Freshman Divisional Service Hours: Pillars - 15hrs

Matthew 7:24-25

“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise man who built his house on rock. The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock.”
The theme of the freshman campus ministry experience, Pillars, is centered on building a strong foundation for their journey here at Central Catholic and beyond. A pillar embedded in stone is permanent and when constructed properly is unwavering in its support. We want the student’s faith and desire for justice to be a pillar in our community and their life. Pillars are also a symbol used in our Catholic-Marianist tradition. In Marianist spirituality there are 5 pillars that serve as the support of our faith journey: Faith, Mary, Community, Inclusivity, and Mission. When considering an act of service during the Freshman year reflect on these 5 pillars and how to serve our local community more fully.

A Reflection on the Marianist Pillars and Freshman Service Discernment
The foundation of the Marianist Charism or spirit are five key pillars or ideas:

Faith
...transformational... life-giving... directs our lives... attentive to the Lord... gospel-based... "What is essential is the interior"... thoughtful... growing... joyful...
builds on tradition... engages mind and heart... embraces Mary as a model of courage and strength

Mary
...person of faith... ponders God's ways... leads others to faith in Jesus... woman... risk-taker... gentle... mother... confrontational... compassionate... nurturer of life... humble... strong... steadfast... relational... care-giver... model of love

Community
...embodies a "family spirit"... empowers others... builds on strengths, diversity, and equality... develops a sense of belonging... is prayerful... celebrates...
is concerned and caring... is hospitable... a primary means of bringing people to faith in Jesus... spiritual family

Inclusivity
...welcome to all... a wealth of experience... solidarity with others... respects differences... men, women, lay, religious as partners on the journey... inviting and growing... works toward a common unity... discipleship of equals

Mission
...lead others through community to faith in Jesus... Mary as our model... committed to the poor and marginalized... a synthesis of faith and culture...
works toward the greater good... “reads the signs of the times”... educates for life... proclaims the gospel...develops agents of change

One of the unique opportunities of the Freshman service requirements is that all service hours must be done in the community not the parish. Serving our parish is a wonderful expression of faith and should be a strong foundation for our students. However, now is the time to construct pillars in new communities, share our faith and gifts with people we have never met. Your son does not have to serve alone. We encourage a family spirit here at Central Catholic and would love for whole families to perform these acts of service together.
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Address: 1403 N. St. Mary’s St.,
San Antonio, TX 78215
Phone: (210) 225-6794
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Email: info@cchs-satx.org
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