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Service Learning is a ½ credit course engaging students in hands on projects to meet learning objectives and strengthen the local/global community.

The course is introduced in the spring of the sophomore year with a service fair and time in the students’ Theology class.  It concludes after the all senior semester.  Students may select from several sites and activities to perform their hours of service.  A completion of a minimum of 70 hours of service must be completed and documented.  This may be given digitally or by hard copy to the service coordinator by the end of the first semester of the senior year.

As per school board policy, all students complete service prior to graduation from Cathedral High School, earning either an “S” (satisfactory) or a  “U” (unsatisfactory) on their transcript.

It is hoped that every student will come to understand service as a way of life in the Christian tradition and a deepening of friendship with God through service of those in need.

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Students in Service Blog

Starting this Advent Season, and throughout the new Liturgical Year, this blog will feature weekly posts written by students highlighting their service learning projects.

  • Parish Festival - Emily Walsh

    Out of all the service projects I have ever done my favorite is when I help with my Parish Festival every year. We would go to the park early in the morning, help set up some of the stands,  then go to church. We would always help with the pie and hot dog stand which is a busy stand to work at. Each person is given a certain amount of hours at the stand then you would change with different people. It was a time of fun and games with the community and is always a huge hit. I plan to do this service for many years to come because I love helping out with it.

    The first thing I would do when I got to my stand is help set up and figure out the jobs we needed to do. One year, in the morning, I helped out with the cakewalk first. The cakewalk is when you give paddles to people with numbers on them. Then you spin a spinner and whatever number it lands on is the winner. This stand is also a huge hit because people bring homemade pies and treats. After my shift, I went over to help my mom with the pie stand. It is always busy because we would sell pie, hot dogs, and coffee. We would be given a job, whether it be handling the money or serving the people. By the end of the day we would help clean up a little and maybe quickly get some food to eat. It was an overall great experience.

    There were many things I learned from doing this service project. First, is if you put time and effort into everything you do, good things come out to it. The amount of work needed to put this together was tremendous. People spent so much time in order for others to have a great time and to come back again next year. Secondly, I learned that sometimes when things in your life gets hectic, to not freak out and just find a path you could take instead. Whenever the stand would become very busy and crowded it was cause almost a panic. But the thing is, the time would pass and everything will be okay again. Over all this service project has brought to light a lot of knowledge to help me succeed in my life. I hope that continuing in it will help me more in the future.

  • Dominican Service Trip - Mackenzie Fritz

    In March of 2015, myself, 20 other students in my Global Issues class and 8 chaperones traveled to a small community in the Dominican Republic. The community was called Guerra. We helped out the community of Guerra in many different ways including building a house for a women who lost hers in a fire, brought packaged food and delivered it to houses, played with little children, traveled to multiple children’s ministries to help out and visited a typical school. We were in the Dominican Republic for 10 days total, including one of the days being Easter which was special because we were fortunate enough to be able to attend Mass at a local church. The Dominican Republic Service trip was taken to be able to experience what life is like in a third world country. I think that the biggest impact of service we did the Dominican was building the house for Juana. Juana had lost her house in a fire, and had been living in a small chicken coop with her family for the last several months. The look on Juana’s face as we built, and finished this house for her was priceless. She was unbelievable thankful for what we did for her.

    The Dominican Republic Service Trip had a large impact on my life in many ways. I was able to see life in a different perspective. The part I most enjoyed on the service trip was being able to see the joy on the little kids faces when we arrived to play with them. It was amazing to see how thankful and happy the people were even though they have so little. They were beyond thankful for the little gifts we brought them. I learned that we should be thankful for what we have. We often take things for granted, when in reality, we need to be thankful for everything we are given. This trip overall has humbled me and changed my perspective on life.

  • Special Friends - Katie Auger

    My service project was to go to the Special Friends program at the St. Cloud Children’s Home. It is a program where kids from Cathedral go to the home and talk with the kids there. We go there to talk to the underprivileged kids to help them get away from their normal lives for an hour a week. A group of about 30 kids go to the Children’s Home once a week on Wednesday for an hour. We do many different activities every week. Those include going to the gym, art activities, and doing board games.

    I liked it because the kids there have such good personalities and they make me laugh and have a good time. I also liked going to Special Friends because it opened my eyes and showed me that even though those kids don’t have the greatest lives, they are still really good kids and they have so much potential to have good lives.

  • Youth Basketball Camp - Max Plombon

    During the summer of 2015, I helped many young basketball players. They were between the ages of 8 and 14. This camp was at Cathedral High School in the North Gym put on by the Cathedral basketball program. I worked at this camp because I really enjoy being around children and I can communicate well with them. I taught these young basketball players how to dribble and play defense correctly. The young basketball players not only learned basketball skills quickly, but they also responded well to having a young adult role model.

    I enjoyed this experience. It helped me understand children and what makes them feel happy. I am more comfortable around young children now because I can be like an older brother that helps them. This was definitely a positive experience because I know that I have helped them and I hope I will be able to do more with young children. For example, this fall in campus ministry, we ran many retreats with children and I felt very comfortable and was able to make the kids open up and feel comfortable around me. I was able to be the cool senior friend to these underclassmen. Being a leader in this camp helped me gain more traits and qualities that I can incorporate into my life.

  • Special Friends - Camren Dehler

    I volunteer at special friends. This program is dealing with kids at the St. Cloud Children’s Home. Every single week, there are about 20 kids from Cathedral that do this. It lasts about an hour and a half and starts in October and ends in May. What we do with our friends vary every week. It may consist of just having a conversation and see where it takes us. It may also consist of playing a sport in the gym. Whatever we are doing with our friends, you can tell how much they appreciate us coming there. They are so happy to see us and that makes me feel like I am making a difference in somebody's life.

    I really enjoy doing special friends because there is no greater feeling than making someone’s day better. Everyone who does it really notices how much we are helping them. I also really like doing this because it makes me think and realize how blessed and thankful I am. All the kids at the Children’s Home have had rough lives and don’t have much of a family. I am truly blessed to be where I am at today.

  • Dominican Republic Mission Trip - Megan Voigt

    In March and April of 2015, I went on a life changing journey with 29 of the greatest people. There were 21 students and 8 chaperones. Together we traveled to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic to give our services to the Dominican people. We built a house, brought food to give, helped with the parish, played with children, and made an unforgettable Easter for kids at a school. The biggest outreach was with the house that we built and the community around it. We built it for a lady named Juana. She lost her house in an electrical fire and spent 6 months living in a chicken coop. We built this house from the ground up. She was eternally grateful. I think the biggest impact we had was on the community. The first day that we were at the worksite, we met a bunch of kids. There were immediate connections. They even skipped school to come see us. To summarize, we built a new house and built new relationships.

    There are not enough words to describe how much I loved this trip. I liked helping people and making an impact. My favorite part was playing with the kids at the worksite. From going to the Dominican Republic, I learned not to take anything for granted. Personally, I saw the struggles that people have to go through who aren’t as fortunate as most people that I know. It made me grateful for everything that I have. I truly believe I have developed as a person and don’t complain about the little things in life anymore.

  • Special Friends - Keely Bauerly

    I volunteer in a program called Special Friends at the Children’s Home. I started this program in early October, so I’ve only been going for a few weeks so far. The objective of this is to go every Wednesday and be a friend to someone. I can tell every time I go there it betters my friend’s day and my own. It’s a really opportunity to hear people's stories and their struggles and see them start to overcome their challenges. I was connected to this program through a religion class, a man Gabin sent us applications and before I knew it I was connected with the program. I’ve only been in it for a few weeks and I will participate in it for an hour every Wednesday until April. This program is fantastic because it gives you an opportunity to meet new people and make friends. This is one way I outreach to my community.

    Special friends is a way to learn about some of the struggles that people are having in our community and being able to do fun activities with them and being there for them. Special friends doesn’t really feel like you’re doing service work, it’s really just getting to know someone and forming a special friendship with them.

  • Tri-County Humane Society Volunteering - Sabina Milbauer

    I volunteer at the Tri-County Humane Society, a shelter for dogs, cats, bunnies, etc. When volunteering there I walk the wonderful dogs and help people find their forever friends. People from the community come in and socialize with the animals to get to know them in order to find out whether or not they are a good fit for each other. Being able to help those in the community find a companion is amazing especially because the animals may not have come into the shelter from the best home. Volunteering at the Humane Society is a great way for me to meet new people in the community that care about the animals and it is a great escape from all of life’s distractions.

    I have learned that companionship is a very important quality in life. I am so enlightened by the attitude that surrounds the shelter. I am learning more about customer service and looking more closely at the roles of both the human and the animal in a relationship. In addition, I have been able to practice my social skills in a real-life setting with respectable people. It’s an amazing experience helping the community through laughter and friendship.

  • Skating with Saint Cloud Youth Hockey - Amber Klein

    These last few years the girls hockey team has gone to St. Cloud Youth Hockey practices and learn to skate sessions to spend some time with the kids. We do this as a way to give back to the community that got us where we are today, playing high school hockey with all our friends. Our job while there is to make sure the children are having fun and to teach them what we know. Our goal is to try and get them to want to be there and fall in love with the game of hockey. We usually play tag with the kids, pass with them, sometimes the kids even challenge us to races and they always seem to find a way to win. Most of the time the kids just follow us around and play follow the leader.

    I love going to these practices, we try to go to as many as we can every year. It’s so cool to see the kids get so excited when they see us there. It really makes you feel good about what you’re doing. Sometimes it gets overwhelming when they’re all chasing you around but then I look up at all of their happy faces and all the smiling faces of my teammates and see that sometimes a little frustration is worth it for all the fun I get to have and for everything I’m blessed with. The best is when we come back to another practice and the kids remember us and call us by name or sometimes we’ll see them at our games and it’s cool to have a little fan club. But it’s not about getting fans, my favorite part is the fact that we get to put a smile on their faces and help them love the game I love a little more.

  • Church Lector - Randy Kloskin

    One or twice every month I lector at St. Joseph’s Church. St. Joseph’s is located in Waite Park and the acting priest is Fr. Mark Innocenti. I started lectoring to get service hours for Confirmation in 2013 and was asked to continue lectoring the next year as well.

    At first, lectoring was just to get service hours but after a few months, and after I had had my Confirmation, I started to enjoy it. My public speaking was being improved and I was much more comfortable speaking in front of my church and was even invited to be the lector for Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. And, of course my Grandma was very proud. I also received a lot of praise from older participants in the church because I was the only lector under 60 years old and that motivated me to continue lectoring.

  • Vacation Bible School Leader - Anna Faerber

    One of my major volunteering projects was being a leader at Vacation Bible School this summer. We went to the church of St. Joseph in St. Joe Minnesota. I did it with my best friend and we were the leaders of 4-5 year olds. We would go around the parish and do different activities at different stations. There were four stations: music, story time (where we learned about God), science/art, and snack time/play time. This was an important thing to do because the kids really enjoyed it and I think they did learn more about God. We had a service project that week where we asked the kids to bring in fun stuff to give to kids at the hospital who were sick or had to be in there for awhile. The kids brought in a bunch of fun stuff like markers, crayons, coloring books, and toys and during one of our science/art times the kids put all the stuff into bags to give to the kids at the hospital. I think they had a lot of fun doing that and they liked the idea that they were giving to others.

    This was definitely my favorite service project that I did because I loved working with the kids. When I work with young kids I realize just how much they look up to us. We don’t really realize that until we have a chance to spend time with kids. This project also helped me realize that we have to be role models for younger kids. They want to be like us and if we do something we shouldn’t, they’ll probably do the same thing. I think the whole experience helped me grow and I learned just how influential we are on little kids.

  • 2015 Dominican Republic Trip - Trevor Cornelius

    In the spring of 2015, I traveled to the Dominican Republic with my Global Issues class. When I was there I helped build a house for a family in need, played with kids at an orphanage, and spent time in the community and schools. Working with the kids was one of my favorite parts. They were so grateful of us and we developed an attachment that will never go away. We worked through the Praying Pelican Missions. I felt like God was calling me to help and serve other children of God.

    I absolutely loved going on the service trip. It showed me that I don’t need everything in the world to be happy. As a group we learned that strings and cards can build great friendships with one another. If I had another chance to go on a mission trip, I would go in a heartbeat. I would recommended this to everyone because it is an eye-opening experience.

  • Volunteering at Birthline - Alexandra Leintz

    For my service project, I volunteered at Birthline here in St. Cloud. Birthline provides individualized care and support to anyone facing a crisis pregnancy. They serve to all women, men and families regardless of age, race, ethnicity, religion, income, and living situation. My job at Birthline was mainly in the store. The products and supplies are all donations from outside sources. I helped my clients shop for supplies and necessities for their baby and themselves. At the Birthline store the clients are required to attend classes such as counseling, financial planning, and dealing with taking care of themselves and the baby in order to earn points to shop at the Birthline store. I would normally work 2-3 days a week for a 4-5 hour shift during the summer. Each day brought along new clients and new situations which made volunteering here even more rewarding.

    I choose to volunteer at Birthline because I really believe in what this organization stands for because, every life matters in every situation that occurs. I felt that I was called to volunteer at Birthline because it is something different than your typical volunteering place. Each day you meet different people or experience things you would normally not experience in your everyday life. One of my favorite experiences while volunteering at Birthline was meeting a client one week and the next time they came into the store their baby had been born. It made me happy that in some small way I had a part in their decision to choose life. What I learned from these experiences volunteering here is that deep down inside everyone is the same. Their stories may be all different, but in the end, they come to one conclusion of doing the right thing and doing what's best for themselves and their baby.

  • Special Friends - Alec Ferris

    Every Wednesday night, I volunteer at the St. Cloud Children’s Home as part of the Special Friends program. This is my second year of volunteering, and I absolutely love it. As part of the program, the volunteers are paired up with a young kid currently living in the Children’s Home. We go into their cottages and play games with them. These kids sleep, eat, and play there, as well as go to school in the building. They don’t get a whole lot of interaction with the outside world while they are there, so they love to be able to have an hour to hang out with us. The volunteers walk in there with the purpose of trying to distract the kids from whatever family problems they are having, and just talk and hang out with them.

    I love this program because it allows me to interact with kids that I know need support. Every child living in the Children’s Home is going through a tough time with their family, and It is amazing to know that I am making a positive influence in their lives. This program allows me to make a positive contribution to my community. This program is making our community stronger by giving high school students the opportunity to help children that need care and support in their lives. I have learned the importance of caring for others that I have no connection to, and being there for people that need someone to help them through a tough time.

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