SERVICE PROGRAM - CHRISTIAN SERVICE
Stewardship to Church, School, & Community
“I have come not to be served but to serve”
- Jesus of Nazareth.
New Service Hour Policy for 2020-2021 School Year
For the 2020-21 school year, the requirement to earn half of the required service hours at a church has been modified. That means that 8th graders can earn all 20 of their hours and 9th-11th graders can earn all 30 of their hours as community hours working at home with family responsibilities that are not connected to a for-profit organization or family business. Parents can sign for hours earned this way. (Please note: students are still required to earn the full amount of service hours, but all remaining hours can be earned at home. This change was made to help parents motivate their students to contribute to household responsibilities, such as chores and babysitting younger siblings, in a concentrated way during this time of quarantine and social distancing.) This change is for the 2020-21 school year only. All other service hour policies, due dates, and academic protocols remain in effect.
Minimum Yearly Requirements:
8th Grade: 20 (10 church)
Freshmen: 30 (15 church)
Sophomores: 30 (15 church)
Juniors: 30 (15 church)
Seniors: 30 (15 church)
The following changes have been made:
- Students will no longer be required to take a picture of themselves doing service. Taking pictures is still encouraged as a backup for verification.
- Earning all service hours will no longer be a requirement for earning a PJP diploma.
- Hours must be earned from a specifically approved organization on the list below.
- On Book Day, incoming students will be given a Service Log in which hours will be recorded. Logs will include a section where representatives from approved organizations must place their signatures in order for hours to count.
- Non-approved organizations will require submission of an approval form before hours can be done with them.
- There will no longer be a 4th quarter grade given for completion of service hours. All hours (20 for 8th grade, 30 for 9-12th grade) must be completed in order to take the 2nd semester Theology exam. Failure to complete all hours (half must be church hours) will result in an “F” on the exam.
- Seniors’ service hours will be due on the last day of the 3rd quarter. All other students’ service hours will be due on May 1st each year. Turning in service hours late, will result in 10 points off the Exam grade.
- No service hours earned during the previous academic year will be carried over to the next academic year. Students can begin earning service hours for the next year the day after the last exam of the school year.
Any questions about the new policy should be directed to Mr. Daniel Lacourrege, Service Hour Coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mr. Douglas Triche, Principal of Pope John Paul II Catholic High School (email@example.com).
Note to parents: A fundamental aspect of faith development is service. In addition to full participation in school sponsored service projects, ALL Pope John Paul II Catholic High School students are required to individually involve themselves in a variety of service activities within their church, local community, or school. Required service hours are factored into theology grades.
“These activities should serve the needs of the church and the society, especially the needs of the poor, sick, elderly, and young children. It should be noted that a minimum of 50% of the student’s required service hours must be performed within the church community. Although Pope John Paul II High School is a Catholic institution, any service hours performed here are NOT deemed Church service hours. Students MAY perform ALL hours in a church community. It is strongly recommended that students complete their individual service requirements during the summer. However, should a student be dismissed from a service site due to inappropriate behavior or Unchristian conduct, all the service hours earned at that site thus far will not count. Thank you for your interest and cooperation in teaching our students the importance of the Catholic value of Christian Service as demonstrated in service to church and community.”