Sophomore/Junior Service Program 2020-2021

The Competence to See and Courage to Act as Men of Faith

The Notre Dame High School Community lives the Gospel call to serve through the vision of the founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, Blessed Basil Anthony Moreau.  Moreau’s vision is summed up in these words regarding our students:

We shall always place education side by side with instruction; the mind will not be cultivated at the expense of the heart.
-Moreau, Circular Letter 36, 1849

Therefore, the student, being educated in the tradition of the Congregation of Holy Cross, will find the challenge to growth directed toward both his mind and his heart.  Christian service is then an integral and necessary part of a Notre Dame education in the Holy Cross tradition. 

This year’s Service Program at Notre Dame High School was conceived in an effort to respond to the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic.  More importantly, it serves to fulfill our mandate as Holy Cross men of faith to have the competence to see and courage to act.

The mission is not simple, for the impoverishments we would relieve are not simple. There are networks of privilege, prejudice and power so commonplace that often neither oppressors nor victims are aware of them. We must be aware and also understanding by reason of fellowship with the impoverished and by reason of patient learning. For the kingdom to come in this world, disciples must have the competence to see and the courage to act.
-Holy Cross Constitutions

Our service programs of the past placed a great deal of emphasis on the counting of hours in service to others.  As a Holy Cross community, we need to inspire each other to ask the question “how can we help” instead of “how many hours can I get”.  Faced with the challenge of a global pandemic and mandated social distancing guidelines, now more than ever our efforts are conversely limited and yet greatly needed.  

This program has been established to engage the student in intellectual curiosity, civic engagement, compassionate service, and thoughtful reflection.

The program is designed around six key components:
1. Research
2. Inquiry
3. Engagement and Resilience
4. Creativity
5. Documentation
6. Reflection and Presentation.

Each of these components can be found in detail on the Service Ministry Google Classroom Page. code: jj7zgqu.  A list of steps, student guide, and other resources are available here. 

Teacher guidance, progress, and reflection will all be an important part of our teacher advisory program throughout the 2020-2021 academic year. 

Members of the Classes of 2022 and 2023 may choose to begin their service projects during the summer months, or begin them at the onset of the new school year.  In these service projects, the Notre Dame student encounters the living Christ and stands beside Him.  Indeed, they will have truly served Him.