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"As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God's varied grace." (1 Peter 4:10)

One of the ways we seek to train our youth in Christian living is by engaging them in two service opportunities each year.  These are organized by the parents and catechists with input from the youth.  The two opportunities should reach out to the parish, local or large community in a way that our youth can experience the difference they make by giving of their God given time and talent.  Examples of activities that qualify as service projects are: visiting nursing homes, helping out at a soup kitchen, or helping with a parish event (i.e. decorating the church for a seasonal celebration or helping with the Spaghetti Dinner).  The service opportunities chosen for the year should be different and are to be noted on the syllabus.

Neighborhood groups need to notify the Director of Faith Formation of these service projects and any changes that may come up.  Any service projects requiring students to go to a location other than where they routinely meet for sessions or the church, require a permission form to be filled out and submitted to the office.  Contact the Faith Formation office for a customized permission form at least two weeks prior to the date.  

Why Serve?

The life of a Christian steward models the life of Jesus.  It is challenging and even difficult, in many respects, yet intense joy comes to those who take the risk to live as Christian stewards.  Women and men who seek to live as stewards learn that "all things work for good for those who love God" (Rom 8:28).  Stewards of God's gifts are not passive beneficiaries.  They cooperate with God in our own redemption and in the redemption of others. 

As stewards, we seek to teach our youth the importance of using the gifts and talents God has given them to help others for the greater good and that through giving of our gifts and talents we are able to grow closer to Jesus Christ, our greatest example, who laid down all that He had for the salvation of all.