Service

Faith

Service

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.

“It is not how much you do but how much love you put into the doing and sharing with others that is important.”

- Saint Teresa of Calcutta

What is service?

At Mount de Sales Academy, we define service as person to person ministry outside of one’s immediate family. 

Why do Service?

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.”

Service Guidelines

There are so many confusing categories…what counts for what?

Quarterly-Students directly meet Christ in the poor through the spiritual and corporal works of mercy.

Flex-Students meet Christ through service in their parish, school, or wider community. (All extra quarterly hours also count as flex.)

No, this doesn’t count for flex hours-These are still great things to do…they just don’t count for school.

Organizing donations at a food bank/soup kitchen

Helping to organize donations at your parish/school.

Baking casseroles at home for the poor.

Serving as a catechist or peer minister at your parish

Hours spent serving the church in other ways (unpaid music ministry, decorating the church, altar-serving, lectoring, EMHC, etc.)

Attending as a participant in youth group, retreats, pilgrimages, or conferences

Organizing an event to advocate for and be present to those who are suffering

Volunteering to help with an event that advocates to those who are suffering

IronGirl and similar athletic events

Helping at a camp/sporting/artistic event for disabled or underprivileged children.

Helping at an MDSA sports camp or something similar.

Participating in a sports camps, etc.

Tutoring underprivileged or disabled children.

Tutoring at your grade school, MDSA, etc.

Doing your homework.

Child care for an organization serving the disabled or underprivileged.

Baby-sitting at your parish for free.

Baby-sitting for free in your neighborhood, etc.

Operation Welcome Home

Fundraising for a cause (i.e. Sailors for Soldiers 5K)

Fundraising for your school club, class, etc.

Habitat for Humanity or something similar

Shoveling snow/yard work organized by your parish to help those in need.

Shoveling snow/yard work for neighbors.

Using animals to help serve people (i.e. Maryland Therapeutic Riding Center or bringing pets to nursing homes, etc.)

No related flex hours—see explanation below.

Walking your neighbor’s dog for free, etc.

 

The yearly service requirement has three parts:

Part 1: Quarterly service hours, students directly meet Christ in the poor through the spiritual and corporal works of mercy. Hours must be done in the confines of each quarter throughout the school year. In conjunction with a service curriculum, quarterly hours include both service performed and reflection in religion class. To know which type of service aligns with this please refer to the list of approved service organizations found on the MDSA website. If there is an organization that is not on the list but that you would be interested in serving at, you will need to speak with the campus minister prior to serving at the site to inquire about approval.

Part 2: Flex service hours, students meet Christ through service in their parish, school, or wider community. Hours may be done throughout the school year, including the summer before the current year. These hours do not necessarily have to be completed from the organizations on the approved service list, but need to be online with the guidelines below. All extra quarterly hours may also count as flex.

Part 3: School service hours, students meet Christ through directly helping to support school activities and functions. Service to school can be fulfilled by volunteering for various school sponsored events such as Homecoming, Open House, Christmas Bazaar, Spaghetti Dinner, etc. All extra school hours also count as flex.

The completion of these hours each year is required for graduation. Students missing hours in any of the above categories will be required to make-up these hours.

GUIDELINES:

1.    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.

2.   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.

3.    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.

4.   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.
Tuesday, October 23, 2018
·        Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors: Quarter 1 Service Due
Friday, January 11, 2019
·        Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors: Quarter 2 Service Due
Thursday, March 14, 2019
·        Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors: Quarter 3 Service Due
·        Seniors: Quarter 3, Flex & School Service Due
Thursday, May 23, 2019      
·        Freshmen, Sophomores & Juniors: Quarter 4, Flex & School Service Due