MANCHESTER – East Catholic High School opened the school year on Aug. 26 with a prayer service for the faculty. It was held at MACC (Manchester Area Conference of Churches), a local service organization that provides food and shelter for the homeless and a food pantry and thrift store for those needy in the community.
Each year, the school adapts a verse from Scripture as a theme to weave through student activities and commitment to service. This year’s theme 1 John 3:17-18: “If someone who has worldly means sees a brother in need and refuses him compassion, how can the love of God remain in him? Children, let us love not in word or speech but in deed and truth.”
According to campus minister and religion teacher Laurie Janecko, “By having faculty visit MACC for convocation, it puts a face on our Scripture verse and will set the tone for our community service for the coming year. Many faculty were deeply moved by this experience.”
Students at East Catholic High School are required to participate in community service annually. Many students help to plan, prepare and serve shelter meals to those served by MACC on the second Wednesday of every month throughout the year.
Principal and chief administrator Jay Hartling said, “At the heart of the East Catholic experience for each student is service to those in need. Our faculty is committed to the formation of our students and so spending the morning at one of the agencies we partner with was inspirational for us all.”