MINISTRY DAYS (MS)

In 1990, Sue Clifford, the first Principal of Mercy’s Middle School, designed the middle school program to include a service component.  Twenty seven years later, Ministry Days are still about treating those we serve as equals, for we are all equally loved by God.  As our students help those in need, whether it is with children, the elderly or behind the scenes work, they learn to accept others and increase their awareness about community issues.
Before our young ladies are of service in our Rochester community, the students are given the opportunity to understand the purpose, the learning objectives and desired outcome of Ministry Days.  Then after returning each time, students are put into small groups with a teacher who facilitates a follow-up discussion about their experiences and concludes with a prayer for those whom were served that day. 


7th Grade Ministry Day 11-8-17

Dress for Success
This program provides clothing for those needing appropriate attire for interviews and jobs. Our students help prepare clothes and needed items for women.


Fairport Baptist Homes




Bethany House
A Catholic Worker house that provides shelter, food, support and prayer to
women who are struggling in life.  




Mercy Spirituality Center
Our students helped rake leaves outside to beautify the earth.  This is a retreat place near Highland Park for people to seek personal spiritual growth and awareness.




Mercy Cares
Helping take care of the Earth on the grounds of Mercy.  







Cameron Community Ministries
Helping prepare the dining area for neighborhood guests to enjoy their free noon meal.  This neighborhood center provides meals, clothing room, food pantry, afterschool program to the families living in poverty in this inner-city neighborhood. 





Group hug saying goodbye to their Mercy chaperone/driver, Mrs. Milano : )


Indian Landing Elementary School
Help in the classroom







Mercy Motherhouse
Enjoyed playing puzzles with the Sisters of Mercy and also helped clean.







Rochester Childfirst Network
Helping children with special needs



Saint's Place
Saints' Place is a joint effort by St. Louis and Transfiguration parishes to aid in the settlement of refugee families into the Rochester area.  They help with everything from finding housing and employment to providing clothing and ESL tutoring for people who have just arrived in the United States.




St. John's Daybreak
This program, a division of St. John's Nursing Home, provides care for adults who are not able to be left alone at home during the day but do not need to be in a full care nursing home setting. Our students do crafts, paint nails, and sometime play group games.




8th Grade Ministry Day 10-4-17

Cameron Community Ministries




Angels of Mercy
Helping women with any struggle in their life.  Advocate for Stopping Human Trafficking.  Dress a Girl around the world program. Our students help in organizing clothes, light sewing arranging. 
Our 8th graders with Angels of Mercy founder, Mary Jo Gugino Colligan, Mercy Alum .




Bethany House
This is a shelter for homeless, battered, or abused women and their children.  Our students learn about this safe, Catholic Worker home for women through a video presentation.  We clean, organize food pantry, and helo with other light chores.




Catholic Family Center
We decorated bowls to support a fund raiser called Empty Bowls Rochester.  This is a national initiative to fight hunger.  The money raised supports CFC shelters and community food pantry.  Students learned about CFC shelters and food pantry. Learn More: http://www.emptybowls.net/




Dress for Success
This program provides clothing for those needing appropriate attire for interviews and jobs. Our students help prepare clothes and needed items for women.






Foodlink
This warehouse of donated food provides food to a variety of shelters, day care centers, snack programs, and after school programs. 





Indian Landing Elementary School

Mercy Cares
Weeding around our school to help make our grounds look beautiful

Mercy Motherhouse

Ronald McDonald House

Saints Place
Learning about supporting the refugees in our community.  Helping organize household items and clothing that are given to refugee family members as they relocate to Rochester.






7th Grade Ministry Day 5-17-17

Cameron Community Ministries




FOODLINK











Ronald McDonald House




School of the Holy Childhood





Saint's Place
helping organize clothing for refugees


Sisters of Mercy Motherhouse








St. John's Daybreak
Walking amongst the lilacs at Highland Park.







Saint Peter's Kitchen
prep work for lunchtime meal for those in need!



Angels of Mercy






Brighton Manor






















Fairport Baptist Homes







6th Grade Ministry Day 5-12-17

Saint Peter's Kitchen




Bethany House

Foodlink











School #28
Correcting papers and helping elementary school teachers.



Sister of Mercy Motherhouse
organizing DVD's and playing balloon game with residents.  




St. John's Daybreak
Helping make Mother's Day cards at this adult day care. 






Rochester Childfirst Network
Playing with preschool children with disabilities






8th Grade Ministry Day 4-5-17

Ronald McDonald House
Sorted jewelry for the HUGE HOUSEHOLD SALE May 9-13th



Valley Manor






Bethany House

Unloading Frozen Foods

Food Pantry

Making Food Bags

Organizing Baby wipes




Food Pantry job complete!

Brighton Manor




Rochester Childfirst Network






















Cameron Community Ministries
Preparing for Noon Meal for those in need.




Fairport Baptist Homes
BINGO time!




Foodlink
Bagged 900 bags of food for the Weekend Backpack Program (food given to elementary school children, these children rely on 'free & reduced' breakfast & lunches in school during week)





Henry Hudson School #28
Elementary classroom helpers



School of the Holy Childhood


St. John's Adult Day Service "Daybreak"
Easter egg coloring using shaving cream and food coloring.



St. Peter's Kitchen
Preparing trail mix for lunch meal offered to those in need.


Dress for Success
Organized make-up and clothes for women in need seeking employment.

Saint's Place
Helping refugees 'shop' for clothes that have been donated by people all over Rochester. 



Angels of Mercy



6th Grade Ministry Day 3-29-17

Bethany House




Angels of Mercy







Foodlink





Valley Manor








7th Grade Ministry Day 3-22-17

Rochester Childfirst Network

Helping pre-school children with special needs.



























Bethany House
Supporting women in need by helping organize donated food and cleaning.



Brighton Manor
Crafts and games with the senior residents






Foodlink
Bagging and organizing TONS of donated food for the "Backpack program" which helps children in poverty.









Fairport Baptist Homes
Playing BINGO with the senior residents





Cameron Community Ministries
Helping in the kitchen where a NOON meal is served every day to those in need.



School of the Holy Childhood
School that provides services for children with special needs.




School #28
Helping elementary school children at Henry Hudson School.








6th Grade Ministry Day 1-17-17

Saints Place 
Helping Refugees relocate here in our community by giving them clothes and household items.  




Angels of Mercy
Supporting women locally and across the world through programs like, Dress a Girl.






Dress for Success
Helping disadvantaged women prepare for employment by giving them clothes, teaching interviewing skills, etc...






Indian Landing Elementary School
Helping in classrooms, Kindergarten-5th grade




Henry Hudson School #28
Helping elementary school children, grades Kindergarten-5th grade







Valley Manor
Making craft pens and playing JINGO with the senior residents. 




8th Grade Ministry Day 11-9-16

Bethany House
Sorting baby clothes and filling their Food Pantry with Foodlink and Wegmans donations



Saint's Place
Sorting clothing for refugees



Dress for Success
This program provides clothing for those needing appropriate attire for interviews and jobs.

Valley Manor
Bingo and Craft Time!




School #28
Helping elementary school children













Fairport Baptist Homes
BINGO time with the Senior residents!






Ronald McDonald House
Providing a 'home away from home' for the families whose children are 
receiving specialized medical care at Golisano Children's Hospital.




School of the Holy Childhood
Provides services for children with special needs.






St. Peter's Kitchen
This "soup kitchen" provides a Noon meal to 300-400 guests daily.






7th Grade Ministry Day 10-26-16


 


 Enjoying their time with the Sisters Of Mercy in the Motherhouse.









School #28





Hill Haven




Helping sort clothing items for Refugees at Saint's Place







Reading and crafting with the preschool children at Charles Carroll School #46 




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Pumpkin crafting at VALLEY MANOR.






Helping elementary school children at Indian Landing School



FOODLINK


The conveyor belt at Foodlink

 Lunch time in the Gallery after they came back. 


Small Group Sharing time



Our "HANDS OF SERVICE"


8th Grade Ministry Day 10-5-16

Ronald McDonald House

 Brighton Manor



St. Peter's Kitchen

Dress for Success














 Indian Landing Elementary School


Cameron Street Ministries




 Saint's Place








Fairport Baptist Homes








Small Group Sharing Time. 

Our "Hands of Service"




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