The FGR Christian Service Committee works to encourage and support the spirit of generous service to others as modeled by the example of our Lord, Jesus Christ. We partner with local organizations to identify and prioritize needs in the community, and then help organize and coordinate student service efforts.
Our goal is to guide students to develop habits of on-going service with compassion, particularly to the poor and disadvantaged. This call is best described by the words of Jesus “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” Matt 25:40
In response to Jesus’ call to love others, formation in service is a vital part of any Catholic school. Students at Father Gabriel Richard High School are required to perform twelve (12) hours of Christian service per year of enrollment. This service is to be performed without pay or any other personal benefit and solely for the love of God and neighbor in the spirit of the Corporal Works of Mercy.
A minimum of six hours must be direct service to the poor, sick, elderly, or disabled. The remaining six hours are completed in the broader community. Service to our own families may not be counted for this requirement. Fundraising of any kind does not count for corporal works of mercy.
- All students must submit their forms to the designated grade level teacher, within 10 days of completion of service or by September 3rd for summer service. Christian Service cards will not be accepted in the main office.
Six (6) of the required 12 hours, must be completed by January 12th, 2017. The final deadline to turn in Christian Service hours is May 1st, 2017. Seniors who wish to apply for senior privileges and students applying for STUCCO positions must first have all hours approved by the committee. Students who have not completed their hours/forms by the deadline will receive an incomplete in their theology class. Following the established school protocol, students with an incomplete may be declared “academically ineligible”. This means they may not participate in any extracurricular activities (sports, drama, forensics, stuco, senior appreciation day, field trips) for up to two weeks. A review will be made after the hours are submitted, to reassess eligibility by the Christian Service Committee. A diploma may not be awarded to any senior who does not complete their service by the deadline.
- The new class colored Christian Service cards are available in the main office and outside Campus Ministry . We encourage students to bring their class colored cards with them when they do their service, as well as retain a copy for their records. Old forms will not be accepted.
- All hours are reviewed by the Christian Service Committee.
- Final determination of approved hours rest solely with the Christian Service Committee.