Blessed Sacrament Catholic School will incorporate our Spring Semester Bulldogs for Christ into the Archdiocese of San Antonio’s 40 Days of Service campaign. Bulldogs for Christ Service Journals will be distributed to students on Ash Wednesday and are due back to homeroom teachers before Holy Thursday, April 9, 2020. It is our hope that encouraging service during the 40 Days of Lent will help students understand the ultimate symbol of love – Christ’s Passion, Death and Resurrection.
Bulldog for Christ Service Program Overview, Requirements, and Suggested Projects
Service education has been a hallmark of Catholic education in the United States for generations. It is an opportunity for students to live their faith and proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ and Catholic education.
All students at Blessed Sacrament Catholic School will be expected to complete an age-appropriate number of service education projects each semester. While service education projects will be a required and graded component of the school’s curricular program, the greater purpose will be to help our students observe Christ’s commandment to love our neighbors.
Each semester, students must complete one service education project for each of the Corporal Works of Mercy. In addition, students in Third Grade through Eighth Grade must serve as a greeter or altar server for two Masses at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. Please note that participating in the St. Vincent de Paul Food Drive (November) or 40 Cans for Lent cannot be used as service projects.
Parents are asked to encourage their children to complete their service education projects in a manner that is consistent with Christ’s message of helping those less fortunate and most vulnerable in our society. At the same time, however, a student should perform their required service hours in a safe, structured environment under adult supervision.
The Corporal Works of Mercy
The Works of Mercy are charitable deeds by which we help our neighbor. The Works of Mercy are divided into two categories – Corporal (Physical) and Spiritual Works.
The Corporal Works of Mercy include: Feeding the Hungry, Giving Drink to the Thirsty, Clothing the Naked, Sheltering the Homeless, Visiting the Sick and Imprisoned and Burying the Dead.
Altar Server/Mass Greeter at Blessed Sacrament Catholic School
Students in Third Grade through Eighth Grade must serve at two (2) masses each semester. Students must serve, in Mass uniform, as a greeter at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church or as an altar server.