St. Mary Catholic Middle School

Service

Our Catholic-Christian faith calls us to be of service to others. Because this is an important aspect of following the teachings of Jesus, an emphasis on service is in integral part of daily life at SMCMS. This focus is based in scripture. Christ’s actions of service are examples to us all, and He said “I have come to serve, not to be served.”

A minimum of 12 hours of documented service per year (at least three per school quarter) is required as part of a student’s religion grade. Go to the Forms page for a service log that needs to be turned in quarterly. This requirement is counted as part of a student’s grade in religion class.

In addition to these individual requirements, SMCMS students frequently participate as STAR groups in various service opportunities, including volunteering at Double Portions food pantry and collecting items for organizations needing food, books, personal care items, etc. to serve their clientele.

Each week at the liturgy or prayer service, our students are asked to contribute to the monetary collection. Students are encouraged to donate money that they have earned from home or that is part of their allowance. The money collected is donated each month to a charity that is chosen by the SMCS student council. Recipients in the past have included Catholic Charities, St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, St. Vincent de Paul and Fox Valley Warming Shelter.

Students are encouraged to participate in the numerous service projects organized by their home parishes, particularly at Thanksgiving and Christmas, and during Advent and Lent.

SMCMS sponsors a Builders Club, which is linked to the Neenah-Menasha Kiwanis organization. The purpose of the club is to build leaders through service, and many students from all three grades participate actively in this organization.