Holy Cross Service Program
The Holy Cross Service Program is a graduation requirement that encourages the development of our students' social conscience by placing them in direct contact with various populations of people in need. Empowering students to bring hope to others, they will work with people who are developmentally disabled, small children, elderly and economically poor. This broad exposure helps clarify our students’ unique gifts, talents and interests. All service must be completed away from the Saint Francis campus.
The goals of the Holy Cross Christian Service Project graduation requirement are based on the philosophy of Saint Francis High School: "The school is committed to building a just society within the world community in which service to others is practiced by all." Service is not an option it is an obligation we have as Christians and as members of the human family. The Holy Cross Christian Service requirement is designed to encourage our students to be active participants of the family of Holy Cross.
All service hours fulfilling the graduation requirement will be with one target community. The goal of this change is to enhance a students service experience by providing them with more continuity. This may also provide consistency for the organizations in the community where our students serve.
- All Service must be conducted at community, school or church agencies or organizations that place the student in direct contact, working with people in need.
- Working to serve friends, family or neighbors does not meet the graduation requirements set forth by Saint Francis High School.
- Students will not be excused during the school day to complete service.
- All service must be conducted away from the school campus.
The Holy Cross Service Program is a Saint Francis High School graduation requirement. As such, we must verify completion of the required hours for every student. The following guidelines are used for the verification process
- Students are required to enter their service records into the online service verification system. The system provides students visibility of their hours at any time.
- Verification of completed service is turned into Campus Ministry on the completed "Holy Cross Christian Service Verification Form."
- All forms must be accompanied by a business card or official document from the agency or organization - this cannot be a printout from the website. A leter from the agency or organization where the student worked is also acceptable. If this is missing, the verification is not complete and credit is not given.
- Service hours may be completed during the summer prior to the current school year.
- Service timetable for the 2015-16 school year is May 22, 2015 thru May 26, 2016. Required hours are still due by the specified class due date, but extra hours can be submitted after that date, up until May 26, 2016.
- Students must call in advance for an appointment if agencies do require appointments or orientations. Students must abide by the agency's rules or the student may be denied credit.
Required Hours: 15 hours of direct service with children
Due Date: March 24, 2017
Required Hours: 10 hours of direct service working with developmentally disabled people
Due Date: March 3, 2017
Required Hours: 15 hours of direct service working with elderly
Due Date: Febraury 10, 2017
Required Hours: 10 hours of direct service working with any of the following populations: children, developmentally disabled, elderly, econonimcally disadvantaged
*Food banks and food pantries will not fufill this requirement, since they do not involve direct service with the poor. For special considerations, please see Ms. Frankovic in Campus Ministry.
Due Date: January 20, 2017
Each year, the student community works on homeroom projects during the six weeks of Lent.
The three traditional pillars of Lenten observance are prayer, fasting and almsgiving. The Church asks us to surrender ourselves to prayer and to the reading of Scripture, to fasting and to giving alms. The fasting that all do together on Fridays is but a sign of the daily Lenten discipline of individuals and households: fasting for certain periods of time, fasting from certain foods, but also fasting from other things and activities. Likewise, the giving of alms is some effort to share this world equally—not only through the distribution of money, but through the sharing of our time and talents.
The key to fruitful observance of these practices is to recognize their link to baptismal renewal. We are called not just to abstain from sin during Lent, but to true conversion of our hearts and minds as followers of Christ. We recall those waters in which we were baptized into Christ's death, died to sin and evil, and began new life in Christ.
- Freshman will collect for our Holy Cross Missions.
- Sophomores will collect for our Holy Cross Local Families.
- Juniors will collect for our Holy Cross Immersion Communities.
- Seniors will collect for our Holy Cross Global Family.
Freshman & Sophomore Service Learning Days
The freshman and sophomore service learning days are conducted through the freshman and sophomore religious studies courses and focus on service and reflection. The entire class travels by school bus to spend the day volunteering at local community organization. The group returns to Saint Francis by 2:30 p.m. There is no fee for this service learning day. Dates are scheduled for each religious studies course throughout the fall and spring semesters.
This program combines service and reflection with the goal of helping our students learn more about the needs of some of the most marginalized people in our community and to grow in a Christian Holy Cross sense of generosity and compassion. The freshman and sophomore service learning days do not count towards the community service graduation requirement. The Brothers of Holy Cross have a long tradition of working with the poor and marginalized. Through these service learning days, students share in the Brother’s mission of service.
Freshman Service Learning
The freshman service learning day will be spent at either Sacred Heart Nativity School in San Jose, CA or at Saint Elizabeth Seton School in Palo Alto, CA. Lunch is provided for all freshman students. The dress code for this day the same as a school day, except that students should wear a Saint Francis High School shirt or sweatshirt.
Sophomore Service Learning
The sophomore service learning day will be spent at HOPE Services in Mountain View, working with developmentally disabled individuals. For the sophomore service learning day, students must bring a bag lunch. The dress code for this day is jeans, a Saint Francis High School shirt or sweatshirt, and closed toed shoes.