St. Dominic Catholic School in Brookfield actively invites students and families to respond proactively to the needs of those less fortunate. For many years they have been engaged in the practice of creating care packages for children in less fortunate areas of the world. These packages contain small tokens such as toys, paper, pencils and crayons, a note from the child to the recipient and a book about the life of Jesus. This year the families of St. Dominic, and the greater St. Dominic community, have their eyes set on bringing “Smiles for Miles” to La Sagrada Familia in the Dominican Republic. They found it best to build on the partnership that the archdiocese of Milwaukee has in place with La Sagrada Familia, the archdiocese’s sister parish.
The name of the project, “Smiles for Miles” was developed by the St. Dominic Catholic School class of 2014, who is championing the effort in both the parish and school. Their energy is going to teaching the children in the school and community about La Sagrada Familia and the importance of giving to those less fortunate when we have the privilege of having so much. In our giving, we are showing great love. This is a great opportunity for our community to not only embody the virtue of charity but to demonstrate the social justice teachings of love of neighbor, care for God’s creation and respect for the family. The eighth graders also have a dedicated group of volunteer parents who guide them in bringing Jesus to the children and community through this valuable project. The children, in addition to filling shoeboxes with special little gifts for the children, are practicing their Spanish literacy skills. Each child is writing a letter to the recipient of the gift box in Spanish with the help of the school Spanish teacher, Mrs. Lori Miller. The Marian Center has also collaborated in the effort by assisting the school in acquiring small books about the life of Jesus to include in the gift box. Evangelization in action!
The community of St. Dominic Catholic School and Parish are continually involved in efforts to live the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. They host food drives, clothing drives, bible study groups, prayer groups, parent information classes, support groups, and faith formation opportunities for all to participate in.
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