Brevard and Volusia Schools give alms

Students from five Catholic schools collected canned and personal hygiene items for over a dozen local pantries. Here, a Melbourne Catholic High School student adds to the canned food collection for Daily Bread, a local food pantry serving Brevard County. (DAWN MELCHER)

Students and teachers from 15 Catholic Schools across Brevard and Volusia counties made it a point to serve others and bring Christ’s love to the world during Holy Week. They participated in the Lenten “Bread for the World” Service Project. This is the second year the schools selected one or more charities. Donation bags were filled with everything from canned food to hygiene items like soap and toothpaste.

Melbourne Central Catholic High School campus minister Daniel Ensell said, “The season of Lent is an appropriate time to reflect on our faith and focus on the Christian vocation of service. The Bread for the World Service Project presented the community with an opportunity to work together to support the poorest members of society.”  Their donations were delivered to The Daily Bread food pantry.

Ensell added, “During the Last Supper, Jesus told his disciples he didn’t come to be served, but to serve. Like Jesus, we are called to be servant leaders in our community and to be an image of Christ’s love to one another.”

The project was made possible through the organized efforts of students and a vigorous poster and collection campaign. It opened students’ hearts and minds to the most vulnerable in the community. “We need to find a place for the homeless in our hearts,” said Colleen, an eighth grade student at St. Brendan Catholic School in Ormond Beach. “Their place and yours are equal in the eyes of the Lord.”

Philip Gorrasi, St. Brendan’s principal agreed. “Teaching our students to put faith into action is vital for the future of the Church. Our children need to know that their acts of Christian service do make a difference in the lives of others. They can change the world!”

Participating Schools:

  • Melbourne Catholic High School, Melbourne
  • Father Lopez Catholic High School, Daytona Beach
  • Sacred Heart Catholic School, New Smyrna Beach
  • Ascension Catholic School, Melbourne
  • Divine Mercy Catholic Academy, Merritt Island
  • Holy Name of Jesus Catholic School, Indialantic
  • Lourdes Academy, Daytona Beach
  • Basilica School of St. Paul, Daytona Beach
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School, Melbourne
  • Our Saviour Catholic School, Cocoa Beach
  • St. Brendan Catholic School, Ormond Beach
  • St. Joseph Catholic School, Palm Bay
  • St. Mary Catholic School, Rockledge
  • St. Peter Catholic School, DeLand
  • St. Teresa Catholic School, Titusville

By Glenda Meekins of the Florida Catholic – March 28, 2018