Section 6.   SERVICE


“More than any other program of education sponsored by the Church, the Catholic has the opportunity and obligation to be unique, contemporary, and oriented to Christian service … oriented to Christian services because it helps students acquire skills, virtues, and habits of heart required for effective service to others.” (To Teach as Jesus Did, USCCB, 1972, #106)


“The laity can also feel called, or be in fact called, to cooperate with their pastors in the service of the ecclesial community, for the sake of its growth and life. This can be done through the exercise of different kinds of ministries according to the grace and charisms which the Lord has been pleased to bestow on them.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1997, #910)


Standard:  The school helps students develop a service-oriented outreach to the Church and civic community after the example of Jesus who said, “I have given you an example so that you may copy what I have done to you.” (John 13:15)

* 1. __        Service opportunities are rooted in Catholic values – that students and faculty provide service because that is a hallmark of Catholicism, not because it is a graduation requirement

* 2.

__  Students are expected to complete a minimum number of service hours each year.

* 3.

__  Students are expected to provide a clearly defined portion of these service hours by providing service to their parish of registry.

* 4.

__  Service opportunities are organized by school staff and are age appropriate.

* 5.

__  Students voluntarily participate in service opportunities for which they receive no credit toward school-mandated service.

* 6.

__  Service opportunities are an overt expression of the Themes of Catholic Social Teaching (Life and Dignity of the Human Person; Call to Family, Community, and Participation; Rights and Responsibilities; Option for the Poor and Vulnerable; The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers; Solidarity; and Care for God’s Creation).