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, 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… Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
Matthew 25: 34-36, 40
Holy Trinity’s Jesuit tradition calls us to form “Children for Others” by engaging them in service opportunities at every grade level and encouraging an understanding that service is done in a thoughtful and reflective manner. Recognizing that inherent in every child is an innate sense of justice, HTS embraces this early stage of development to motivate students towards action and a call to social justice.
Students are involved in a variety of service activities within the school, parish and community. These activities serve the needs of the poor, sick, elderly, and young children. By committing to service in our communities, we believe that students develop positive attitudes and a values system, which guides their lives as thoughtful, active members of local and global communities.
As parents, you are the primary educators of your children. We appreciate your cooperation in teaching your children the importance of helping others.
Community service may be direct service, prayer/reflection, education, advocacy, or donation. It may be initiated by the parents, student or school, or a combination of each. Service may take place during the summer or school year. If completed during the summer, hours must be submitted during the first week of school.
Following are a few examples of acceptable service activities:
- Be an acolyte (altar server) at HTC or your own parish
- Sing in your parish choir or the HTC 5:30pm Mass choir
- Volunteer to help and have lunch with PreK
- Organize a bake sale for a charity
- Help at a food bank
- Help with the annual Gala Auction
- Participate in class-approved service projects
- Visit the parish’s website for Volunteer Opportunities
Students in 5th through 8th grades must commit to the following non-paid service:
- 10 hours in 5th grade (in-school service)
- 20 hours in 6th grade (in-school service)
- 30 hours in 7th grade
- 40 hours in 8th grade
You must complete the Record of Service Form for each activity. Please make sure the form is signed by the person in charge of the service project then submit them to your Religion teacher at the beginning of each month. A service hours progress report will be sent home quarterly for each grade.