Community Service Learning Guidelines
As followers on Christ’s path we are called to go out and serve those in need. In the Archdiocese of Miami, Catholic schools provide service to those in need at the school, church, state, and national levels. In order to fulfill the mission of forming disciples, the necessary elements of teaching Catholic values and reflection on the impact of the activity need to be combined with the action of serving the community. These components are linked together in our Community Service Learning Program so that students are provided an opportunity to take action and reflect upon the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy that have been incorporated into their instruction. The connection of the elements of instruction, action and reflection requires the students to not just recall the information but to use the higher order thinking skills of analysis, synthesis and evaluation. The experience of serving the community after receiving the background information in school is internalized through the reflection. By providing service to the community during their high school years, students learn how to carry that into their adult lives after high school.
Community Service Learning Hours and Graduation Requirements
Students are required to fulfill a minimum of 25 hours of community service per year, with a graduation requirement of 100 hours. There is no limit to the number of hours students can serve. Every graduating class, on average, complete approximately 65,000 hours of community service learning. St. Brendan High School’s Community Service Learning Program is intended not simply as an exercise in the satisfaction of a certain number of hours of service to the community, but rather is intended to help students learn from that service in a real and meaningful way, and grow in their faith. There are many agencies and centers where students can help serve their community. St. Mary’s Cathedral School, John Bosco, The Marian Center and St. James Parish are just a few of the community partners St. Brendan High students serve.
Faith in action is love, and love in action is Service” - St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta