St. John the Evangelist / St. Pius X School

"For we are God's workmanship, created in Jesus Christ to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." Ephesians 2:10

Service

As Catholic Christians, we are called to use our time, talent, and treasure to serve the needs of others. God designed us to make a difference with our lives and expects us to give something back.  We were created to add to life on Earth and not just take from it. Service to others is a gift we continually call upon to help those in need.

Our stewardship activity includes:

Our school community serves by celebrating service as a family! All of our St. John the Evangelist /St. Pius X families come and serve together at our Family Fun through Service initiative. Our Family Fun through Service event embodies our school mission to make a difference with our lives by serving others in our Rochester community. Using a rotation based model of learning with eight stations representing various needs in our community, each student experiences a wide array of activities that have a positive impact on others.

Stations include but are not limited to;

  • Place mats for Dorothy Day Hospitality House to make mealtime more meaningful for the homeless.
  • Care kits for St. John the Evangelist Door Ministry to provide comfort and basic personal items to those whom are struggling.
  • Birthday bags and cards for Channel One Food Bank to share with children who may not otherwise have items to celebrate their birthday.
  • Locks of Love to donate hair through this nonprofit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children under age 21 suffering from long term medical hair loss.
  • Packaging health care kits for guests at Dorothy Day House a homeless shelter in which people do not have access to hygiene necessities.
  • Book walk for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library helping to support literacy in Olmsted County by providing books for children.
  • Bandages for health clinics in Africa to help supply numerous hospitals with basic hospital supplies.
  • Cards and table decoration for St. John the Evangelist/St. Pius X parish members who are home bound.

As families participate, students reflect on how it may feel to be homeless, hungry, and alone as well as to how they can use their gifts and resources to serve others. This event is a powerful reminder that we have been put on earth to make a contribution and a difference with our lives!