Falling in love with Fall at Union: The Catholic Student Association goes apple picking


By Victoria Cullinan

When you hear the word “autumn,” what immediately fills your senses? Is it feeling that briskness in the air and seeing the leaves change from green to red or from brown to orange? Or is it going apple picking and on hayrides with the delicious aroma of hot cider and apple pastries overwhelming your nose? Well, for Union College’s Catholic Student Association, it is most definitely the second choice!

The Catholic Student Association (CSA), led by chaplain Frank Thomas, decided to kick off the fall season with an apple picking charity event. Chaplain Thomas and a group of 22 participants, including both Union CSA members and friends of the group, traveled to Riverview Orchards in Rexford, where they picked apples to donate to the Schenectady Inner City Ministry Food Pantry on Albany Street.

Chaplain Thomas planned the trip to the orchards with Isabel Prescott, owner of Riverview and relative of a former Union College president.

Unfortunately, the apple crop this year was poor due to bad weather conditions and Riverview was not running the ‘pick-your-own’ apple activity. However, according to chaplain Thomas,  Prescott said that she would be more than happy to have the group and that she would donate the apples to the food program!

The group departed from Union College Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. and visited the orchard for a couple of hours. They picked apples, went on a hayride, visited the baked goods store and looked at the farm animals.

“The weather was great and we had a lot of fun, while getting the satisfaction of helping the less fortunate in Schenectady by donating the apples to the food pantry,” said Union student and CSA member Maria Dreeszen ‘14.

The Catholic Student Association is a great religious group at Union, especially if you’re looking to get involved in the community and make a positive difference. They attend the 5 p.m. mass at St. John’s every Sunday followed by dinner together in Hale House on campus.

Students participate in the mass by sitting together and some even serve as lectors and Eucharistic ministers. The group also enjoys planning social events throughout the year, including movie nights, bowling trips and volunteer initiatives.

Students and their families are invited to attend mass during Homecoming Weekend at St. John’s on Sunday October 21st at 9:30 am. For more information about the CSA, students can contact Maria Dreeszen dreeszem@garnet.union.edu or Thomas Frank frankt@union.edu.


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