Christian Community Service


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“Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?  When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’  And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’” - Matthew 25: 37-40

A total of 100 hours of service is required for graduation. Students will go through an orientation for the service hour component at the beginning of the school year. Hours completed over the summer will go towards the following school year. 

Normally, each grade level will be assigned a particular Focus Area. Because of the challenges COVID-19 creates for participating in traditional forms of service, we are making a temporary change to this practice. Students from any grade level will be able to complete their service hours in any of the following three focus areas: 

 

The Hungry and Homeless

The Sick, the Elderly, and the Disabled

Teaching the Disadvantaged

 

  • Every student should complete a minimum of 25 hours during the 2020-2021 school year.  Fifteen hours need to be worked in any of the three areas of service. The other 10 hours can be worked in school functions or in their parish. 
  • Students can choose to do all 25 hours in the focus areas if they decide to do so.
  • Hours for freshmen, sophomores and juniors must be completed by Monday, April 12, 2021
  • Hours for seniors must be completed by Monday, March 29, 2021

 

***Because safety is of the utmost importance during the COVID-19 pandemic, we ask students to practice necessary precautions when serving the community. That being said, the need for acts of service is greater now than ever. Students are encouraged to find creative ways to serve those in need without physical contact. Writing letters to isolated communities, creating care packages, organizing and participating in food and clothing drives are all great ways to help others while staying safe. The Campus Ministry office will provide service opportunities throughout the school year. These opportunities will be communicated in our weekly newsletter and can be found on our website.***

 

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact our Director of Campus Ministry, Megan Diaz. 

mdiaz@antonian.org

210-344-9265 ext. 127

THINGS TO REMEMBER:

  • Students will need to work with a pre-approved agency, church, organization, or shelter.
  • Students must work within their focus areas.
  • If your organization is not listed as a pre-approved agency (see the document below) you MUST get prior approval by Ms. Venezia Ramirez, use the Request for Approval Form below. (Otherwise, you could risk the possibility of repeating your hours!)
  • Only 10 hours of the total of hours required can be completed at Antonian or at your parish.
  • Caring for members of your family will not count for your community service.
  • Donating money or clothing, blankets, hygiene products, etc does not count towards hours.
  • Practices, rehearsals, and babysitting do not count.
  • ACTS Retreats will count for school or parish hours only.
  • Fostering or adopting a pet does not count.
  • Volunteering for political activities will count for school or parish hours.
  • Volunteer hours completed during a school day will not count and the absence is unexcused.
  • Hours worked during the summer can apply for your incoming school year as long as they are related to the focus area of that grade level.
  • Hours do not roll over from one year to the next. Students must complete a minimum of 25 service hours each year.

PROCESS FOR COMPLETING YOUR COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS REQUIREMENT:

  • Students are to submit electronically all service hours through x2VOL. Theology teachers have access and can view all service hours and reflections through x2VOL.
  • Please answer all Reflection questions in complete sentences.  If reflection questions are not answered accurately they may be subject to denial and the student will have to resubmit reflection questions.
  • Reflection questions must be completed for focus area service hours.
  • Students do not need to submit a reflection for school or parish activity projects.


 INCOMPLETE COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS

  • Completing your hours of community service is a requirement for Graduation, thus seniors who do not meet this requirement will not be allowed to participate in graduation ceremonies.
  • Submission all Community Service documentation on time will be counted for class credit (quiz) in Theology Classes.
  • Freshman, sophomore, and juniors who do not complete this requirement are subject to not receive schedules or transcripts and are subject not to be allowed to participate in extracurricular activities or athletics until this requirement is met.
    Any student found to have forged their information will be subject to severe disciplinary consequences. 


PARENTS PLEASE NOTE:

  • Parents, please familiarize yourself with Family Connection through Naviance to enter hours on x2VOL.
  • Parents familiarize yourself with the organization, site, and personnel involved in the service project chosen, to help your son/daughter discern the appropriateness of his/her choice.