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St. Catherine of Siena Youth in Service

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Approximately 150 youth and 40 adult volunteers gathered on the first annual Youth Service Day at St. Catherine of Siena in Wake Forest to give back to their parish and community.

The group gathered for prayer in the sanctuary. The students were then assigned to service stations on campus and throughout the neighborhood. In the neighborhood, the teens went door to door, asking neighbors if they needed yard work. They worked on 15 neighboring homes, raking leaves and washing windows.

In addition to cleaning up St. Catherine campus and the rectory grounds, the group assembled 150 bags of traditional Thanksgiving food, gift certificates and homemade cards for the Brown Bag ministry.

The youth ministry sponsors eight “woodcut families” who live in Youngsville and Franklinton. The group cuts, chops and delivers a supply of firewood to these families each month. On Saturday, they delivered four truckloads of wood and Thanksgiving meals to those families. “Many kids I spoke with asked if we could do this again next week,” said Tim Ligowski, Director of High School Youth. “They truly stepped up and showed their true Christian colors. I couldn’t be more proud of them all!”

Above: St. Catherine of Siena student volunteer chopping wood for delivery to local families. 

Above: Parish youth group and adult chaperones gathering wood for distribution. 

Above: Students putting together bags of food to assist families at Thanksgiving.