St. Pius X Catholic High School will host the fourth annual Marathon of Mercy on Saturday, October 26. Over 200 St. Pius X students will be on hand to participate in various Works of Mercy projects designed to give back to the greater Atlanta community.
St. Pius X Director of Campus Ministry Gayle Ohrenberger said, “We are excited to give back to the Atlanta community through the Marathon of Mercy. This opportunity helps us to embrace the call that Pope John Paul II gave young people to be lights to the world. We hope that this event continues to grow and bear great fruit.”
The event will take place at several locations in the metro Atlanta-area from 7:00am-12:00pm, October 26. Students will be volunteering at 19 organizations that day to perform Works of Mercy. For example, students can participate in “Project Linus” and make fleece blankets that are given to children in domestic violence situations. Another project that students are able to participate in is the “Lions Lighthouse,” in which students will clean, sort and prepare used eye glasses to be sent to third world countries.
Other projects include the Wounded Warrior Project, to sort and wrap gifts that the school will be collecting for the Wounded Warrior Christmas program and then delivering them to the Wounded Warrior office and sorting gifts there; Project Open Hand’s Meals on Wheels where students and chaperone will go through a short training and then be given routes to follow to deliver meals to medically and elderly challenged individuals; and helping prepare meals for the City of Refuge/180 degree Kitchen.
Works of Mercy are part of the Apostolic Service requirement for the theology program and graduation from St. Pius X. This service compels students to protect, promote, and defend the dignity of each human person by their actions; especially the poor, the vulnerable, the marginalized, the outcast, the suffering, the sick, the exploited, and the unborn. This program is a distinct reflection of the Catholic mission of St. Pius X.
St. Pius X, an archdiocesan high school, provides a college preparatory education for the formation of the mind, body and spirit of each student in accordance with the teachings of the Catholic Church.