Christianity calls for us to serve others. Catholicism implores that we serve our fellow man. Our school mission calls for us to model and inspire service within ourselves and the global community. This is carved deep into the foundation upon which our school sits as a structure to house this teaching. We trust that if we teach you why you serve others, you will be inspired, and if we show you how to serve others you will be capable.
Finally, we trust that if we serve along side you, you will see the power of this action.
With these elements in place, we challenge our students to do what we are all put on this earth to do: serve.
There are three classifications that we can use to label our aiding actions to our fellow man.
First, there is charity. We teach this to our students at an early age, as it is the easiest to understand and accomplish. Charity is the act of giving to another in need, such as when our Kindergarten performs their Crayon Drive that supports schools, hospitals, and art programs, or when our 2nd grade collects supplies for the Healing Foundation’s annual trip to Guatemala, or our 4th grade Thanksgiving drive.
Secondly, there is service, which while more difficult to fully comprehend, is an action that children do unconsciously from a young age. Service is defined as helping or doing work for someone, such as when our 7th graders served dinner to the homeless at the Cathedral kitchen.
The third type of action is far more complex and can be achieved at varying levels. That is solidarity. Solidarity is the union of interests or purposes among members of a group. To truly realize solidarity, one must interact with another as an equal and recognize that they are sharing the same community. When we view solidarity in connection with the previous two actions, it becomes an immensely powerful concept. This is our focus this year, and to have the greatest impact, we need your help. If you can lend your time, talents, and ideas to us, our children, and ultimately our community, we can impact lives in ways we never knew possible.
When we combine these three concepts in actual practice, the truest form of Christ-like actions is accomplished.