Advent season begins with school-wide service project

Over five hundred students and faculty members filled the gym this morning to kick off the season of Advent with a school-wide service project. Students broke into school families to decorate and fill over one hundred and twenty large food bags with approximately two thousand pounds of donated food staples, including: sugar, flour, hot chocolate, candy canes, crackers, trail mix, and more.  Students also designed over one hundred heartfelt holiday cards and festive reindeer centerpieces for the upcoming Kinship Resource Center holiday party, hosted by Saint Simon eighth grade students scheduled for December 5th.

Students also designed over a hundred additional holiday cards to be distributed by carolers who visit local hospitals during the holidays, and an additional two hundred holiday cards to be added to the parish and school's St. Vincent de Paul Giving Tree program which begins next week. We are very grateful to all who contributed to make today a success.

For families interested in helping with our next project, the St. Vincent de Paul Giving Tree, tags will be available this week in the church vestibule.  Volunteers will be needed between Tuesday, December 15th and Saturday, December 19th to wrap and sort donated gifts, fill boxes with donated food items, and deliver food boxes to local families in need. To sign up to help, go to and scroll down to the St. Vincent de Paul Christmas Giving Tree link.

Saint Simon Parish school's service learning and outreach programs focus on three key initiatives: caring for the environment, caring for the hungry and those living in poverty, and caring for the homeless.  To read more, see a complete description of our service learning and outreach programs here