Why are HNA students required to perform service?
Service is part of our Christian lives, based on the Gospels, other faith traditions, and the Mission Statement of Holy Names Academy, which states: “The Academy seeks to prepare young women for lives of leadership and loving service…For a life which proclaims the love of God for (every) human person…Young women who graduate from the Academy will discover the power that is theirs to direct their lives in peace, justice, and mercy: a matter befitting those whose faith inspires others.”
We seek ways through service to assist and learn about others in our local community who experience different realities in life. These experiences may include working with youth or the elderly, the sick or disabled, or individuals and families living in poverty. These interactions provide the opportunity to contribute to the lives of others and also allow us to understand, appreciate, and share in the challenges and joys of our sisters and brothers throughout the community.
Examples of Service
In conjunction with the Academy’s mission to promote peace, justice, mercy, and stewardship, all students complete community service for the betterment of our world. As we do so, we embody the principles of Catholic Social Teaching. The following is a list of service opportunities that would complement our mission:
The following is a list of examples of service that, while valuable, should be done on a student’s own time, not as part of her HNA service commitment:
Service Hour Requirements
9th grade: 7.5 hours per semester
10th grade: 12.5 hours per semester
11th grade: 35 hours for the year at one organization
12th grade: 7 hours each quarter; 4 during 4th quarter
All students submit a record of service completed through the website www.x2vol.com. Service supervisors or organizers verify hours through this website. All service hours are submitted throughout the month and then are checked off by religion teachers on the first of each month of the school year.
Retreats are an opportunity for students to build community outside the normal school day. Each grade participates in a one-day retreat during the school year.
The Search Retreat is an optional three-day retreat for 11th- and 12th-grade students. It is led by current 12th graders who have previously attended a Search Retreat.
All-school liturgies take place at St. Joseph Church, a few blocks from school. Students volunteer as lectors, Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, cantors, gift bearers, and cross bearers. The HNA Choir and Orchestra provide music for all Masses.
Various prayer services take place throughout the year in the Holy Names Academy chapel. Examples include Lenten Reconciliation and Holy Thursday prayer services.
Global Solidarity Week:
Throughout this week, the school community commits to recognizing the interconnectedness of all members of our global community. We recognize that we are all neighbors. In fact, we are more than neighbors; we are all members of the Body of Christ, called to be aware of the reality of life for the poor around the world and in our communities. We are all called to be engaged in the process of making the world a better place for all people and called to a radical conversion in our daily lives.
Goals of Global Solidarity Week: