“Faith in action is love and love in action is service.” These words spoken by Saint Teresa of Calcutta are the cornerstone of everything that we do as part of the Community Service Corps at O’Hara. This year, a pandemic wasn’t going to stand in our way of doing what our hundreds of student members love to do: serve our community.
This past February a team of 50 students made Valentine’s Cards for the women of Divine Providence Village. We stayed after school making intricate designs with brightly colored paper, stickers, and, of course, love! We had so much fun coming together as a group to make these Valentine’s gifts for the people that we care about at DPV. As we drove on campus to leave the cards on the porch outside the Administrative Offices, the memories of all of the good times that my classmates and I have had all these years with the members of Divine Providence and Don Guanella came flooding back: softball games in the gym, St. Patrick’s Day parties, Masses together, Thanksgiving dinner, and so much more. These moments are some of the best memories that my fellow seniors and I have had during our O’Hara days. Spreading love and joy to everyone there and feeling their love and happiness was a feeling like no other.
This week, as Easter quickly approaches, we continued a wonderful tradition started by Mr. Charlie Wieners. A small group of CSC members assembled Easter baskets for City Team Ministries in Chester. Our A Day cohort met after school and we formed a mini assembly line to make 50 baskets. And our friends in the B Day cohort will match that and make 50 more! The generosity of our O’Hara community with donations of candy and Easter grass was overwhelming and a testament to the focus that our students have on service to others.
The Community Service Corps has been such an integral part of my life these last four years. Some of my best friends were made in this group—during early morning Ronald McDonald House breakfast preparations, at Wednesday evening softball games in our gym with the residents of Don Guanella, at the most festive Christmas party you will ever witness with the Spanish Apostolate, during preparations for our massive Thanksgiving dinner food drive, and as we spent time in “CSC homeroom” planning hundreds of events as our team focused on making a difference.
Saint Teresa sums up my four-year CSC experience, “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” Thank you, Cardinal O’Hara CSC, for allowing us to do many small, wonderful things with great love.
Written By: Katie Tuberosa ‘21