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Holy Sepulcher Students Foster the Corporal Works of Mercy BY PAULA GREEN

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oly Sepulcher is a Catholic School nestled in Middlesex Township in Butler. The school stresses values that encourage students to not only accept others but to help them as well. A committee of parents, teacher, and student council under the leadership of school Principal, Sister Anna Marie Gaglia CSJ, coordinates service projects. Each month, the students select a mission initiative and then tie it in with a corporal work of mercy (feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, shelter the homeless, visit the sick, visit the imprisoned and bury the dead). These outreach tasks benefit numerous people in the community both near and far. For the near, the Holy Sepulcher student body pitches in and helps their needy neighbors. The Lighthouse Foundation is a homeless shelter that is located right across the street from the school. During Lent, the students collected over 550 food packets of rice and pasta for Lighthouse’s food pantry. To further assist the shelter, student council members participated in the distribution day, which gave them a better understanding of the plight of the homeless. During the Christmas season, the students shared their holiday joy by hosting their annual “Toy Drive” for the Mars Home for Youth. Presents were distributed to children whose parents are in prison. Holy Sepulcher has also donated much needed school supplies to the youth home. Another neighborly act of kindness that the children participated in this past winter was their “Socks of Love” project. For this initiative, wool sock were filled with toiletry items along with a hand-written message of hope and love. The socks were distributed to homeless men in Pittsburgh. Holy Sepulcher also shows their support for the military. Local veterans are honored each year by the student body during a special liturgy and an AllAmerican luncheon. Nursing home visits, fundraising efforts for ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) and alms giving for Holy Child Mission were also conducted by school kids as well. These Catholic school students have also reached out with their fundraising efforts for those far away. This past year, Holy Sepulcher raised over $2,000 for the maternity hospital in Chimbote, Peru. The student body also contributed to the mission in Patzun, Guatemala by sending them gently-used computers. Soon the students will return to school, and Holy Sepulcher children will continue their mission of loving their neighbor, serving others and bringing their faith to life. For more information, call (724) 586-5022 or http://www.holysepulcher.org/holy-sepulcher-catholic-school/. F

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