Works of Mercy - 2022-2023

Students and parents needing more detailed information regarding Works of Mercy
should access the Student Handbook.

The Rationale For The Works Of Mercy Program:

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 witnesses 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 service for the greater community.

Each year, students are required to take part in the Works of Mercy Program as part of their ongoing Catholic formation. In Matthew 25:40 Christ instructs us to go out and serve our communities by stating, “whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” We hold this call as an essential component of our mission at St. Pius X and therefore structure our Works of Mercy requirements to reflect this community service. 


Detailed Information Regarding Works Of Mercy Requirements:

  1. Students are required to complete a minimum of five projects during each academic school year
    1. At least 3 projects should be Works of Mercy (details below)
    2. No more than 2 projects may be “Choice Service Projects” (details below)
  2. Students are required to track their service projects through the x2VOL website/application. 
    1. Service Projects that are not entered and verified in the x2VOL website/app will not be approved.
    2. Works of Mercy x2VOL Tracking instructions can be found on the Campus Ministry page of the school’s website.
  3. Each of the five projects are occasions of service:
    1. We do not count hours; however, to be considered an  “occasion of service” the project must be at least one hour long. 
    2. You may not count working the same project in multiple shifts during one day as multiple service projects–students only receive credit for one project per day. 
      1. For example, attending a SPX Mission Trip would satisfy several “occasions of service” as projects as it is multiple days of service.
  4. Students must serve the communities beyond their homes.
      1. A Work of Mercy is a project performed for those in our world who are most vulnerable and in great need, outside of our own Pius Community. Students must complete at least THREE Works of Mercy projects for 2022-2023.  To be considered a Work of Mercy the project must be in one of the categories listed in the table below.
      2. A Choice Project is an occasion of service that fulfills a need for another outside one’s own family and home without payment or any other kind of reward.  Examples of acceptable Choice Projects are listed in the table below.
    2. INELIGIBLE OPPORTUNITIES: Any activity that would be expected of you or seen as a responsibility of yours by being a member of a family or a part of the SPX community and its organizations (e.g. babysitting, cutting the grass, washing a car, or doing other household chores; also participating in athletics, the arts, or certain clubs at St. Pius X are considered ineligible)




Feeding the Hungry or Giving Drink to the Thirsty
  • Support and volunteer for food pantries, soup kitchens, and agencies that feed the hungry such as: 
    • St. Vincent de Paul Society
    • St. Francis Pantry
  • Cooking dinner for your family, buying a friend a drink or meal, helping at the coke sale
Clothing the Naked or Sheltering the Homeless
  • Help neighbors care for their homes and do repairs
  • Volunteer at a homeless shelter, with charitable agencies who care for the homeless, build homes, and provide support in the wake of natural disasters
  • Volunteer to work at a clothing drive or at a shelter where clothing is distributed to those in need
  • Giving your sibling hand-me-downs, letting a friend borrow some clothing, buying clothing for family or friends.
Visiting the Sick or the Imprisoned
  • Volunteer at a hospital 
  • Cook and deliver meals to the sick and homebound
  • Work with an organization such as Catholic Charities to create and send cards to someone who is sick or imprisoned
  • Volunteer for Archdiocese of Atlanta Prison Ministry
  • Donate blood at a Blood Drive (including at St. Pius X)
  • Family responsibilities such as chores, yard work, visiting sick family members or friends, etc.
Instructing the Ignorant or Converting Sinners
  • Tutoring through an approved organization such as … 
    • SPX Writing Center or NHS 
    • Lekotek of Georgia
    • Teens Tutor Teens 
  • Volunteering in Liturgical Ministries at your local parish: Altar Serving, Lectoring, EMHCs, Ushers
  • Volunteering for a political campaign or signing a petition, helping a friend or family member with homework
Caring for God's Creation
  • Volunteering at an animal shelter
  • Participating with a non- profit organization to complete a service project such as stream clean-ups, Eagle Scout projects
  • Attending a spring/summer break Mission Trip
  • Babysitting, working at your job without pay, picking up trash while on a walk


The lists below are not exhaustive; if students have questions, please contact Ms. Baker in Campus Ministry

Serving the St. Pius X community in ways that go beyond regular expectations to be a member of the arts, athletics, or certain clubs
  • Open House
  • Lion Leader
  • Student Ambassador
  • Coke Sale
  • Summer Camps
  • Ushering at an SPX Arts Performance
  • Tech Crew
  • Sports manager
  • Cleaning up after all-school Mass
  • Cleaning cafeteria for lunch duty

Serving others in ways that are not Works of Mercy


  • Creating care packages for military personnel through an approved organization
  • Writing cards to people in nursing homes
  • Helping a sibling with homework
  • Helping a relative with housecleaning, moving, etc.


Students are to document their projects and their reflections on the x2VOL app by the assigned deadlines below:
Spring Senior Works of Mercy MONDAY, MARCH 27th, 2023
Spring Underclassmen Works of Mercy WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19th, 2023


Instructions For Using The X2 Vol Website And App

  • Beginning in the 2022-2023 school year, students will track their service projects progress by using the X2 VOL website or app.
  • X2 VOL Website
  • X2 VOL App (iPhone users; Android users)
  • Students will receive further information about the app in their Theology classes during the first weeks of school.
  • X2 VOL Instructions: 
    • Log-in to x2VOL following the instructions sent to your SPX student account.
    • Add a Works of Mercy Project through the Dashboard page by clicking the green Add Hours button underneath common tasks OR you can access this same page by clicking Projects & Opportunities drop down Tab and select My Activity Log.
      • Next to Personal Projects, click the +Create New Tab to add your own service project. Fill in the project information and make sure to click Apply Hours to Goal to add this project to one of your goals (ex: WOM Service Project Experience 1)
      • Enter in contact information for the supervisor of the WOM Service Project. This must be someone who works for the organization or the person who organized the service project.
        • When you submit your project, the supervisor will be sent an email/text and will verify that you completed the project. 
        • Once your project has been verified you will receive an email. Only verified projects will be accepted towards completion of the Works of Mercy requirement. If you have any questions regarding this you can contact


Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Service Award
Annually, Campus Ministry awards one 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.