We are called to be a "Person for Others." As part of our Catholic identity, students are called to reach out to the poor, vulnerable, suffering, and marginalized through sincere acts of charity. Reaching beyond our everyday lives to help others is the foundation of our Christian Service program at Bishop McGuinness.
Christian service does not include volunteering at a for-profit business, for activities in which the student is paid, or as the result of disciplinary action. Christian service does not include the ordinary obligation one has to family, friends, and neighbors, nor should it include travel or sleep time incurred on mission trips or out-of-town service experiences.
Students are to complete a minimum of 90 hours of volunteer service, as a graduation requirement. At the beginning of each semester, an inventory will be done for each student. If he or she is short the number of required hours, he or she will have three weeks to reach the required number. If at the end of the three week probation period the student is still short, they will be athletically ineligible until the desired number is reached. During this time, the student may practice, but not compete, against another school. The service hour requirement also counts for 10% of the Theology semester grade. Service retreats and projects count towards the student requirement.
All required hours, and hours counted toward Red Cord, must be completed with a registered “Verso l’Alto Partner” organization.
* Summer hours count towards the upcoming fall
Red Cord of Distinguished Service
The is awarded to seniors who have volunteered a cumulative 300 Christian service hours or more and who complete the Red Cord of Distinguished Service application process.