St. Joseph Catholic School

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Service to Others

In keeping with our school’s three primary commitments of worship, study and service, St. Joseph Catholic School will not only provide our students with a rigorous academic environment,  and opportunities to worship as a Catholic community, but will also seek to immerse our students in the rich heritage of Catholic Social Justice through service to others.  As the Catechism of the Catholic Church explains, "To receive in truth the Body and Blood of Christ given up for us, we must recognize Christ in the poorest, his brethren" (no. 1397).  Therefore, the seven themes of Catholic social teaching as listed below should not only be at the core of our Catholic curriculum, but should also be lived out in the lives of every Catholic. It is part of our mission as Catholics and as educators to teach our children to walk in the footsteps of Jesus.  

The seven themes of Catholic social justice:

1. Life and Dignity of the Human Person
2. Call to Family, Community, and Participation
3. Rights and Responsibilities
4. Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
5. The Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers
6. Solidarity
7. Care for God’s Creation


Year-long Service:  St. Joseph has an on-going service project and relationship with The Wales Apartments--an assisted living residence for special-needs adults in the Dallas area.  They are under the umbrella organization, Lifenet.  The residents are not able to purchase toilet paper with food stamps.  Many have health issues that cause them to be in more need and even less able to purchase items for themselves.  Every month, our classes take turns providing toilet paper and sack lunches for the residents.   It is a blessing to them and a learning opportunity for us.

 

 2016-2017 Service Projects

May:  Pennies for Paul. Students will bring in change for the St. Vincent de Paul society.

 

March/April:  Staff Service Project

 

FebruaryCollection of personal hygiene items for New Beginning Center, a crisis center for victims of domestic violence in the Garland area.

 

January:  Students made Valentines for Meals on Wheels recipients and our school community collected individual snack cups and small gift cards for City House residents.

 

December:  Student collection of crayons, coloring books, and activity books for Children's Hospital in Dallas. 

 

November:  Canned food drive to benefit the North Texas Food Bank and a staff service day at the Samaritan Inn. 

 

October:  Canned food drive to benefit The Network of Community Ministries--a food bank that serves our Richardson and Garland neighbors.

 

September:  Collected hoodies for children living at the Samaritan Inn homeless shelter in McKinney.

 

 

 

 2015-2016 Service Projects

May:  This month, we encourage our families to continue their generous spirit of service by finding a summer service activity.  Suggestions include: a neighborhood food collection, donating time at the animal shelter, making birthday cards for a local nursing home, cleaning up litter in a park, or helping an older neighbor with yard work

April: Pennies for Paul. Students will bring in change for the St. Vincent de Paul Society. 

MarchCollection of personal hygiene items for New Beginning Center, a crisis center for victims of domestic violence in the Garland area.

January & February: Project Gabriel collection of diapers, wipes, baby toiletries, receiving blankets, baby clothes, and crib mattresses. Project Gabriel assists pregnant women with their long or short-term emotional, spiritual, and material needs.

December:  Student collection of crayons, coloring books, and activity books for Children's Hospital in Dallas. 

November:  Canned food drive to benefit the North Texas Food Bank and the Network of Community Ministries--a food bank that serves our Richardson and Garland neighbors.

October:  Coat drive in partnership with our neighbors in the Richardson Public Schools. Students will collect new and/or gently used coats to be donated to children who do not have one. 

 

 

2014-2015 Service Projects 

May:  We are so thankful for the generosity and unfailing support of our SJCS community each month as we strive to reach out and help others. This month, we encourage our families to continue this generous spirit of service by finding a summer service activity.  Suggestions include: a neighborhood food collection, donating time at the animal shelter, making birthday cards for a local nursing home, cleaning up litter in a park, or helping an older neighbor with yard work.

April: Collection of personal hygiene items for the Garland Shelter for Women and Children.  Donations may include any size toothpaste, shampoo, soap, lotions, or other personal hygiene item.

March:  Students will make Easter cards to be delivered to our neighbors served by Meals on Wheels.  We hope to share the joy of the Risen Christ with all who receive our Easter greetings! 

February: Collection of diapers, wipes, gently used strollers, and new car seats for Project Gabriel--part of the Diocese of Dallas Pro-Life committee. 

January: "Souper Bowl of Caring" in which our students will bring in canned soup for our local food pantry and a pajama collection for the children at Jonathan's Place in Garland. Jonathan's Place is a crisis shelter for children under the age of ten in Dallas County

December:  Student collection of crayons, coloring books, and activity books for Children's Hospital in Dallas. 

November: Canned food drive to benefit the Network of Community Ministries--a food bank that serves our Richardson and Garland neighbors.

October:  Coat drive in partnership with our neighbors in the Richardson Public Schools. Students will collect new and/or gently used coats to be donated to children who do not have one.    

September:   Student collection of new backpacks and school supplies for Jonathan's Place in Garland. Jonathan's Place is a crisis shelter for children under the age of ten in Dallas County.