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Service & Outreach

Our Lady of Mercy strives to develop young people into Christian disciples who understand the value and responsibility to sacrificially serve others.

Service Hour Instructions School Year 2018-2019

NOTE: For returning students, we will honor last years summer service hour policy. 

Download Christian Service Hour Form Here 

General Requirements: Students are required to complete ten hours of Christian Service* for each semester (for a total of twenty hours for the year) to be submitted by the due dates communicated by theology teacher(s).

In order to receive credit for service, students are to:

•             download the form from their theology teacher's class page or from the school web page.
•             fill it out using drop-down menus exclusively (no written forms will be accepted.)
•             print it
•             have it signed by their supervisors
•             submit it directly to their theology teacher, who will record hours.

Incomplete or handwritten forms will not be processed. Failure to complete the above requirements will result in a deduction from the theology grade of one point for each hour left uncompleted.

Extra Credit Opportunity: Students may submit additional service hours, up to six hours per semester, for extra credit on their semester theology grade (maximum three points, with one point awarded for every two hours of service).

Carryover from Summer and First Semester: Any hours completed since June 1 of a given school year will count for that school year. Therefore, if students complete 20 hours over the summer, their requirement is satisfied for both semesters. However, they may only receive extra credit for hours once. Hours completed in previous school years (before June 1 of that year) are ineligible for satisfying the requirements for the following year.

Acceptable service hours will meet the following requirements:

•             No compensation may be received for service performed. This includes both monetary and non-monetary compensation (i.e. free food, merit badges, etc.) The service must be “out of the goodness of your heart.”

•             Liturgical duties (i.e. serving at the altar or as a lector, music ministry, etc.) are unacceptable because as Catholics we have an obligation to participate fully, consciously, and actively in the Sacred Liturgy.

•             Household and neighborhood chores are unacceptable. Examples of such unacceptable service include mowing the lawn, babysitting, etc.

•             Service required at OLM is unacceptable. For example, fulfilling team, club, or class responsibilities or helping at OLM during the school day are not acceptable.

•             Acceptable service hours will be works of mercy and foster Gospel values (refer to the drop-down menus on the electronic form.)

While preapproval is not required, students should ask ahead of time if they have questions as to whether a project is acceptable.