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Works of Mercy

What is Apostolic Service?
The word apostolic immediately calls to mind the faith element of Christian Service. The word “apostolic” means to be sent. Christ sent his Apostles to “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations,” (Mt 28:16). By our Baptism we too are sent on the same mission to proclaim the Gospel and build up the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth. Faith in Christ compels us to be the light of the world and by our actions to protect, promote, and defend the dignity of each human person; especially the poor, the vulnerable, the marginalized, the outcast, the suffering, the sick, the exploited, and the unborn. This program is a distinct reflection of the Catholic mission of our school.

Documents:  Confirmation Sheet | Frequently Asked Questions | Project Ideas 

Requirements

  • Participation in this program is a part of the Theology program and a Graduation requirement
  • The consequences for not completing the Works of Mercy requirement are as follows:
    1. There will be a 10 point deduction from the 2nd semester Theology Grade IN ADDITION:
    2. Seniors who do not complete the requirement will not be allowed to walk at Graduation.
    3. Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors that do not complete the requirement will not be allowed to be out of uniform on any day for the following school year.
  • Students are to complete 5 Apostolic Service Projects per year
  • 3 of the 5 projects must be a Work of Mercy
  • The last 2 projects are the choice of the student. However, some things are never considered service. (Please see the unacceptable service explanation)
  • All projects are due by April 15, 2014
  • Projects for the following academic year may be completed over the summer
  • Each project is to be recorded on a Work of Mercy form found on the St. Pius X website. It is not acceptable to record a series of projects on the same form.
  • Falsifying information on a Works of Mercy form, including falsifying signatures, is a grave offense against the St. Pius X Honor Code.
  • Hours are not counted. On each occasion that you participate in a project is considered one project. If you question whether or not a project will count, please consult Campus Ministry BEFORE completing the project.

3 Projects Must Be Works of Mercy

To be considered a Work of Mercy, the project in which you participate must fit into 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

** Please note that a Work of Mercy is a project performed for the least and most vulnerable of our society. Such projects as working at a parish fish fry, reception, or passing out water at a road race DO NOT constitute Feeding the Hungry or Giving Drink to the Thirsty. In the same spirit, cleaning out one's closet does not constitute clothing the naked. These activities, while worthwhile will not count as Works of Mercy.

2 Projects Are the Student's Choice

Choice Projects are projects that fit into the general community service category. They are beneficial and supportive of our school community and the greater local community, but do not necessarily fit into the Works of Mercy categories. Some examples of choice projects are the St. Pius Marketplace, St. Pius Coke Sale, St. Pius Christmas Tree Sale, etc. Please keep in mind that there are some projects that are never considered service according to our requirements.

Unacceptable Service

The following projects are not acceptable and will not be considered for either category

  • Babysitting in any form (For school, Church, family, friends, etc)
  • Donating items/clothing to a cause or charity (either at St. Pius X or in the local community)
  • Writing a Check or donating money to a cause/charity
  • Any activity that would be expected of you by being a member of a family (visiting family, chores, yard work, etc)
  • St. Pius X Athletic Camps
  • Serving at Mass (Lector, Usher, Extraordinary Minister, Music Ministry, Altar Server, etc)

** Serving at Mass is not considered service because it is our obligation as Catholics to fully and actively participate in the Sacramental and Liturgical Life of the Church.