News: Community Outreach – Joseph’s House
May 15, 2018
Mater Christi collected toiletries this week to donate to Joseph’s House. Joseph’s House is a community outreach program located in the Church of Immaculate Conception in downtown Burlington. People who have fallen on hard times come to Joseph’s House to receive comfort. The staff takes the time to listen to people’s stories and help provide items that may ease their distress.
On Friday, the Middle School students had a teacher advisory lesson that focused on mercy. Students contemplated the essential question: How does showing mercy for the most vulnerable bring us closer to God? Then the 6th, 7th, and 8th graders made cards of encouragement and inspiration for the patrons of Joseph’s House.
MCS 8th Grade took the lesson to another level with service learning field trip by delivering the cards and volunteering at Joseph’s House. They sorted all the donated items from Mater Christi and organized Joseph’s House donations. Mrs. Irene Manion shared some stories of how people sometimes lose a job, or lose an apartment and may be living in transition. Families may need to make choices about paying a heating bill over buying personal items. Many times people need a kind word and someone to listen to their story when they come to Joseph’s House. Fr. Lance Harlow led the students in prayer in the Chapel to remember those in need.
Middle School Religion Teacher