On Friday, February 1st, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia held the keystone event of its annual Catholic Schools Week celebration with a day-long community service initiative, “From Generation to Generation—Sharing Our Faith Through Service to Others.”
Bishop Michael J. Fitzgerald, who oversees Catholic Education in the Archdiocese, was joined by senior administrators in the Office of Catholic Education and Catholic Housing and Community Services (CHCS) as well as partners in Catholic Education for the event.
The day brought 450 students representing Archdiocesan high schools, parish and regional elementary schools, and schools of special education to Saint John Neumann Center at the National Shrine of Saint John Neumann. These young people combined efforts to package 3,000 bags with personal care items to benefit individuals served by CHCS. Students also made personal note cards to be included in the bags.
In addition, representatives from the Pontifical Mission Societies in the Archdiocese worked with students to handcraft rosaries which will be distributed by CHCS to their clients.