Christian Service

Christian Service Overview
It is the unique mission of Bishop John J. Snyder High School to guide young people in developing a Christian social consciousness and a commitment to a life of justice and peace.

All students are required to complete a minimum of twenty-five (25) hours of Christian Service each year. The goal is to encourage students to serve the community. As disciples of Christ we are called to make this a priority in our lives.

Process for Christian Service Hours Submission

  • Process for recording hours

    • Beginning the 2024-2025 school year, students will use X2Vol to record and track their hours 

      • Training will be provided for students in August, 2024. 

      • Hours completed the summer of 2024 will be the first to be recorded in the new program.

      • For 12th, 11th, and 10th graders, Campus Ministry will transfer hours from previous grade levels to this new digital platform. 


  • Deadlines for submission of service hours:
    • Each school year the time frame for performing Christian Service will be June 1st through the last day of the third quarter.

    • Hours submitted each school year must have been served during that same school year.

    • Hours earned during the fourth quarter will also be applied to the current academic year.

    • Service Hours completed over the summer will count for the following school year

    • Late hours may not be accepted.


Guidelines for Christian Service Hours

  • When seeking service opportunities, students are encouraged to begin with their own parish or Church communities. Additionally, students may earn service hours at non-profit (501 C-3) organizations or agencies whose mission and values do not contradict Catholic values.

  • Christian service hours may only be recorded for non-paid service hours outside of school hours. 

  • Service hours performed for family members is praiseworthy, but will not be accepted for credit.

  • Any service provided for a family owned-and-operated business is indeed praiseworthy but does not meet the criteria for Christian Service.

  • Service and organizations where service is completed must be in line with the teachings of the Catholic Church. Some organizations and foundations, though non-profit, will not be accepted due to their support of anti-life agendas or other causes which are contrary to our Catholic beliefs and values.  Examples (not a complete list): Susan B. Komen Foundation, March of Dimes, Planned Parenthood.

  • The number of items in a collection of donations does not translate to hours. Students will receive credit for actual hours served.

  • Information on upcoming service projects can be found through the Office of Campus Ministry and religion classes

  • Projects or activities that do not meet the listed criteria, either in whole or in part, should not be assumed to fulfill the school requirement.

  •  When in doubt about the suitability of a service opportunity, and in order to prevent unnecessary misinterpretations or frustrations, students are encouraged to seek advice in Campus Ministry


Consequences for Failure to Complete Service Requirement:

Timely completion of the Christian Service Hours deadlines is a serious obligation and integral part of the requirements for graduation.

  • Consequences for Failing to Complete and Record 25 Christian Service Hours Each Year:
    • Loss of privileges such as field trips, prom, or senior exemption from exams
    • Possibility of being denied acceptance into honor societies
    • Graduation caps and gowns will not be issued until requirement is satisfied.


The Snyder St. Vincent de Paul Society is very active in serving the community.

One of the most popular service projects is PBJ Ministry for St. Francis Soup Kitchen

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