Faith Alive Program
The Faith Alive Program gives students the opportunity to be servants of Christ through serving the local community. Through participation students will have a fuller understanding of why we are called to love our neighbor along with God and self.
The Faith Alive Christian Service Learning Program of Schlarman Academy is founded upon the Gospel Message of Jesus, "love one another as I have loved you." Essential to the Gospel message and the teachings of the Catholic Church are the beliefs in the dignity and worth of each person and the calling of Christians to respond to those in need.
"Therefore, there must be made available to all people everything necessary for leading a life truly human, such as food, clothing and shelter; the right to choose a state of life freely and to found a family, the right to education, to employment, to a good reputation, to respect, to appropriate information, to activity in accord with the upright norm of one's own conscience, to protection of privacy and to rightful freedom in matters religious too." (Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World, Paragraph 26)
The Faith Alive program invites students to reach outside themselves in the Spirit of Christ. Through religion classes’ students are instructed in the teachings of the Catholic Church and the message of the Gospel. Faith Alive is designed to complement this learning with "hands on" experience to aid students in recognizing a broader perspective of community and their unique roles in building Christian community.
It challenges students through an experience of service to others so as to live more concretely the faith passed on to us through Jesus Christ. Faith Alive fosters the building of the kingdom of God by enabling students to overcome fears, prejudices and stereotypes associated with different racial and ethnic groups, the poor, the mentally and physically disabled, and the elderly.
"The experience of Christian community leads naturally to service. Christ gives his people different gifts not only for themselves but also for others. Each must serve others for the good of all. The Church is a servant community in which those who hunger are to be filled; the ignorant are to be taught; the homeless to receive shelter; the distressed consoled; the sick cared for; the oppressed set free – all so that men and women may more fully realize their human potential and more readily enjoy life with God now and eternally." (To Teach as Jesus Did, #28).
A variety of opportunities exist to accommodate the interests and gifts of all students. Parish and community projects enable students to serve those in need through a rich diversity of opportunities. The basic guidelines for a good project are the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy -- traditional Catholic actions of service.
Christian Service enables young people to move beyond self-centered concern to a Christ-like selflessness and other-centered love. Students develop a sense of citizenship and appreciate the responsibility to make a positive contribution for the common good. A service project also encourages students to broaden their knowledge or pursue a particular career area.
Developing a good Faith Alive project is essential. Parents and students are invited to work together in researching opportunities of service. While students may seek to develop a project in association with any number of social agencies or faith communities, a list of some agencies that students have worked with in the past is provided in this handbook.
One of the goals of Faith Alive is for students and their parents to explore the needs of our community. While a list of agencies is provided, matching up a student with a project remains the responsibility of the student and their parents.