On Saturday, October 8th, 10 young men traveled to St. Joseph of the Holy Family in Harlem to assist with their “Faith Walk”, including the set-up & breakdown of the breakfast and lunch.
The “Faith Walk” is the parish’s annual event, gathering the English and Spanish communities to literally walk a mile within the parish boundaries while praying, singing and expressing the faith to the larger community. Our young men did a phenomenal job and were praised incredibly by the parishioners.
“I had a very fun time at the Church of St. Joseph of the Holy Family. All my life I’ve lived near the church never to experience the kind of community that I’ve experienced there. I saw people online waiting to receive food from the church’s pantry that were very unfortunate that made little to no income that needed help and I felt very sorry for them. The people that were serving the food were very nice and pleasant. Coach Pannell told me about one of the people that served there that went through 3 heart surgeries and had a stroke and it made him grateful, almost like reconciling or repenting. The man can’t move one side of his body but he comes every Saturday to serve these poverty-stricken people. Watching him do this made me think to myself and want to give more as a young man growing up in a Catholic school, especially a prestigious school like LaSalle Academy. On the spirit walk I had a lot to think about. One of the things that I thought about was that I’m really grateful to be in the position I’m in as a young man because I have a home to come to and lay my head and at least 2-3 meals a day. I spoke to some of the elders on the walk and they told me about challenges that they’ve overcome in the past and how they feel about their lives in the present. In the short time with this community I learned a lot about myself and how to become a more selfless individual.” ~Jervon Warlick ’17