The arrival of spring brings new life, including blooming flowers and growing grass. It also provides an opportunity for a fresh start by cleaning up houses inside and out and sprucing up yards. But for the elderly, the sick and those with physical challenges, these tasks may be difficult or impossible.
Help for many in the Cuyahoga Falls area arrived on June 8 when more than 150 parishioners from Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish rolled up their sleeves and tackled more than a dozen projects during “Christ on the Corner,” the second annual parish day of service.
Project sites included nonprofit service organizations, homes of seniors and those in need, veteran support centers, addiction centers and mother/child support centers. This year, along with locations like Gennesaret homeless shelter, Habitat for Humanity and veteran group homes, the Christ on the Corner project expanded to include homes of people with disabilities and cancer patients.
“We are called by Christ to love our neighbor,” said Father James Singler, IHM pastor. “This is a parish day of prayer and service to our neighbors throughout the community and to those who selflessly serve those in need.”
Volunteers gathered at 7:30 a.m. at the parish for breakfast and a prayer service before heading out to their work sites with boxed lunches. The day ended about 3 p.m.
“A tremendous amount of work was accomplished. One homeowner gave a hearty hug with tears in her eyes and said, ‘God bless you. You made our day,’” said Mary Ann Lemke, a site leader for a group working on several cancer patients’ homes. “God has certainly blessed us all,” Lemke added.
“We selected project work sites where we could help our brothers and sisters who are in need,” said Deacon William Yoho, this year’s event coordinator. “This included projects that could be done on the outside of homes or at organizations. Jesus said we are serving him when we serve others.”
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