Middle School Ministry Days

″When is our next Ministry Day? I wish it was tomorrow-that was so much fun!″—7th grader

In 1990, Sue Clifford, the first Principal of Mercy’s Middle School, designed the middle school program to include a service component.  Twenty eight 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.

Before our young ladies are of service in our Rochester community, the students are given the opportunity to understand the purpose, the learning objectives and desired outcome of Ministry Days.  Then after returning each time, students are put into small groups with a teacher who facilitates a follow-up discussion about their experiences and concludes with a prayer for those whom were served that day.

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. 

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.

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. 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.

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. 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.

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. 

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. 

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.


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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