St. Francis High School

Christian Service

In addition to the academic requirements for graduation, every student is asked to carry out a designated amount of service during each of his four years at St. Francis High School.
 
How to Record Your Completed Service Hours:
- Once you have completed your service hours, record them in x2VOL through the Student Naviance application.
 
- Click HERE to access x2VOL through the Student Naviance.
 

FRESHMAN SERVICE REQUIREMENT:

Freshman Mattinas Schedule

All 9th grade students are expected to participate in 1 MATTINA (Morning Service Experience) AND complete 5 additional hours before May 19, 2017.

DESCRIPTION: MATTINAS (Morning in Italian) are class level service trips designed specifically for St. Francis Freshmen. Each Mattina will bring small groups of students to serve at the Midnight Mission, a homeless and social services agency in downtown Los Angeles. Under the supervision of a kitchen staff, your son(s) will help prepare and serve the breakfast meal for over 200 homeless men and women living on Skid Row.

SOPHOMORE SERVICE REQUIREMENT:

All 10th grade students are required to participate in 1 (K)night of Service AND complete 10 additional hours before May 19, 2017. 

DESCRIPTION: (K)nights of Service are class level service trips designed specifically for St. Francis Sophomores.  Each Knight of Service will bring groups of students to serve at the Midnight Mission, a homeless and social services agency in downtown Los Angeles. Under the supervision of a kitchen staff, your son(s) will help prepare and serve the dinner meal for over 200 homeless men and women living on Skid Row.

Students will be asked to sign up for a trip in their religion classes as soon as possible.  Spots are on a first come-first serve basis. Once you have signed up, families will receive detailed information and permission slips in a follow up email.  These service trips will take place on designated Friday afternoons after school (2:30PM-6:45PM) throughout the school year (please see below). SFHS will provide transportation and faculty supervision for each trip. There is no cost to attend.

  1. Friday, September 9, 2016                                               6. Friday, Feb. 18, 2017
  2. Friday, Oct. 7, 2016                                                          7. Friday, Feb. 24, 2017
  3. Friday, Nov. 18, 2016                                                       8. Friday, March 24, 2017
  4. Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2016                                                   9. Friday, April 28, 2017
  5. Friday, January 13, 2017                                                 10. Friday, May 26, 2017

If you as a parent would like to sign up your son for one of the dates above, or if you have any other questions, please notify us by email at sfservice@sfhs.net.

JUNIOR SERVICE REQUIREMENT: 

All 11th grade students are required to participate in 1 Day of Service AND complete 15 additional hours before May 26, 2017.
 
DESCRIPTION: Days of Service are class level service trips designed specifically for St. Francis Juniors. Each Day of Service will bring groups of roughly 15 students, together with a faculty chaperone, to volunteer at the Union Rescue Mission, a homeless and social services agency in downtown Los Angeles. Under the supervision of their staff, your son(s) will assist in their charitable efforts in the community, which will include but not limited to preparing and serving lunch for over 200 homeless men and women living on Skid Row.
 
Students will be asked to sign up for a trip in their religion classes as soon as possible. Spots are on a first come-first serve basis. Once you have signed up, families will receive detailed information and permission slips in a follow up email. These service trips will take place on designated Saturdays (9:00AM-3:00PM) throughout the school year (please see below). SFHS will provide transportation and faculty supervision for each trip. There is no cost to attend.

If you as a parent would like to sign up your son for one of the dates above, or if you have any other questions, please notify us by email at sfservice@sfhs.net.

The Additional 15 Service Hours: The additional 15 service hours is only a minimum and students may complete them through a variety of different off-campus organizations or on campus. For a full description of the Christian Service program, please refer to pp. 8-10 in the Student/Parent handbook.

SENIOR SERVICE REQUIREMENT:

All 12th grade students are required to complete his Senior Service Project.

DESCRIPTION: When you first came to St. Francis, you joined other young men in the search for your own growth and development in an emerging Christian community. Together with your parents, we try to help you realize that ultimately it is you who must develop yourself into a responsible person in the real world.  To help your personal growth and ongoing reflective process, the Senior Project has been instituted.

Seniors will design, develop, execute, and evaluate a service project over the course of the academic year having shown a minimum of 20 hours of work, which includes both the planning, and execution of the service.  Students may work individually or in small groups of no more than 4 students. Participation, completion and presentation of the senior project will be part of your Second Semester Religion Vocations grade.  

The Senior Project should reflect the Corporal Works of Mercy as set forth by the Catholic Church; these are kind acts by which we help our neighbors with their material and physical needs.

  • Feed the hungry
  • Shelter the homeless
  • Clothe the naked
  • Visit the sick and imprisoned
  • Bury the dead
  • Give alms to the poor
 
All projects must be completed by April 31st, 2017. Seniors who do not complete their service project may not take their final examinations. Students will present projects to their religions classes with a faculty panel from May 1-12, 2017.
 
FURTHER REQUIREMENTS, OBSERVATIONS, AND SPECIFIC PROHIBITIONS:
 
  •      The Senior project may benefit the St. Francis community or an off campus community.
  •      Students may not work for profit businesses and they may not receive any PAY, WAGES, OR SALARIES for services performed during the project.
  •      There will be no project approved that involves students’ own parents or immediate relatives or firms run by the same. No project will be approved if a parent or relative works for the same company at the same site being considered.
  •      Ideally, seniors’ projects should be at places different from other seniors’ projects. Several seniors at one location may affect the project’s goal to give an experience away from school-related work and relationships.
 
Charity vs. Service: Students sometimes are inspired to collect items and/or funds for a specific cause/charity/organization. While fundraising and advocacy can be a component of the project, there must be an element of direct service through which the students have face-to-face interaction with the group being served.