SOUTHFIELD (wxyz) - St. Catherine of Siena Academy Students honor their patron saint with school wide service projects
You could feel the excitement in the air as the entire St. Catherine of Siena Academy student body prepared for Service Day. Why service? In honor of their patron, St. Catherine, on her feast day. St. Catherine dedicated her life to taking care of the sick and service to the poor. St. Catherine’s profound love of God and the clarity with which she expressed this love helped transform the society around her and the culture at large in a very practical way.
St. Catherine of Siena Academy students are following in her footsteps. This service day was filled with enriching experiences throughout the community. Siena Stars spent the day cleaning and moving outdoor furniture at Abbey Park, a retirement community in South Lyon. They sorted clothes, stocked shelves, and cleaned at St. Vincent de Paul locations in Westland and Waterford. Tatiana Cole, a freshman from Ypsilanti, and Grace Kueber, a freshmen from Northville, were able to share their college aspirations with residents at Emmanuel House in Ypsilanti, while St. Catherine students at Emmanuel House in Ann Arbor were served hot chocolate after spending the morning doing yard work.
Many elementary Catholic schools were able to put St. Catherine of Siena Academy students to work. They helped grade papers, clean out art closets, hang pictures, read with students and move a science lab. Katrina Coley, a junior from Northville, enjoyed playing hide-and-seek at recess with Our Lady of Victory kindergarten students. Part of the service project included a food drive that delivered over 300 lbs of food to the Hospitality House in Walled Lake. While the majority of the SCA students were out and about, several of the young ladies stayed at the school to prepare over 250 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the homeless and plant 50 new pine trees around St. Catherine’s fields. Mary Masters, a freshman from Canton, expressed "this was a rewarding experience."
As Marita Ladosenszky, St. Catherine of Siena Academy Executive Director, articulated “our two mottos for St. Catherine’s are words from St. Catherine herself and were experienced in today's service day, "If you are what you should be you will set the world ablaze." And "Upon knowledge follows love."
Way to go St. Catherine of Siena Academy students!