Catholic education is a MINISTRY of the church. “Catholic schools afford the fullest and best opportunity to realize the fourfold purpose of Christian education, namely to provide an atmosphere in which the Gospel message is proclaimed, community in Christ is experienced, service to our sisters and brothers is the norm, and thanksgiving and worship of our God is cultivated.” – Renewing our Commitment to Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools in the Third Millennium, USCCB
Inspired by Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton and rooted in our Catholic faith, Seton Catholic School fosters spiritual development, academic excellence, responsibility to self, and service to others.
Our Seton Catholic School students live out our mission statement daily, therefore, our students are immersed in rigorous academic programing, which includes Religious Education.
The Seton Catholic School Religious Education Program provides a program whereby the Catholic faith is not only taught but also experienced in our daily lives. Participation in religious instruction is required of all students. Our program includes: daily religion class, prayer times, liturgical and para-liturgical opportunities, Advent and Lenten observances, service to the church, school, and community and Diocesan curriculum on Christian formation in sexuality.
In support of our mission statement and our educational programing, all of our students in Kindergarten through 8th grade are engaged in service to the home, church, school and community throughout the entire school year. Additionally, our students in grades 6-8 are required to fulfill a specific number of service hours and reflection requirements.
GRADE 8: 8th grade students are required to complete five (5) hours of service each academic quarter and write a reflection essay on one of the service experiences completed. Essay prompts will be given to the students.
GRADE 7: 7th grade students are required to complete four (4) hours of service each academic quarter and write a journal reflection describing one of the service experiences completed.
GRADE 6: 6th grade students are required to complete three (3) hours of service each academic quarter, write a short journal reflection and participate in a class discussion related to their service experiences during Religion class.
It is strongly encouraged that the total number of service hours are made up of a minimum of at least two (2) different experiences.
SERVICE EXPERIENCE OPPORTUNITIES:
Opportunities to fulfill community service hours may include but are not limited to the following:
Food banks or community hunger centers
Food delivery programs
Park systems volunteer programs
Organizations such as Habitat for Humanity
Any ministry at your parish or church
Send cards/emails/letters of support to hospital patients, assisted living or nursing home residents, homebound individuals, members of the military, health professionals or any type of community service workers.
Please be sure to call for specific guidelines for volunteering, visiting or delivering letters, cards or notes.
Opportunities to fulfill home service hours may include but are not limited to the following:
Help/tutor younger siblings with school work
Cook and serve meals to your family or neighbors
Clean up around the house–general cleaning and disinfecting
Complete large projects around the home–cleaning the pantry, closets, garage, attic or basement
Do yardwork–also for neighbors
Babysit younger siblings
Call/Zoom/FaceTime with grandparents/relatives that you are unable to visit in person
Take out the trash–also for neighbors
Care for pets, walking, cleaning waste up from the yard–also for neighbors
Please remember that any of these service opportunities for home should not be your usual chores and you may not receive any pay/allowance.
These lists are not totally inclusive. Your child’s Religion teacher will review many more service opportunities in religion class and will post a variety of ideas on Google Classroom. Be creative and do not hesitate to ask the teacher if you have a service opportunity that you would like to be considered. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact me, as well.
Mrs. Bibiana Seislove
Director of Campus Ministry
330 342-4200 Ext 227