Christian Service - Taking Christ Out Into the World

Christian Services

Christian Service, or reaching out to those in need because of your Christian call to holiness, is an essential part of what it means to be a follower of Christ and a contributing member of society. Loving our neighbor implies a willingness to be of service and to reach beyond ourselves to those in need.

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me." (Mt 25:35-36)

As a Catholic school, and in order to develop a well-rounded student, Notre Dame Preparatory challenges students to be people of service. In light of this challenge, students are expected to complete service during the course of each year.

Christian Service Requirements

Christian Service to the School (Educational)

Any service that directly benefits the school. The service must be verified by a Notre Dame Prep school employee. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Summer sports camps for younger students
  • Institutional advancement events such as Annual Auction and Fashion Show or Golf Tournament
  • Helping in the Saints Store or with Scrip sales.
  • Singing in the choir at Diocesan events
  • Frosh Night Out

Christian Service to a Place of Worship (Faith Based)

This includes any service done at a church, synagogue or other place of worship. Service must be verified by an employee of the place of worship and cannot be verified by a parent. Includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • Vacation Bible School Volunteer
  • Youth Leader
  • Lector, Choir, Altar Server, Usher
  • Nursery Volunteer
  • Catechist
  • Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast Volunteer

Christian Service to the Community (Humanitarian Aid)

This category of Christian Service Learning should benefit a nonprofit agency that directly helps the poor and marginalized. Please see the agency website for volunteer opportunities and to sign up for Christian Service. Some agencies have specific requirements. If you would like to serve at an agency that is not listed below, please email the Director of Christian Service Learning for approval BEFORE you serve. Approved agencies include, but are not limited to:

  • Andre House
  • Anthony Bates Foundation
  • Back to School Clothing Drive
  • Boys and Girls Clubs (various locations)
  • Catholic Charities
  • Chrysalis Center
  • Circle of the City
  • City of Scottsdale Pauite Tutoring
  • Extended Hands Food Bank
  • Family Promise
  • Feed My Starving Children
  • Foothills Food Bank
  • Gigi's Playhouse
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Happily Ever After League
  • Homebase Youth Services
  • Horsense
  • Horses Help
  • Hospice of Arizona
  • Hospice of the Valley
  • KEEN Sports
  • Maggie's Place
  • MANNA House
  • Miracle League of Arizona
  • Neighborhood Ministries
  • Paradise Valley Emergency Food Bank
  • PAZ de Christo Community Center
  • Phoenix Rescue Mission
  • Project Cure
  • Reach Out and Read
  • Salvation Army
  • Scottsdale Senior Centers (all locations)
  • Silverado Senior Living
  • Shoebox Ministry
  • Society of St. Vincent de Paul
  • Special Olympics of Arizona
  • St. Mary's Food Bank
  • Teen Lifeline
  • UMOM
  • United Cerebral Palsy of Arizona
  • United Food Bank
  • Vista Del Camino Community Center
  • Welcome to America Project

Monthly School-wide Drives for NDP

Monthly Drives for Non Profit Organizations 2017-2018

Each month NDP collects for various nonprofit organizations.. Christian Service opportunities are tied to each of these organizations, as well as monthly jeans days where our community makes an effort to collect monetary donations as well as supplies for these organizations.

August: Back to School Drive for St. Agnes Catholic School (school supplies and monetary donations)

September: Habitat for Humanity (monetary donations)Phoenix Children’s Hospital (September Football gave vs. St. Mary’s)

October: STARS (Scottsdale Training and Rehabilitation Services) (Monetary donations)

November: St. Mary’s Food Bank (non-perishable food collection)

December: Do Good December (various agencies)

January: Central Arizona Diaper Bank (diaper drive)

Maggie’s Place (monetary donations)

February: Feed My Starving Children (monetary donations)

March/April: Catholic Relief Services (monetary donations)

May: St. Vincent de Paul Clothing drive and donations for orphanages in Peru, Tanzania, Africa

Freshman Plunge

Members of our freshman class will plunge into Christian service for the first time as an NDP Saint, on Tuesday, Sept. 13, when they lend a hand at either St. Mary's Food Bank or St. Vincent de Paul Dining Hall. Throughout the first semester, freshman students and their teachers will serve together and see first-hand how helping others, helps NDP students develop a love for Christ and for those in need of our help.

Additional information for the Christian Service page: Please check our school calendar for dates. For more information contact Leslie Gjerstad in the Office of Mission and Ministry.

Christian Service

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Saints help The Shire Family
Posted 11/02/2017 02:29PM
Students hear from a woman veteran
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Learn all about Christian service immersion trips at the parent meetings on Jan. 19!
Spiritual Life Staff

Leslie Gjerstad
Director of Christian Service Learning

Sr. Yolanda Mendoza
Campus Minister

Fr. Kurt Perera
Campus Chaplain

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