Catholic High school students from southeastern Michigan are forming Circles of Support in each of their schools, collaborating in their efforts through a new Student Coordinating Committee, with representatives from each of the 12 schools. Their first project together was to collect supplies and money for Sr. Norma before she arrived.
After sharing dinner with her before the event at the Basilica of Ste. Anne, the students processed in with her and presented what they had collected (including $1000, and boxes of soap, underwear, socks and toothbrushes.)
When Sr. Norma received the gifts, she explained to us why she requests socks and underwear. People, including children, arrive wearing their only pair of shoes which are dirty and wet. A dry pair of socks brings them some comfort. They may be wearing their only pair of pants. A change of underwear helps to make them more comfortable as well. We take for granted these small conveniences! We need to remember some people do no have that luxury.
At the end of the presentation, the students placed their hands on her shoulders and blessed her saying:
May God, the companion be with you,
behind you, above and below you.
May you be smothered by God's presence
As you walk the path of your day.
May God's hands catch yours
When you stumble and applaud when you reach your goals.
May God the companion bring you blessing.
written by Sr. Maxine Shonk OP (Adrian Domenican) and adapted for Sr. Norma.