3rd & 4th grades-The Kane Center
As Catholics we are called to practice the principles of Catholic Social Teaching. The sanctity of life and the dignity of the human person are precious gifts from God because they involve the hand of God, our Creator. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church “The family should live in such a way that its members learn to care and take responsibility for the young, the old, the sick, the handicapped, and the poor.” (CCC #2208) Furthermore, the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church states “Love is also expressed in the generous attention shown to the elderly who live in families” (Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church #222) and reminds us that Sacred Scripture says, “They still bring forth fruit in old age.” (Ps 92:15) Thus the elderly have tremendous wisdom with regard to social values.
In recognizing our duty to care for the elderly, the third and fourth graders at St. Joseph Catholic School visit the Kane Center monthly. This provides an opportunity to bridge the generational gap allowing both young and old to learn from one another. The students and clients of the Kane Center thoroughly enjoy their time together. There are many benefits for both groups. The students gain a better understanding and appreciation of the elderly. Additionally, they feel more comfortable and at ease around older people. The clients of the Kane Center get great joy from the excitement and energy that the students bring. The visits provide a memorable experience for both the students and the clients.
Lastly, the encyclical Evangelium Vitae states that, “The parents’ mission as educators also includes teaching and giving their children an example of the true meaning of suffering and death. They will be able to do this if they are sensitive to all kinds of suffering around them and, even more, if they succeed in fostering attitudes of closeness, assistance and sharing towards sick or elderly members of the family.” As faithful witnesses following the teaching of Pope Francis in Evangelii Gaudium, “The joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus.”