Left: Sister Agnes Njoki Njeru next to the completed “Diaper Cakes” at the Caritas Day. Right: Sister Symphonie Giao-Huong Ngoc Ngo busy sewing Taggies Crinkle Squares.

On Saturday February 20th a host of Service Organizations and volunteers assembled in the Sacred Heart Co-Cathedral for the celebration of the Eucharist. This began the day of prayer and service for those in need. We were reminded during the homily of our call to reach out to the needy especially during Lent. After Mass, we were greeted outside the Cathedral with volunteers passing out hot doughnuts and orange juice as we all proceeded to the Cathedral Center. 29 organizations were set up in various rooms and volunteers went to their selected group. It was heartwarming to see so many volunteers, young and old. 4 CCVI’s participated in 4 different projects.

Hope Totes: Sister Margaret Bulmer volunteered with Magnificat House to prepare Hope Totes Bags with personal hygiene items for new residents coming to Magnificat House either from homelessness or from prison. 80 bags were filled and then we wrote 80 letters of encouragement to the residents, one for each bag. It was encouraging to see so many volunteers participating.

Birthday Cookies Project: Sister Josepha O’Brien participated in the Birthday Cookies project. They prepared birthday cards and gifts for individuals receiving Meals on Wheels. Individuals participating in the project included grandparents, parents, young adults and children. Aware of their gifts, individuals quickly chose aspects of the project they could do best. These included writing creative notes on birthday cards, placing cookies in a bag, using colorful ribbons and bows to wrap the gifts. The project was done with delight and great love as well as prayer for the persons who will receive the gifts. The children were a delight as they enjoyed working with ribbons and bows. Our hope is that these gifts will bring great joy, love, happiness and many blessings to the persons receiving them. It was a delight and a big blessing for me to be one of the group members participating in this event. For this I give thanks.

Taggies Crinkle Squares Project: Sr. Symphonie volunteered at the Sweet Seamstress project making taggies crinkle squares-sensory toys for babies.

Diaper Cakes Project: Sr. Agnes volunteered for the diaper duty project assembling “diaper cakes” made with diapers and other baby essentials for expecting mammas.

The main goal of volunteering is to reach out to the needy. Giving our time, energy and God’s given gift is rewarding and fulfilling. As John C. Maxwell, an American writer, speaker and pastor once said “Giving is the highest form of living”. Our own lives are enriched and our relationship with God grows. It was just the right thing to do to begin our Lenten Journey.

Sister Symphonie and Sister Agnes proudly show the results of their work. An excellent example of Serving with Gladness!

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