7589918208_IMG_4564A record number of students stayed late on Friday to carry on a holiday tradition, that, well, sings.

For a second straight year, students combined with residents of St. Coletta, who live in group homes in the Northwest suburbs, to go Christmas caroling in the neighborhood and relax over cookie decorating and refreshments afterward. It was the fourth year overall that Saint Viator students have caroled in the neighborhood.

The bash was thrown by the Campus Ministry department and drew nearly 100 Saint Viator students and 20 adults from St. Coletta’s. The group was so large, they had to divide into groups for their caroling and spread out across Saint Viator’s surrounding neighborhoods.

Accompanying the students were Mrs. Jean Dziedzic of the Enrollment Department, Mr. Christopher Paolelli, Dean Deb Scerbicke and Fr. Charles Bolser, CSV.

7589885328_IMG_4585“They were a very distinguished looking group of carolers. There was a lot of food and a lot of singing. Everyone had a great time,” said Fr. Bolser, who already says Mass one night a week for St. Coletta residents and looks for ways to bring them together with Saint Viator students.

The night before the outing, members of Saint Viator’s powerlifting team helped serve food at a holiday party held at St. Coletta’s Center in Palatine.

7529057696_IMG_4573“These athletes are truly dedicated to service, which is a core tenant of the Illinois High School Powerlifting Association,” said Mr. Alex Nadolna, strength and conditioning coach who also coaches Saint Viator’s powerlifting team.

The adults served by St. Coletta are in their 40s and 50s and have developmental disabilities. St. Coletta’s of Wisconsin was founded in 1904, and it continues to be inspired by the Franciscan mission of compassion, dignity, and respect, in serving adults with developmental disabilities.

Its main residential facility is located in Jefferson, WI, but St. Coletta’s now serves adults in the Northwest suburbs, who live in 10 homes in the area and attend programs at a resource center in Rolling Meadows.