"It is not how much you do but how much love you put into the doing and sharing with others that is important."
Jesus tells us, “Whatever you did for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40). The students of Mount de Sales Academy strive to live out this Gospel message through their high school years. In order to form the whole person, it is important to practice the corporal and spiritual works of mercy which are an integral part of our Catholic faith. Students serve others within the Mount de Sales community, in the surrounding region, and even beyond our borders. Service projects are offered throughout the school year through the Campus Ministry office. Students serve in local soup kitchens, homeless shelters, nursing homes, etc.
Service to others draws us out of ourselves and teaches us to respond to Christ’s call to “Love one another as I have loved you”. Serving others gives us the opportunity to put our faith into action and discover who we are through making a sincere gift of ourselves. As our mission statement says “Mount de Sales Academy forms young women in the spirit of Saint Francis de Sales and in fidelity to the Sacred Scripture and the Sacred Tradition of the Roman Catholic Church through a college preparatory education that nurtures the whole person. Anchored in faith, the community of Mount de Sales Academy is committed to academic excellence, lifelong learning, moral responsibility, service to others, and the dignity of the human person.”
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Students directly meet Christ in the poor through the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.
Christian service is first and foremost service to the human family. Service to animals or the environment is good stewardship. However, one must first form the habit of service to one’s fellow man. Therefore, service to animals or the environment will not count for the MDSA service curriculum.
Christian service is an expression of Christian charity, which is informed by the wisdom of God as given to us in revelation. Consequently, any activity not in accord with Catholic teaching is not Christian service and will not be given credit.
In order to receive the grade for service hours, the required forms for Quarterly, Flex, and School hours must be filled out completely, accurately, and according to the requirements on the form itself. A copy of someone else’s filled out form is not acceptable. Verification of this information may be sought by religion teachers or the person coordinating service.
Signature for service completed should be obtained in a timely manner (the day of or within 2 weeks of completing the service).
Service Hour Due Dates
It is encouraged to turn in any service hours as soon as they are completed. All service is turned in to religion teachers by 3pm on the due date. Thursday, January 7, 2021
Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors: Semester 1 Service Due
Thursday, March 11, 2021
Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors: Quarter 3 Service Due
Seniors: Quarter 3, Flex & School Service Due
Thursday, May 20, 2021
Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors: Quarter 4, Flex & School Service Due