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In response to Pope Francis’ message for the first World Day of the Poor and the request of Msgr. John Gordon, administrator, Perth Amboy Catholic School set out to provide for the homeless in the area who will be sheltered during the upcoming cold months.  The school community adopted a Thanksgiving project entitled “Hope for the Homeless” and collected needed items for the cause, which ranged from food staples to pillows and blankets, books and magazines, First-Aid items, and an abundance of personal products. At the Upper School, the eighth grade students who are members of F.I.A.T. (Faith in Action Team) bagged donated items and the entire class helped fill the parish van for transport. Using the words of recently beatified Solanus Casey, “Thank God ahead of time,” the students and their families were encouraged to give thanks for the care and comfort the homeless will receive and of which they will have had a definite part. In photo, eighth-graders Katie Barcheski, Daniel Goncalves and Isaac Sanchez help organize the donations. -photo courtesy of Perth Amboy Catholic School  

New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, left center in red, looks on as Lebanese Cardinal Bechara Rai blesses a chapel to Lebanon’s St. Charbel in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City Oct. 28. -CNS photo/Mychel Akl for Maronite Catholic Patriarchate