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CC’s Service Learning Program



CC’s Service Learning Program

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.’ 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 in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’” Matthew 25:34-40

It is in this Gospel according to St. Matthew, that we find the basis and rationale for our Justice and Service Learning Program. This program is one of the tangible ways that Central Catholic seeks to educate the whole person.

The purpose is not just to have students complete service hours, but to teach our young people to become servants to one another as Christ calls us to be! As the hands and feet of Christ on earth, students will be expected to not only be active participants in family life, parish life and the school community, but the will also be expected to live out the virtue of solidarity and answer the call to care for the poor and needy of our community.

Pope Francis reminds us of this call in his 2013 apostolic exhortation, Evangelii gaudium:

187. Each individual Christian and every community is called to be an instrument of God for the liberation and promotion of the poor, and for enabling them to be fully a part of society. This demands that we be docile and attentive to the cry of the poor and to come to their aid. A mere glance at the Scriptures is enough to make us see how our gracious Father wants to hear the cry of the poor…

188. The Church has realized that the need to heed this plea is itself born of the liberating action of grace within each of us, and thus it is not a question of a mission reserved only to a few: “The Church, guided by the Gospel of mercy and by love for mankind,hears the cry for justice and intends to respond to it with all her might”.   In this context we can understand Jesus’ command to his disciples: “You yourselves give them something to eat!” (Mk 6:37): it means working to eliminate the structural causes of poverty and to promote the integral development of the poor, as well as small daily acts of solidarity in meeting the real needs which we encounter. The word “solidarity” is a little worn and at times poorly understood, but it refers to something more than a few sporadic acts of generosity. It presumes the creation of a new mindset which thinks in terms of community and the priority of the life of all over the appropriation of goods by a few.  

So, how will we hear and respond to the cry of the poor?

The Service…

As the hands and feet of Christ on earth, students will be expected to not only be active participants in family life, parish life and the school community, but will also be expected to live out the virtue of solidarity and answer the call to care for the poor and needy of our community. Service hours are divided into two types: those which call us to actively participate in the communities to which we belong (Type C) and those which call us to live out the commandment to “love one another” (Types A & B).

Type A – hours of service working directly with the poor, disadvantaged, hungry, homeless, sick, elderly or disabled

This type of service is of most benefit to the student. It enables him/her to see the face of Jesus in those served. It gives him/her the opportunity to give dignity, mercy and compassion to those most in need. It provides the means of being Christ for another.

Type A service includes but is not limited to serving a meal to the guests at the LUM Homeless Shelter, being a host family for Jubilee Christmas, visiting with the sick or elderly at a hospital or nursing home, tutoring or mentoring a child through Bauer Family Resources, taking Communion to the home-bound, and handing out food at a Food Finders Mobile Food Bank.

Type B – indirect hours of service benefiting the poor, disadvantaged, hungry, homeless, sick, elderly or disabled

There are many things that need to be done to benefit the poor that do not involve actually working directly with the person benefiting from service. This service is considered Type B. It includes but is not limited to sorting clothing or food items for organizations like Matrix or Food Finders. It also includes fundraisers for charitable organizations, for example the Hunger Hike in September. Also included in Type B service would be work done for organizations that help the poor such as Lafayette Transitional Housing or Lafayette Urban Ministry.

Type C – hours of service benefiting a community that you are a part of including Family, Church, and School

Being part of a community requires our participation for the good of that community. Time, talent and treasure are to be sacrificed for the communities to which we belong. Type C service includes helping set up for events and activities at our pari

shes and school, participating in a ministry at school or church that requires our time and talent or cleaning or organizing when needed at school or church. In addition, participating in a ministry that benefits the school or parish community would count for Type C hours. Type C Family hours would include service to the family that goes above-and-beyond family expectations. 

The Requirements…

April 30 Deadline – all service must be documented via Schoology Portfolios absolutely no later than April 30, 2016.

The student’s second semester Theology grade will be effected by incomplete service submission and documentation. Ten percentage points will be deducted for each day the hours are not submitted after April 30 (for up to five days).

Because we have made some changes and we want you to focus on quality versus quantity, we have reduce the required number of hours for this school year!

Seniors – 20 hours

  • 10+ hours of Type A Service

  • 10+ hours of Type A or B Service

  • Type C Service to benefit the communities that you are a part of are presumed and will not be counted toward the total hours.

Juniors – 18 hours

  • 6+ hours of Type A Service

  • 6+ hours of Type A or B Service

  • 6+ hours of Type C Service

    • 3+ to benefit the CHURCH

    • 3+ to benefit the SCHOOL

    • (service to benefit the FAMILY is a presumption and not to be counted toward the total hours)

Sophomores & Freshmen – 16 hours

  • 2+ hours of Type A Service

  • 4+ hours of Type A or B Service

  • 10+ hours of Type C Service

    • 6+ to benefit the CHURCH

    • 4+ to benefit the SCHOOL

    • (service to benefit the FAMILY is a presumption and not to be counted toward the total hours)

7th & 8th Grade – 14 hours

  • 4+ hours of Type A or B Service

  • 10+ hours of Type C Service

    • 2 to benefit the FAMILY

    • 6 to benefit the CHURCH

    • 2 to benefit the SCHOOL

 

The Guidelines…

  • In order to count for the 2015-2016 school year, the service must be completed between May 1, 2015 and April 30, 2016.

  • Students may not volunteer for relatives to fulfill Type A & B service requirements with the exception of extraordinary circumstances and only with the prior approval of the Director of Campus Ministry.

  • Students may not do a service project that benefits a commercial (for-profit) business.

  • Students are encouraged to have their service activity approved by their Theology teacher prior to volunteering to ensure that the activity qualifies for service learning.

  • Whenever possible, service opportunities will be provided throughout the school year. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of each student to schedule his or her own service.

  • Parents should be involved! Please consider serving along-side of your child. This teaches the child that service does not end when service hours end! 🙂

A Prayer…

Prayer before Service (Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta)

Dear Lord, the Great Healer, I kneel before You,
since every perfect gift must come from You.
I pray, give skill to my hands,
clear vision to my mind,
kindness and meekness to my heart.
Give me singleness of purpose,
strength to lift up a part of the burden
of my suffering fellow men and women,
and a true realization of the privilege that is mine.
Take from my heart all the guile and worldliness
that with the simple faith of a child,
I may rely on You.

Amen.

Service Recognition

Caritas Award – for students in grades 7-12 who have shared 50+ service hours – Types A, B or C (no more than 5 of which are family hours) in a given school year.

AMDG (ad majorem Dei gloriam) Award – for students in grades 9-12 who have shared 100+ service hours in a given school year – 30+ of which are Type A or B.

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