QUINCY — On Sept. 18, the seventh and eighth grade classes at St. Dominic School participated in a "street retreat." We prayed for the city of Quincy, the state of Illinois, the country and the world.
Brother Ed [Arambasich], the leader of the retreat, gave us tau's to remind us to be prayerful and think of all those that are in need of prayers. We walked from the friary in Quincy to 24th Street and prayed for all those who were sick and dying. From there we walked to 33rd and Broadway and on the way we stopped to pray for all the damages that Quincy endured during the harsh storm in July. Then we visited Father Augustus Tolton's grave. It was such a great experience learning about the life of the first-ever black priest.
As we arrived at City Hall we prayed for all those who died to protect and save us. Lastly we went to Washington Park in downtown Quincy. We worked on a project called "TwoXFour," which builds houses for people in Haiti who do not have homes or have lost their homes due to storms. We got to write prayers and Scriptures on them.
It was very heart warming knowing that we helped someone in need.