Candidates are to perform 10 hours of service in preparation for the Sacrament of Confirmation. Their service should be done by volunteering for projects or tasks done outside of their immediate family, which do not earn them any money or gifts.
At least 5 of these hours should be performed with the other Confirmation candidates, so that they can see first-hand some of the opportunities to serve that are available for them within the Church and gain a sense of being a part of our parish family.
All remaining hours of service should be done for the community.
Activities such as household chores for the elderly, assisting at the hospital, or working in a soup kitchen would be community service examples.
These service hours should be viewed as a normal part of the life of one who has been Baptized into the kingly office of Jesus Christ. Jesus came not to be served, but to serve. We, in imitation of Jesus, are to live as servants of others. When we receive the sacrament of Confirmation, we are given the gifts of the Holy Spirit to strengthen our participation in the kingly office of Jesus, so that we can spread and defend the Faith by what we do.
Candidates should avoid the attitude of completing these hours just so that they can receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Rather, these hours of service should be viewed as the beginning, or continuation, of a lifetime program of looking for opportunities to express their love for God through serving others.
Students will use the service sheets to be completed and returned to Mrs. Girton after doing service hours. All service hours are to be approved by Mrs. Girton to ascertain that they meet the criterion for this requirement.