Service is an important piece of a Christian education, thus an important aspect of Hayden’s culture. Hayden students are required to volunteer for 20 hours of service per year to help meet the needs of their parish and community. Students can start on their service hours for the next year at the completion of the previous school year. Allowing time for adjusting to high school, freshmen will be asked to volunteer for only 10 hours. 



10 total | 5 parish hours, 3 Corporal Works of Mercy hours


20 total | 10 parish hours, 5 Corporal Works of Mercy hours


20 total | 10 parish hours, 5 Corporal Works of Mercy hours


20 total | 10 parish hours, 5 Corporal Works of Mercy hours


Half way through the year students must have half of their hours completed (Freshmen - 5; Sophomore, Junior, Senior - 10). These hours do not need to be specified, they can be either parish, Corporal Works of Mercy or other. Service forms will be accepted 1 month after completion of service. 

In the Catholic tradition, the seven Corporal Works of Mercy are found in the teachings of Christ and are the model of how to charitably treat our neighbors' bodily needs. Simply put, Corporal Works of Mercy are services performed for the poor and most vulnerable members of society. They include: feeding the hungry, giving drink to the thirsty, clothing the naked, sheltering the homeless, comforting the sick, visiting those in prison, and burying the dead. 

For those students that do not belong to a parish, speak to the Campus Minister. Arrangements will be made to suit your situation.


Service hours will be factored into the grade of each student in their theology class. Service will comprise of 10% of the theology grade each semester. The first semester grade will be based on the amount of hours turned in, for example if a senior turns in 8 hours of service, they will earn an 80% for their service grade. Second semester, the service grade will be broken down in the following manner:

  • Service hours complete (20 points) 
  • Service paper/reflection (20 points) 
  • Parish hours complete (20 points) 
  • Everything turned in on time (20 points)  


  1. Print a service hours form (link found below). Blank forms can be located in the main office or with Theology instructors. 
  2. Take the form to the service experience and have it signed by your supervisor (not a parent or relative). 
  3. Turn in the completed form to the theology instructor. The form should be submitted 1 month after the service is completed (with the exception of Summer hours).
  4. Be sure to have the paperwork submitted in accordance with the timeline below.


  • Tuesday After Labor Day - Summer hours due
  • Friday Before First Day of Finals - Half of total hours due
    • Hours do not need to be specified
    • Freshmen - 5 hours
    • Sophomore, Junior, Senior - 10 hours
  • Last Friday of April- All Students must have TOTAL hours completed AND submitted.

Mother Teresa of Calcutta Award

“Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.” | Mother Teresa of Calcutta

The Mother Teresa of Calcutta Award is given every year to one student from each grade who dedicates a significant amount of time to service, especially the Corporal Works of Mercy.

  1. Feed the hungry 
  2. Give drink to the thirsty
  3. Clothe the naked
  4. Shelter the homeless
  5. Comfort the sick
  6. Visit those in prison
  7. Bury the dead

To be eligible, a student must ideally complete 100+ hours of service per year and complete a reflection essay. Among those eligible, a recipient will be chosen by the Campus Ministry team. 


For Student Questions or Outside Service Opportunities Contact Your Theology Instructor