Service

Service Requirements and Opportunities

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 Santa Clara Scholarship Fund for students in Guatemala, Sr. Thea Bowman School in East St. Louis, St. Anne Mission Hospital in Kenya, Africa, and orphanages in Haiti and Venezuela. Our students continually donate over $10,000 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!

Senior Service Project

As seniors, our students complete a three-week Senior Service Project, which the Diocese of Belleville requires for Mater Dei Catholic High School, Althoff Catholic High School, and Gibault Catholic High School.

More specifically, in January, our senior students respond to the needs of others through full-time volunteer service 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 (brief descriptions are provided in the 2018-2019 agencies booklet).  Throughout the service project, they also complete a daily reflection journal, which is collected and reviewed by their faculty mentor.

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!

Service Awards

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, 2019.

Thank you for helping us recognize students who dedicate themselves to serving others!

2018-2019 Christian Service Award Nomination Form (underclass students)

2018-2019 Christian Discipleship Award Nomination Form (senior students)