Saint Alphonsus Students Reach Out to Charitable Organizations During Catholic Schools Week

By: Paula Green 

          MS_Month_BethlehemHaven[1]  Every year, Catholic school students celebrate Catholic Schools Week during the last week of January.  This annual event dates back to 1974, when it was created as a joint project of the National Catholic Educational Association and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

           This year’s observance was held, Jan. 26-Feb. 1, with the 40th anniversary theme – “Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.”  One local group of students reached out their time and talents in an effort to help others less fortunate.

            Saint Alphonsus fifth through eighth grade students prepared 150 lunches for Bethlehem Haven women’s shelter in Pittsburgh.   This organization provides emergency shelter; transitional housing; permanent supportive housing; medical, dental, obstetrics and mental health services; as well as employment services to women in the Pittsburgh area. The Haven also provides some medical, mental health and employment services to non-residents, including homeless men. 

          The upper grade level students worked hard as they assembled ham and cheese, turkey and cheese and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for residents of Bethlehem Haven.  The lunches were also packed with fruit, chips, bottled water and candy treats.  Parents in the PTG provided the sandwich ingredients.  They also supervised the preparation and even delivered the specially-made meals to Bethlehem Haven.  Saint Alphonsus has been working with this particular women’s shelter since 2001.

          MS_Month_Valentines4Vets_copy[1]The younger students at the school also contributed their talents to help others during the annual celebration.  Their spiritual contribution took on a military flair as they created “Valentine’s for Veterans.”  The small token of appreciation is a great way to thank those who have served and have fought so hard for our freedom.  The Valentines were delivered to military branch offices due to the abundance of valentines that the hospitals received.

         Saint Alphonsus School in located at 201 Church Rd. (off of Route 19) in Wexford.  For more information, visit http://www.stals.org.