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Serve - Service Learning & Tracking

“Let charity be our badge of honor.”

Catherine McAuley, Foundress of the Sisters of Mercy

Why We Serve

Service is an integral to being a disciple of Jesus Christ and an expression of Mercy, Feehan’s charism.  We are not simply invited to serve others; to be a disciple, we must serve. It is through acts of service that we recognize the needs of another, become self-aware of our most vulnerable members of society,  and ultimately walk with another in solidarity.

Within the Roman Catholic tradition, service is expressed pre-eminently through the Corporal Works of Mercy: feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and imprisoned, and burying the dead.

Requirements for Classes '21, '22
  • Each student must perform and document sixty (60) hours of service in order to graduate; each should perform and document at least 20 hours per year their first three years

  • Service may be completed either at one time (e.g., a Mission Trip) or cumulatively through their first three years

  • One set of hours can fulfill the Graduation Service Requirement as well as any requirements for a club, team or Honor Society

  • Consideration should be given to "direct service" (working directly with people) over "indirect service" (filing paperwork, etc.).

Requirements for Classes ‘23, ‘24

The Freshman Theology Curriculum begins with a unit on Community and Culture. Within this unit and at the Freshman Retreat the students are exposed to the charism of Mercy and how we as a community extend Mercy by serving one another. Their Service Learning will be about community:

Program:

  • Complete 12 service hours in Your Community (e.g. Your Town, Parish, Non-profit).  

  • Complete 3 service hours in the Bishop Feehan community (e.g. Mercy Saturday, Clubs, Santa Shop)

  • Write a written reflection graded by Theology teacher.

  • Service can begin once student graduates 8th grade and must be completed by August 15, after their Freshman Year.

 

The Sophomore Theology Curriculum exposes the students to the teaching of Jesus Christ in the New testament, first semester and then in the second semester through the tradition of the Church as one, Holy, catholic and apostolic. We serve as disciples of Jesus Christ and the building up of the Kingdom on earth.  By broadening a student's service experience we hope to expose them to different experiences and needs within our society. Students in their sophomore year will complete 20 hours of service to at least two different agencies.

If a student does more than 20 hours at an agency they may still log those hours to keep track (e.g. summer camp leader, Faith Formation teacher or aide) but will need to choose a different agency to for a minimum of 5 hours.

Program:

  • Complete 20 hours of service.

  • Max of 15 at any one agency or location.

  • Completed by August 15 after their sophomore year.

 

The Junior Theology Curriculum centers around discerning who you are through the lens of Christian Morality; ”How to Live a Good Life”.  Through acts of service we build relationships with people we may not normally encounter transforming their lives and our own.

Previously as freshmen and sophomores, you encountered a variety of ways to serve in your community. Your total Feehan service hours should not be conducted through a single organization. In junior year, your service should reflect a relationship with an agency that you may have encountered through past service or a new program or ministry to you that reflects your current interests. (e.g. you went to a food pantry once freshman year and as a junior you volunteer every other week)

Program:

  • Complete 25 hours of service 

  • A minimum of 15 hours at a new agency or organization (e.g. you were an aide for Faith Formation at your parish and now you work in the parish food pantry).

 

Senior Year

  • Completion of all service is a graduation requirement.

  • All service must be completed and recorded by January 1 of the senior year.

How to record and track your service

Each student has an online account with their own login and password credentials through the service x2VOL to document their service hours.

DO NOT CREATE AN ACCOUNT ON YOUR OWN - WE WILL TRAIN YOU!

  • It enables students not only to submit service hours, but also to view, download and print them

  • It informs students of their progress, as well as new/ongoing service opportunities

INCOMING FRESHMEN AND TRANSFER STUDENTS (Start of Each New Academic Year)

  • DO NOT REGISTER/LOG-IN to x2VOL.  

    • Freshman - Campus Ministry will train you and set up your accounts in your Theology Classes.

    • Transfer Students - please come to Campus Ministry to make an account.

  • DOWNLOAD AND PRINT OUT the Service Hour Journal to record your service hours so you can upload them later once we have registered you. 

Process for Verification and Approval

  • Each service opportunity will have a verification contact - this is the person you reported to for your service. Verified = signed off by the supervisor or event coordinator (not family member) and is recorded by one of the following:

    • email verification by event coordinator by X2Vol

    • signed form from Campus Ministry or on Agency Letterhead

  • Unverified service opportunities will be “denied” sent back to the student for resubmission (possible issues; incorrect email address, email SPAM)

  • Once hours are verified, Campus Ministry will then Approve the hours.

  • Multiple Hours for the Same (or, Recurring) Project. If you conduct a repeated number of hours for the same project (for example, "altar serving"), you do not have to submit separate dates and hours. Simply submit the last date of service and the 

Remember: You can continue to submit hours for verification right through the summer. Don't wait for the Fall! 

 

Should you have any questions about the Graduation Service Requirement or x2Vol, please come to the Campus Ministry Center.

 

Service Learning FAQ’s

WHAT IS SERVICE, AND WHY IS IT SO IMPORTANT AT FEEHAN?

• Service is an integral part of Christian discipleship and an expression of Mercy, Feehan’s charism

• Service should correspond to the Corporal Works of Mercy

• Students should consider “direct service” over “indirect service”

• Freshmen and Sophomores may especially want to serve through school and their place of worship; Juniors, through non-profit events and organizations

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN “DIRECT” AND “INDIRECT” SERVICE?

• “Direct” service: hands-on work with people, especially the suffering and needy (e.g., serving food at a shelter; visiting the elderly at a nursing home)

• “Indirect” service: work which can help the needy, but does not necessarily involve them (e.g., organizing a food drive; filing paperwork at a nursing home)

HOW CAN I FIND OUT ABOUT DIFFERENT SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES?

• Online, through the BFHS service documentation platform, x2VOL, school announcements or stopping by the Campus Ministry Center.

HOW MANY SERVICE HOURS ARE REQUIRED FOR GRADUATION?

• Sixty (60) hours of submitted and approved service

ARE THERE A NUMBER OF SERVICE HOURS THAT HAVE TO BE COMPLETED EACH YEAR?

• Yes, students must submit twenty (20) hours of service for approval during freshman, sophomore, and junior year at minimum (Class of ‘23 and ‘24, 15, 20, 25 hours)

• Service can be completed either at one time (e.g., volunteering for a Mission Trip) or cumulatively through Freshman, Sophomore and Juniors years

WHEN CAN I BEGIN COMPLETING MY SERVICE HOURS?

• After school, on weekends, during vacation periods, and during the summer months (incoming freshmen can perform service once graduated from 8th grade)

IF I BELONG TO A CLUB, OR TEAM, OR AN HONOR SOCIETY, ARE THE SERVICE HOURS I HAVE TO COMPLETE FOR THAT GROUP IN ADDITION TO THE GRADUATION REQUIREMENT?

• No, one set of hours fulfills both requirements

• Many clubs and athletic teams also offer various service opportunities which can be submitted for approval

HOW DO I SUBMIT MY SERVICE HOURS?

• Online directly through x2VOL.  Freshmen will be assigned a login and undergo training during the Fall Semester.  Prior to training, Freshmen should keep a written record of their service.(Link Form Here)

WITH WHOM SHOULD I SPEAK IF I HAVE NON-TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT THE GRADUATION SERVICE REQUIREMENT?

•Come to Campus Ministry Center in the Learning Commons 

 

NOTE: Bishop Feehan High School does verify and above the 60-hour requirement.

 

General Service Ideas

Service in the community

• Babysitting

• Cleaning an elderly neighbor’s yard

• Shoveling snow for those outside of family who is in need

• Assisting a neighbor in need

• Assisting at a service agency*

• Special Olympics

• Literacy programs

• After-school programs

 

Service in your parish/place of worship

• Catechist (religious education teacher or classroom aide)

• Lector

• Eucharistic Minister

• Altar server

• Saint Vincent de Paul

• Confirmation retreat team

• Choir member

• Usher

• Helping at the parish school

• Assisting at the parish fair

 

Service at Feehan

• Tutoring

• Admissions Office service: Big Brother/Big Sister, Evening Visit to School Fair, Open House, Entrance Exam, Prospective Student Interview Night, Incoming Freshmen Service Evening

• Altar server, Lector, Eucharistic Minister

• Liturgical choir/music

• Assisting with set up for Mass/prayer services

• Assisting with team/club service projects

• Santa Shop

• Assisting faculty and staff with varied projects

 

*The Office for Campus Ministry will regularly publish service opportunities to students, through emails and alerts using x2VOL.

VolunteerMatch.org is also a clearinghouse for local service opportunities.

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