Christian Service Hours
Religion is not confined to just the classroom. The Campus Ministry Department creates a program which values reflection and Christian action in the form of service to others.
CSP provides ongoing opportunities for students to participate in the practical charity of Christ towards others. Student service hours begin on the first day of freshmen year. The expectation is to complete 20 hours per year with a total of 80 hours to be completed one month prior to their graduation date. Service hours are to serve the community at large. Students who do not complete the minimum 20 hours each year can be in jeopardy of attending year end events and having their Theology semester grade held. Seniors who are behind in hours can be in jeopardy of meetings graduation requirements. The Service Hour log sheet is available under FORMS & DOCUMENTS located on the Student page of the website.
The purpose of the CSP is...
- To challenge the students to integrate Catholic Social Teachings and moral values into action in their daily lives.
- To integrate students into the wider community, with an emphasis on caring for the poor and vulnerable.
- Students also have the opportunity to respond to the needs of those beyond their local communities by participating in service trips to such places as Idaho, Mexico, and Costa Rica.
Theology 9 CSP Focus
- Freshmen are required to complete 20 hours of community service by the end of their Freshman year.
- Hours begin accumulating after their first day of school at St. Francis.
- These hours must be served with 3-4 different areas of need. For example environment, children, homeless, and animals.
- A video presentation will be due at end of the academic school year
Theology 10 CSP Focus
- Sophomores are required to complete 20 hours of community service by the end of their Sophomore year.
- The hours must be served with 2-3 different areas of need. For example environment, children and homeless.
- A reflection journal/paper will be due at end of the academic school year
Theology 11 CSP Focus
- Juniors are required to complete 20 hours of community service by the end of their Junior year.
- The hours must be served with 1-2 different areas of need with a focus on social justice issues.
- The expectation is for the Junior to find an area of interest and get familiar with agencies that are serving this need. It is expected for the Junior to begin building a relationship with a service agency.
- A research paper and project will be due at the end of the academic school year
Theology 12 CSP Focus
- Seniors are required to complete 20 hours of community service one month prior to their graduation date
- The hours must be served with one agency or in one focus area.
- The expectation is for Seniors to dedicate their service to one organization or create an original project.
- A monthly reflection journal will be kept and due on the 24th of each month
- Final projects will be presented to the larger community at the end of the academic school year
Where to find service opportunities
- Service opportunities are regularly posted on the classroom door of H33
- Service hours may be performed at any non-profit, church, or school
- There are web sites to help in your search
Projects should be an unpaid activity, and should benefit individuals or groups outside the school. Examples of typical service projects follow:
- Working in a food center preparing, collecting, distributing or serving food
- Going to a convalescent hospital and visiting with the people living there
- Tutoring students from other schools
- Reading to the sight-impaired or blind
- Helping at a hospital as a volunteer
- Teaching religious education in a parish program
- Coaching, or helping to coach, an elementary school athletic team
- Cleaning parks, roadsides, cemeteries, or beaches
- Helping civic groups (Lions, Rotary, Kiwanis, Y.L.I.)
- Serving at your parish mass as a lector, musician, or alter server
- Helping at animal shelters
- Helping at a community garden