Works of Mercy Service Program


"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father.  Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.  For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.'  Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?  When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?  When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?’  And the King will say in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’ "  Matthew 25:34-40

It is in this Gospel of Matthew, that we find the basis of the Works of Mercy Service Program at Pope John XXIII High School.  This program is one of the tangible ways that Pope John XXIII seeks to educate the total person. As the parents and primary educators of your children, we will seek your involvement and assistance in achieving this goal.

Students are required to complete a minimum of 100 Works of Mercy Hours over their 4 years at Pope John according to the schedule below. 
In addition, each grade level will be assigned a particular Focus Area.  

     Focus Area...."Feed the Hungry, Tend to the Needs of the Homeless"
     Students should earn 15 hours. Hours and Reflection Papers are due                
     January 7, 2015.
Focus Area..."Care for the Elderly, the Sick or the Disabled"
Students should earn 20 hours. Hours and Reflection Papers are due                
     March 23, 2015.
Focus Area..."Teach the Disadvantaged"
     Students should earn 30 hours. Hours and Reflection Papers are due
     May 1, 2015.
Focus Area...Seniors are free to choose their focus area.
     Students should earn 35 hours. Hours and Reflection Papers are due
     April 1, 2015. Seniors are also required to give a classroom presentation.

****At least 1/2 of the student's hours must be earned interacting directly with the people that the agency serves! 

In addition, students need to be working with an approved agency, organization, church, shelter, or at a Pope John sponsored event identified as a Work of Mercy. If your organization is not listed on the Current Works of Mercy Opportunities page, you MUST get prior approval or risk the possibility of repeating your hours!

REMINDERS.....Working with sports teams/cheer teams etc. will NOT fulfill your requirement unless the individuals are disabled. In addition, caring for members of your family or caring for animals will NOT fulfill our Works of Mercy requirement.  Also, no more than 10% of your total hours may be earned directly helping our school.  

Whenever possible, we will provide service opportunities throughout the school year.  All opportunities will be posted on our school website, announced after weekly Mass, and communicated through the Houses.  Ultimately, it is the responsibility of each student to schedule their service projects.  
Once the student has completed his or her service requirement for the year, the student will write a Reflection Paper that will serve as a TEST GRADE for Theology.  See above for important grade level deadlines. Late papers will have points deducted.  Grade level guidelines for the paper can be found on the actual instruction sheet.  Students will not be allowed to graduate or to advance to the next grade level without fulfilling this requirement!

In addition, all Senior students are required to make a short oral presentation on the topic of their service project.  This will take place in the student's Theology class during the second semester.
HOW CAN PARENTS GET INVOLVED?  We could not provide such worthwhile service opportunities without the assistance of our parents!  We will need parents to drive students to service venues and to help with organizing opportunities.  We will also need volunteer chaperones!  

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