The focus of the Caritas Connection is to live out our core values of Truth (Veritas), Unity (Unitas), and Love (Caritas) by helping others, especially those who are in need, following the model that Jesus gave us at the Last Supper. We do this both individually and as a community of Love. Dedicated and continued service is expected of each student.
"(Jesus) rose from supper and took off his outer garments. He took a towel and tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and dry them with the towel around his waist. … When he had washed their feet [and] put his garments back on and reclined at table again, he said to them, 'Do you realize what I have done for you? … I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do.'" (John 13: 4-5, 12, 15).
Caritas Connection experiences will be approved and assessed based primarily on their quality, not on the quantity of time spent on them. Generally, experiences must benefit established non-profit agencies; exceptions to this rule must be proposed by students and approved by Caritas Ministers in advance.
The Helper Helper website and app will be used both (1) for Campus Ministry to promote Caritas opportunities and (2) for students to record and submit their Caritas Connection experiences. The web login and links for app downloading can be found here.
Caritas Connection will appear as a pass/fail course on myCascia each semester. Each class will have a Campus Minister as the teacher of this course. This person will be that class’s dedicated Caritas Minister for all four years of Upper School.
Seniors: Mrs. Bonnie Leighty
Juniors: Mr. Adam Stoermer
Sophomores: Fr. Joe Roccasalva, OSA
Freshmen: Dcn. Michael Loeffler
Each required experience will appear as an assignment on myCascia for consistent, transparent, easy access. Experiences beyond those required will be entered as extra-credit assignments for tracking purposes. Summer experiences will count for the following fall semester. Christmas break and Minimeter experiences will count for the following spring semester. Otherwise, experiences will be recorded only for the semester in which they occur (of course, any deficiencies (F’s) will be fulfilled first).
Once a student completes a semester’s requirements, all additional Caritas experiences will be recorded as extra-credit assignments in myCascia and count toward above-and-beyond recognition:
outstanding achievement award for at least three experiences beyond each year’s requirements (N.B.: After the 2020-21 school year, we will assess whether this is a good standard moving forward)
the Sister Mary Murrihy Award at graduation for the senior with the most outstanding service portfolio, considering both quantity and quality
Just in Case
Students who choose not to meet the minimum requirements will receive grades of F for the Caritas Connection for that semester. Athletic and extracurricular ineligibility will follow as with other courses. Incomplete experiences from the previous semester will need to be completed before the current semester’s experiences are begun. When they are, F’s will be changed to P’s. Students must have passed all semesters to date of the Caritas Connection to be eligible for the National Honor Society.
In the summer/fall, complete the two “regular” experiences or the intensive experience. In the winter/spring, complete the rest and the Rose Paper.
two Caritas experiences with our partner agencies or a faith community or for Cascia Hall (mix-and-match)
intensive Caritas experience (See details below.)
Rose Paper: Details for the Rose Paper will be posted in the course on myCascia.
Intensive Caritas Experience
A written proposal is required in advance, approved by the junior Caritas Minister.
with one agency or connected agencies that includes both preparation and interaction with clients/recipients (e.g., preparing backpacks at the Food Bank and distributing them at a school, taking St. Nicholas wish list requests and running the collection drive)
on a multi-day mission/service trip that includes a significant amount of providing direct service and a component for which the student provides significant planning and leadership
another experience requiring similar depth, commitment, and leadership
Option 1: three free choice Caritas experiences: Complete two in the summer/fall and the third in the winter/spring.
Option 2: another intensive Caritas experience as in 11th grade. At a minimum, submit the proposal and have it approved in the summer/fall. You may also begin or even complete the experience in the summer/fall. Otherwise, complete the experience in the winter/spring.
"What does love look like? It has the hands to help others. It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy. It has eyes to see misery and want. It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men. That is what love looks like." St. Augustine