Middle School Ministry Days

“They are LOVELY! So cute!!! No one has donated care packages like these before. Our clients are going to LOVE them!!! GO MERCY GIRLIES!” 

Dimitri House Staff member

In 1990, Sue Clifford (grandmother of current Mercy Senior Molly Kantz), the first Administrator of Mercy’s Middle School, designed the middle school program to include a service component.  Thirty-two years later, Ministry Days are still about treating those we serve as equals, for we are all equally loved by God.  As our students help those in need, whether it is with children, the elderly or behind the scenes work, they learn to accept others and increase their awareness about community issues.

Middle School: February 16, 2022

Gifts of Love

Students from the entire Middle School participated in Ministry Day, a 32 year old tradition. The theme was “Gifts of Love” and we welcomed guest speaker, Jessica Lockett from Foodlink who spoke about Food Insecurity and the various programs that Foodlink implements to get food to those that are marginalized in our community. 

As students, teachers, and parent volunteers listened, we were mindful of the Critical Concern of Nonviolence : We work to improve our personal practice of nonviolence and peacemaking, to collaborate with organizations that foster peace, and to change violent systems and structures. Foodlink passionately aims to work peacefully with the systemic issues that aid to food insecurity in our community.  Students then made food bags, aka “Gifts of Love”, and wrote notes of inspiration for the people in need in our Rochester community.  Students, teachers and 18 Parent volunteers worked together to make the bags, write notes and discussed the concept of Food Insecurity and sharing our “Gifts of Love” to those that are marginalized in our community. 

6th & 7th Grade: November 10th, 2021

Refugees: The Impact on our Lives

Focusing on the Critical Concern of Immigration: Working to ensure the dignity of immigrants, refugees, and victims of human trafficking and stand in solidarity with all who suffer oppression, our 6th and 7th graders were captivated by our guest speaker, Rabina Aqa Jan, current Junior here at Mercy. She spoke of her family’s struggle leaving their home country of Afghanistan just a few years ago.  

8th grade: October 27, 2021

Refugees: Their Impact in our Lives

Our 8th grade class learned of the impact of the Sisters of Mercy’s Critical Concern of immigration, working to ensure the dignity of immigrants, refugees, and victims of human trafficking, while standing in solidarity with all who suffer oppression

Students listened to Mercy alumna, Sabrina Dursunova ’19 share her experiences as a refugee. At 5 years old, Sabrina, her two younger sisters, and her parents relocated to Rochester from Russia. With the support of Saint’s Place, their family adjusted amidst their fear and apprehension. Sabrina spoke of the comfort that Saint’s Place provided her and her family through tutoring services, housing, toys, and kindness. Michele Quinn, Assistant Director of Saint’s Place, also spoke to our 8th graders focusing on the educational support that this non-profit organization offers to refugees. Our 8th graders donated “Compassion Kits,” bags filled with new children’s pajamas, toothbrushes, and toothpaste, which will be given to children as they arrive at the airport after their long journey. 

6th grade: February 12, 2020

7th grade: January 29, 2020

8th grade: January 15, 2020

6th grade: November 13, 2019

The Places We Serve


Angels of Mercy:  Helping women with any struggle in their life. Advocate for Stopping Human Trafficking. Dress a Girl around the world program. Our students help in organizing clothes, and light sewing. MERCY CRITICAL CONCERN: To continue care for WOMEN in today’s world with today’s needs and concerns. 

Bethany House: A Catholic Worker house that provides shelter, food, support and prayer to women who are struggling in life.  MERCY CRITICAL CONCERN: To continue care for WOMEN in today’s world with today’s needs and concerns. 

Catholic Family Center: We decorate bowls to support a fund raiser called Empty Bowls Rochester. This is a national initiative to fight hunger. The money raised supports CFC shelters and community food pantry. Students learn about CFC shelters and food pantry.  MERCY CORE VALUE:  JUSTICE-MAKING is removing barriers that prohibit people from flourishing. 

Cameron Community Ministries: Helping prepare the dining area for neighborhood guests to enjoy their free noon meal. This neighborhood center provides meals, clothing room, food pantry, afterschool program to the families living in poverty in this inner-city neighborhood.  MERCY CORE VALUE:  JUSTICE-MAKING is removing barriers that prohibit people from flourishing. 

Dress for Success: This program provides clothing for those needing appropriate attire for interviews and jobs. Our students help prepare clothes and needed items for women.  MERCY CRITICAL CONCERN: To continue care for WOMEN in today’s world with today’s needs and concerns. 

Fairport Baptist Homes: A Senior Living Community, we are of service mainly in the assisted living community.  We play BINGO and assist the Senior residents.  MERCY CORE VALUE: HOSPITALITY is a warm and generous welcoming of all.

Foodlink: This warehouse of donated food provides food to a variety of shelters, day care centers, snack programs, and after school programs.  MERCY CORE VALUE:  JUSTICE-MAKING is removing barriers that prohibit people from flourishing. 

GiGi’s Playhouse:  The mission is to change the way the world views Down syndrome through national campaigns, educational programs, and by empowering individual with Down syndrome, their families and the community. MERCY CORE VALUE:  JUSTICE-MAKING is removing barriers that prohibit people from flourishing. 

Hickok Center for Brain Injury:  The mission of the Hickok Center for Brain Injury is to provide a safe, supportive environment that encourages people with brain injuries and other neurological challenges to design and direct their own life journey.  Our students will participate in Staff-led interactive cognitive games with the adults with brain injuries. MERCY CORE VALUE: HOSPITALITY is a warm and generous welcoming of all.

Holy Cross School: Help in pre-school classrooms.  MERCY CORE VALUE: HOSPITALITY is a warm and generous welcoming of all.

Indian Landing Elementary School: Help in the classroom.  MERCY CORE VALUE: HOSPITALITY is a warm and generous welcoming of all.

InterVol:  Help sort sterile/donated medical supplies to be sent out to developing countries all over the world. MERCY CORE VALUE:  JUSTICE-MAKING is removing barriers that prohibit people from flourishing.

Mary’s Place Refugee Outreach:  Help organize donated clothes for refugees and immigrants.  MERCY CRITICAL CONCERN: To take heart and act with justice to aid IMMIGRANTS. 

Mercy Cares:  Helping take care of the Earth on the grounds of Mercy.  MERCY CRITICAL CONCERN:  To take care of God’s gift to us—the EARTH.  

Mercy Motherhouse: Enjoy playing puzzles with the Sisters of Mercy and also help clean or organize.  MERCY CORE VALUE: HOSPITALITY is a warm and generous welcoming of all.

Mercy Spirituality Center: Our students help rake leaves outside to beautify the earth. This is a retreat place near Highland Park for people to seek personal spiritual growth and awareness.  MERCY CRITICAL CONCERN:  To take care of God’s gift to us—the EARTH. 

Open Door Mission:  Help sort hygiene kits and cloths that are collected for the homeless in our Rochester community.  MERCY CORE VALUE:  JUSTICE-MAKING is removing barriers that prohibit people from flourishing.

Rochester Childfirst Network: Helping children with special needs.  MERCY CORE VALUE: COMPASSIONATE SERVICE is living out the Gospel imperative to care for those in need.  

Ronald McDonald House:  A house that welcomes families whose children are receiving specialized medical treatment at Golisano Children’s Hospital.  MERCY CORE VALUE: COMPASSIONATE SERVICE is living out the Gospel imperative to care for those in need.   

Saint’s Place:  Saints’ Place is a joint effort by St. Louis and Transfiguration parishes to aid in the settlement of refugee families into the Rochester area. They help with everything from finding housing and employment to providing clothing and ESL tutoring for people who have just arrived in the United States.  MERCY CRITICAL CONCERN: To take heart and act with justice to aid IMMIGRANTS. 

School of the Holy Childhood: Helping and interacting with children who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.  MERCY CORE VALUE: COMPASSIONATE SERVICE is living out the Gospel imperative to care for those in need.  

St. Ann’s Community:Our students will engage in intergenerational activities. St. Ann’s Community promotes the highest levels of independence, and physical and spiritual well-being of older adults in the Catholic tradition of excellence in care and services.  MERCY CORE VALUE: HOSPITALITY is a warm and generous welcoming of all.

St. John’s Daybreak. This program, a division of St. John’s Nursing Home, provides care for adults who are not able to be left alone at home during the day but do not need to be in a full care nursing home setting. Our students do crafts, paint nails, and sometime play group games.  MERCY CORE VALUE: HOSPITALITY is a warm and generous welcoming of all.

St. Peter’s Kitchen:  This is a soup kitchen that provides a noon meal to between 300 and 400 guests each day.  The students and advisor will be expected to help in the preparation of food.  You may also be sorting, cleaning and/or organizing the clothing store. MERCY CORE VALUE:  JUSTICE-MAKING is removing barriers that prohibit people from flourishing.

Valley Manor: Our Students help with crafts and games with the elderly residents.   MERCY CORE VALUE: HOSPITALITY is a warm and generous welcoming of all.


7th grade: October 23, 2019

8th grade: October 2, 2019

6th grade: May 8, 2019

7th grade: April 10, 2019

8th grade: March 20, 2019

7th grade: February 27, 2019

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6th grade: February 13, 2019

8th grade: January 16, 2019

6th grade: November 14, 2018

7th grade: October 24, 2018

8th grade: October 3, 2018

6th grade: May 9, 2018

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7th grade: April 18, 2018

8th grade: March 21, 2018

6th grade: February 28, 2018


8th Grade: January 24, 2018

6th grade: November 29, 2017


7th grade: November 8, 2017


8th grade: October 4, 2017

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