WAHOO (SNR) – Bishop Neumann High School in Wahoo dedicated an entire day to serving others Nov. 2.
The day began with the celebration of Mass for All Soul’s Day, to pray for the recently deceased members of the Bishop Neumann community.
After Mass the students listened to speakers on the topic of service.
Thomas Haberman and Marcela Sousek, and chaperones Patty Benal and Roger Kuhfahl spoke about their experiences during Neumann’s summer mission trips to Gallup, N.M. and Chicago, and how they felt the need to go to help others.
Kuhfahl, who has been a chaperone for the past two years, discussed different saints’ lives and examples of their service, and challenged the students to think about service every day.
Marie Wathan, an employee at the St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center in Lincoln, also spoke on her personal experiences with service.
After the talks, energized and armed with rakes, brooms and brushes, 202 students and 31 faculty and staff members then took to the streets of Valparaiso, Mead, Yutan, Weston, Malmo, Colon, and Wahoo, which included the parishes of Ss. Mary and Joseph, St. James, St. John Nepomucene, St. Joseph, and St. Wenceslaus. The day was then spent raking leaves, picking up branches, trimming bushes, painting garages, cleaning homes and even put up snow fences. Several residents requested washing of windows or dusting and vacuuming. Students also worked in St. Francis and St. Wenceslaus cemeteries.
The service day was organized by the Neumann administration and campus ministry, as a way for students to show thanks to the parishes that support Bishop Neumann. The junior/senior high school opened in 1964.