On Holy Thursday morning, April 18, seventy-five All Hallows students held an advocacy morning for Montefiore Children’s Hospital of the Bronx. The day began with a prayer followed by brief informational video about the many miracles that take place at Montefiore and how we can help continue that good work. Several students offered their reflections about their time in Montefiore Children’s Hospital and other children’s hospitals in the New York City area. After these emotional testimonies, the students and others marched in a 5K around the adjacent Joyce Kilmer Park. We were able to raise $1,000.00 from the combined sponsorships for the walkers and the proceeds from a dress down day held on Wednesday, May 1. An additional $1,000.00 was donated from people and parishes connected with All Hallows, for a grand total of $2,000.00. The morning proved to be a beautiful way to begin the Easter Triduum.
Several senior social justice classes at All Hallows organized informational group projects as they investigated various social justice topics. The projects consisted of the creation of printed materials as well as a short infomercial which summarized the social justice concern, prospective answers to the challenge and Catholic Church teaching. The students also wrote short announcements which brought attention to the social justice concern.
The Blessed Edmund Rice Society continued to assemble and donate "blessing bags" for the homeless of the Bronx. The blessing bags consist of water, juice, snacks and personal items Ministries of the Bronx, a part of the Archdiocese of New York Propagation of the Faith that operate a food truck which provides food, comfort and prayer for the homeless of the Bronx. We are pleased to have assembled and donated nearly two hundred blessing bags to Lamp Ministries this year.