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Ministry

Paramus Catholic takes great pride in encouraging students and faculty to become involved in the life of faith - both in and out of the school community.  In addition to what is provided in school, students are encouraged to participate in their local churches, communities, and the world community.  A dedicated staff and two beautiful chapels help to create a strong sense of Catholic identity within the school.  Campus Ministry looks at the whole life of the student and strives to help students become the best people that God calls them to be. 

 

Sacraments and Worship

Students have the opportunity to celebrate daily Mass in one of our two chapels. Monthly all-school Masses help to foster a sense of who we are as a Catholic school, providing students with the opportunities to serve as leaders of song, choir members, altar servers, lectors, and Eucharistic ministers so that they may grow in their journey of faith. Opportunities for individual and class prayer are provided throughout the year. Reconciliation is offered during the Lenten season, or anytime from our priest chaplains.

 

Retreats

Students may participate in a variety of weekend retreats that meet the ever-changing needs of our multicultural community. The life-long mission of PC is carried out through the stewardship of our student retreat leaders to their peers. This helps to deepen and enrich the faith of our school and shed new light on the vision of our spiritual growth. Some of our retreats are the freshman religion class retreats, all-school retreat days,  the weekend retreats "Circle of Life," "Gateway" and the "Search".

 

Leadership and Service

Students are also given the opportunity to participate in service to the school, local, church, and world communities via PC’s involvement with local religious and civic organizations. Through these experiences and peer leadership training, students go beyond the required classroom service hours and dedicate themselves to the lives of leadership, mission, and service. Some of these opportunities are:

 

Blood Drives, Food Drives, and Clothing Drives
Bridges Outreach to the Homeless, Food Bank, and Homeless Shelters (13th year)
PC Christmas Family Adoptions
Tutoring at local parish schools and YMCA Mentoring
Pink Out to benefit cancer research
Habitat for Humanity and Toys for Tots
Nursing Home and Extended Care Facility Volunteers
Camp Snowflake for disabled children
HUMC Cancer Center
Relay for Life
Jersey Cares

 

Paramus Catholic desires to give students the foundations of faith that they will use throughout their lives while helping students to realize that it is in these moments of experiencing God in others that great memories, friends, and life-long relationships are born.

 

Weekend Retreat Program

The lifelong mission of Paramus Catholic is carried out through the stewardship of our student retreat leadership team to their peers. This helps to deepen and enrich the faith of our school community. It’s helped to shed new light on the vision of our spiritual growth. Students have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of weekend retreats that meet the ever-changing needs of our multi-cultural student community. Paramus Catholic has a variety of introductory, leadership, and search retreats that help guide the students through their journey of faith while strengthening bonds of friendship and family­.

These retreats are coordinated by a team of students, parents, alumni, and faculty. They are offered at least six times a year. Retreats are offered both on and off-campus and provide opportunities where spiritual direction can be offered with all the comforts of home. In these environments, many great memories, friends, and relationships are born.

 

Service Hours for the 2021-2022 School Year 

Freshmen    15 hours

5 Hours due October 28, 2021

5 hours due January 20, 2022

5 hours due March 1, 2022

Sophomores  20 hours

7 hours due October 28, 2021

7 hours due January 20, 2022

6 hours due March 1, 2022

Juniors 25 hours

9 hours due October 28, 2021

8 hours due January 20, 2022

8 hours due March 1, 2022

Seniors                     25 hours

9 hours due October 28, 2021

8 hours due January 20, 2022

8 hours due March 1, 2022

Aquinas Scholars      40 hours

14 hours due October 28, 2021

13 hours due January 20, 2022

13 hours due March 1, 2022

 

 

Failure to submit service hours by the above dates will be reflected in the student’s Theology grade.  Please see Paramus Catholic Handbook under “Service Hours” for an explanation of grading procedures. Without completion of service hours, students will not receive a Theology grade for the class. 

 

 

Students may complete some or all their service hour requirements during the Summer, between the dates of June 17 and September 8, 2021. Service hour forms are available on the school website under the Campus Ministry Service page or here

 

Completing Service hours/Service Opportunities 

 

Students are welcomed to complete some of their service requirements through virtual service.  The virtual service can be with any organization; a program they are already involved with or through an organization found on the Virtual Service Opportunities 2021- 2022 list which can be found on the Campus Ministry Service page. This page can be accessed through the Campus Ministry’s main page.  In all cases students must provide the appropriate verification in order to receive full credit for any service hours completed with any organization/program/project. 

 

Paramus Catholic Campus Ministry realizes that many students during the summer may have been caring for younger siblings during the day or assisted elderly neighbors due to the challenges of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Those service hours can still be counted as hours of service. Students must provide the necessary documentation for this service by October 4, 2021, in order for it to be counted towards accepted hours of community service. The necessary documentation for this service, includes the completed 2021-2022 Paramus Catholic Service Form, a one-paragraph reflection of the service they provided to their family or at-risk person in need, and the signature of the parent/legal guardian.

 

Those students who are volunteering with these non-profit local neighborhood organizations where they are asked to shop for, help an at-risk person in need, provide services for the elderly, or by providing another service in their local neighborhoods must also provide photos and/or letters from these neighbors, organization, or projects as proof of service completed.

 

During the summer many students may have already completed service through summer camps in NY and NJ. If you have completed service through a summer camp, please make sure you have obtained the proper verification in the form of a letter with official letterhead from the Camp Director/Supervisor. A copy of this letter should be given to their theology teacher with a completed 2021-2022 Paramus Catholic Service Form by the deadline of October 4, 2021. Failure to submit summer service hours by the deadline of October 4, 2021, may result in these hours not being accepted by their Theology Teacher.

 

One of the core beliefs and values of Paramus Catholic High School is the commitment to social responsibilities whether to each other as part of the Paramus Catholic community or the larger community. To strive more fully to live out this value students need to embrace the diverse needs of the communities that they interact with on a regular basis. This then allows them an opportunity to gain a new perspective, to learn more about themselves and to grow in love of their follow neighbor. Service cannot be limited to only one type or one group. The service completed by the Paramus Catholic student must encompass different experiences and address a variety of different needs found in local communities that they are called to serve.

 

Starting September 8, 2021, the new Paramus Catholic service policy states that service cannot be completed through one specific group or program. Students will not be allowed to complete more than 50% of their service requirement with any one type of organization, program or project in order to fulfill their yearly service.

 

This means that that no more than 7.5 hours of the Freshmen service requirement, 10 hours of the Sophomore service requirement, 12.5 hour of thee Junior and Senior service requirements, and 20 hours of the Senior Aquinas Scholars service requirement can be complete through one organization, program, or service project to fulfill their yearly service requirement.

 

All service completed over the summer of 2021 will be grandfathered into this new service policy. These service hours will only be accepted with the completed forms and the proper verification submitted on or before the October 4, 2020, deadline.

 

St. Teresa of Calcutta Service Award/Most Service Completed by Grade Level 

Any student who has completed more than 100 hours of community service will still be eligible to earn the St. Teresa of Calcutta Service Award for the completion of 100 hours of community service. Students applying for this award must submit all the required service hours, with proper form, and documentation to their Theology Teacher on or before April 1, 2022. At the end of the school year a student from each grade will be selected who has completed/submitted the most service hours for their grade level and that student will be awarded the most Service Completed by Grade Level.

 

For more information:

 

Angel Villalongo

Coordinator of Ministry for Service and Outreach

Assistant Director of Technology

201-445-4466 ext. 135

avillalongo@paramus-catholic.org

 

Michael A. Shea

Dean of Campus Ministry

Theology Department Coordinator

201-445-4466 ext. 117

mshea@paramus-catholic.org