With more than 125 volunteers participating, the Essex Catholic Community was involved in the biannual “Serve Our Neighbor Day” on Oct. 23.

Organized by John McMahon and Emma Goff, faith formation directors, the day was a success with more than 16 projects accomplished.

After meeting for prayer and reflection on Christ’s call to serve those in need, teams went to local assignments to rake leaves, wash windows, organizing garages, clean gutters etc.

Helping those unable to prepare their homes and yards for the change of seasons and visiting with those who they helped, they went out to spread the Good News by their actions.

The work was done “in the name of Jesus” so the experience was a spiritual one.

The day, enjoyed by all, ended with prayer and a cook out.

According to Edmundite Father Charlie Ranges, pastor of the Essex Catholic Community, “Serve our Neighbor Day” for Holy Family-St. Lawrence and St. Pius X parishes has a long tradition.  A member of the Society of St. Edmund, he believes that the day is in the Edmundite tradition, the community committed to outreach and service.