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Senior Service Launches with Letter Writing Projects

The Class of 2020 has not let social distancing disrupt its plan to serve our neighbors through St. Sebastian's Senior Service Program.

On April 21, St. Sebastian's continued its tradition of the Senior Service Mass, led virtually by Fr. John Arens. Headmaster Bill Burke gave an address on service and loving our neighbors. John Eaton, Director of Service Programs, spoke about how the Senior Service Program is unique this year and how the whole Class of 2020 can make a big impact by working together.

For their first project, each of the 68 members of the senior class spent time last week writing a letter to a resident of NewBridge on the Charles, a senior and assisted living community located in Dedham, just across the river from St. Sebastian’s. We hope the students' letters will bring some comfort to the residents of NewBridge, who have been restricted from seeing their family members and loved ones, and perhaps initiate a pen pal relationship between our students and the residents during these challenging times. 

For their second service project, the seniors are writing letters to veterans through our local V.A. This initiative was one that seniors Teddy Daniel and Patrick Rourke had planned to do with elementary school students as part of their senior service project. The project has been adjusted to have each member of the Class of 2020 write a letter to a veteran. When it is deemed safe to deliver the letters, some of the seniors will deliver them to the V.A. 


Patrick Rourke writes a letter to a senior at an assisted living facility
John Beam writes a letter to a resident at NewBridge on the Charles