"But one of the most poignant stories for me is that she and her classmates, each day at 1 p.m., would all gather in the school yard, raise their arms as Jesus did on the cross and would recite the rosary," Turgeon said. "They, as most Catholics at the time, believed that prayer was essential in ending the war and bringing home their loved ones alive."
Turgeon hopes to revive that tradition through the Lenten project.
"Our hope is that this event will be thought provoking, unifying and give young people a new awareness of the devotion that lies within the people of our community," she said.
The youth group has created 185 packets, which were distributed to parishioners who have committed to pray and to return them to the church.
"The soldiers who have given the ultimate sacrifice for freedom should never be forgotten, and we pray for their families who will love and miss them forever, we want to tell these families that we are with you," Turgeon said.