Christian Service

Hope to Bring
students performing service hours

As a Catholic School in the Holy Cross Tradition, Cathedral High School requires all students to participate in our Community Service Program. Rooted in the Gospel call to "love your neighbor”, and our Holy Cross mission to "hope for a world where justice and love prevail,” our Community Service Program requires our students to go beyond the bounds of family and friendship and embrace the Corporal Works of Mercy and our Holy Cross Core Values to:

  • ​Give each student the opportunity to reflect on the message of Jesus Christ in regard to serving others. 
  • Provide the opportunity for each student to experience in different types of service with a variety of disadvantaged individuals in order to assist in clarifying each student’s particular gifts and talents
  • Emphasize to parents and students the importance Holy Cross Schools places on service to God’s disadvantaged and marginalized by requiring a specific number of hours of service. 
  • Provide an opportunity for students to develop skills in working with people—skills that are important for life, not just for school.

Service Defined

While the term "service” can be used to define a variety of activities, in order to receive credit, a "service” activity should meet the following basic guidelines:

  • Your service has taken you beyond the bounds of family and friendship into the greater community. Helping family members does not qualify as community service. (E.g. washing the dishes, cleaning your room, shoveling grandma’s driveway, etc.)
  • Your service could be defined as one of the "Corporal Works of Mercy” OR should be an expression of one of our Holy Cross Core Values.

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

If you are unsure if a particular activity would qualify as "service," please email


Holy Cross Core Values:

  • Divine Providence 
  • Excellence 
  • Integrity 
  • Family 
  • Educating Hearts and Minds 
  • Hope 
  • Inclusiveness and Diversity 
  • Option for the Poor 
  • Zeal

Service Requirements

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