About 25 students spent an evening Christmas caroling to local retirement and nursing homes on December 6.
Robert Jennings, Director of Ministry and Evangelization, said he hoped the event helped the students gain more compassion for our older brothers and sisters.
"Our main goal is to bring good cheer to others and help our students realize that this holiday season is about recognizing that these people who are lonely are part of our family and deserve love and kindness," Jennings said.
Students caroled at Stoneybrook Health and Rehab, Good Shepherd Hospice House, and Meadowlark Hills Retirement Community. Meadowlark Hills offered a special treat: Students were able to visit with longtime St. Isidore's permanent community member Velma Kuhn.
Amanda Braun, a senior in secondary education from Victoria, Kan., said she wanted to share joy with the elderly during the Advent season.
"I enjoyed the smiles on the faces of the people we sang to," Braun said. "For that moment at least, we were able to spread peace and joy."
After caroling, students returned to St. Isidore's and decorated Christmas cookies. Members of the Leadership Team baked the cookies before the event, and several RCIA participants joined the students later in the evening.
Ross Niehues, a senior in agricultural technology management from Seneca, Kan., said cookie decorating was a great way to get to know other St. Isidore's students, and the decorating got a little serious.
"My favorite thing was watching the cookies get decorated like tractors by Joseph Neville and Kenan Reeh," Niehues said. "It was fun to watch."