“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
As Catholics, we are called to serve one another as Jesus did. The Catechism of the Catholic Church explains, "To receive in truth the Body and Blood of Christ given up for us, we must recognize Christ in the poorest, his brethren" (no. 1397).
In serving the community we are not only benefiting others but we also benefit ourselves. Service helps us to go beyond our “comfort zone” or our “own limits”, it helps us discover more about who we are as a person, and more importantly it helps us realize that authentic happiness and fulfillment is possible when we give of ourselves to others because we were made to love in the same way God loves us.
A total of 100 hours of service are required for graduation. Students will go through an orientation for the service hour component at the beginning of the school year. At that point, students will be allowed to begin their service hours.
Each grade level will be assigned a particular Focus Area.
FRESHMEN - Focus Area: The hungry and homeless
- Students should complete a minimum of 25 hours during their freshman year. 15 hours need to be worked in the assigned focus area of service, the other 10 hours can be worked in school functions or in their parish. Hours must be completed by Monday, April 13, 2020
SOPHOMORES - Focus Area: The sick, the elderly, and the disabled
- Students should complete a minimum of 25 hours during their sophomore year. 15 hours need to be worked in the assigned focus area of service, the other 10 hours can be worked in school functions or in their parish. Hours must be completed by Monday, April 13, 2020
JUNIORS - Focus Area: Teach the Disadvantaged
- Students should complete a minimum of 25 hours during their junior year. 15 hours need to be worked in the assigned focus area of service, the other 10 hours can be worked in school functions or in their parish. Hours must be completed by Monday, April 13, 2020
SENIORS - Focus Area: Must be worked with the hungry and homeless, the sick, the elderly and the disabled or to teach the disadvantaged.
- Students should complete a minimum of 25 hours during their senior year. 15 hours need to be worked in only one of the assigned service areas of service with the same organization. The other 10 hours can be worked in school functions or in their parish. Hours must be completed by Monday, March 30, 2020
*** The Campus Ministry office will provide service opportunities throughout the school year. These will be posted on the bulletin board and in My Opportunities in x2VOL. They will also be posted in the Activities and Events and Campus Ministry Newsletter and in the announcements. It is the responsibility of each student to plan and schedule their service hours ***
***You can choose to do all 25 hours in the focus area of your grade level***
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 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. Serving our families is our duty and responsibility as God asked us in the 4th commandment!
- 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 to Ms. Ramirez. 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 ARE REQUIRED:
- Parents please familiarize yourselves with Family Connection through Naviance to enter hours on x2VOL.
- Parents familiarize yourselves with the organization, site, and personnel involved in the service project chosen, to help your son/daughter discern the appropriateness of his/her choice.