Day of Service 2019
On Friday, October 25, over 80 employees from the Diocesan Administration Building and Catholic Charities New Hampshire participated in our Annual Day of Service. Volunteers began the day at seven different service sites with group prayer, followed by helping out in whatever ways were most needed—ranging from landscaping and painting at our parishes and schools to visiting with residents at Mount Carmel and the St. Joseph Residence.
The service locations this year were:
St. Joseph Cemetery, Bedford
St. John Regional School, Concord
St. Patrick Parish, Pelham
Camp Bernadette and Camp Fatima, Gilmanton
St. Benedict Academy, Manchester
Mount Carmel Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, Manchester
Warde Health Center, Windham
The annual Day of Service, now in its fifth 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.