RUMFORD — Staff members at Holy Savior School are hoping that a schoolwide service project during Maine Catholic Schools Week, Jan. 31 to Feb. 6, will become a springboard to a lifetime of showing kindness and compassion to those less fortunate.

Students will prepare “bags of love” for children who need to quickly leave their homes in an emergency situation, often ending up in foster care.

“The bags are filled with handmade quilts, stuffed animals and personal items like toiletries,” said Barbara Pelletier, principal of Holy Savior School. “In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, the project will help the students understand that sharing gifts we have received in abundance and serving others are ways in which we please God.”

On Monday, Feb. 1, students will divide the items donated by school and area families in the school cafeteria and assemble the “bags of love.” That morning, Holy Savior will also welcome Bishop Robert P. Deeley, who will visit classrooms and spend time with the students and teachers.

Maine Catholic Schools Week celebrates the mission of Catholic Schools: to evangelize students by nourishing faith and encouraging academic excellence while accentuating the importance of community and service in a nurturing environment.

During the week, Holy Savior students will participate in a number of fun events, including a pajama day, a movie day and a trip to Black Mountain for skiing and tubing.

For a complete schedule of Maine Catholic Schools Week activities at Holy Savior and other Catholic schools, visit

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