Some Definite Service
God has created me to do Him some definite service;
He has committed some work to me
which He has not committed to another.
I have my mission; I never may know it in this life,
but I shall be told it in the next.
Somehow I am necessary for His purposes…
I have a part in this great work;
I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good,
I shall do His work;
I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place,
if I do but keep His commandments and serve Him in my calling.
Therefore I will trust Him.
Whatever, wherever I am,
He does nothing in vain;
He knows what he is about…
Let me be Thy instrument.
I ask not to see –
I ask not to know –
I ask simply to be used.-Blessed Cardinal Newman
Excerpted from Meditations and Devotions
“Hope in God – Creator”, March 7 1848
Acts of Christian Living
NEWMAN CATHOLIC ACTS OF CHRISTIAN LIVING (SERVICE PROGRAM)
The Service program of Newman Catholic High School, in conjunction with the Theology Department and Campus Ministry, promotes a spirit of Christian service among the students and challenges them to use their gifts, talents and time for the service of others. In response to the gospel challenge of loving God and neighbor, the students of Newman Catholic High School are encouraged to put their faith into action by selflessly involving themselves in a variety of service projects which benefit the school, the Church and the community.
- It would be better to think about the service program in terms of “Acts of Christian Living” instead of a strict service program. Our moral conscience calls us to do what we can for those who cannot do for themselves.
Requirements Students 9-11
Hours must be completed and documented each semester. Hours not completed will be added to the following semester. For example: A student did not complete 4 of the required 6 hours during the Spring Semester of his Sophomore year. This student will be required to complete 10 hours during the Fall Semester of his Junior year. (4+6=10) If hours are not completed – there will be no open campus during Semester Tests. (See deadlines on Reflection Sheet.)
Each student will be expected to complete 6 hours per Semester with 2 of those hours being completed at the Parish/church level. This may or may not be your own Parish/church. Keep in mind this is per Semester, so 12 hours per year, with 4 hours at the Parish/church level per year.
Fall Semester hours may include hours completed during the Summer months. Spring Semester hours must be completed between January and May. Completed hours may not be carried over from one semester to the next.
**Freshmen – These hours may fulfill your Confirmation service requirement – check with the Confirmation Coordinator.
Seniors will be required to plan and propose a service project either as an individual or as a group. They will need to carry out the project and submit progress reports throughout the process. The acceptance of the service project will be at the discretion of the coordinator. A final reflection and presentation will be held at the end of the school year.
Each student or project must satisfy the following:
- No payment, monetary or otherwise, can be received.
- May not be for a member of your immediate household.
- Students may not miss school in order to perform a service.
- Cannot be part of a court sentence or are mandated as a form of punishment or restitution.
- Cannot be mandatory hours for another activity, ie: help at team sport camp or concession stand fundraiser.
- Projects must be recorded on the “Acts of Christian Living” Worksheet and signed by an adult who was present at the project site. Deceit will be under the jurisdiction of the Newman Code of Behavior.
- Students must also submit the “Acts of Christian Living” Reflection paper to their Service Coordinator each semester.
Silver Cord Program is recognition for students who have completed 200 or more hours of service in their 4 years of high school.