Our Catholic faith teaches that after God, people must come first. Jesus is our model in this, as in all other Christian teachings. Jesus clearly emphasized that our neighbors are to be loved, and our neighbor is every man, woman and child, but most especially those in need. In fact, the greater the need of the person, the greater our obligation to help. We are to wish for the well-being of all, for everyone has the right to life and basic human opportunities. We are to all contribute, according to our gifts, age and abilities to the common good. The true measure of a society’s greatness is how it cares for its weakest and neediest members. “Then they will answer, ‘Lord, when did I see you hungry or thirsty, or a stranger, or naked or sick or in prison, and did not take care of you?’ And He will answer them, ‘Truly, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’” Mt. 25:44-45 High School Christian Service
Middle School Christian Service We are called to serve one another and every act of service is an act of kindness which translates into an act of love for God. Because of this, Middle School students are required to complete 15 hours of Christian Service each year prior to graduating from the eighth grade. Middle School students must fill out the appropriate Christian Service form located in the Director of the Middle School’s office and turn it in within 2 months of completing the service hours. No parent or other family member may supervise, authorize or sign service sheets. All service hours for 8th graders must be completed and recorded by May 15th of the year of graduation. All transfer students will be required to complete only the 15 hours of service for the school year started at Pomona Catholic. Please see the Campus Minister for examples of Christian Service.
It is required that all high school students will complete a minimum of 100 service hours by graduation. It is hoped that those hours would be served in equal part, each of the four years of high school. While some service opportunities may become available and may be announced at school, it is the student and family’s responsibility to search for and obtain most service hours. All service hours must be documented and signed by an authorizing supervisor within two months of the completion of the service. Service evaluation forms are available in the Main Office, with the Campus Minister, and online. All service sheets must include a beginning and ending date of the service.
Any ongoing service of more than 10 hours (one day) must be accompanied by a separate “service record” sheet, which lists the individual dates and number of hours for that date. No parent or other family member may supervise, authorize or sign service sheets. Students are responsible to complete all information on their service forms, both the evaluation and the service record. All service hours for seniors must be completed and recorded by April 30th of the year of graduation. No service hours for seniors will be accepted in the month of May.