Christian Service at St Joseph High School
It is the goal of the Christian Service Program at St Joseph High school to make students more aware of the needs of others and of our shared responsibility to help those in need. Our students will have begun to develop a life-long love of serving those in need and giving generously of their time and unique gifts. We take our motto of “Privilege and Responsibility” very seriously, recognizing and embracing the call to imitate Jesus. We strive to build a culture of service where helping those in need is more of a joy than a requirement.
Volunteer at Catholic Academy of Bridgeport's Santa Shop!
* Saturday, December 8 (10am-1pm or 1:30pm-5pm);
* Tuesday-Thursday, December 11-13 (3pm-5pm)
- Santa Shop allows students to "shop" for Christmas gifts for their families. They take donated items and charge from 25 cents to $3 per item, and then wrap the gifts for the students to bring home.
- Volunteer Opportunity #1: Set-up for Santa Shop - sort through items and organize by price. Open to 20 volunteers.
- Volunteer Opportunity #2: Wrapping Gifts - assist with wrapping items purchased during the day. Open to up to 15 volunteers each day.
- To sign up for one or more activities, complete the google form: https://goo.gl/forms/DduGYfLcyec2NIS53
- Contact: Sr Christine at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Assist the Koczi Family in Monroe, CT
- Garrett Kalker ’19 is looking for those who'd like to help the Koczi family. Mr. Koczi is a WWII veteran who served in the Pacific and was in the Battle for Okinawa. He is in need of some fall clean/up landscaping work.
- Anyone interested should contact Garrett.
- Date of clean-up is TBA
Boys and Girls Club of the Lower Naugatuck Valley - Continuing Service
- Join the Boys and Girls Club of Lower Naugatuck Valley and volunteer in their homework help/afterschool program Monday-Friday from 3:30-6:00pm.
- Boys and Girls Club facilities are located in Shelton, Ansonia, and Seymour. Students who participate in the program are 5-12 years old and require assistance with Math, Science, Social Studies, and Reading.
- Please e-mail Shaye Roscoe at email@example.com for more information.
COMING SOON TO SERVICE AT SJ!
• Midnight Run New Haven
• Lunch Program at Merton House
• Breakfast Program at Bridgeport Rescue Mission
• After School Program at Caroline House
“O my God, teach me to be generous, teach me to serve you as I should, to give without counting the cost, to fight without fear of being wounded, to work without seeking rest, to labor without expecting any reward, but the knowledge that I am doing your most holy will.”
Mr Jordan Smith
Mr Smith graduated in 2012 from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA with a dual degree in Classics and Theology. His love for Campus Ministry began in an internship at St John’s High School in Shrewsbury, MA in 2011-2012. Upon graduation, he began teaching at Notre Dame High School in West Haven, CT where he developed their Kairos Retreat Program in addition to grade level retreats and a student-led retreat program called BRO (Brothers Reaching Others). Mr Smith also taught courses in Christology, Morality, Peer Leadership, Old Testament and Global Issues in addition to his work in the spiritual life of the school.
Since 2012, Mr Smith has spent summers at the Loomis Chaffee School in Windsor, CT as a Dorm Head and English Teacher in the Loomis Chaffee Summer Program. In 2017, he worked with a team to successfully integrate a retreat option for our community.
His training by the Jesuits at Holy Cross helped him realize that his work in service to others is - always - the most rewarding.
What counts for service?
- Freshmen and sophomores are permitted to fulfill the service requirement through serving St Joseph High School, as well as their own communities, including their own churches, schools, or towns. Freshmen and sophomore may also log hours in service to the hungry, homeless, sick, elderly, disabled, economically disadvantaged, or an organization that directly supports those causes.
- Juniors and Seniors are asked to go beyond serving our immediate community and directly confront social injustice in a deeper way. They must perform acts of service that assist the hungry, homeless, sick, elderly, disabled, economically disadvantaged, or an organization that directly supports those causes. Service to the school or to their own communities may be included in Above and Beyond hours.
The following may NEVER be considered service and if submitted will be invalid:
- Volunteering at FOR-profit businesses (i.e. doctor’s offices, law firms, stores, etc).
- Any house, yard work, or babysitting done for family, friends or neighbors.
- Anything in which payment is received, or doing work you would normally be paid for but not accepting pay.
- Service should not be done through organizations that are contrary to the mission and beliefs of St Joseph High School and the Catholic Church.
- New service opportunities will be posted on the message boards at school and on PlusPortals.