To perform acts of service is an important part of our call as baptized Christians. Many opportunities are provided for young people to grow in their understanding and experience of service. Although the service opportunities can vary from year to year, in the past young people have participated in Harvest Sunday, Sleep Out Saturday, Care Pantry Christmas, Feed My Starving Children, Grandparent’s Day, DuPage River Cleanup, and Hesed House Eye Clinic. In addition to participation in service projects, opportunities will be provided for young people to understand the principles of Catholic Social Teaching and how their acts of service fit into ‘the bigger picture.’
An Overview of Upcoming Service Opportunities (2016 – 2017)
- BINGO at St. Pat’s: On the second Saturday of each month, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm, middle school students are invited to assist with BINGO at St. Patrick’s Residence.
- Feed My Starving Children – November 15, February 15, 6:00 to 7:30 pm: An opportunity to pack nutritious meals which are sent to children around the world.
- Harvest Sunday – October 29 (flyer delivery); November 5 (food pickup, sorting, packing): Thomas the Apostle, along with several Catholic churches in Naperville, conducts a Harvest Sunday food collection each fall to feed the hungry in our area. Over 500 of our parishioners participate in the Harvest Sunday event. The volunteers distribute fliers in the neighborhoods with a list of food items needed and return a week later to pick up the food. We also have teams of youth and adults collect food and ask for donations at store fronts. The food collected is sorted and packed and distributed to the St. Thomas Care Pantry, and two other area pantries.
- Care Pantry Christmas Party – Saturday, December 9: An opportunity to serve breakfast to St. Thomas Care Pantry families and to entertain the children to allow the adults to ‘shop’ for family Christmas gifts.
To participate: Contact Peggy Goralski at firstname.lastname@example.org or 630.355.8980, Ext. 123.