One excellent way to engage in Lenten sacrifice is through service to our brothers and sisters in need. In an effort to participate in the Jubilee Year of Mercy, St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, TX, is partnering this Lent with Catholic Charities of San Antonio for their annual Continuing the Heritage Day of Service, as well as their inaugural “40 Days of Service” campaign.
In contrast to the brand new 40 Days of Service, Continuing the Heritage is a thirteen year old service initiative, in which over 8,500 volunteers have participated in 50,000 hours of service since its inception. This biannual day of service is an opportunity for St. Mary’s University students, staff, faculty to set aside some time to engage with the local community in various projects. From 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 13, over 500 volunteers served at over twenty different sites in the San Antonio area in projects including gardening, assisting teachers at elementary schools, food preparation, assisting at hospitals, and much more.
Continuing the Heritage kicked off St. Mary’s and Catholic Charities’ first 40 Days of Service. This new initiative will bring St. Mary’s students, staff, and faculty and San Antonio community members together to continue serving their neighbors in need. The various projects include mentoring, organizing donation drives, stocking food donations, tutoring children, distributing food, painting, landscaping and assisting veterans and seniors.
How will your college or university engage in service this Lent? Let us know!