SIGN - Service In God's Name (7th and 8th Grade Students)
"SERVICE IN GOD’S NAME” (SIGN) is a community service program required for middle school students at St. George. The community service requirement was developed to help students become aware of and involved in their community. The community at-large offers students a variety of placements for which they can volunteer while learning about the needs, concerns, and challenges existing in their community. It is our hope that this initial experience will spark an interest in our students to continue pursuing community projects.
SIGN Program Update
Dear St. George Families,
In Jesus' discourse on the Judgment of the Nations in Mt 25:31-46, Jesus stresses the importance of performing Works of Mercy, for in serving God's people, we serve God Himself: “Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.” Performing acts of charity and mercy for the sake of our brothers and sisters in Christ has been part of the Catholic Church's Tradition for the past 2,000 years, and it continues today.
Sadly, the realities of the COVID-19 pandemic will be with us for some time and will continue to affect how we can go about serving those in need in our community. It is, therefore, out of an abundance of caution that we will temporarily suspend the requirement for 7th and 8th graders to earn service hours so that both families and the wider community will be better protected from unnecessary exposure to the COVID-19 virus or to any other illness that may be contracted due to close contact with others.
This does not mean, however, that acts of charity and mercy cannot still be performed in one's daily life. Kindness, patience and forbearance, courage, forgiveness, justice, mercy, and many other virtues must be practiced every day by every Christian who dares to call himself or herself a disciple. This is especially true in one's family, where the practice of the virtues can sometimes be difficult. Yet while being virtuous may sometimes be a challenge, this does not exempt us from obeying the Lord's command to love one another (Jn 13:34-35). In fact, the greater the challenge, the greater the virtue.
As soon as conditions allow, we will reinstate the Service in God's Name program for our 7th and 8th graders. Until then, we ask that you practice justice, charity, and mercy as often as you can to as many people as you can, knowing that you will not only follow the path of many a saint, but that you will also be a mirror of God Himself to His people.
May God bless you and your families now and always.
Coordinator of Religious Education