Faith & Service

Christian Service

CHRISTIAN SERVICE FOR THE 2022-2023 SCHOOL YEAR

Let love be sincere; hate what is evil, hold on to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; anticipate one another in showing honor. Do not grow slack in zeal, be fervent in spirit, and serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, and persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs of the holy ones, and exercise hospitality. Romans 12:9-13

The Holy Cross tradition places an emphasis on service, hospitality, and inclusion in honor of Saint Andre Bessette, a Brother of the Holy Cross Congregation. Our Christian Service program at Notre Dame aims to help give students the opportunity to use their gifts and talents while serving the often marginalized people of our community as well as being able to step outside of their comfort zone. It is our goal that students will be transformed into a more zealous and consciously aware community of leaders.

Christian Service Requirements

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  • Freshman

    For the 2022-2023 school year only:

    *Freshmen must submit a minimum of 20 hours.

    20 hours of service at Notre Dame or former grade/junior high school or at other non-profit organizations.

    Due dates for service hours (2022-2023 school year)

    1st Sem. = December 2, 2022
    2nd Sem. = April 24, 2023

    DESCRIPTIONS AND REFLECTIONS

    Every x2VOL entry requires a description and reflection. 

    Descriptions must be one sentence in length describing what organization you worked with and/or what event you volunteered at. 

    Reflections must be at least one paragraph (minimum of 5 sentences) reflecting on your service project. 

    Any reflection not following the guidelines will result in having their hours denied. 
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  • Sophomores

    For the 2022-2023 school year only:

    *Freshmen must submit a minimum of 20 hours.

    20 hours of service at Notre Dame or former grade/junior high school or at other non-profit organizations.

    Due dates for service hours (2022-2023 school year)

    1st Sem. = December 2, 2022
    2nd Sem. = April 24, 2023

    DESCRIPTIONS AND REFLECTIONS

    Every x2VOL entry requires a description and reflection. 

    Descriptions must be one sentence in length describing what organization you worked with and/or what event you volunteered at. 

    Reflections must be at least one paragraph (minimum of 5 sentences) reflecting on your service project. 

    Any reflection not following the guidelines will result in having their hours denied. 
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  • Juniors

    For the 2022-2023 school year only:

    Juniors must submit a minimum of 30 hours.

    30 hours of service at Notre Dame or former grade/junior high school or at other non-profit organizations.

    Due dates for service hours (2022-2023 school year)

    1st Sem. = December 2, 2022
    2nd Sem. = April 24, 2023

    DESCRIPTIONS AND REFLECTIONS

    Every x2VOL entry requires a description and reflection. 

    Descriptions must be one sentence in length describing what organization you worked with and/or what event you volunteered at. 

    Reflections must be at least one paragraph (minimum of 5 sentences) reflecting on your service project. 

    Any reflection not following the guidelines will result in having their hours denied. 
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  • Seniors

    For the 2022-2023 school year only:

    Seniors must submit a minimum of 30 hours.

    30 hours of service at Notre Dame or former grade/junior high school or at other non-profit organizations.

    Due dates for service hours (2022-2023 school year)

    1st Sem. = December 2, 2022
    2nd Sem. = April 24, 2023


    DESCRIPTIONS AND REFLECTIONS

    Every x2VOL entry requires a description and reflection. 

    Descriptions must be one sentence in length describing what organization you worked with and/or what event you volunteered at. 

    Reflections must be at least one paragraph (minimum of 5 sentences) reflecting on your service project. 

    Any reflection not following the guidelines will result in having their hours denied. 
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We are proud to introduce the University of Southern California (USC) as our newest partner in our Junior Immersion program.  This past September Immersion was our trial run, and USC was so impressed with our students and faculty that they have invited us back to host future Immersions on their campus. 

Our September Immersion group engaged in mock climate change simulations and foreign affairs dialogue on global warming through the Department of Environmental Science and Center for Active Learning in International Studies; they participated in spiritual formation and interfaith dialogue through the USC Office of Religious and Spiritual Life/Interfaith Council, and they shared in a time of worship (Mass) and reflection at Our Savior Parish & USC Caruso Catholic Center. 

Through this partnership, USC will inform and inspire our future efforts of service, as we seek to create a more sustainable world to live in.  We are committed to our Christian ethics of faith, stewardship, service, and respect.  This is Immersion!


Approved Places to do Christian Service

Christian Service is more than community service; it is about living out the Christian love ethic, and so, any service must offer itself to at least one of those pursuits: love of God, love of neighbor, and love of self (St. Luke 10:27). 

This is how we judge what is 'Christian Service'.  If there is a special interest the student has in an organization they would like to serve at, they must get it pre-approved by the Director of Christian Service, Mr. Presley.

Students will need to email Mr. Presley prior to the start of their service. Please keep in mind that all services must conform to the teachings of the Catholic Church (this will be strictly adhered to).

Verifying Hours

In order to have hours approved by ND, students must have their hours verified by the contact person in charge of the event or service activity. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that their contact person fills out the emailed verification form. Any hours submitted without the contact verification will result in getting their hours denied.  Parents of the student, as well as other students, can NOT verify hours.

Service Hour Restrictions

All service hours should be completed with or on behalf of a reputable organization for verification purposes.  Activities like “walking a dog”, babysitting, tutoring, etc. will not be approved (unless it is a service on behalf of an organization).  Moreover, parents/guardians and other students can NOT verify student claims.  All donation claims must be school-sponsored or have the approval of the director BEFORE donations can be considered as Christian Service at NDHS.  We do not want students donating all of their service hours.  Moreover, all donation claims are capped at 3 hours max (1 bag = 1 hour of service, using best judgment on the size of the bag).  All service activities are subject to the approval and discretion of the Christian Service director. 

Christian Service Awards- Holy Cross Awards

At ND, we strive to recognize the various achievements our students have accomplished throughout the academic year. In order to be considered for this award, which is open to all grade levels, students must complete their Christian Service hours by February 1st. 

Awards for Seniors

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles awards high school seniors the Archdiocesan Christian Service Award. In order for students to be considered for this award, they must have completed all of their hours by February 1st, of their senior year. 

Should students have any questions about X2Vol or places to do their Christian Service Hours, they should email Mr. Presley or stop by his office during x-period.

Students of Service

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  • x2VOL Directions

    • Log-In using your username and password; you are now on the “Dashboard”
    • Now click on “Opportunities & Projects” at the top of the webpage; you are now at “My Activity Log”
    • Click on “Create New” right next to the words “Personal Activity/Project”
    • Next, simply fill out the webpage
      • Activity Name: this is the name of your project/experience; ex. “Operation Gratitude”
      • Project Description: give a brief description of what you did in your volunteering experience
      • Interests: select or click on one item under this section
      • You can skip the Career Clusters
      • Activity Contact
        • Name of supervisor (must be an adult and not your parent) who oversaw your service
        • Add phone number of supervisor
        • Email address (you must enter a “supervisor” email and it must be a .gov, .edu, or .org address or be the business address (i.e. @ndhs.org). Make sure the “supervisor” agrees to verify your hours electronically. Tell them that you will enter the service hours that day and that they will get an email to verify the hours.
          • an email verification will be sent to your service project supervisor to verify that you indeed did complete those hours

    • Claim Hours
      • Type in the date and how many hours you served
      • A one paragraph reflection is needed for every new/different service event; if all hours are being completed at one location or with one organization, then only one total paragraph is needed.

    • Apply Hours to Goal
      • You will apply these hours to your grade level year (this is the “exclusive goal”)

    • Check the “Oath Statement” box (“the hours that I am submitting are accurate and the details…etc.”)

    • Lastly, click "Submit"
    Log-In to x2VOL here to submit hours: x2VOL Log-In
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