The Diocese of Allentown requires every student, regardless of religious affiliation, to attend at least one retreat per year. NDHS provides class retreats to assist in fulfilling the Diocesan retreat requirement. Information regarding dates and permission slips will be given to your student through their Theology class.
Community service is integral to the mission of Notre Dame High School, Inc. and should make visible the Gospel message of Jesus Christ reflected in the Corporal Works of Mercy. The Catechism of the Catholic Church sees service in terms of virtue, which in paragraph 1803 describes as “A virtue is an habitual and firm disposition to do the good. It allows the person not only to perform good acts, but to give the best of himself/herself. The virtuous person tends toward the good with all his/her sensory and spiritual powers; he/she pursues the good and chooses it in concrete actions.”
Approved service work:
- All hours will be performed for non-profit charitable organization that can include your school, parish, Catholic and non-Catholic charitable organizations, CYO and youth sports organizations or other community organizations outside of the school. All service should support the mission of the Catholic Church. Please see Fr. Ritz or Mrs. Hillhouse with any questions.
- No form of payment can be accepted for service hours
- No service can be performed for personal family members
- Students who participate in ND’s miniThon will receive 10 hours towards their service hour requirement
Community service hours are an integral piece of a student’s education at Notre Dame High School. Each year the students will complete 20 hours of community service. Hours must be completed by the end of the third marking period. Hours completed over the summer must be turned in to the Campus Ministry Office by September 30th. Additionally, service forms must be turned in within one calendar month after completion of service. No service hours will be credited after one calendar month. In that regard, students who neglect to complete their service hours and return the necessary paperwork to Campus Ministry by the deadlines will be put on social suspension until the required hours have been submitted. This means that they are not permitted to participate in sports, clubs, dances (including Prom), or participate in other extracurricular activities through the school until the hours are completed. In addition, students may not receive their report cards at the end of the year, register for classes for the following year and seniors may not graduate.
ManorCare-Easton has an ongoing need for volunteers. Volunteers are needed to transport residents, play games, help with arts and crafts, deliver mail, etc… Volunteers are needed daily. If interested, please contact their Activity Director, Jenelle Gobel, at 610-250-0150 x2932 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. ManorCare is located at 2600 Northampton Street in Easton.
The Saint Francis Retreat House in Easton is looking for volunteers on the weekends to help in the kitchen. Volunteers are needed on Friday from 5:00-7:00, Saturday from 12:00-2:30 and 5:00-7:00 and on Sunday from 12:00-2:30. To volunteer for any or all shifts please contact Anne Houston at 610-258-3053 x24.
The St. Francis Center for Renewal is in need of volunteers on November 2nd and 3rd for their annual Holiday Craft Fair. On November 2nd volunteers are needed at 6:00pm to help crafters unload their cars and set up. On November 3rd volunteers are needed at 3:00pm to help take down tables and chairs and help the crafters pack their cars. The event will be held at center’s Mullen Hall located at 395 Bridle Path Rd. in Bethlehem. Please contact Janice Gough at 610-867-8890 or email her at email@example.com for more information and to volunteer. You may also see Mrs. Hillhouse in Campus Ministry to sign up.