Mission 4 Service
Archbishop Curley High School’s requirement for service is based on the example of St. Francis of Assisi who understood the need to integrate religious belief with everyday living. For St. Francis, serving the poor was nothing less than honoring God in the presence of another person.
The MISSION 4 SERVICE program is an opportunity for our students to reach out to others who find themselves in need. While the learning that happens in the classroom is important, we strongly believe in extending that learning experience beyond our school’s walls. Their service to others puts them in touch with the suffering of the human community and enables them to see a world that exists beyond their normal boundaries. This enables students to appreciate some of the injustices that exist in our world and to work to correct them where possible. This is also a learning of a spiritual nature which opens the way to an encounter with Christ in those they serve and enables a living out of their Christian call to be disciples. To help deepen their understanding of the meaning of their service, every service experience has a reflection project requirement. The goal of this reflection is to enable them to relate what they have done to their faith and their relationship with Christ.
The completion of each year's service is a requirement for graduation.
Download the S-Form. Print the form, complete it and return the completed form to your religion teacher.
Download the V-Form (Service Verification Form.) Print the form, complete it and return it to your religion teacher.
Here are some important information for you:
For all Underclassmen
October 12, 2016 the S Form is due to your theology teacher in class. A hard copy/paper copy of the form needs to be turned in.
April 26, 2017 the V Forms are due along with their papers. A hard copy/paper copy of the form and papers needs to be turned in.
The guidelines for underclassmen projects will be distributed by your theology teacher.
Freshmen 12 hours
Sophomores 18 Hours
Juniors 24 hours
September 21, 2016 - the S-form is due
October 31 - November 4, 2016 - Senior Service Week
30 Service Hours required for Seniors
November 17, 2016 - the V Forms are due along with their projects. A hard copy/paper copy of the form and project needs to be turned in.
The guidelines for the seniors projects are in the Senior Mission 4 Packet.
- All S-forms are subject to the approval of the FYM director or other person as appointed by the FYM director.
- No service hours will be accepted without an approved S-form.
- All students are required to present a sound reason for their choice of service on the S-form. Choices should be based on what will be required of them in completing their project.
- A list of recommended service opportunities are listed on the website.
- Service proposals should attempt to encompass one or more of the Franciscan values:
- Community Building
- Peaceful making
- Concern for the poor and the marginalized
- Care of the environment
- Dedication to Christ and the Church
- Incomplete forms will not be accepted.
- Any service submitted on the V-Form which differs from the approved S-Form will not be accepted.
- Any forms that have been falsified in any way will be subject to automatic Saturday detention. If a student has lied about completion of their service, they must complete that service.
- If a student has not completed all service requirements by the end of the school year, he will not be permitted to move on to the next grade level until all incomplete service requirements are fulfilled.
Students who fail to turn in their service project on time will receive an automatic 10 point deduction for lateness. They will receive an additional 10 point reduction for each week it is late. Failure to complete the service project by the last day of exams will result in a grade of “0” for their 2nd or 4th quarter religion grade. If the student has not completed the project by the last day of the semester examination period, he will still be required to complete the project in the coming semester.
If the student has not completed the project by the end of the school year, he will not be permitted to return to Curley until all incomplete service requirements are fulfilled.
Examples of Acceptable Volunteer Service
- Retirement Home
- Carrington House Dinners
- The Franciscan Center
- Camp Counselor
- Food pantry
- Soup kitchen
- Habitat for Humanity
- Medical Rehab/Nursing Home
- Head Start program
- Homeless shelter
- Parish fundraisers/outreach to the poor
- Our Daily Bread
- Beans and Bread
- Blood drives
Examples of Unacceptable Service
- Filing or clerical work in an office
- Fire/Police station
- Working in a Warehouse
- Any for profit entity (for example):
- Automotive shop
- Dance studio
- Beauty or barber shop
- Insurance company
- Carry out/Concession stand
- Cleaning service
- Doing work at home or for other family members
- Any yard or house work (cutting grass/raking leaves/dish cleaning)
- Curley events
- Open House
- Wine Tasting
- Dinner Theater
- Helping at Mass on Sunday
- Altar serving
- Double dipping
- Eagle projects
- Confirmation service
- Doing the same service at the same place for more than two years
Recommended Sites List
Ministry to Elderly & Disabled
Food Assistance Programs
- Our Daily Bread
Serving meals; soup kitchen
Aaron Kennedy (443) 986-9031
- Beans and Bread
Serving meals; soup kitchen
Erin Shutt (410) 732-1892
- First Fruits Farm – Freeland, Maryland
Working in the fields harvesting crops for use in food banks and soup kitchens
Rick (410) 218-8289
- SOBER (South Baltimore Emergency Relief)
Social advocacy, food co-op
Elizabeth Bear (410) 752-1336
- Paul’s Place, Pig Town
Soup kitchen, thrift store, after school care for children
Will Thomas (410) 625-0775
- Sarah’s Hope Outreach
Stocking shelves, pantry, women’s shelter
Connor Wall (410) 396-2204/2205
- Franciscan Center
Food pantry, Clothing sorting
Mike Parker (410) 467-5340 x113
- GEDCO (Govans Ecumenical Development Corporation)
CARES-Food Bank, eldercare, soup kitchen, homeless outreach, affordable housing
Erin Whitt Hilker (410) 433-2442 x22 firstname.lastname@example.org
- St. Clement Mary Houfbauer Church
Pam Walters (410) 686-3316 x123 email@example.com
- St. Anthony of Padua Church/Precious Blood Church
Food assistance programs
Deacon Joe Krysiak (410) 488-0400 x113
- Ray of Hope Mission Center, Cecil County
Food pantry; job finding; helping those in need get back on their feet
Frank Rinaldi (410) 378-9800
- St. Francis of Assisi
Social justice projects
Jerry Buettner (410) 254-1842
- St.Vincent de Paul
Social justice projects @ St. Ambrose Center
Richard Williams, Jr. 410-225-0870 x106
Medical Service Internships
- Maryland University Medical Center, Helping medical staff in their work in all areas of the hospital at all hours of the day;
Marvina Cole (410) 328-5600 http://www.umm.edu/
- Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, Helping medical staff in their work in all areas of the hospital at all hours of the day;
Phylis Cohen (410) 550-7097 Pcohen11@jhmi.edu
- Public Justice Ctr. Attorney’s office; advocates for the poor; can have volunteers depending on time of year;
Wendy Hess (410) 625-9409 x235 www.publicjustice.org
- Maryland Catholic Conference, Office work, political lobbying
Mary Ellen Russel (410) 269-1155 www.mdcathcon.org
- Kids on the Hill, Social action through artistic expression; after school program
Rebecka (410) 383-7200 www.kidsonthehill.org
- Camp St. Vincent, Cleanup to prepare for summer camp/Camp counselor
Sandy Ginn (410) 547-5375 www.vincentbaltimore.org
- First Fruits Farm – Freeland, Maryland, Working in the fields harvesting crops for use in food banks and soup kitchens;
Rick (410) 218-8289 n www.firstfruitsfarm.org
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