Christian Service

CHRISTIAN SERVICE PROGRAM MISSION

As members of the Catholic community, we are called to live according to a pattern of love and service as modeled by Jesus Christ. Each student is challenged to use his/her leadership skills to contribute to a more just world; to build the Kingdom of God. Over the course of four years, all students are invited to participate in a variety of service opportunities, including but not limited to service immersions and working directly with agencies who demonstrate preference for the poor and marginalized. 

The Christian Service program at St. Pius X - St. Matthias Academy is rooted in the Gospel of Matthew, which reminds us of our call as Christians to serve Christ through others: 

"Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me. I was sick and you cared for me, in prison and you came to visit me. ...I assure you, as often as you did it for one of my least brothers or sisters, you did it for me." -Matthew 25: 34-40

At St. Pius-St. Matthias Academy, Christian Service experiences are inspired by this Gospel message that calls for us to love and serve our neighbor, especially the poor. Our program is linked to Catholic Social teaching embodied in PMA’s philosophy and mission statement. 

 CHRISTIAN SERVICE GUIDELINES

The Christian service program has two fundamental guidelines: 

  1. Every PMA student will engage in 25 hours of service every year.
  2. Every PMA student will meet the graduation requirement of 100 Christian service hours by his/her Senior year. 

TYPES OF SERVICE:

On-Campus Service Hours are any hours that may have been completed in association with a school Club, Organization and/or Society at St. Pius X-St. Matthias Academy. A student must complete at a minimum 10 Off-Campus Christian Service Hours per academic year. See chart below:

Indirect Service

Direct Service

A volunteer activity that is DOES NOT involve a direct interaction with those you serve.

Any volunteer activity that involves a direct interaction with those that you serve.

Examples:

  • Altar serving
  • Helping a Teacher
  • Beautification
  • Cleaning or Setting up
  • Church Festivals

Examples:

  • Tutoring/Coaching
  • Serving Food
  • Mentoring
  • Teaching a Catechism class
  • Leading a Youth Group or Team

 

SUBMISSION OF CHRISTIAN SERVICE HOURS:

All Christian Service Hours must be submitted using the class electronic Christian Service Form. Students of PMA have access to all service information via the Google Classroom for their graduating class. The Christian Service Form includes a reflection rooted in a Gospel that they can choose from the form drop down menu. The service form mirrors the Integrated School Outcomes (ISO’s) as a reflective component towards lifelong learning.All service for the Academic Year must be submitted the Friday before Spring Finals Week, Seniors as the Graduating class has an earlier deadline due to Graduation activities. 

YOUTUBE SUBMISSION:

For an additional Christian Service Hour, students can create a short 1 minute video that showcases them doing service and answering three basic questions: What did you for your service? What did you learn about yourself? How do my actions best relate to the Gospel message? (Note: a list of Gospels are on the Christian Service Reflection form) Students will upload this to their YouTube Channel and post the link on the Christian Service form. 

SUMMER HOURS:

Any summer hours that have been completed between the final day of the previous school year and the first day of school will max at 10 hours for the upcoming year. Summer hours must be submitted using found on the student Christian Service Google Classroom. Shared with students on the Google Classroom, the form mirrors the Integrated School Outcomes (ISO’s) as a reflective component towards lifelong learning. No summer hours will be accepted after the last Friday of September. 

 Any and all questions regarding Christian Service can contact Christian Service Coordinator, Mr. Reyes at greyes@piusmatthias.org.