WATERVILLE — Faith formation students at Corpus Christi Parish recently gathered more than 100 hats, 50 pairs of mittens, 25 pairs of gloves, 25 scarves, and socks during a month-long donation drive, according to a news release from the parish.

The total collection, which included items made personally by parishioners and parish staff, was donated to a local school district for children in need of winter clothing.

The benevolent efforts of the Corpus Christi children come in the Holy Year of Mercy, declared by Pope Francis. The purpose of the year is to help all believers have a genuine experience of God’s mercy: both mercy received and mercy given. One of the ways that giving mercy is accomplished is through the living out of corporal works of mercy, including to clothe the naked, according to the release.

A special Holy Year of Mercy section has been created on the Diocese of Portland’s website. The section includes a wide range of resources, including prayers, reflections, local Holy Year of Mercy stories from the diocese and parishes, and a calendar of Holy Year of Mercy events and gatherings that will be continually updated.

To access the section, visit www.portlanddiocese.org/holy-year-of-mercy.

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