2014-2015 Sophomore Year Service Guidelines
Living the Gospel Message (LTGM)
Service for any organization or activity at Bishop Ready High School is not acceptable for LTGM minimum requirements; service must be done in the greater community beyond Bishop Ready.
Guidelines for the completion of the sophomore requirement are as follows:
A minimum of 20 hours of service;
Service to be completed in a parish, hospital, nursing home, United Way organization*, or other agency with tax exempt status (501 3(c) documentation) that is in agreement with Catholic moral teaching;
Unless altar serving is a new ministry, it may not be used for sophomore hours;
A maximum of 5 hours will be accepted for any of the following liturgical ministries: choir, cantoring, instrumental, hospitality, lectoring, or Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion with a maximum of 10 hours for liturgical ministry per year;
A maximum of 5 hours volunteering in the parish or other organization to coach, assist, keep score, or sell refreshments at athletic events is allowed (this does not include Special Olympics);
Church oriented work camps are acceptable;
Bingo is not acceptable under any circumstances because of legal issues;
Working at home (baking, sewing etc.) is not acceptable service;
Volunteering at a for-profit business is never acceptable;
A parent or family member may not be the supervisor;
Service is not complete until a supervisor's evaluation** is given to the sophomore’s theology teacher;
No exceptions are allowed. These guidelines are firm.
Particularly recommended is service with the marginalized or poor such as soup kitchens, food pantries, and homeless shelters. Some suggestions are:
Catholic/Lutheran/Jewish Social Services
J.O.I.N. (Joint Organization for Inner City Needs)
Parish-based St. Vincent DePaul Conference or downtown location
Columbus Metro Parks
Humane Societies (non-profit)
Life Care Alliance
Mid-Ohio Food Bank
Mother M. Angeline Home
Shepherd’s Corner at Dominican Acres
West Side Free Store
Any questions concerning community service, including the appropriateness of an agency, should be addressed before beginning service. If you are unsure about the agency where you would like to volunteer, please check with a member of Campus Ministry or e-mail [email protected]
Students may begin their sophomore hours after the completion of the freshmen year and must have them completed and supervisor forms turned in by the last day of third quarter. A theology grade is assigned for on-time completion and verification of this requirement. This grade is an all or nothing grade. Students who have not completed all service hours, following all prescribed guidelines, and turned in completed supervisor forms by the end of fourth quarter immediately become ineligible for all extra-curricular activities. Students may not work ahead in service hours (each year’s service may not begin until after the completion of the current grade). Awards are given annually to students who perform service above and beyond that which is required.
After the school year begins, evaluation forms may be e-mailed, mailed or hand delivered to the appropriate 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 bring in evaluation forms.
All scenarios for completion of this requirement cannot be addressed in this document. Decisions of the Campus Ministry Team are final.
* United Way organizations are defined as those not-for-profit agencies/organizations that receive monies from the annual United Way campaign.
**Evaluation forms may be downloaded from this site or are available through Campus Ministry.
Sophomores who are not up-to-date in their service requirement by the end of the fourth quarter of sophomore year will automatically become ineligible for all extra-curricular activities their junior year. Supervisor forms will not be accepted by anyone at Bishop Ready through the summer and the student will, therefore, remain ineligible until at least the first day of school. Affected students will need to return the appropriate forms on the first day of school the following year to their current theology teacher. NOTE: There are no exceptions to this policy.