Junior Year Service Guidelines
Living the Gospel Message (LTGM)
Service Hour Guidelines 2012-2013
Service hours must be completed in the greater community outside of Bishop Ready High School; activities at BRHS
are not acceptable for LTGM minimum requirements. Mandatory service activities through BRHS athletic teams do not count.
Guidelines for the completion of the junior requirement are as follows:
- A minimum of 20 hours of service must be earned following the last day of sophomore year and the last day of junior third quarter;
- Volunteering at, for or with a for-profit business or individual is never acceptable; ask before you earn!
- Service to be completed in a parish, church or faith community, hospital, nursing home, school, or any non-profit organization* that is in agreement with Catholic moral teaching;
- Any liturgical ministry, including but not limited to: lector, altar server, choirs (musical/voice) or Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion that is not a new ministry as of June may not be counted; no more than 5 hours in any one of the above; 10 hours maximum for liturgical ministries. Ushering/hospitality minister before Mass is maximum 10 hours.
- A maximum of five (5) hours may be counted for coaching, refereeing, assisting, keeping score, selling tickets or refreshments for sports teams, athletic events, or tournaments is allowed. These provisions do not allow for-profit club teams or cheerleading organizations;
- Church or diocesan sponsored work camps or mission trips are acceptable, though only actual work hours will be counted;
- An adult must sign, date, and record the number of hours earned on the Supervisor Evaluation Form. Agency or organization printouts and letters on official letterhead may also suffice. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that the Supervisor’s Evaluation Form is complete. Other students, parents and/or family members may not be the supervisor;
- The service hour requirement is not complete until a supervisor’s evaluation is given to the student’s theology teacher and approved by the Campus Ministry Team;
- Bingo is not acceptable under any circumstances because of legal issues;
- No exceptions permitted; these guidelines are firm.
Particularly recommended is service with the disadvantaged, marginalized or poor. The following are suggested:
- Catholic or Lutheran or Jewish Social Services
- J.O.I.N. (Joint Organization for Inner City Needs)
- St. Vincent DePaul Conference (not BRHS)
- City of Columbus Parks & Recreation Department
- Humane Societies (non-profit)
- Life Care Alliance/Meals on Wheels
- Mid-Ohio Food Bank
- Mother M. Angeline Home
- Shepherd’s Corner at Dominican Acres
- Special Olympics
- West Side Free Store
- Our Lady of Guadalupe Center
- Holy Family Soup Kitchen
- Ronald McDonald House
- The Buckeye Ranch (Grove City)
- Ohio School for The Blind
- The Red Cross
- Parish Schools of Religion or PREP (elementary/pre-school)
- Heinzerling Foundation
- Deaf Services Center (Worthington)
- Franklin County Board of Developmental Disabilities
- Camp City Year (Columbus)
- Down Syndrome Association of Ohio
- Columbus Literacy Council
- Gospel Road, Diocese of Columbus
Any questions concerning community service, including the appropriateness of an agency or organization, must be addressed before beginning the service. If you are unsure about the agency where you would like to volunteer or the type of service being completed, please check with a member of Campus Ministry or e-mail Dr. SK at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students may begin their junior hours after the completion of the sophomore year and must have them completed with the Supervisor Evaluation Forms as verification by the last day of third quarter.
Theology Curriculum: A theology grade of twenty (20) points will be earned for on-time completion and verification of the service hour requirement. These points will be included in the third quarter grade (only if the hours can be verified). Upon completion of the minimum of twenty hours of service, a second grade of thirty (30) points can be earned during any quarter for the written reflection essay. If the reflection essay is not submitted in quarters one through three, it will be mandatory for the fourth. Directions for this grade will be provided to students at the beginning of the junior year and will be available at Progress Book throughout the year.
Student Eligibility: Students who have not completed all service hours, according to the prescribed guidelines by the end of the fourth quarter grading period immediately become ineligible for all extra-curricular activities beginning in first quarter of their senior year. Students may not work ahead in service hours nor take credit for excess hours earned in previous years.
Awards are given annually to students who perform service above and beyond that which is required. After the school year begins, Supervisor Evaluation Forms may be mailed or hand-delivered to the student’s theology teacher. Bishop Ready High School is not responsible for evaluation forms delivered to the school during summer break. Please wait until the first day of regular classes to submit Supervisor Evaluation Forms.
* United Way agencies who receive monies from the annual United Way campaign may by considered for service provided that their mission is consistent with Catholic moral teaching.
* All scenarios for completion of this requirement cannot be addressed in this document. Decisions of the Campus Ministry Team are final.
These guidelines may be accessed at http://www.brhs.org under the Campus Ministry link.
Supervisor Evaluation Forms are available at http://www.brhs.org/CampusMinistry/ServiceSupervisorEvaluation.aspx.