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En Christe

Service Program Overview

En Christe is the CHS service-learning program, coordinated through and vitally linked to our Theology curriculum. Answering the call of Christ in Matthew 25, students engage directly with the disenfranchised, and through a reflection project connect their service experiences with the content of their Theology courses.  

Program Requirements:

All students must complete 10 hours of service to their local community by April 30, 2022.  All service hours must be logged and approved through our partner App, Mobile Serve, with photos and 3-4 sentence descriptions for each act of service.  These hours must be email verified by an adult.  

When students return to school in August, their Theology teachers will provide additional information about benchmarks, due dates, and reflection projects.  

Program Guide:

The appropriate guide for En Christe specific hours are acts that fall under the Corporal Works of Mercy inspired by Jesus’s call in Matthew 25. We are called to serve those who are suffering mentally, physically, and spiritually. Below you will see specific ways that you are able to serve that fall under the Seven Corporal Works of Mercy.

The ultimate goal is to work directly with the people you will be serving. With the continued volunteer restrictions and lack of in-person opportunities, we are making a few modifications to the service program, accepting certain types of donations with a commitment to pray for whoever is receiving them (i.e. letters, holiday cards, handmade goods like clothing, blankets, or food). After the Corporal Works of Mercy, you will see a list of acceptable places to serve. This list is meant to give some ideas of where you can serve; it is not exhaustive. Finally, there is a list of “frequently asked questions” about service hours that do not count as En Christe.

The Corporal Works of Mercy:

1. Feed the hungry
    - See #2.
2. Give drink to the thirsty
    - Food pantry, meal packing/delivery, make food and bring to hospital/nursing home/assisted living facility with a                commitment to pray for whoever receives them.
3. Clothe the naked
    - Make clothing/blankets and donate to homeless shelter, make socks/scarves/blankets for nursing home/assisted                living facility 
    - Work at a salvation army (or similar location) with a commitment to pray for whoever receives them.
4. Shelter the homeless
    - Build homes for the underprivileged with a commitment to pray for whoever will live there.
5. Visit the imprisoned
    - Holiday letters, pen pal (not actual correspondence but a one time letter of encouragement with a commitment to            pray for that inmate)
               - Must get someone from the prison staff to approve hours i.e. confirm that they received your card or letter. Or                   written confirmation (email or paper) and Ms. Fabian or Theology can give approval. Still need pictures of the                   process. 
6. Visit the sick
    - Hospice/nursing home visits, hospital visits, pen pal/holiday or “just thinking of you” cards to patients in those places
    - Tutoring/working with students with disabilities
    - Working with physically and/or mentally disabled persons
    - Blood donation with a commitment to pray for those receiving blood.
    - Make blankets for NICU babies (or any groups listed above) with a commitment to pray for whoever receives them,          - Volunteer to hold NICU babies (18+)
7. Bury the dead
    - Altar serving/lectoring/ushering/music at a funeral Mass (cannot just attend the Mass)

*Any hours spent working directly with people suffering socioeconomically would also apply. Please email Ms. Fabian for any clarifications. Other activities can potentially be approved by your Theology teacher and/or Campus Minister.  

Places to check out:

    - Your local parish or church community
    - Our Lady of Perpetual Help Assisted Living  
    - Marian Manor Assisted Living
    - CHKD 
    - Human services opportunities throughout Virginia Beach 
    - Habitat for Humanity, only hours spent in construction would apply. Must be 16 years and older to go to the                      construction site. Under 18 need to volunteer with a parent or guardian present.  

FAQ:

Below is a list of commonly asked questions about scenarios or volunteer hours that are NOT considered En Christe. If you volunteer at any point, please still log those hours in Mobile Serve as they will count towards diocesan service awards.          - Anything not considered EnChriste (or NHS) would be logged under “General”.  
    - Altar serving for regular Sunday or daily Masses
    - Assisting with school events unless they fall into a category listed above (food/service drives at school do not count)
    - Helping with family and/or household members
    - Aquarium, pet shelter, etc.
    - Community clean up