Youth Service

SERVING GOD’S KINGDOM /WITNESSING JUSTICE AND LOVE IN ACTION:

Special Opportunity Summer 2024!  Youth Volunteer Corps with the Sisters of St Joseph July 8–12

This year St Pius X high school students will be welcomed by the Sisters of St Joseph who live at St. Boniface Convent to share their home for a week of volunteer service, community living and prayer, and fun.

The experience of a week resonates for a lifetime as students share this extraordinary opportunity to live in religious community and to learn about society, service.  Our week will be July 8–12, 2024.

The Sisters of St. Joseph Volunteer Corps began in 1996 to provide opportunities for young people to experience the rich and varied ministries of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester. It is done in context of community, service, and theological reflection and by promoting a “Culture of Vocation” to aid youth and young adults on their vocation journey.

Possible ministries are:

  • Bethany House- a Catholic Worker Shelter for women & their children
  • Daystar- a day care for medically fragile infants and children to age 5
  • Hope Hall– a school for children, grades 3 – 12, who learn differently
  • Morning Star- a foster home for medically fragile children
  • Nativity Prep-A multi-cultural center city Catholic School serving middle school aged children.
  • Nazareth Elementary- an urban Catholic school serving Pre-K3 to 6th grade aged children.
  • Rochester Hope-food pantry serving over 250 households a week.
  • St. Peter’s Kitchen- a soup kitchen serving the urban poor

For more info contact Barb Legere at [email protected] 

We will only have space for 5 teens. If you are interested use the QR code to register.

 

 

St Pius Tenth is happy to provide opportunities that help to form our young people to lead an active Christian lifestyle recognizing that full initiation as a Catholic challenges all of us to service as a way of life.

Opportunities for the development and sharing of individual gifts and talents are important to the Confirmation process and for all young people.  These opportunities are provided both within the context of parish ministries, i.e. lector, musician, catechist, as well as in the service to the poor, elderly, and disadvantaged.

In order for service projects to be viewed as more than simple requirements to earn a stated number of hours, they need to be well planned. Time should be given in preparation and dialogue beforehand as well as in discussing the outcomes and implications after the projects occur.

St Pius X young parishioners are invited to participate in a wide variety of service projects some annual and some are one time events.  Service projects focus on the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy.

Do you need Service Hours to fulfill a school requirement?  Check out our list!  Possible Places for Service Events 07-21

Service Events in our through our Parish: Christmas Caroling at Rochester Center for Health, Clean up of St Pius  X campus spring & fall, helping at St Pius X Flea Market, Summer Fun Event for Children. These opportunities change often so to stay up-to-date email Barb or see our current Young Disciples Online Newsletter

Service Events Outside our Parish: Atria Senior Living Community, Bethany House (cleaning), Painting rooms at Notre Dame Retreat House, SWEM Food Baskets, Soup-erBowl of Caring, St Michael’s Woodshop, Women’s Place (shelter for women & children), Veterans Day Apple Pie Baking, Homeless Outreach Initiative through Blessed Sacrament Church.

Service Event Discussion Questions

Before Service Event

  1. What is the event/project?
  2. Why did you sign up for this event/project?
  3. What do you expect to happen or what do you expect to be doing?
  4. Take note of how you feel before the event. Are you feeling uneasy or are you feeling excited?
  5. What do you think about the idea that we, as Catholic Christians should take part in service projects?
  6. What kinds of strengths or talents do you expect to bring to this project?

After Service Event

  1. Where your expectations met at this event/project?   Was there anything that surprised you?
  2. Describe one or two of the most memorable people you encountered.
  3. Has anything changed in your attitude about service from the beginning of the program to this time?
  4. Evaluate your effectiveness, on a scale of 1-5 did you feel a sense of responsibility and usefulness serving the community?
  5. List one personal strength and one personal weakness you discovered about yourself while participating in this program (for example – were you surprised at how good you were at talking to strangers or helping people?).
  6. Tell one way you experienced God’s presence through your work or the people you served.
  7. As Catholic Christians we are called to serve our sisters and brothers and called to participate in the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. What is the difference between helping out at home, in a sport we enjoy or in the classroom and participating in Works of Mercy?
  8. Why do you think this is an important part of being Catholic?