Catholic School Students Pray and Collect Funds for Tsunami Victims

January 06, 2005

Catholic school students throughout the Archdiocese of Washington are doing all they can to lend support to victims of the tsunami disaster in southeast Asia, from prayers to fundraisers, including:

St. Ambrose School, 6310 Jason Street, Cheverly. Students will pray at a Mass for those who were killed or injured in the tsunami disaster on Friday, January 7, 2005, 9:00 a.m. At 8:50 a.m., the 360 students will walk in a silent procession to the church, carrying “flags” they made of countries affected by the disaster, candles, an American flag and an image of “The Pieta,” the famous sculpture of the Virgin Mary holding Christ’s body after his crucifixion and death.

Sacred Heart School, 1625 Park Road, NW. A “Hope Jar” kept in each classroom throughout the year will collect students’ donations for Catholic Relief Services, which is providing aid on-site in the affected region. The school’s 200-plus students also will pray for the 150,000 people who lost their lives in the tsunami, with each student “adopting” 700 of those who died for special prayers (totaling 150,000).

St. Mark School, 7501 Adelphi Road, Hyattsville. A school-wide “Math-A-Thon” will raise funds for Catholic Relief Services. The school’s 480 students are busy recruiting sponsors. On January 10, they will receive 100 math problems and collect pledges for each problem completed in two weeks.

Our Lady of Lourdes School, 7500 Pearl Street, Bethesda. Students are learning about earthquakes and tsunamis in science classes; in social studies they are using globes and maps to learn how the tsunami could have affected so many people. In religion classes, students are learning about Jesus’ command to take care of the poorest and the weakest. Students in Grades 6-8 will donate all proceeds from a dance later this month to Catholic Relief Services.

St. Peter School, 3310 St. Peter’s Drive, Waldorf. Students have decided to make friendship/prayer bracelets for the children who survived the tsunami. Each child who makes a bracelet will pray for the child who will receive it. Students are collecting materials now and will begin making bracelets the week of January 10. They hope to send the first bracelets at the end of January.

The Archdiocese of Washington includes 115 elementary, secondary, special schools and early childhood programs serving nearly 34,000 students in the District of Columbia and Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland.

Jennifer Reed
Asst. Dir. of Communications, Schools
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