To give and to receive is part of the Christmas Spirit at St. Joseph Academy in Milwaukee, WI.
SM Brendan Bogdan, Mission/Outreach leader, worked with the Non-profit Center of Milwaukee on a Giving Tree for the St. Joseph day care children. Businesses like Bostic, the Law Firm of Boyle and Frederickson, The National Association of Letter Carriers, Harry & Rose Samson Jewish Community Center and others generously brought gifts for these children.
Almost 200 quality gifts will be distributed to children who may have no other gift for Christmas this year. SM Victoria Richardson said approximately 76% of the day care students are receiving free lunches. She said, “These gifts will make the children smile and will help the parents who cannot afford to get their child a gift.”
Mr. Todd Beadle, CEO and president, SM Brendan Bogdan, Mission/Outreach leader, and Ms. Barbara Cannizzo, K5 teacher, organized a collection of food for the Hunger Task Force. Families and employees of St. Joseph Academy in both the day care and the school collected 915 pounds of food.
Reflecting on giving, SM Victoria Richardson said, “It is the true spirit of Christmas even if one does not have much. It is such an amazing place to be, where there is compassion for those in need and where those in need also have compassion for others giving from their hearts.”
St. Nicholas recently visited the students at the Enfield (CT) Montessori School.
After the children gathered for a prayer service, the students of the Junior III class told the story of St. Nicholas. St. Nicholas then distributed St. Nicholas cookies to each class.
The Montessori method engages students in a challenging and meaningful curriculum that inspires collaboration among the students. In a practical application of this principle, the children of the Junior II and III classes wrapped gifts for children and adults to be used at their Christmas Party. The children of Junior III took the lead in the wrapping, showing the children of Junior II how to wrap.
The Junior I children cut out the doves that will be attached to each gift.
Teacher S Carol Marie Saladin said “The children were very happy to be working on this project to help others.”
In the presence of Mayor Jack Kirksey, Livonia, MI city officials, community volunteers and guests, SM Dolores Ann Nowaczewski and SM Anita Niemiec accepted an award as they both retired from the community service program.
Since 2004, Sister Dolores Ann and Sister Anita volunteered their service to the Government Commodities Program for low income and Social Security beneficiaries in Wayne County. The sisters have been a visible witness of love and service to the poor whom they serve. Throughout this time, there has been a special bonding and reciprocal friendship with beneficiaries of all races and creeds.
Our sisters seem to know when help is needed.
DuDu is a young teenage boy who lives with his father; his mother is deceased. He loves to learn, so he started school in September but could not continue because he could not pay for school. He came to us for help the day before Sr. Francis arrived in Jacmel. We told him that we are not able to help him at that time, but we would pray that he would be able to finish school. The next day, Sr. Francis arrived not knowing about the situation with DuDu. Imagine our surprise when she gave us a donation from St. Michael’s Convent and said the sisters would be happy if this would be used for someone to go to school. It was an answer to our prayers and to DuDu’s prayers! Thank you, Sisters from St. Michael’s Convent, Livonia, MI!