“God will judge us this way: ‘I was hungry and you fed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was sick and you tended to me.’ Jesus’ meaning is clear: we must grow in love and compassion. The first question we must ask is what is our primary motivation? Is it to serve others? No work, no matter how well done, has value in God’s eyes unless it satisfies this requirement. Our work should be motivated to resolve suffering by serving humanity.” – Mother Teresa’s Prescription: Finding Happiness and Peace in Service
Mother Teresa’s words remind us that through our service to others, we are directly serving God. At GTACS, we strive to teach students to be Christ’s disciples — carrying out messages of love and compassion to the world. An important part of our mission is to help students discover that alleviating others’ suffering is one of our primary objectives as Christians, which is why Christian service is a common thread throughout our schools.
HOLY ANGELS PRESCHOOL & ELEMENTARY (PRESCHOOL-2)
Their bodies may still be small, but their hearts are HUGE and students in these grade levels LOVE to serve others. Throughout the year, you’ll find us collecting and distributing boots, hats and mittens, participating in the fire department toy drive, bringing in food for our local food pantries, making placemats for our GladMeal community meal guests, and more. Even at the age of 3,4 or 5, our students are already beginning to learn one of life’s most important lessons: It is in giving that we receive.
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION ELEMENTARY (3-5)
By the time they’re in upper elementary, service has become a way of life for our students. They give of themselves in a variety of ways: by visiting nursing homes, raising money or collecting goods for the poor, sending letters to the sick, and of course, praying. In fifth grade, the students travel to a regional food bank as they begin to understand the far-reaching impact of their actions on the world around them.
ST. ELIZABETH ANN SETON MIDDLE SCHOOL (6-8)
No Catholic middle school “class trip” would be complete without a service component. That’s why our eighth grade visit to Washington, DC, includes a visit to a home for disabled veterans, and to a nun-run home for the elderly. Our middle school students demonstrate their growing independence by coming up with new ideas as to how to serve others, such as collecting items for Easter baskets for residents of the Goodwill Inn shelter.
ST. FRANCIS HIGH SCHOOL (9-12)
Throughout the year, you’ll find our students praying outside Planned Parenthood, collecting baby items for the Pregnancy Care Center and SingleMomm.org, serving at funerals, helping with parish events, mentoring elementary kids and more. An immersion mission experience is now a graduation requirement for our high school students; they can choose a menu of local, national or international service trips to places such as Guatemala, Haiti and Mexico. On Senior Service Days, St. Francis seniors go out into the community to serve at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Goodwill, Father Fred Foundation and other local humanitarian organizations.