Kindergarten Long Sleeve Shirt Drive
Kindergarten students at St. Joseph Catholic School collect long-sleeve, cotton shirts for men and women field workers as part of their Christian Social Justice project. This project is rooted in the principles of Catholic Social Teaching that require Catholics to defend the life and dignity of the human person and care for the poor and vulnerable.
“By means of work, man governs the world with God; …Christians are called to work not only to provide themselves with bread, but also in acceptance of their poorer neighbors, to whom the Lord has commanded them to give food, drink, clothing, welcome, care and companionship (Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church # 265). To that end Kindergarten students learn to care for their neighbors in need by providing clothing that protects them from the sun.
The Encyclical Rerum Novarum written by Pope Leo XIII clarifies the value of work, and in conjunction with the Catechism of the Catholic Church, teach “everyone should look upon his neighbor (without any exception) as ‘another self,’ above all bearing in mind his life and the means necessary for living it with dignity” and that “the duty of making oneself a neighbor to others and actively serving them becomes even more urgent when it involves the disadvantaged, in whatever area this may be.” (CCC #1931, #1932)
Mindful of Jesus’ words, “As you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me”, the Kindergarten students at St. Joseph Catholic School practice the virtue of charity.