Junior/Senior HS—Service Ministry
An important aspect of our Catholic Central Schools' mission is community service. Our students, faculty, staff, parents and alumni actively support a variety of community efforts. Service Ministry at Catholic Central Jr. /Sr. High School is an opportunity for students to fulfill their service mission—to give back to their community and to follow Our Lord's way. Providing service to others by working with community service-based organizations, the students:
Work with others who have devoted their lives in service to others.
Develop leadership skills as they organize and lead service projects.
Grow in their faith as they answer the call to serve.
Service Highlights of 2012-2013
Quotes from the class of 2013:
"Over the past four years, service has been a way of defining who I was. I have found new passions, interests, and most importantly the presence of Christ in those who I encounter." Austin Smith, '13
"Service at Catholic Central has been a blessing in my life...Without the service program, I never would have given thought to service outside of school, which is also a big part of who I am. Seeing the needs within our community and in the world as a whole has helped me step up in certain areas to be the leader that I know I can be." Katie Dillman, '13.
For major projects, our students volunteered with 82 churches and nonprofit organizations, such as:
Relay For Life
Parish ministries, CCD and Vacation Bible Schools
St. Vincent De Paul Society
CYO Sports Camps
Springfield Peace Camp
Catholic Central Schools
Individual Service Hours:
Catholic Central requires all 9th - 12th grade students to volunteer at least 30 hours in the community every year. This year, our high school students volunteered an average of 49 hours per student - this shows our students' commitment for service above and beyond what is expected. Richard Austin Miller, '13, gave a record setting 524 hours of service this year alone. In all, our high school students gave 10,645 hours of community service in their individual projects.
32 student leaders enrolled in the Winter Term Service Ministry courses. Students shared their stories, prayed together, learned about effective leadership and communication, and volunteered at schools and ministries throughout Springfield. Results from the end-of-course survey included:
"This class helped me become more aware of the needs of my community." 93% agreed
"Serving in the community was a valuable experience for me." 100% agreed
Service Day - Friday, April 12
The Winter Term student leaders also planned and led projects for 15 local ministries, schools, and nonprofit organizations on our 12th annual Service Day, including:
Changing Lives Now
Safe Harbor House
Lincoln Elementary School/Promise Neighborhood
National Trails Parks and Recreation District
7th and 8th grade Service Day students cleaned up the High Street school campus and neighborhood, made blankets for Project Woman, and designed cards for homebound and nursing home residents.
For the first year, the 4th, 5th and 6th grade students also participated in Service Day projects, assisted by their high school volunteer leaders. The students at Lagonda Campus made flower pots for nursing home residents, care packages for residents at Safe Harbor House, and cat toys for a local animal shelter.
If you would like to volunteer, host Catholic Central student volunteers at your organization, or make a donation to help with costs of the service ministry program, please contact the Service Coordinator, Marcia Roth at 325-9204, ext 246 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Service Project Proposal
Short Term Service Form
Long Term Service Form