Christian Service Program
Each year students will complete at least 20 hours of Christian Service. The service may be done at a onetime event or be ongoing. Students need to participate in at least one project from each of the three categories below.
Although a service project may fall within two or more categories (for instance a community service project sponsored by a Church) students may not count the same service project for more than one category. HOWEVER if a student is consistently doing work with a particular organization, the work done on different dates or for extend time may fulfill different categories.
In order to receive credit for the project students must fulfill all the requirements, responsibilities and commitments of a volunteer to the satisfaction of their supervisor/teacher.
Students may count service done over the previous summer, as long as verification can be obtained.
Students must complete their service with an organization from the list provided by the school, or one that has been approved by the Christian Service Moderator or Campus Minister BEFORE completing your service.
Only one of your yearly service projects may be indirect service as defined later.
Christian Service Categories:
1) School Community Service Project
Students will be involved in Christian Service that takes place on campus or through programs offered by Christian Service. This project may also be completed through a club project or athletic team project.
2) Faith Based Community Service
Students will be involved in service that takes place through their faith community, a neighboring faith community, or a faith based institution or school.
3) Community Based Service
Students will be involved in a form of service that reaches out to the local community.
Students need to participate in one of the various school wide drives. Students are to obtain the signature of their teacher when they turn in their donated items. How much students give is up to them; we only ask that they contribute to the drives! NOTE: MISSION COLLECTIONS ARE NOT CONSIDERED DRIVES.
C. Family Component
An adult family members needs to participate in at least one of the Christian Service projects with the student. Students will be asked to briefly interview their parent or guardian as part of the yearly reflection.
D. Daily Christian Service
Being a disciple of Christ is not a weekly or occasional practice; rather it is a way of life. In fact the earliest name given to Christians was “People of the Way.” Early Christians often went against the grain of society, especially in their generous treatment of those in need of help. Christian Service is more than just a requirement to be checked off; it is a daily calling. In order to help you reflect on this, we ask that you select one of the Corporal Works of Mercy and one of the Spiritual Works of Mercy to focus on during the this school year. At the end of the year we will ask you to reflect on your experience living out the Works of Mercy that you selected.
Each year students will complete a reflection on the service they have done.
*Indirect Service Description:
- Any form of fund-raising activity in which the student did not create, organize, implement and supervise the fund-raiser and directly interact with the organization receiving the funds.
- Any material contribution to the collecting of goods for any of the above organizations that does not include distribution of the goods to those for whom they were intended.
- Letter-writing as advocacy
- Clerical work - filing, data entry, returning books to a book shelf, folding flyers for a mailing
Activities that are NEVER considered for direct or indirect service hours:
- Work done at for-profit businesses.
- Attendance at a conference in which there is no implementation of skills/knowledge accrued in some sort of community-based project with a nonprofit organization.
- Baby-sitting for relatives and family friends.
- Activities in which there was some sort of trade off or payment
- Activities in which a parent, relative or student is the only supervisor
- All forms of duty within a family and/or extended family
- Political activity. (Unless it is expressly endorsed by the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)
Students must fill out a Service Verification Form with a signature from their supervisor. Students should also record their service experiences in the Christian Service Hours section of the portal.