ENCOUNTERING CHRIST

Seeing Jesus, Being Jesus

Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy

St. Wendelin Catholic School Stewardship Program

2017-2018
  • At your baptism, you became a MEMBER OF THE BODY OF CHRIST.
  • You are meant to be a LIVING SIGN of Christ’s presence in the world and to see Christ in everyone you meet!
  • MERCY is all about recognizing how another person is suffering, being willing to suffer with them, and doing everything in your power to help them in their suffering.
  • One way we are called to show mercy is through participating in the CORPORAL AND SPIRITUAL WORKS OF MERCY.
When we meet a person truly in need, do we see the face of God?” –Pope Francis

Directions:
As disciples of Christ, it is important for us to personally reflect on how well we have been living out our baptismal call to be Christ’s presence in the world.  Stewardship is all about using the gifts that we have been given to give back to God and others by serving those in the world in whom we see Christ.
Have you ever asked yourself: 
+  Am I truly a living sign of Christ in the world?
+  Do I see Jesus in those I encounter?
+  Do others encounter Jesus in me?
If you haven’t, this year will be the perfect time to really focus on these questions and the ways you may need to challenge yourself to make service and stewardship more of a priority in your life!  If you have, this year will help you to grow into an even stronger disciple of Jesus. What this activity and reflection will help you do is to examine your everyday life, your actions, your choices, and your responses to the needs of others and to honestly see where you need to become more Christ-like.
Very often, we become self-centered and do not pay enough attention to those around us. Here are a few more questions to ask yourself:
+ Do I notice when those around me are suffering?
+ When I see another person suffering, do I walk with them, even if it is hard, or do I avoid them so that I don’t have to feel the pain?
+ When I see another person suffering, do I do everything I can to lessen their suffering?
As Christians, we are called to not only notice when others are suffering, but also to walk with them and try our hardest to lessen their suffering. We do this primarily through the Works of Mercy.
Over the course of this year, you will be asked to serve others using the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy listed below, and then reflect on your experience.
Some of the works may seem very straightforward, like “Feeding the hungry”.  Others you may need to think about a bit more, for example, “Help the imprisoned” may refer to those in prison, but it may also refer to those who may be homebound (unable to leave their home due to illness, age or ability).  It would be great to talk to your parents or another adult whose faith you admire about how to make these Works of Mercy part of your life!
Corporal Works of Mercy                                    Spiritual Works of Mercy
+ Feed the hungry                                                 + Instruct the ignorant
+ Give drink to the thirsty                                     + Counsel the doubtful
+ Shelter the homeless                                           + Comfort the sorrowful
+ Clothe the naked                                                + Bear wrongs patiently
+ Care for the sick                                                 + Forgive all injuries
+ Visit the imprisoned                                           + Admonish the sinner
+ Bury the dead                                                    + Pray for the living and the dead
As a Junior High student, each year you will be asked to participate in TWO (2) school sponsored stewardship projects (one per semester) and at least ONE ADDITIONAL project outside of school, all of which fulfill a different Work of Mercy (Corporal or Spiritual). NOTE: You may not repeat a Work of Mercy in two different projects – be sure that all 3 (or more) of your projects fulfill 3 (or more) different Works of Mercy! You will also be required to complete at least 5 community involvement hours (involvement in church, school or community events) – forms for these community involvement hours will be available in the Campus Ministry room.

Directions for SCHOOL SPONSORED Works of Mercy projects:
  1. Sign up on the Campus Ministry bulletin board for 1 project during Fall Semester AND 1 project during Spring Semester. Fill out the required paperwork in order to attend and return to the office or Ms. Pehmoeller. More information on these projects will come in the first few weeks of school.
  2. Participate in the project and consider which Work(s) of Mercy you think you are fulfilling by participating in that project and be able to explain why.
  3. Have your supervisor at the organization you volunteered at SIGN your reflection paper to verify that you actually did the project.
  4. Write a reflection about your experience of doing your action or project using that attached forms. You will be asked to explain what you did, but also how you felt. Answer each question that is asked to the best of your ability. See the attached pages in this packet for the specific questions. The answer to each question should be written in COMPLETE SENTENCES!
  5. Turn your reflection papers in to Ms. Pehmoeller.

Directions for INDIVIDUAL Works of Mercy projects:
  1. Pick a Work of Mercy that you would like to do.
  2. Decide on an action you could take or a project you could do that would fulfill this Work of Mercy.
NOTE: This must be a fairly substantial action or project – for example, if you choose “pray for the living and the dead,” you cannot simply say a 30 second Hail Mary for your mom and be done with it. Although that certainly is “praying for the living,” you are asked to come up with something more substantial. For example, if you would like to do the Spiritual Work of “praying for the living and the dead,” you might possibly organize a group of your friends to go to Eucharistic Adoration and pray a rosary for someone you know who has died or who is going through something very serious in their life. PLEASE GET THIS PROJECT APPROVED BY MS. PEHMOELLER BEFORE BEGINNING TO ENSURE THAT IT IS APPROPRIATE!
  1. COMPLETE your action or project – actually DO IT! J
  2. Have your supervisor at the organization you volunteered at SIGN your reflection paper to verify that you actually did the project.
  3. Write a reflection about your experience of doing your action or project. You will be asked to explain what you did, but also how you felt. Answer each question that is asked to the best of your ability. See the attached pages in this packet for the specific questions. The answer to each question should be written in COMPLETE SENTENCES!
Due Dates:
Reflections for FALL semester projects due by Friday, December 15th
Reflections for SPRING semester projects, as well as all INDIVIDUAL projects AND community involvement hours due by Friday, May 18th
Need Ideas???
These are ideas for projects to do if you are in need of ideas for your individual project – you are NOT limited to the ideas/organizations listed here! Be sure to always discuss your project with your parent – you may actually DO the project with your parent or whole family, if you want! If you are not sure if your idea works for a particular Work of Mercy, PLEASE ASK!
Feeding the hungry:
  • Volunteer at a food pantry (i.e. Pantry Plus of Seneca County on S. Main Street in Fostoria)
  • Volunteer at a soup kitchen
Giving drink to the thirsty:
  • May choose the same projects as Feeding the Hungry but may only choose ONE OR THE OTHER – not both!
Shelter the homeless:
  • Volunteer with Habitat for Humanity (Fostoria location – Church of the Nazarene, Sandusky Street)
  • Volunteer with Hope House (Findlay)
Clothe the naked:
  • Volunteer at the St. Vincent de Paul Society
Care for the sick:                 
  • Visit nursing home residents (Good Shepherd or St. Catherine’s Care in Fostoria)
  • Volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House
Visit the imprisoned: 
  • Visit someone you know who is homebound and does not get many visitors
  • Visit someone in a nursing home
Bury the dead:            
  • Attend a funeral of a non-family member
  • Volunteer to help serve food at a funeral luncheon
  • Organize a group of friends/school group to make cards for the family of someone who has just died
Instruct the ignorant:
  • Tutor a younger student who is having trouble
  • Help teach CCD at your parish
Counsel the doubtful:
  • Women’s Resource Center of Hancock County
  • Caring Hands Pregnancy Center, Fostoria
Comfort the sorrowful:
  • Volunteer at Children’s Mentoring Connection in Findlay and support kids/teens who may be having a tough time
Bear wrongs patiently:
  • Organize an “anti-bullying” campaign/ project for your school to spread awareness and try to end bullying
Forgive all injuries:
  • Commit yourself to doing something kind for a different person who has hurt you in the past every day/ every week for the whole month –make a list of the people you want to do kind deeds for and keep track of the kind things you do for them as you do them!
Admonish the sinner:
  • Get involved with the Fostoria Teens for Life group and pray outside an abortion clinic to be a witness to the world of the sanctity of life!
Pray for the living and the dead:
  • Organize a group of your friends and go to Eucharistic Adoration and pray a rosary for someone who has died or someone who needs prayers

SW Individual Stewardship Verification Form

 

Works of Mercy Stewardship Program Forms