SCOTCH PLAINS—Members of the Union Catholic High School community were encouraged to bear in mind the school’s core values of community, compassion, honesty, responsibility, and respect during the season of Lent.
Sister Percylee Hart RSM, Principal and member of Union Catholic’s Mission Effectiveness Committee, says, “Our Lenten Initiatives have enlivened our practice of the corporal and spiritual works of mercy—what a spirit-driven WOW!”
Members of the community were encouraged to forgive someone who had wronged them, pray in the chapel each morning, sign the Book of Intentions located in the main foyer and pray for those intentions, observe meatless Fridays in the school cafeteria, attend Mass and receive ashes on Ash Wednesday, as well as participate in a number of service drives.
Each week, a particular work of mercy was the focus and included: Week One: Apologize to someone, even if the other person was wrong; Week Two: Do something nice or kind for someone without being asked; Week Three: Visit or call someone who is housebound, sick, lonely or depressed; Week Four: Donate blood at the annual spring Blood Drive and/or contribute to the school’s Clothing Drive, where clothes, shoes, stuffed animals, blankets, toys, and bicycles were given to Fashion Republic, a local distributing organization; Week Five: Contribute to school-wide Food Drive, where non-perishable food items were donated to the IHM Food Pantry; Week Six: Compliment someone or provide words of comfort/encouragement to someone who needs them; Week Seven: Write a letter thanking someone who has made a positive difference in your life.
Barbara Dellanno, Humanities Curriculum Specialist and member of UC’s Mission Effectiveness Committee notes, “Lent is a time of sacrifice, prayer, and renewal of the spirit, which is accomplished best by loving our neighbor as ourselves.”
Sophomore Charlotte Peach of Fanwood poses with the Blood Drop before giving blood at Union Catholic High School’s annual spring blood drive (Photo courtesy of Union Catholic)
Mission Effectiveness Committee member Edward Thornton ’04 and junior Arnold Majano of Rahway load the truck with collected items for Union Catholic High School’s Clothing Drive. (Photo courtesy of Union Catholic)
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