In response to Jesus’ command to love and serve one another, the students of Reitz Memorial Catholic High School are encouraged to live a lifestyle which involves a loving response to the needs of others. In light of this philosophy, Reitz Memorial regards Christian service as an integral component of the holistic education of each student. In addition to the benefits for the recipients of their service, students should find it rewarding and productive for their own growth. The personal efforts to serve others will add an essential dimension to their educational experience. Therefore, all students will actively participate in at least 10 hours of community and parish service each year.
Service hours for each student will be divided into five (5) hours of community service and five (5) hours parish or church service.
Community service hours are those that serve local organizations and individuals outside of the school and parishes. Opportunities in the past have included organizations such as Special Olympics, United Caring Shelter, Challenger Baseball League, St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store, Ronald McDonald House, and many others.
Parish service opportunities are hours that benefit the students’ church/parish or any church/parish. Some examples of appropriate church/parish service are being an altar server, Eucharistic minister, working Vacation Bible School, assisting with a parish’s summer social, and others.
Students track service hours through the free mobile App Mobile Serve. The App allows students to check in at the beginning of their service, making it simple for all involved to participate and track service hours.