Christian Service Program
The Cathedral Christian Service Program for the has made some major changes to the way students are reflecting upon their service beginning in the 2018-19 school year so please read below carefully. We are finally going paperless! That's right Applications are now Electronic and Timesheets will be Geotracked on a phone App. The number of hours remain the same as in the past however the students will continue to present an oral reflection on their service. More information can be found below, if you have questions please contact Shannon Fox, Administrator of Christian Service, at email@example.com.
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Letter from the Principal:
Dear Cathedral parents and students:
I want to give you detailed information regarding service requirements for the 2018-2019 school year.
First, All students are required to submit an Electronic Christian Service Application beginning this school year. They may chose to stay with the same agency or chose a new one. Either way students need to submit an application electronically using their Cathedral Email Address. If they choose an Approved Agency from the website they will not need to seek approval, any agency not on that list will need approval before a student begins volunteering. If a student volunteers at an agency that was not approved or following the CHS requirements will not receive credit for those hours. The number of service hours currently required will remain the same—10 hours for freshmen, 15 hours for sophomores, 20 for juniors, and 25 for seniors. The Agencies Guidelines that fit the Christian Service Requirements will remain the same. The Guidelines can be found on the Christian Service webpage. 2, Students will no longer be using a paper timesheet. Hours will be Geotracked on the MobileServe APP. 3, Service hours will no receive a Grade but a percentage of hours completed on their report card and transcripts. The most important change will be for those students that are not staying current on their service hours. These students will be required to complete any and all PAST DUE hours before the start of the 2018-2019 school year, if they are to attend classes. They will not be allowed to begin the school year until all past due hours are completed. Any senior that does not complete their required hours for graduation will be allowed to walk at the Baccalaureate Mas, but will not walk at the Graduation Ceremony or receive their diploma until all incomplete hours are completed.
Electronic Applications have been emailed to students and can also be found on the blue bar above. PARENTS Please do not complete this application for your student as it may interfere with the tracking of the application.
As a Holy Cross school, Cathedral expects her students to respond to the Gospel imperative of Matthew 25, which describes a clear set of requirements for those who wish to be citizens of heaven. Jesus tell us that we must actively serve the poor and vulnerable:
“’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 to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’”
The Gospel message is clear—and we at Cathedral wish to base our expectations for Christian service on that message. Students are asked to select one service agency where they will complete their year’s service requirements. In doing this, relationships are formed with the agency and, more importantly, with the people the students are serving.
This is how we touch hearts in ways that transforms lives. Some students may form relationships that bring them back to the same site all four years, while other students may want to have a different experience each year. We hope students will explore their own gifts in responding to different needs and discover a commitment to service they can continue throughout their lives.
This is how we will actively help our students get into heaven. To do less would be to ignore the words of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. We look for your support as we move forward to shape Cathedral students into Christian Service leaders who can and will make a difference in the world.
P.S. We encourage students to begin working on next year’s service hours now and throughout the summer! Please note: Agencies not on the Approved List must be approved before students can start their service.