At Mater Dei, it is our belief that the experience of serving others allows our students to develop self-confidence, to become aware of the needs of others, and to recognize the many ways they can utilize the gifts and talents God has bestowed on them. Moreover, service guides the students to an understanding that faith requires action and is demonstrated in deeds. Therefore, we take immense pride in our students’ remarkable commitment to meeting the needs of our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ, as they continually respond to our main calling as Catholics: to love our neighbors as we love ourselves.
Throughout the year, as part of their religion class, students perform individual service at home, at school, and in the community. Moreover, our students actively participate in special Mater Dei service projects sponsored by both their religion classes and other organizations.
On a weekly basis, students donate money to the missions that are sponsored by each class. Currently, our students support the Diocese of Belleville CYO’s mission in Guatemala; the Sacred Brothers, Sacred Sisters’ orphanage in Venezuela; a Catholic school in San Estevan, Belize; and the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ’s mission in Mexico. Our students continually donate over $9,000 to these missions each school year!
Finally, as seniors, our students complete a three-week Senior Service Project, which the Diocese of Belleville requires for Althoff Catholic High School, Gibault Catholic High School, and Mater Dei Catholic High School. More specifically, in January, our senior students respond to the needs of others at a variety of locations in Clinton County, the greater metro-east area, and St. Louis, including day care centers, schools, hospitals, nursing homes, civil agencies, and social agencies. Through their participation in this project, our students connect the educational experience of religion in the classroom to the practical, day-to-day experience of religion in our society – they truly serve to learn and learn to serve!
Through the Service Learning Project, seniors spend three weeks in full-time volunteer service. Students are placed in people-serving agencies throughout the community and are given an integrated experience involving person-to-person contact with those in need. This opportunity for personal growth is so important to the mission of the Catholic High Schools and for the Christian formation of each student, that the completion of this project is required for graduation.
Time Sheet/Evaluation Sheet for Supervisors attendance-sheet-evaluation-2017
Senior Service Journal
Created in 1997 by the Mission Effectiveness Committee of the Mater Dei School Board, the Christian Discipleship Award and the Christian Service Awards recognize students for their unselfish service to school, church and community. The Christian Discipleship Award is presented to one senior at graduation; the Christian Service Awards are presented to one freshman, one sophomore, and one junior at the NHS Induction and Underclass Awards Night.
To nominate a student, please submit the applicable nomination form (provided below) to Campus Minister Ms. Colleen McDermott by March 30, 2018.
Thank you for helping us recognize students who dedicate themselves to serving others!