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their school headmaster for permission to speak at an assembly about their plan.“We typed up a note and sent it to the whole school saying, ‘Can you please bring in candy for people who are sheltered?’” William says.“We made an assembly line,” fifth-grader Michael Arakelian says. “One of us put grass in the baskets and passed them along for the other stuff. It was fun.”“We had leftover candy when the baskets were done,” says Q. “Each of us took one piece and gave the rest to other charities.”The boys read an obituary of an 11-year-old boy in their area. They made a card for his parents and prayed the Rosary for his family. The boy, Joseph, had a lot in common with the St. Gregory’s children.“He loved cool cars, playing baseball, going to Lake Placidwith his family on vacation, Hershey’s Kisses, playing the guitar,” Q recalls. “We got together and drew a picture of what he liked to do. The family probably thought it was adults who did it. They’d be really surprised and proud to learn it was us.”Third-grader Charlie Arakelian remembered that Joseph “liked the movies that I liked and he liked to play baseball and swim. I hope the card made the family feel better.”Learning about Joseph inspired the boys’ mothersto pray the Rosary with the group. It was the first time for some of the boys. “I’m going to try to keep doing it,” Charlie says.Fifth-grader Daniel Fontenot liked the Rosary, too. “It takes us away from other stuff and it makes us more religious step by step. Praying is just a great thing. You get to keep in touch with God.”I think the coolest thing we did was help make chili and soup at the soup kitchen,”Charlie says. “There were 100 guests that day. It made me feel reallygood to help them. Ilearned that it doesn’t matter who you’re helping. Everyone’s human and you can’t judge people.”“Jesus would always give help,” Charlie continues. “I’m trying to do his work. I would love to keep doing it.”Michael agrees, “Helping people is what God wants us to do. Jesus teaches it in the Bible and we hear it at church.”“We’re all very glad that we could help our community,” says David. “We’re thankful that we had an opportunity to do this and we’re excited to do more.”The boys decided to keep doing the Works of Mercy. The whole fifth-grade class went together to the soup kitchen. The boys and other friends also sorted cans at a food pantry in Albany and served dinner at Ronald McDonald House for the families of sick children.“I learned that it doesn’t matter who you’re helping. Everyone’s human and you can’t judge people.”1 What did the boys learn from doing the Works of Mercy?2 What is wise about doing the Works of Mercy together rather than alone?3 Which projects interest you the most?4 How can you do the Works of Mercy in your neighborhood?EDA3EDAh k T inThe boys are ready to deliver the baskets to homeless children.

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