Works of Mercy
Service At St. Pius X Catholic High School
As a Catholic school, rooted in Christ, the Catholic Church, and our school motto, we are committed to performing Works of Mercy and serving the greater community. Therefore, we require that our students complete the Works of Mercy service requirement as part of their formation at St. Pius X Catholic High School. Our motto, Domini Sumus - "We are the Lord's" (Rom 14:8) is an important reminder that we are called to be Christ to others, to be witness of the Gospel, and to serve those who are most in need by our actions and words. We bring God's love and compassion to those who are most in need when we reach out and perform Works of Mercy. We also serve the common good by performing performing service for the greater community.
Service at St. Pius X Catholic High School
Students are required to complete at least 3 Works of Mercy service projects per academic year and at least 2 choice service projects per academic year. This is both a graduation requirement and requirement of the Theology department. Students are encouraged to go beyond the minimum requirements each year to develop a commitment to serving those who are need on an ongoing basis.
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Service Award
Annually, Campus Ministry awards 1 student from each grade the Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Service Award. This award is given to the student in each grade that models the virtues of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta by demonstrating an ongoing commitment to service and performing Works of Mercy that far exceed the minimum requirements of the Works of Mercy Service Program.
Works of Mercy Projects & Choice Service Projects
Projects: St. Pius X Catholic High School does not count hours served, but rather projects completed. 1 Project is equal to 1 occasion on which you served. For example, if a student works at a soup kitchen on one afternoon, that is one project.
Works of Mercy: Students must complete at least 3 Works of Mercy each year. To be considered a Work of Mercy the project must be in one of the following categories:
- Feeding the Hungry or Giving Drink to the Thirsty
- Clothing the Naked or Sheltering the Homeless
- Visiting the Sick or Visiting Those in Prison
- Instructing the Ignorant or Converting Sinners
- Comforting the Afflicted or Comforting the Sorrowful
Choice Projects :Students must complete at least 2 choice service projects each year. Choice Projects are projects that do not fit into the Works of Mercy categories, but serve the community and the common good. Some examples of choice projects within St. Pius X are the St. Pius X Marketplace, St. Pius X Coke Sale, etc.
The following projects are not acceptable and will not be accepted as either Works of Mercy or Choice Projects
- Donating items/clothing/money to charity (Either at St. Pius X or in the local community)
- Signing a Petition
- Family responsibilities (chores, yard work, visiting family, etc.)
- Working at your job without pay
- Serving at Mass (Lector, Usher, Extraordinary Minister, Music Minister, Altar Server, etc) Serving at Mass is not considered service because it is our obligation to fully and actively participate in the Sacramental and Liturgical life of the Church.
- A Work of Mercy is project performed for those in our world who are most vulnerable and in great need. Projects such as working at a parish fish fry or passing out water at a road race, for example, do not constitute Feeding the Hungry or Giving Drink to the Thirsty. These types of projects are choice projects.
- Students are to document their projects and their reflections on the Works of Mercy Confirmation sheets that are available at the top of this webpage or in the Campus Ministry office.
- Students may turn in their Works of Mercy Confirmation sheets any time before April 15, 2015.
- Students are responsible for completing and turning in their forms. It is not the responsibility of the project supervisor or sponsoring teacher to return completed forms to Campus Ministry.
- Falsifying information on a Works of Mercy form, including falsifying signatures is an honor code violation.
- Students can check the status of the completion of their annual requirement in Campus Ministry or through Power School.
- Students who do not complete the Works of Mercy requirement will receive a 10 point deduction from their 2nd semester Theology grade and will not be able to participate in out of uniform days for the next year.
- Seniors who do not complete the requirement will receive a 10 point deduction from their 2nd semester Theology grade and will not be allowed to participate in graduation activities.