Our motivation for service as Catholics is the Gospel mandate to serve as Jesus served - this is one key way to grow in his image! Service is a central tenet of the Catholic faith and is thus required of older Christian Formation students who are growing more mature in their faith. When we each decide to notice, when we decide to act, when we decide to make a difference (even in a small way), we have taken the first step in changing the world.
What does the Bible say about service? Jesus tells us time and time again how important it is to serve others as a part of leading a Christian life. A genuine commitment to others is ultimately a commitment to Christ. It will make a difference in the choices we make. In the book of Matthew Jesus says to the people “Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”
We all have many hidden talents we aren’t even aware of until we are asked to help. When we give with a happy and loving heart, we realize that our actions in the name of service truly imitate Christ! God will bless you with a rewarding sense of fulfillment that comes from serving Him through serving others.
Service can be completed in a variety of ways: at St. Leonard, in our community, and/or in the home. We have a wide assortment of projects through our parish with all of the various activities, events, and committees. Information is provided as it becomes available.
We also understand that students are involved in service elsewhere, outside the parish walls, and these activities can be (in most cases) recorded as service commitments**. Aside from this information being available at the time of Confirmation, these records can be used to provide letters of recommendation for colleges, job references, etc., but only if they are complete. It is beneficial for all students to record their service for all of these reasons. To help in this endeavor, the Service Hours form can be found here. The information on the form should be as detailed as possible and will be recorded in the student file as part of his or her record.
** If you are a member of the organization that benefits from, or are under obligation to preform the activity, the work does not count toward the Christian Formation requirement.
Community service hours performed to satisfy a court order may not be used toward Christian Formation requirement.
If you have any questions regardomg service opportunities, please contact Bethanne Maus-Schaefer at 262-679-0880 or [email protected].
Service Hours Form (pdf)
We will keep electronic copies of each form we receive.
SOME CURRENT PARISH-RELATED SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES