In keeping with Catholic social teaching, Saint Catherine of Siena School students engage in a wide variety of community service projects throughout the year. One of the largest school-wide efforts is the Jane and Kevin Quinlan Memorial Food Drive at Thanksgiving. Each grade is assigned a specific food staple item to collect during the month of November. The collected food is then brought to the church where it is blessed as part of the school’s Thanksgiving Mass. Donations are then brought to the Norwood Ecumenical Food Pantry where they help feed the homeless, unemployed and underemployed in the Norwood community.
Other service projects include: providing baked goods to first responders throughout the area on September 11th, hosting veterans for a breakfast on or near Veterans Day, and collecting socks for the homeless during Catholic Schools Week. Students also take initiative when they recognize a need and student-organized projects have included collecting donations for cancer research, for Haiti, for those impacted by devastating storms, for servicemen and women stationed overseas, and many more.