Proclaiming Jesus Christ and His Gospel, and raising up our community where faith is lived, deepened and celebrated.
The Christian Service Program is designed to help students of Saint Viator High School develop into people of compassion and knowledge, people committed to justice, and people called by God to serve others. Our program seeks to put into action Gospel values rooted in Catholic Social Teaching and the mission/vision of the Clerics of St. Viator, our founding order. During their four years at Saint Viator, students will use their particular gifts and talents on a local, regional and global level.
In partnership with Young Neighbors In Action, seven students from Saint Viator High School will join 90 other young people in St. Louis to engage in a week of service. The trip begins on June 18 and concludes on June 24, 2017. The cost is $395.00.
Throughout this week, Young Neighbors in Action staff will send our group to engage in service in a location in or around St. Louis, helping us participate in mission, grow in faith, join in prayer, and serve God's world. Participants are assigned to one site for the week to build community and relationships and to accomplish tasks.
No two Young Neighbor sites are exactly the same. The programming is similar at each site, but the program location, work opportunities, and communities are unique. We offer three basic types of service at our program sites:
- Hands-on physical work — scraping, painting, fixing, yard work, landscaping, planting, weeding, graffiti removal, construction and renovation with groups like Habitat for Humanity
- Children and family work — summer camps for children, tutoring, day care and day camps for infants, toddlers, elementary and pre-teen children, family centers, migrant Head Start programs, programs for developmentally disabled children and youth, organizing arts and crafts, Bible schools, working with children in orphanages, and children's homes
- Direct assistance work — cooking and serving meals in soup kitchens and shelters, working with food banks and clothing shops, homeless shelters and abuse centers, Catholic Worker houses, and AIDS hospices
Our goal is for every site to offer the chance to meet people and work on a concrete task, build relationships, and make a difference. How these pieces balance out differs from one site to the next. But each experience promises to be rich and purposeful.
If you are interested in learning more, please contact Bart Hisgen.