The third pillar in the mission statement of Bishop Gorman is to create a community where service is valued and celebrated.  And because of the Gospel mandate to love and serve our neighbors, Bishop Gorman requires its students to participate in 100 hours of Christian service (25/year minimum) as a requirement for graduation from the school.  

The goal of the Bishop Gorman Christian Service program is to help our students engage in acts of justice that promote a living faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  In order to accomplish this goal, we ask that our students primarily engage in activities that fall under or are highly related to the following three areas
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Works of Mercy

List of 3 items.

  • Corporal Works of Mercy

    • Feed the hungry
    • Give drink to the thirsty
    • Clothe the naked
    • Shelter the homeless
    • Visit the sick
    • Visit the imprisoned
    • Bury the dead
  • Spiritual Works of Mercy

    • Admonish the sinner
    • Instruct the ignorant
    • Counsel the doubtful
    • Comfort the sorrowful
    • Bear wrongs patiently
    • Forgive all injuries
    • Pray for the living and the dead
  • Themes of Catholic Social Teaching

    • Life and Dignity of the Human Person
    • Call to Family, Community and Participation
    • Rights and Responsibilities
    • Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
    • The Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers
    • Solidarity
    • Care for God's Creation
Bishop Gorman is cognizant of the fact that it is a challenge to organize, provide, and supervise service opportunities for 1,500 students. In addition, the life of a high school student can be extremely busy, such that for some students it may not be possible to engage in 100 hours of Direct service that meet the categorical requirements of the Corporal/Spiritual Works of Mercy or the Seven Themes of Catholic Social Teaching

Therefore, Bishop Gorman allows students to engage in Indirect and Organizational Support service as described below. 

Please note: It is both possible, and encouraged, for students to earn hours from all three categories by volunteering through their local parish/church.  Also, we do want to let all students know that you can earn more than 25 hours per year, essentially “front loading” to complete your service requirements early. 

Types of Service

List of 3 items.

  • Direct Service

    Direct Service is service that involves the student having a direct face to face encounter, working directly with the marginalized (poor and needy).

    Maximum Number of Hours: Unlimited

    Examples: Quantifiable projects that support the Works of Mercy or CST:
    • Mission trips
    • Serving meals to the hungry
    • Encountering the homeless at a shelter or clothing bank
    • Working with people at Matthew's Closet; Operation School Bell; Broken Chains Ministry; Club Christ Ministry; feeding the homeless at Catholic Charities
    Example in a Parish Context: Parish youth group volunteers at Las Vegas Rescue Mission.
  • Indirect Service

    Indirect service supports direct service programs and outreach; projects that support humanity.

    Maximum Number of Hours: 25 (Class of 2019)
    50 combined with Organizational Support (Classes of 2020 and beyond)

    Examples: Projects such as:
    • Making sandwiches/baskets/etc. that will be distributed by other organizations later, "behind the scenes" work needed for direct service
    • Environmental projects that care for God's creation
    • Alzheimer's walk
    • Fund-raising activities for direct service projects
    Example in a Parish context: Students participate in a "Stuff the Truck" food drive after all Masses on Sunday.
  • Organizational Support

    Organizational support is service to a group a student is part of that involves going above and beyond their normal responsibility.

    
    Maximum Number of Hours: 25 (Class of 2019)
    50 combined with Indirect Service (Classes of 2020 and beyond)

    Examples: 
    • Parish picnics, Parish festivals
    • Service at Mass - above and beyond one's Sunday obligation
    • Concession stands
    • Sports camps
    • Summer camps (that do not serve the poor and needy)

X2Vol Online Tracking

Bishop Gorman utilizes the online tracking program called x2VOL (“time to volunteer”). 

Our parishes and other community service agencies have the ability to post their service opportunities. Students can sign up for those service opportunities through Naviance or through the x2VOL app.  Using x2VOL simplifies the tracking process of service hours and eliminates the need for paper records. 
 
IMPORTANT: In order to submit and track service hours, all students are required to use the x2VOL service program

Please sign in to Naviance Family Connection below and click on the x2VOL link under Resources on the left side. Complete your profile and go to the Dashboard tab to find opportunities to volunteer.