In the Diocese of Rochester, N.Y., Bishop Matthew H. Clark is honoring 800 high school seniors with Hands of Christ awards for their service to church, home, school and community. Winners are selected from nominations submitted to the diocesan youth office by their parish.
According to a story in the Catholic Courier, the diocesan newspaper, this year’s honorees are being recognized for a range of service, from working with people who have special needs to Scouting involvement, from “helping folks in crisis to various types of liturgical ministry.”
At one of the award ceremonies, teens gave testimony about how their service changed them. One recipient, Seth Walters, said serving others can come in acts that seem “unextraordinary” but are still important to God, such as helping someone with his or her groceries or even simply saying hello.