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Apostolic Hours

Apostolic Hours/Christian Service Policy

At St. Louis Catholic High School, in addition to maintaining the highest academic standards, we also seek to cultivate the heart of a servant in our students. We do this by requiring our students to actively serve the community because it is our duty to be the hands and feet of Christ.

There are various forms of service, and for the sake of clarity we have designated two categories:

1) Those that encompass the Corporal Works of Mercy **At least half of your service hours should come from this category**(feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, care for the sick, comfort the afflicted, pray for the dead, visit the imprisoned, teach the ignorant, clothe the naked, welcome the stranger and counsel the doubtful).

These are defined by being directly involved with those you are serving.  Examples include serving the homeless a meal; coordinating/playing bingo with the elderly; teaching children Bible skills; volunteering at VBS; teaching children at a sports camp; showing individuals at the hospital where to go for an appointment, etc.

2) Those that include taking care of the environment and service to animals -no direct service to people.

These are defined by an indirect contact with those benefiting serviceExamples include stocking shelves in the pantry for Abraham’s Tent or Catholic Charities; setting up and taking down booths for a Church Carnival or art camp; participating in a beach cleanup; volunteering at an animal shelter or care center; packing items for a care package for an organization to distribute, etc.

We encourage a variety of service experiences each year.

DUE DATES

Half of the required hours for each year must be performed and turned in by progress report date of 2nd quarter for the first semester.  The remaining hours must be performed and turned in by progress report date of 4th quarter for the second semester.

  • 9th grade: 10 hours
  • 10th grade: 15 hours
  • 11th grade: 20 hours
  • 12th grade: 25 hours

**Half of the required hours must be done outside the family, and school organizations.**

All hours should be documented on the Apostolic Hours Form which will be given and explained to each student in his/her Theology class during the month of August.  These completed forms should be given to the student’s Theology teacher as the student completes the service.

Completion of Apostolic Hours will be counted as a test grade (50 points) in both the 2nd and 4th quarters of the 2019-2020 school year.