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Service Learning Program


Service Hour Form

Opportunities to Serve

Service Hours Submitted

Service Learning FAQ

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 and those which call us to live out the commandment to “love one another”.

SERVICE TO POOR & NEEDY (DIRECTLY) – hours of service working directly (face-to-face) 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, and helping guests at a food pantry. Opportunities for this type of service are shared on our regularly updated Opportunities to Serve document.

SERVICE TO POOR & NEEDY (INDIRECTLY) – 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 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 this type service would be work done for organizations that help the poor such as Lafayette Transitional Housing or Lafayette Urban Ministry. Opportunities for this type of service are shared on our regularly updated Opportunities to Serve document.

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. This service includes helping set up for events and activities at our parishes 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.

SERVICE TO THE CHURCH – Examples of service to the Church include, but are not limited to: serving in a liturgical ministry (altar server, lector, music ministry), helping with Vacation Bible School and Religious Education classes, helping serve special meals or at special events for the parish, decorating for the seasons, cleaning the church or the grounds. Opportunities for this type of service can most readily be found in parish bulletins. The ones that are sent to us are shared on our regularly updated Opportunities to Serve document.

SERVICE TO THE SCHOOL – Examples of service to the School include, but are not limited to: helping with athletic events and sports camps, helping set-up and clean-up school events, helping teachers and staff with classroom/office needs, serving at school events such as the Blue Knight Auction. Opportunities for this type of service are shared on our regularly updated Opportunities to Serve document.

SERVICE TO THE FAMILY (junior high only)-  Family hours would include service to the family that goes above-and-beyond family expectations. These are an expectation of all of our students, but only required to be submitted by our 7th and 8th graders.

The Requirements…

April 30 – all service must be submitted by April 30, 2018.

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).

Students will be given class time in Theology each month to reflect on service. This is far more meaningful when the reflections is done soon after the service! Service must be submitted within the month that it is completed to be counted toward total hours (with the exception of service completed during the summer). Use this form for verification & submission.

Seniors – 25 hours

  • 10+ hours of Direct Service to the Poor & Needy
  • 10+ hours of Direct or Indirect Service to the Poor and Needy

  • 5+ hours of Service to the Church or School

Juniors – 20 hours

  • 7+ hours of Direct Service to the Poor & Needy

  • 7+ hours of Direct or Indirect Service to the Poor & Needy

  • 3+ hours of Service to benefit the Church

  • 3+ hours of Service to benefit the School

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

Sophomores & Freshmen – 18 hours

  • 4+ hours of Direct Service to the Poor & Needy

  • 4+ hours of Direct or Indirect Service to the Poor & Needy

  • 6+ hours of Service to benefit the Church

  • 4+ hours of Service to benefit the School

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

7th & 8th Grade – 16 hours

  • 4+ hours of Direct or Indirect Service to the Poor & Needy

  • 6+ hours of Service to benefit the Church

  • 3+ hours of Service to benefit the School

  • 3+ hours of Service to benefit the Family

 The Directives…

  • In order to count for the 2017-2018 school year, the service must be completed & submitted between May 1, 2017 and April 30, 2018.

  • Students may not volunteer for relatives to fulfill SERVICE TO THE POOR & NEEDY (DIRECT & INDIRECT) service requirements with the exception of extraordinary circumstances and only with the prior approval of the Director of Campus Ministry or Theology Teacher.

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

The Guidelines…

  • 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! 🙂

  • Please fill out this Service Hour Form when completing a service activity. It must be submitted to your Theology Teacher within the month of service.

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).

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

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.