Day of Service 2017
On Friday, May 19, some 80 employees of the Diocesan Administration Building and of Catholic Charities New Hampshire participated in our Annual Day of Service. Volunteers began the day at six different service sites with group prayer followed by helping out in whatever ways were most needed—doing yard work and painting at the Cemetery and at Saint Patrick, cleaning and minor repairs at the Cathedral and at Blessed Sacrament, and visiting with residents at Mount Carmel and the St. Joseph Residence.
The service locations included:
St. Joseph Residence, Manchester
St. Joseph Cemetery, Manchester
St. Joseph Cathedral, Manchester
Mount Carmel Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Manchester
Blessed Sacrament Parish, Manchester
Saint Patrick Parish, Pelham
St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Derry
The annual Day of Service, now in its fourth year, is based on the Church's social teaching, a rich treasure trove of wisdom about building a just world and living lives of holiness amidst the challenges of modern society. Modern Catholic social teaching has been articulated through a tradition of papal, conciliar, and episcopal documents. Volunteers received emails in the weeks leading up to the Day of Service with brief reflections highlighting several of the key themes that are at the heart of our Catholic social tradition, including Scripture readings and resources for further study. Artwork depicting saints whose lives model Catholic Social Doctrine were also displayed in the cafeteria each week. These resources served to help deepen our understanding of each of the themes and enrich our prayer and reflection in preparation for the Day of Service.
See a selection of photos from our day. Click on the images to see them enlarged.