Students gathered in the darkened gym to commemorate the Seven Last Statements of Christ. Peer ministers lead a meditation on each of the seven last statements of Christ as recorded in the gospels. Images that the peer ministers chose were displayed to accompany each meditation. The Lyrical Fight Club added appropriate musical responses throughout the meditation.
The Brother Rice community gathered to celebrate the feasts of St. Patrick & St. Joseph. Additionally, the mass celebrated the contributions of the Edmund Rice Christian Brothers to Brother Rice High School.
A unique feature at this mass was the contributions of Mr. Max Dunne and members of the Irish Music Club to the music of the celebration.
Service has played an enormous role in my life since I began organized service in grammar school. My range of service has only grown since then, and has become a huge part of my life today. What started out as a requirement now is now a source of my own enjoyment. My service ranges from cleaning the yards of senior citizens to participating in religious education. The latter is certainly more meaningful to me, and is what I will be expounding upon today.
Starting in sophomore year, I agreed to volunteer in the religious education program at St. Catherine of Alexandria School. My mother brought up the idea to me, and I was originally opposed. I did not attend mass every Sunday, and when I did, I wanted to go home and enjoy my lazy Sunday. However, after my mother urging me to do so, I finally agreed to help every Sunday with the functionality of the program at St. Catherine. The work was not necessarily difficult for me. I often help children who have a hard time focusing, and help with the young kids because of the difficulty and stress they pose on the catechists. I also seldom work in the office when other teen aides are not present.
The reason that this service is so meaningful to me is because of the impact it has on my parish as well as the organization itself. Through this service, I am able to help my alma mater provide children with the education of religion, because they are not able to learn it as part of their curriculum at their schools. I am able to assist the children who have a harder time learning by providing them with reading skills as well as knowledge about religion that I was lucky enough to have learned. Through my work, I am also making it much easier for the catechists and administrators in the program to run the system more smoothly. I also have created friendships with the other teen aides that are in the program. In short, this experience has crafted me into a better person and helped me build very strong friendships, which is why it is my favorite and most meaningful service experience.
My life has been shaped through my school, sports, my family, my faith, but most of all my service. Throughout highschool I have been involved in my parish’s youth ministry program. With this program I have been able to work with many charity organizations over the past four years. Joining this program was the greatest decision of my life and the first time I ever worked with them was the most memorable service experience I have ever had. This experience was a Mission Trip to Harlan, Kentucky in 2012.
A mission trip consists of many service and faith elements that makes the week incredible. During my first trip my group worked on a site that had three houses on it, each at a different level of completion. I was able to help finish one home, put the roof on another, and my favorite part was lifting a wall on the last home. The work was difficult, the days were long, and it was pushing one hundred degrees, but it was all worth it knowing that a family who needed help was going to move into these houses some day. I remember every moment of that week to this day and it was so enjoyable that I will be attending my fourth mission trip this summer.
This trip was memorable for reasons other than the service experience of it. I truly believe a person is their best self when on a mission trip. That is why I have met some of my best friends during my time in Harlan. Also, after every hardworking day we were able to go to the beautiful places Harlan has to offer including waterfalls, lakes, mountains, and small town with great people living in them. After all of these things during the day we would come home and have group prayer in the cabins. I have never felt closer to God then when I am in Harlan.
Mission trips are my most memorable service experiences because of the faith, service, and social aspects of them. They allow me to serve God in a way that I find very fun and I learn a lot while I am there.
Service is one of the most generous donations we can ever give. It is good to give money or supplies, but what is the point if there is no one to help use it. It is a personal goal of mine to give back as much as I can to the world around me. Service experiences I have done are events like Edmund Rice camp, Kentucky Mission Trips, and walks downtown for Autism Speaks. However, my most memorable and rewarding service experience is Adam’s Camp in Colorado.
Adam’s Camp is an organization in Colorado that specializes in therapy for children with Autism. Every year me and family take a week out of summer to attend the camp. Both of my brother are diagnosed with Autism and are campers every year. My parents are given a slight rest and attend seminars for how to tend to their child and routes for them in the future. My job at Adam’s Camp is that of a Junior Counselor. For the week I leave my parents and live with other counselors and older children who are challenged with Autism. We do activities together and also provide therapy for some.
Adams’s Camp is a part of my life I won’t let go of. Although I need to fight the altitude sickness of the mountains it is worth it. My brothers on the spectrum receive therapy that comes from trained professionals, and I am able to learn skills on how to deal children who are Autistic during their highs and lows. The experience of this service has made me both a more understanding and mature person. I am excited beyond belief to be back there this summer.
Over the years at Brother Rice I have been asked to complete certain hours of service for my schools theology class. I have done things mostly for my parish but of course there have been events I had to go outside of my parish for. The most memorable service I have done is for people that cannot repay me but will for eternally be happy and grateful.
When I was in 8th company/organization that raises funds to help individual needs. Seeing so many families supporting their cousins, brothers, sisters, and much more was a great sight to see. I remember seeing my mom crying at this picnic that was held because she was so happy we were able to help these people. Getting a hug from one of the young handicapped children was a great feeling and something I will always remember.
However I cannot admit that was my most memorable service nor can I write 4 paragraphs about it. Another experience that was a great thing I think most people should try to experience is serving meals at the PADS shelter. We went about a week before thanksgiving when I was a freshman so the meal was pretty special. This was their thanksgiving meal basically. It was cold out, snow on the ground, as people lined up outside to get in. As their eyes lit up when they walked in due to the smell of the tasty food it was a great memory. Unfortunately since the line outside was so long, not all the men and women could make it in. A very sad sight.
The last and most recent memorable experience I have with service would be last year when I had gone to a Veterans shelter. These men are deserving of good meals and fine living for serving our grade I had assisted my brother to go to a Misericordia in Chicago. This is a country. Last year I went around Christmas time and we did things like eat then play Christmas bingo to give away prizes and presents. There were plenty of items donated to be given to them. Bed sheets, comforters, socks, underwear, cloths, they were all extremely grateful and deserving. This will be a memory I have for a life time.
My most memorable service experience was the first time I volunteered and took part in a Lyons Club activity. It was my sophomore year in high school and as part of going to a catholic school, we were required to complete ten hours of community service. The community service is intended to build character and help become closer to God. This was a big deal to me because I had never formally participated in community service and I wanted to give back to the community.
It was a cold September day and My Dad, Peter, Tom Enright, and I met up at the corner of 103rd and Western. We devised a plan to generate the most revenue and proceeded to take part in it. It started out slow with few people donating in the early hours but soon was beginning to pick up. By 8 o’clock, it was peaking with many people sparring anything they had. It was amazing and I was so glad of how successful the event was. In total we raised over one-hundred dollars which doesn’t seem like a lot but it will make a difference.
After standing on the corner for a little over two and a half hours, we called it a day and proceeded to go to school. My dad drove us to McDonalds and bought us breakfast which was a nice bonus. After that year, I have been participating in that event and have enjoyed it each year. The activity showed me how important it is to give back to the community and to be grateful for what I have. I was very fortunate to take part in the community service and I know for a fact it has impacted my life in a positive way.
I have done so many different service jobs in my lifetime so far. Service is great way to give back to community and those that are in need. There are so many different service opportunities that we can do in our daily lives and people are always looking for help. Service helps build your character as a person and shows you that people are in need of help.
My most memorable service memory is serving the PADS shelter with Brother Rice the first tuesday of most of the months of the school year. I’ve been doing this for four years at Brother Rice and I always enjoy going to help serve. You go to the homeless shelter and you see how lucky you are to have what you have. I like doing this because it shows me how thankful these people are for the little they have and I realize how much i have to be thankful for.
Service is a great for you and for the people you are helping. I think everyone should go out and do service because service is great way to build character and find yourself. It helps teach you to be thankful for everything you have.
Throughout my high school career, I have taken part of my service projects. I have engaged in volunteer work involving 5K runs, spiritual retreats, and overall community service. The most memorable of all my experiences would have to be my contributions to the annual Edmund Rice Camp. This camp is held at Brother Rice High School where a honorable group of faculty and students host underprivileged students from St. Margaret of Scotland and St. Christopher grammar schools. We give them a week filled with fun activities, learning opportunities, and chances to increase their faith. Every year the camp generally runs smoothly and all the campers depart with smiles on their faces.
A ton of hard work and dedication goes into the preparation for this camp. We have two hour meetings about once a month and then have a long seven hour meeting towards the beginning of June. Generally, all of this preparation commences in the fall, and really starts to speed up in the winter. Also, certain volunteers spend extra time outside of the required meetings and such to make sure everything runs smoothly. With all this work going into effect, it is extremely satisfying to see the children leave with such positivity. This makes everything worthwhile.
My specific role with the camp is to film and produce a documentary piece that encapsulates the entire experience. I film every single meeting and every single day of the camp itself. Once I have assembled all the footage, I then begin my editing process. Normally the video comes out to be around ten minutes long, which is a good length to do the camp justice. Normally everyone is happy with my final product, which makes me happy. It is the best of both worlds for me personally because I not only get to build my resume by doing what I love (filmmaking), but I also get to make a scorching hot week in June one that more than fifty kids will always remember.
I believe I have done many service projects and volunteer work in my life. However I do not believe one stands out alone. Some of the work I have done includes working at soup kitchens with my aunt, raking leaves and shoveling snow for the elderly through the Oak Lawn Park district, and going to the PADS shelter. All of these things make me feel like I have contributed to my community to make it a better place to live.
I will sometimes join my aunt and go to the soup kitchen she volunteers at on a regular bases. I try my best to go as often as I can, but over the past few years my schedule has gotten pretty busy. I also used to go to the PADS shelter as well. I no longer go anymore, but I really enjoyed the time I spent there. Providing those who are less fortunate food and clothing at soup kitchens is a very standard form of service, but it also means a whole lot. I loved seeing the happiness in peoples faces when I helped them. Although they could not stay at the soup kitchen, it is the least we can do is provide them with food and proper clothing.
I have also helped out the Oak Lawn Park district with their annual leave raking, and snow shoveling for the elderly. I understand how dangerous it is for older people to be outside shoveling and raking leaves. These people have done so much for us in their lives, we need to do everything we can to help them out. They are always so grateful for what we do for them, however they immediately think we want something in return. Thats not the case, all we want to do is something nice. “Doing things for others makes you feel good”, is a cliche, but every single word of it is true.
My most memorable service experience in high school would be my trip to robins. It was sophomore year and my perish St. Gerald was going to robins to hand out meals to the residents. They were offering service for high school students and I had my mom register me for the trip.
It was on a Saturday morning, we met at St. Gerald and all piled into the bus with our meals, that other students had made the night before. When we got there it was shocking, it seemed like the whole town was there. The people who care were all in very poor conditions, ripped clothes, no shoes, and some looked like they haven’t showered in weeks. The people there could not have been more grateful and appreciative. It was really touching as well as eye opening. When I went to bed that night I thanked God for everything I had and for how blessed I am.
The most meaningful service experience I have been apart of during high school is when I coached 2nd and 3rd graders in basketball at my grammar school. My dad runs a 10 week league that consists of 5 weeks of practice/training and 5 weeks of games. During those 10 weeks, I coached my own team. I led them in skill work and drills, preparing them for the last 5 weeks of the league.
During the last 5 weeks, my team won the championship. It was during those 5 weeks that I realized what it means to be apart of a team and to be a good teammate. Even though I did not play, the younger kids I coached rubbed off on me. They were high fiving each other after every play, smiling and laughing in the process.
I really love working with kids. I realized how important younger kids mean to me. Seeing the kids improve every practice and game truly put a smile on my face. Knowing that I made an impact on not only 1 kid, but an entire group of them gives me a sense of purpose in my life.
For the past four years I have volunteered at a catholic running camp during the summer. It has always occupied a good deal of my time, yet I have always loved doing it. I did the camp when I was in grade school and when the man that ran the camp asked me to become a counselor, I did not hesitate. The camp begins in mid-June and ends in early July. It entails running for four weeks with a group of kids while also having small group discussions about problems they are having as they ascend into adolescence, kind of like the retreats we have here form freshmen and sophomores. I have learned a lot from my experience being a camp counselor. It has allowed me to become a well-rounded individual and gain a better understanding of my role within the local catholic community. Being a head counselor has also afforded me the opportunity to work well with others and get the most out of the experience. I feel that I have learned a lot and that this particular experience will just being a building block in my overall Christian participation.
Throughout my high school years, I have been involved in countless service opportunities charity events. My most memorable service opportunity has been volunteering and working at Mount Greenwood Park. At Mount Greenwood Park, I volunteered my time in the summer to be a camp counselor for kids with special needs. To be honest, I wasn’t too excited to wake up at 9 in the morning in the summer to watch a bunch of little kids for 8 hours, but my attitude quickly changed. Once I realized how much fun the kids had, I fell in love. Not only were the kids having fun, but the volunteers and workers were as well. I always thought people were miserable at their jobs, but this was the complete opposite. I loved being there so much that I decided to sign up for a job there the following summer.
I passed all of the tests to get the job that summer, and was given a date of when to attend to work. I was extremely nervous, seeing as how this would be my first real job. Another reason I was so nervous to start my job is because all of my coworkers were at least 10 years older than I was. Being the youngest of all my coworkers was a scary task, but I was up for the challenge. The first few days seemed endless, and it took a while to get myself situated with my surroundings. As time went on, I gradually learned my ways around the grounds, and how to deal with my campers. By the last week of camp, I was enjoying it so much that I didn’t want it to end. The kids who are usually looked at as social outcasts are now having the time of their lives, and myself as well. My job really opened my eyes to the people around me, and taught me that we’re all the same on the inside, even if we don’t look the same. All of the kids care, love, and forgive just like the rest of us. I would do this job for free because of how much impact I have on these kids, and how much impact these kids have on me.
The most meaningful service experience I have done in my high school years is my work at a local animal shelter in LaGrange Park called CatNap from the Heart. It is essentially a refuge for cats, bunnies, guinea pigs, and birds who are trying to find a home. I would usually go early in the morning on a weekend and clean cages, replace food and water, and sweep. During my five years at CatNap, I have come to realize just how selfless people can become. Alongside the temporary volunteers like me were a group of people who worked there every single day. These individuals sacrificed their time and energy to contribute to a worthy cause, and without pay too; yet, they never complained about it. Thus, my experience at CatNap has encouraged me to become a charitable person.
CatNap has also humbled me. Whenever I feel like complaining about waking up early to do volunteer work for school, I think about those people that “work” there 24/7. Who am I to complain now? Scenarios like that have truly made me a more respectful person overall. In conclusion, my service experience at CatNap has molded me into selfless and more respectable man.
Throughout my high school years my most meaningful service experience was probably spending a week volunteering at a Cub Scout camp as an archery instructor. This camp was primarily for scout that come from families of lower income, though not what one would consider “poor”. These scouts rarely were able to participate in activities outside of their neighborhood, so being able to come to a place like this was a foreign experience for them.I found it very fun and rewarding to teach these kids a sport that they would never get the opportunity to learn elsewhere. I was increasingly pleased with their progress as the week wore on especially with the older scouts who slowly became more and more accurate. It was very rewarding to see that my effort was paying off, and I can only hope that some of these boys will be willing to expand on the basics I taught them.