The faculty and students of Cabrini High School lent their hearts and hands to serve community organizations for Hearts and Hands Day. Cabrini strives to honor the core value of service, and together, the Cabrini community performed activities to serve people throughout the New Orleans area. Campus Minister Adam Ganucheau and the Campus Ministry team partnered with non-profit organizations to make this year's Hearts and Hands Day a success.
The day began with a prayer service. The Scripture passage that was read focused on the washing of the feet, which is a prime example of service. After the Gospel was read, twelve students had their feet washed by administrators, teachers, and coaches. On a daily basis, the faculty members are the authority figures. However, on this day, they showed true humility by offering themselves for service. Following the washing of the feet, the keynote speaker, Brian Butler, and seven service partner representatives were introduced.
Brian Butler, the creator of Dumb Ox Productions, spoke about putting service before self.. He encouraged the students to engage and reflect while they performed their service. Mr. Ganucheau introduced the seven service organizations that each partnered with a different grade level.
[For some organizations,] students wrote notes of prayers, support and encouragement to the guests or clients which were put into student-decorated care packages containing snacks and personal hygiene items.
Some organizations required different tasks such as making ham and cheese sandwiches to put in paper bags with items such as crackers, chips, and apple sauce.
Junior Katty Trentacoste said, “It was really inspiring to see how Ozanam Inn helped with people's addictions and found ways to get them off the streets. I love how doing such a small task, like making sandwiches, made such a big impact in the lives of other people.”
Children's Hospital asked seniors to write “thinking of you” notes to place in the fun kit, which contained assorted colors, a coloring book, and a pack of stickers.
Following their service, students completed written reflections about how giving of themselves to benefit others made them feel.
Hearts and Hands Day, one of the most treasured and anticipated days on the Cabrini calendar, ended with the Stations of the Cross focused on people affected by violence, murder, and racism in New Orleans. The closing prayer was “Our Family Prayer,” which remembers the people in our city who are suffering in some way.