Saint Patrick School has partnered with Casa de Clara to provide love and service to people living on the margins. Students were busy creating “Blessing Bags” and collecting coats and warm clothing for our homeless brothers and sisters in San Jose. The students leading the charge belong to our Vincentian Marian Youth (VMY) group. VMY or “Marian Youth” is an international association that began in 1830 when the Blessed Mother appeared to Catherine Labouré with special requests. Mary asked that young people be organized in her name and that “graces would be bestowed upon them.” Today, this group spans the globe in 65 countries with over 110,000 members.
At St. Patrick, our group is comprised of 40 students from 4th – 8th grade that want to energize their faith, grow closer to Mary, each other, and the poor. Several of our teachers and a long-time volunteer lead the students and help with this goal in mind. This after-school club allows our students to embrace and connect with the broader community while making a real contribution.