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What Counts as Christian Service?

What Counts as Christian Service at Saint Joseph High School?

  • Service that directly correlates with the Works of Mercy 
  • Service that supports and advances the mission of Catholic education and formation at Saint Joe, at our feeder schools and parishes, and Catholic ministries in our area. 
  • Service that integrates the preferential option for the poor, an important part of Catholic Social Teaching.  
  • S.H.I.P. - Service that helps impact other people by their work in the following way(s):
    • Spiritual: Helping bring people to a closer relationship with God and the Church. (Examples: serving at Mass as servers, lectors, EMHC, cantors, choir, musicians, prayer leaders, assisting with retreats or religious camps, leadership in parish youth groups)
    • Human Development: Helping others grow in maturity, justice, balance, and discover or deepen personal gifts for the betterment of the world; and as persons created in the image and likeness of God. (Examples: tutoring, coaching, mentoring, “specialized” camp counseling, teaching practical life skills).
    • Intellectual: Helping others grow in their knowledge of the faith.  (Examples: vacation bible school, religious education, assisting with RCIA).
    • Pastoral: Pastoral ministry is the culmination of all formation. Students may serve others by mentoring/accompanying them in their journey toward lay leadership in the Church and school community.  Peer mentorship must be approved by one of the SJHS pastoral ministers, and will be overseen by them throughout the year.
  • Any training associated with an approved site also counts as service!
  • To work elsewhere other than pre-approved locations, you need to seek approval from Deacon Andy or Mrs. Baglow prior to service.  Without prior pre-approval, service will NOT be awarded service hours. Email Deacon Andy at  Please explain how your proposed service meets the criteria of what counts as service at SJHS.