"(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).
The focus of the Caritas Project is living out our core values of Truth (Veritas), Unity (Unitas), and Love (Caritas) by helping others, especially those who are in need, by following the model which 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. The Caritas Project is intended to help each individual recognize his/her own unique gifts and talents and to develop those talents to their fullest potential.
The students, along with the faculty and staff, constitute a faith community which seeks to grow in love of God and neighbor through the process of education, participation, and cooperation as they spend time together working with the poor and vulnerable (Caritas Partners), in their school (Cascia Hall), faith community, and Greater Tulsa Community.
Students are required to complete a minimum of 60 hours over three years to: Caritas Partners (30) Cascia Hall (10) Faith Community (10) Greater Tulsa Community (10)
Seniors are required to have all Caritas hours (60) completed by April 30 of their junior year; no service hours will be required their senior year. In addition, every Upper School student must compose a Rose Reflection Paper and submit it to the Campus Ministry Office by April 30 of their junior year.
There are three sessions in which to complete service:
Session One, June 1–September 30
Session Two, October 1–January 31
Session Three, February 1–May 31
All service hours submitted must be from the current school year. Hours accumulated in previous school years that were not recorded will not be accepted. Hours served during Session One (June 1 – September 30) will be recorded for the upcoming school year. If any doubt exists as to the legitimacy of a certain service, the Chaplain will make the determination.
Students are encouraged to develop meaningful and lasting partnerships with the organizations they serve. To foster this relationship development, students who make strong and lasting commitments to organizations that are not designated Caritas Partners are asked to seek approval from the Office of Campus Ministry to commit their Caritas Partners requirement (hours) to another organization. The commitment to this organization should exceed or be equal to the Caritas Partners commitment during the student’s career at Cascia Hall.
Opportunities for service are communicated regularly by the Campus Ministry Office via student announcements and parent emails. Students may also arrange opportunities for themselves. Here are some examples of ways to serve:
Caritas Partners Refer to page 2 of the Service Sheet for a list of Caritas Partners and their contact information.
School (Cascia Hall) Each student may volunteer at the two major Cascia Hall fundraisers (Christmas Walk and Celebrate Cascia) as well as other events. Other opportunities to serve the school include: tutoring , hosting a shadow (prospective student), being a tour guide at Open House and Entrance Exams, participating in all-school Masses, working sets or tech at school plays or concerts, making spirit signs for pep rallies, etc.
Hours should be acquired by the students at their places of worship. If this is not possible, students may volunteer with a family member, friend or classmate at his/her place of worship, or check with the Campus Ministry Office for other opportunities.
Greater Tulsa Community Students may earn service hours by performing with the CH Chorus or Bell Choir at nursing homes or community events. They may volunteer for non-profits that are near and dear to their hearts such as Race for the Cure, Diabetes Walk, Laps for Little Ones, Special Olympics, etc.
Caritas Partners, School, Greater Tulsa Community Sophomores will have a Cascia Hall Day of Caring each Wednesday during Minimester (January). Juniors and seniors may take advantage of Christian service opportunities offered during Minimester and on school-sponsored mission trips. Every extracurricular activity (athletics and clubs) will perform a group service project each year.
"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