+You need to focus on serving two groups: the parish and people who are in need. +Any of our parish events and functions will qualify for serving the parish. +When you serve people in need, you should think about many outreach programs that serve those at a disadvantage (single moms, those with disabilities, the poor, the homeless, etc.) We have a number of groups at Resurrection & St. Paul that serve regularly and you are welcome to join one of them. You are also welcome to serve with another group in your community or design a project on your own (for example: doing a diaper drive to benefit a local pregnancy center)+You cannot “apply” a project you did before starting your Confirmation Process. The goal in service is not simply helping out, it’s meant to be a powerful spiritual experience for you.+We suggest your service takes at least 20 hours to complete+Your projects should have four elements to it: Prayer, Education, Action and Giving:
Once you have completed your service experience, we ask you to write a reflection on it in an essay format of 500 words or more. Here are some questions to help guide you through:
+State what projects and activities you were involved in. How often did you go? What specifically did you do?+Did you meet any people while you served that had an impact on you? Who were they?+Demonstrate how your experiences had the four elements we ask you to have: Prayer, Education, Action and Giving: +All service should have an element of prayer to it. How did you incorporate prayer into your service?+Catholic social teaching involves not just responding to an immediate need (ex: feeding a homeless person) but learning how our society has created that problem (ex: the underlying causes of homelessness in our community).+Part of your service needs to be learning about the issue you are trying to address with your service and how your project can help combat the larger social issues as well as the immediate problems. +What did you learn about the larger social issues involved in your service?+What specifically did you do in your experiences? How did your actions help with the issue you were trying to fix?+What did you sacrifice to serve? +What did your experiences teach you about being a disciple of Jesus Christ? +How did your experiences teach you to think less of yourself and more about others? +Was any aspect of the experience easier or harder than you thought it would be? Why?Saint John Paul the great once said, “This [the reason we serve] then is not a feeling of vague compassion or shallow distress at the misfortunes of so many people, both near and far. On the contrary, it is a firm and persevering determination to commit oneself to the common good; that is to say to the good of all and of each individual, because we are all really responsible for all.” Based on his words and your experiences, what does it mean as a Catholic to have solitary with those who are in need?
Please complete this reflection before you have your interview with the pastor