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Christian Service

Purpose of Christian Service

 
“I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.

This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. .... It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit that will remain, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he may give you. This I command you:

 love one another.  John 15:11-17


While we are observing all necessary precautions to mitigate the spread of the Coronavirus, there will be no grade for the 4th quarter service hours.  All students will be exempt.

However, we may still be Light in the Darkness!

The darkest of times have always produced the greatest of saints.
Saints Damien of Molokai, John Paul II, Margaret Mary Alacoque, Katherine Drexel, Jose Sanchez del Rio, Chiara Badano, pray for us!
 
 
Charism Experiment Ideas for Social Distancing
Encouragement: Call at least one friend/family member each day to check in and offer support. 
Evangelism: Make it a point to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with at least one person every single day. 
Giving: Make a schedule to donate money or food to families in need, large families or families who would have a difficult time getting out to shop.  
Healing: Pray for healing of individuals who are suffering from COVID-19, and those with mental illness whose symptoms might be aggravated by the current crisis or social distancing. 
Helps: Prepare a meal and drop it off for a neighbor, your pastor, or family who is home with kids from school
Hospitality: Prepare a meal and drop it off for a family who is home with kids from school
Intercessory Prayer: Ask God how He wants you to pray right now and give your time to Him generously. 
Knowledge: Reach out to your parish RCIA or RE Director. Ask if you can help them prepare virtual teaching materials for candidates whose classes are canceled. 
Mercy: Write letters or call friends (don't just text) to reassure them and offer comfort. Perhaps especially elderly friends/family. 
Missionary: Pray for all those who are away from their home country who are waiting to come home. 
Music: Record yourself playing a song that has brought you closer to God during this time (or write a new one!) and share it with others. 
Pastoring: Organize a book group or bible study with friends or family who meets over Skype or phone call 
Prophecy: Ask the Holy Spirit to give you a word and a person to give it to every day. 
Service: Go shopping for elderly neighbors or friends; prepare a meal and drop it off for a family who is home with kids from school. 
Teaching: Reach out to your parish RCIA Director. Ask if you can help them prepare virtual teaching materials for candidates whose classes are canceled. 
Voluntary Poverty: Give away some food you have stored up to someone else, even if it means you have less for yourself. 
Wisdom: Ask friends/family how you can help them arrange work/childcare schedules now that kids aren't in school. 
Writing: Write a regular reflection/word of encouragement and post on social media/email or mail to family and friends.

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Saint Joseph High School is a Catholic secondary school dedicated to transforming students in heart and mind, preparing them to serve God, the Church, and the world.

 

We at Saint Joseph High School recognize our mission as faculty and staff to help our students develop their God-given talents academically (grades), socially (extracurricular activities), and spiritually (faith and service).  

 

The night before he was crucified, our Lord knelt and washed the feet of his disciples.  He explained that to be a true follower, all must be willing and humble servants of the other.  Inextricably linking the sacrifice of the Mass with the gift of service, Jesus taught that love of God must always be united with love of neighbor.  

 

The Christian Service Program at Saint Joseph High School is meant to incorporate into each academic school year, the formal opportunity for our students to grow in their faith through the gift of self in service to God, the Church and the world.

 

“The life of Jesus is a life for others.  It is a life of service.” –Pope Francis