The Call to Service
The entire Trinity community is encouraged to spend time in relationship with others through meaningful opportunities of service.
St. Dominic famously gave away his school books in order to care for the poor among him. In her own short life, St. Catherine of Siena spent time comforting and caring for those who were ill. The founder of our Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters, Fr. Samuel Mazzuchelli, was committed to serving others “wherever the work was most great and difficult” (The Memoirs of Fr. Samuel Mazzuchelli).
This commitment to encountering the other, echoes recent sentiments from Pope Francis: “When you meet those most in need, your heart will begin to grow bigger, bigger and bigger! Because reaching out multiplies our capacity to love. An encounter with others makes our heart bigger” (Pope Francis & Encounter).
Trinity High School educates young women to embrace the global community in order to preach with our lives and actions. It is our responsibility to build a just society by beginning in our own communities. Through Jesus’ example, we learn to open our hearts to others in order to understand their needs so that we can transform the world together.
Trinity High School has ongoing relationships with many organizations throughout Chicagoland. You may find the contact info for these organizations in the Blazers in Action Service Manual.
You can also find opportunities for service in the following communications:
- Campus Ministry website (time-sensitive opportunities)
- Bulletin board outside of Campus Ministry (room 208)
- Visual announcements on TV in first floor hallway
- Homeroom announcements
- Service blast emails sent via Campus Ministry News to Trinity High School student emails
Students are encouraged to set up appointments with Ms. Bielat to discuss pairing student interest with local organizations. Stop by Campus Ministry (room 208) or send her an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to set up an appointment.
Campus Ministry will host a Service Expo on Thursday August 30th and Friday August 31st during 3A in conjunction with the Student Activities Fair. Neighborhood non profits will be present to answer questions about potential service opportunities. Students are encouraged to engage with the volunteer representatives about getting involved.
The Faculty/Staff Service Committee hosts service events several times each year. Take a look at the Service Committee page for particulars.
Volunteer Match is a wonderful online tool for finding local organizations and opportunities in your community.
As a Sinsinawa Dominican school committed to preaching with action, starting with the class of 2020, students are required to complete at least ten hours of service with non profit organization(s) each academic year. Five of the required ten hours must qualify as direct service (the opportunity to engage face to face with the population in need). The remaining hours may be direct or indirect service (any task performed that benefits the organization or population served, but does not include direct contact or relationship with the persons served). The deadline for completing service is Friday, March 15th. Service documentation takes place through the x2VOL platform. For signing into account, students should reference the x2VOL handout distributed at the August training meeting. See Service Manual for detailed information on graduation requirements and documentation.
You can find all the above information and MORE in the Service Manual.