Students in all grade levels participate in opportunities for service to the poor and marginalized. These opportunities are basically limited to school-based activities for younger children such as collecting food for the poor, writing cards and letters to the homebound, etc. Older students are able to serve at several sites in the area on a regular basis. They engage in activities such as feeding the homeless at Mission Santa Maria, sorting food at Metropolitan Ministries, assisting with the works of the Catholic Charities office of the diocese, etc.
Through these opportunities, students have the opportunity to actually reach out to those in need and then to reflect on the Gospel message that calls us to service to the poor and oppressed.
Students participate in many service initiatives to support our sister school in Haiti, St. Michael the Archangel in Dilaire, Haiti.
In addition to the hands-on experiences, students are able to view their service within the context of their personal commitment to God and each other. Through religion classes and learning experiences, students study the Gospel imperative of the preferential option for the poor. They break open the Word with the personal reference point they have acquired through their real-life experience. It is our hope that these experiences will lay the groundwork for life-long service in each student’s life.