Do Small Things With Great Love


“Catholic education is above all a question of communicating Christof helping to form Christ in the lives of others.”
-St. John Paul II

Christian Service

Through the Gospel mandate of Jesus Christ, we are called as Christians to take up our “basin and towel” to love and serve as Christ did.

Through the Christian service program, you will offer the gifts of humility and poverty in spirit in loving service to others through Jesus Christ.

You will be required to successfully complete four (4) years of Christian Service at St. John Paul II High School in order to graduate. Specific service program requirements for each year are disseminated through Campus Ministry orientations and Theology classes.

You will engage in variety of meaningful Christian Service experiences throughout your years at JPII. You will learn about yourself, the needs of the environment around you, and your abilities to become active agents of change in your world.

While appreciative of the various faith traditions in our school community, you will recognize a fundamental mission of Christianity is a goal common of all virtuous people throughout the world: love of God and love of neighbor. Making a difference in other people’s lives is as rewarding an experience as you can have.

Many local groups and organizations benefit from St. John Paul II High School’s belief in Christian service. You may end up volunteering at nursing homes, coach and facilitate at Special Olympics, tutor at elementary schools, or serve as youth coaches or leaders.

Four-Year Program

Freshmen Requirements

  • During your Freshman year, you are required to participate in two (2) service experiences led by a member of the faculty or staff.
  • You must be present for both the preparation and follow-up meetings as well as the service event to fulfill your requirement.
  • A list of upcoming service opportunities are part of morning announcements and posted outside of the Campus Ministry Office.

Sophomore Requirements

  • During your Sophomore year, you are required to participate in four (4) service experiences led by a member of the faculty or staff. Exceptions to this requirement may only be granted by the service coordinator.
  • You must be present for both the preparation and follow-up meetings as well as the service event to fulfill your requirement.
  • A list of upcoming service opportunities are part of morning announcements and posted outside of the Campus Ministry Office.

Junior Requirements

  • During your Junior year, you will participate in Community Service to the “marginalized.”
  • You are tasked with finding an agency that serves a marginalized population.
  • “Marginalized” will be defined as a population of people who are generally forgotten members of society; a population of people who are generally seen as not contributing members. The marginalized person is one whose needs are greater than the average member of society and whose needs are typically unmet. We look to Jesus as a model of service to the marginalized.
  • You are encouraged to find a social justice issue that you would like to explore further in your Senior Social Justice Advocacy Project.
  • You must make eight (8) visits to one agency.

Senior Requirements

  • During your Senior year, you will participate in a social justice advocacy effort.
  • To become an advocate is to speak for a group of people that may not be able to speak for themselves.
  • Two (2) site visits and two (2) on-site interviews are required.
  • You will be required to present your finished project by participating in the Social Justice Fair in December.

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