our outreach to those who are homeless.
Our Summer Service Days see over 100 students come back to RC for the first three days of summer vacation, to be sent out to
various agencies and private homes to help with clean-up, painting, sorting food and helping wherever needed.
Our annual spring break trip to West Virginia allows our students to experience another part of the country, where poverty is extreme.
There are obvious benefits to these activities – the rewarding feeling that comes from helping others and the concrete help that does indeed go out to our communities. But students also have picked up on the fact that they get to meet and work with people who are passionate about trying to make the world a better place, even if it’s just one little corner of the world. Working with the coordinator of a local food pantry, or meeting the principal of an inner-city school who is trying to help needy families at Christmas, our students see people in action who are living out the Gospel message that we should love one another and try to care for one another, especially those less fortunate.