Christian Service

serviceCarmel Catholic students are required to perform Christian service during their high school years. In doing so, they will make an impact on every level of society, near and far.

Members of our school's founding orders, the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Order of Carmelites, have given centuries of service to those in need through the imitation of Christ and his Blessed Mother, Mary. Our students continue this tradition with acts of service in a wide variety of settings so that the love and compassion of Christ may transform our world today.

Goal of the Christian Service Program

Carmel Catholic High School’s mission statement calls our students to be servant leaders centered in Jesus Christ.  Therefore, the goal of the Chrisitan Service program will be to enable our students to become an incarnation of Christ in the world today - to be Christ’s hands and feet - bringing their individual experiences and God-given gifts to those they serve in order to impact our world for the greater good. The Christian Service program, by creating opportunities where students can encounter and identify with people unlike themselves through service activities and meaningful reflection, will help students “deepen their own religious and moral identity, develop a habit of mind committed to the common good,” and identify with the solidarity of Christ, who was one with others. 

Christian Service Hour Requirement

  • Freshman - 20 hours   
  • Sophomore - 20 hours
  • Junior - 20 hours
  • Senior - 20 hours 


Although a yearly requirement, it is expected that students engage in service each semester, ideally completing 10 hours each semester for non-profit, charitable organizations. 

Categories below are a recommended target for each grade level. 

Service to a former grade school/partner school of Carmel Catholic or parish/religious community. 

Service to a vulnerable, marginalized group (homeless, elderly, disabled, sick, imprisoned, etc.) that does not need to be person-to-person.

Service to a vulnerable, marginalized group (homeless, elderly, disabled, sick, imprisoned, etc.) that is person-to-person.

Service to any one charitable non-profit organization the student has found in the past three years. Try to serve all 20 hours at one location.

Incoming and Transfer Students:

  • Incoming freshman students can begin working on Christian Service over the summer after their 8th-grade graduation.  
  • Incoming transfer students can begin after the last date at their former school. Students who transfer in at the semester will still be required to complete the full number of service hours. 

For questions, please contact Ms. Erin Kerger at [email protected] or visit the Christian Service Google Site.