On Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2023, Marian Catholic High School once again demonstrated its commitment to community service as it proudly hosted its annual Day of Service. The event exemplifies the school’s dedication to nurturing compassionate and engaged students.
For the Day of Service students engaged in a diverse range of service projects both on and off campus.
On-campus projects included preparing meals for the homeless and the Chicago Heights Fire and Police Departments; planting approximately 16 trees with the Morton Arboretum representatives; crafting toys and blankets for animal shelters; creating beautiful bracelets for pediatric cancer patients; building a Day of the Dead Altar (Ofrenda) for Union Street Gallery in Chicago Heights; sprucing up the courtyards, painting a mural outside the school’s chapel; and crafting heartfelt cards for various veteran and healthcare groups.
Off-campus projects included visiting local Catholic grade schools; supporting local organizations dedicated to addressing the needs of individuals and families such as Respond Now and Habitat for Humanity; cleaning up St. Paul’s Lutheran Church; and helping at the NAWS Humane Society in Mokena.
Linda Hansen, vice president of Ministry and Mission, emphasized the significance of this annual event.
“Our yearly Day of Service encourages our students to use their God-given gifts and to step outside of their comfort zone in the service of others. It allows them to practice the Dominican charisms of prayer, study, community, and preaching,” she said. “We pray for those we will be serving at the beginning of our day; students learn about different organizations that help people; and they work as a community and preach from the pulpit of their lives in loving service.”