Day of Service 2018
On Friday, May 18, nearly 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 ten different service sites with group prayer, followed by helping out in whatever ways were most needed—doing yard work and painting at the St. Joseph Cemetery and St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, cleaning at St. Ann - St. Augustin Parish, visiting with residents at Mount Carmel and the St. Joseph Residence, and more.
The service locations this year were:
St. Joseph Cemetery, Bedford
St. Patrick Parish, Pelham
St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, Derry
St. Ann - St. Augustin Parish, Manchester
Our Lady of Mercy Parish, Merrimack
St. Mary Parish, Hillsborough
Sts. Mary and Joseph Parish, Salem
Catholic Charities Outreach Center, Nashua
Mount Carmel Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Manchester
St. Joseph Residence, Manchester
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.