Works of Mercy Program
S.J.A. "Works of Mercy" Program
... 'Come, O blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you wel-comed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.'...And the King will answer them, "Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me." Matthew 25:34-40
"It is by the path of love, which is charity, that God draws near to man, and man to God. But where charity is not found, God cannot dwell. If, then, we possess charity, we possess God, for "God is Charity" (1John 4:8)" -- St. Albert the Great
"At the end of our life, we shall all be judged by charity" -- St. John of the Cross
One of the goals of SJA is to form apostles of Christ, these are students who not only know their Faith, but live it as well. The school has developed a "Works of Mercy" program where many of our K-12 students come together on a weekly basis to get "hands on" experience by directly helping many different members of our community. It is our hope and prayer that when they graduate, they will continue to participate in these activities and serve Christ, as He has commanded us.
A few of the activities the students are involved in are: visiting the elderly at nursing homes; providing, preparing, and serving meals to the homeless, as well as cleaning and preparing housing units for them; praying the Rosary for the unborn babies outside a local abortion clinic; working the phone banks for pro-life ballot issues; helping disabled children by becoming involved in activi-ties such as horse therapy; and raising money for Bibles for prisoners. The students also work together with the local Knights of Columbus to help the mentally disabled by taking part in selling and distributing Tootsie Rolls for their yearly drive. The students take joy in seeing the difference they make in the lives they are touching through these activities.
Students praying the pro-life rosary
Students visiting the elderly
Students preparing sandwiches for the homeless