REVISED FALL 2020 WORKS OF MERCY PLAN FOR FRESHMEN, SOPHOMORES, & JUNIORS:
To support our mission and the pillars at SJ23, the following represents our revised WoM plan offering our Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors a variety of ways to complete their Works of Mercy hours. This revised program continues to emphasize our call to serve those less fortunate with a focus on the Corporal & Spiritual Works of Mercy as outlined in the Gospel of Matthew.
Hourly requirements have been revised as follows:
Freshmen 15 hours Due January 8, 2021
Sophomores 20 hours Due February 5, 2021
Juniors 25 hours Due March 5, 2021
Students may choose from three (3) available options to earn their hours this fall:
- School sponsored SERVICE SATURDAYS:
This is a great way for students to complete their WoM requirement this fall!
Students may register online for one of our SERVICE SATURDAYS. The hours for each day will be 8:30am-1:30pm. A limited number of students will be able to participate. We will meet in the Student Center and all CDC/TEA guidelines (social distancing, facial coverings, hand sanitizing, etc.) will be followed. Students will earn 5 hours for each day scheduled. Themes will vary as we focus on the needs of the homeless, the elderly, the disabled, the poor, etc. Each day will be based on a Corporal or Spiritual Work of Mercy. Further details and requirements will be highlighted upon registration. A Signup Genius link will be available once the school year begins.
- You may continue to schedule your Works of Mercy projects at any of the agencies or organizations listed on our Pre-approved List.
- The following “Works of Mercy at home” options are for Freshmen, Sophomores, & Juniors only and will require PRE-APPROVAL on the Works of Mercy proposal form:
- Write letters to residents of retirement homes who are unable to see their families during this time of isolation. These must be sent to Mrs. DeMois BY OCTOBER 31st. Each letter should be typed, a minimum of 250 words and double spaced. This activity will earn ½ hour.
- Tutor a sibling, help parents by babysitting, or cook a family meal. Students should describe in writing what they did and how it was an act of service. Please provide photos! Parents will need to monitor and sign off on hours completed.
- Assist an elderly neighbor or someone in need with yardwork, gardening, washing cars, etc. Please provide a photo! Parents will need to verify hours.
- Read bible stories to younger siblings or groups of children via zoom/facebook live, etc. Parents will need to verify hours.
- Prepare materials to be donated to families in need through Neighborhood Kidz Club. Contact Mrs. DeMois for a full list of materials and information. This activity will earn 2 hours and must be completed by September 30th.
- Make personalized craft projects to be delivered to a retirement home, home for the disabled, etc and drop them by Campus Ministry by October 31st.
- Make fleece blankets for chemotherapy patients and deliver to Campus Ministry by October 31st.
- Put together coloring packets (5-6 pages of a coloring book stapled together) & 4-5 crayons (in a Ziplock baggie) for patients at Texas Children’s Hospital with a note from the student and deliver to Campus Ministry by October 31st.
- Volunteer at your parish (includes VBS, altar serving, CCE, Lifeteen)
- Teach the elderly how to use social media so that they can stay in touch with friends and relatives. Please provide photos!
- Organize a drive for a charity and deliver the items – possible ideas…toiletries for the homeless, toys for the less fortunate, diapers & wipes for a pregnancy center, food for a charity pantry, etc.
PROCESS FOR FRESHMEN, SOPHOMORES, & JUNIORS TO COMPLETE THE WoM REQUIREMENT:
1. Students will be required to complete a WoM Proposal, describing how their hours will be completed. Proposals are due prior to the student beginning his/her hours.
2. Once the hours are earned, students are required to turn in their signed WoM Verification forms. Verification forms MUST be signed by the student’s supervisor! The Campus Ministry office is required to verify with the agency that all hours have been completed. (All WoM Verification forms for summer hours must be turned in by September 1st)
3. Ongoing in-class assignments throughout the year will be given to assess the student’s progress.
Ultimately, it is the responsibility of each student to schedule their service projects.
INCOMPLETE WoM REQUIREMENT:
Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior students who have not completed their WoM requirement will not receive report cards, schedules, or transcripts and will not be permitted to advance to the next grade level.
***ANY student who has not fulfilled their WoM requirement will not be permitted to attend Prom***