A Reflection Of Jesus Care Of Creation In Elementary School

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This summer I went with a few of my fellow Angels to the Archdiocese of Newark to perform community service throughout the surrounding cities of Kearny. We helped out at a soup kitchen, homeless shelter, food pantry, cemetery, and elementary schools. Overall, this service trip has had a positive effect on me. Doing service for those who have little to nothing made me appreciate all that I have; it was a real eye opener to reality that not everybody is fortunate enough to be able to live comfortably. When I was at the homeless shelter folding clothes in the basement, most of the clothes had dirt on them, and even mold and bugs. I realized that some people have no choice but to wear these clothes and that I need to appreciate my closet full of …show more content…
Care of Creation refers to the human responsibility to care for the environment and natural world, which is what we did. One of the cemetery’s main focuses were for the landscaping to remain beautiful, healthy and full of color and life to make it a happy place for when families visit. By building birdhouses to be set up amongst the property, we are attracting birds to preserve the cemetery and make it a naturally beautiful …show more content…
Option for the Poor and Vulnerable teaches us that we are to put the needs of less fortunate people before us, which is what I did on my service trip. I saw this teaching operative at The Archdiocese of Newark when we helped the poor by providing them with food, clothing, and doing school renovations. I saw the Call to Family, Community, and Participation operative at my place of service, at The Archdiocese of Newark, when we would be given lectures at night by the Camp Director, Rich. He reminded us frequently to cherish and love our friends and families. One night, he had us pick a random contact on our phones. Once we did that, we had to send them a text message saying, “I love you and I care about you”. The retreat center encourages all people to be participating members of the community by providing this summer program to many parishes in the area. Although this trip may have been mandatory for some students, rather than the camp directors telling us we “had” to do this, or we “had” to build that, or we “had” to go there, they gave us a power point each night about why we should want to do this, build that, or go there. It was an assistive way to get all of the students to be active participants in the community. One way we made sure all members of society remained equal was when the groups would help out at the

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