A Season of Service and Love

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Advent is a season of preparation, a time appointed by the Church to make ready our hearts to welcome the King of Kings. At OLMC school, our students have prepared their hearts to receive the Lord by extending themselves in love to their neighbors.

Christmas Cards, Gifts, and Songs for Soldiers Overseas

Our Lady of Mount Carmel students answered a call to service when they heard that a group of about 135 American soldiers who are overseas for Thanksgiving and Christmas would not be able to come home to their families. Our students were inspired to make the Advent and Christmas seasons brighter for these heroes. They went straight to work on making Christmas cards to send to the soldiers. Some made intricate pop-up cards, others wrote heartfelt letters; some even sent handmade gifts and wrote songs for the soldiers to sing. The students took a sad situation and used it as an opportunity to act upon their calling to be instruments of peace in the world. 

Clothing Relief for the Paterson Food Pantry

The student body at OLMC is organized into four "houses," named after the four Evangelists Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Throughout the year, the houses strive to "outdo one another in good works" (Heb 10:24). Among other things, the houses took it upon themselves to collect and donate clothing for the Paterson food pantry, which was devastated by a recent fire. Together, our students and their families collected more than 150 bags of clothing to be donated to members of our diocesan community in this time of great need!

Our students have also been making mittens and collecting socks to give to the pantry. These warm items will be invaluable in helping the pantry to minister to the thousands of families that depend on its support, and will aid the organization in recovering from the almost total loss of their food and clothing stores.

Christmas Caroling at Victoria Mews

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Even closer to home, our students blessed the residents of Victoria Mews Assisted Living with song and good cheer. This week, they shared Christmas carols, treats, and time with our local friends and neighbors.

Through these efforts, our school community is growing every day more fully into the light of the world God has called us to be. 

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Douglas Minson