LONDONDERRY — For nine days, 235 children from Hudson, Londonderry and Windham came to St. Mark the Evangelist Parish in Londonderry to learn more about their Roman Catholic faith and becoming real super heroes by living in love to God and neighbor just like Jesus did.
Guest speaker and Keene State student Allie Bedell became a current day super hero to the children after she spoke to them about her traveling service projects to benefit those less fortunate in New Orleans and Bosnia, as well as the 48-Hour Homeless Challenge she took in Washington, D.C.
Inspired by her super actions and encouragement of CCD teachers, students were asked to earn money by doing extra chores or using their allowances to support 16 service projects as well as the “Christmas in July” collection of nonperishable foods for area food pantries and become super heroes themselves for others.
The Most Rev. Peter Anthony Libasci, Bishop of Manchester, celebrated the closing Mass of the Summer CCD Program with the children, Confirmation students, parents, teachers, volunteers, staff and parish members filling the church with laughter, music and prayer.
During the Offertory, the Rev. Pennett, pastor of St. Mark’s, and Deacon Lee Abbott accepted the abundant items the children proudly offered for the needs of others.
Their super-hero efforts will make an impact on the following outreach programs. In Grade 2, Nora Lane, Susan Lane and Gabby Berry’s class of 15 students held a Drink/Bake Sale and raised $140 for the Boston Children’s Hospital.
Sarah Poirier and Kayla Vantage’s class of 15 students collected items for the Anne-Marie House in Hudson, which supports the critical needs of children and families experiencing homelessness.
In Grade 3, Zach Capobianco and Hayley Peters’s class of 16 students, along with Carey Follansbee and Hayley Follansbee’s class of 19 students held a Bake Sale /Popsicle Sale and raised $201 for the American Red Cross.
The fourth-grade class of Abby Giguere and Tatiana King held a Candy Sale and raised $215 for Boston Children’s Hospital. Allie Bedell and Lauren Poirier’s class of 17 students held a Supply Drive and collected 60 items for the United Saints which rebuilds homes in New Orleans still devastated by the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina since 2005.
In Grade 5, Hilary Walter and Kerri Madigan’s class of 20 students held an Ice Cream Floats Sale and raised $220 for the One Fund Boston to support Boston Marathon blast victims. Grace Boroche and her son, Daniel Boroche, and their class of 20 students collected donations for U.S. soldiers.
In Grade 6, Donna Hume and Kyana Baiguy’s class of 17 students held a Freeze Pop Sale and raised $282 for Make-A-Wish New Hampshire, which grants wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. Suzanne Poole and Laurie Callery’s class of 16 students collected 25 boxes of cereal and $65 for the Anne-Marie House, as well as 25 boxes of cereal and $65 for the Sonshine Soup Kitchen in Derry.
Adam LaFleur and Nick Capobianco’s class of 18 seventh-graders held a carnival and raised $100 for the One Fund Boston. Also in seventh grade, Caitlin Tanner and Chelsea Austen’s class of 18 students held a Toy/Clothing/Book Collection Drive for St. Gianna’s Clothing Ministry.
In Grade 8, Catherine DeRosa and Erin Ruigrok’s class of 15 students made fleece blankets for Birthright at the Anne-Marie House, which provides caring nonjudgmental support to girls and women who are distressed by an unplanned pregnancy. Joanne Troy and Sarah Poole’s class of 15 students ran a Super Saint Day and raised $217.46 for One Fund Boston.
The two week fun-filled faith journey was organized by religious education director Cathy Kinnon and assistant Sally Mitchell.