Please remember for the first semester, Service Hours are due 'no later than January 8, 2014'
“Do Ordinary Things in Extraordinary Ways”
The fruit of a mature Christian life centered in prayer and the sacraments is service to others. Service is an act of charity where the love of God is made real and the dignity of each and every individual is recognized. Students are challenged to do acts of service leading them to encounter the dispossessed and marginalized, offering students the lifelong possibility of charity. All Students are encouraged to work directly with a the poor, sick, disabled, alienated, dispossessed or marginalized. Serving the needs of the poor and the needy, offers each student the unique opportunity to experience Christ in others.
GOAL: Students will be challenged to do acts of service leading them to encounter the dispossessed or marginalized, offering the students the lifelong possibility of charity. They are asked to stretch beyond their comfort zone to become more aware of the difference each of them can make in the lives of others using their own unique God given talents.
Steps for Completing Your Service Project:
1.) Research and devise a service project to the marginalized in the community that you will enjoy performing. Shelters, soup kitchens, work with the disabled, elderly or poor are all good opportunities. All service hours need to be completed no later than January 8, 2014.
2.) Students must complete the online "Service Project Registration" by September 25, 2013 for each service project that is completed in order for credit and hours to be accumulated. After September 25, please stop by Campus Ministry to register.
3.) Choose one Service Inspiration Forum. They are held after school from 2:55 to 4:30. Attendance is taken. Every student must attend at least one of these forums per semester.
4.) Students are responsible for logging their hours (a minimum 5 hours per semester) and getting signatures from their supervisors for hours worked. Please use the 2013-2014 Service Project Signature Form. This form must be completed, signed by your project supervisor, and turned in '1 week' after the completion of your project.
Click here to print and complete the 2013-2014 Service Project Signature Form
NOTE: There are 3 elements that make up the Service Project grade: the actual Service performed, Signature Form and attendance at one of the Service Forums per semester. Failure to complete all three elements will result in your Theology grade being lowered one full letter grade for the semester.
Service Inspirational Forums
Part of your service requirement is to attend one of the Service Inspirational Forums per semester to learn more about service and the opportunities that are available. Please see below the schedule for the remainder of the semester.
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - In the Cafeteria (2:55 - 4:30pm)
Friday, December 6, 2013 - Auditorium, (2:55 - 4:30pm)
**Please note.......you must arrive on time and stay until the forum is completed. Once the speakers begin promptly at 3:00pm, the doors will close. You will need to 'sign-out' before leaving in order to get credit for your attendance.
Important Dos and Don'ts
- All service must be fulfilled outside of school hours. Peer Mentoring with our Options program is the only exception. See campus ministry for other school approved projects.
- Service Projects to family, including extended family MUST be approved through Campus Ministry prior to starting.
- Parents may NOT “sign-off” on the hour log.
- All supervisor signatures are due one week after approved projects are completed.
- Failure to perform, record or report will result in the lowering of the student’s semester theology grade by one level. For example: B grade will be lowered to C; C to D; D to F, etc.
- Only Campus Ministry can approve or make changes to the above stated policies.
Community Service Opportunities
Below is a list of service opportunities for your use. Please stop by Campus Ministry with any questions or additional ideas.
Cameron Glen Nursing Home and Rehibilitation
Catholic Charities - Christ House
Fairfax Nursing Home
Kathryn Hanley Shelter
The Lamb Center
Northern VA Down Syndrome
Sunrise of Fair Oaks Retirement Community
Northern VA Training Center