Spring Passion Project
“Try to render all possible service to others, not talking of the thing, but doing it. If you are known to be a person who loves to serve, many opportunities will come in your way, to your great inconvenience perhaps, but to your far greater profit and instruction.”
Janet Erskine Stuart, RSCJ
Service is an act of faith.
It is based on the belief that you are eager to serve, and when given the opportunity, you will use your energy to do what is necessary to make Missouri, Kansas, and the world a better place. Acts of service allow you to develop habits of good citizenship and demonstrate courage to tackle tough problems.
We know you have enormous energy, enthusiasm, and intelligence that you will devote to our communities when you are asked and given the opportunity. Students have weather stripped and rehabilitated houses and tended animals at the zoo. They have planted marsh grass to save the water sheds and tested streams for pollutants. They have created plays about drug and alcohol abuse and put on fashion shows for senior citizens. These are not simply nice things to do. These acts contribute to an individual's development of the strong, active character crucial to a vibrant national life.
Our time is now. How are you going to impact the world?
--Sister Clare FitzGerald, SSND, PhD
The Spring "Passion Project"
...will provide an opportunity for you to choose a "service" topic to research, investigate, make contact, create background history and inform, and develop some sort of artifact to represent your chosen "service" topic. Your artifact can be a webpage, infographic, brochure, video (PSA), or an action plan or program to develop understanding by others and ask for participation.
Your final work will be presented on a project board for display to the public. Plus, your project board will be replicated on a Padlet.
You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love.
Choices for the "service" project can be
...a topic of public concern like bullying, homelessness, poverty, recycling, any addiction like drugs or alcohol, immigration, preserving the Earth, pollution, helping those with disabilities, or building little neighborhood libraries.
...an organization that works with disabilities, the marginalized (poor and/or underserved), the elderly or provides services to such groups.
...raising awareness about a disease or condition that affects children, teenagers and/or families...lack of proper healthcare or the availability of food.
...developing a service for a targeted group...like teaching computers to the elderly or creating a clown academy that will teach young people how to do "clowning" and present and teach those skills to others, or creating a 30-day random acts of kindness schedule.
One of the principal rules of spirituality is, to lose no occasion of serving God. And, since he is invisible to our eyes, we are to serve him in our neighbor; which he receives as if done to himself in person, standing visibly before us.
What area of "interaction" will your project reflect?
Community and Service
Health & Social Issues
In the end, the number of prayers we say may contribute to our happiness, but the number of prayers we answer may be of even greater importance.
--Dieter F. Uchtdorf
Who Do You Inspire?
It’s a question we all too often forget to ask ourselves.
Take a few seconds to answer it.
One thing I promise you is that there is someone out there who look to you to help them find their way. Someone admires something (if not everything) about how you live your life or treat others.
This is a responsibility we all share.
Once we realize this, the real question becomes: What type of life am I going to live to take my responsibility seriously?
So today is about you.
How will you inspire someone?
1 Peter 4:10
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
After choosing your topic, develop the information to teach others about your topic and then develop a way to either promote the information or develop an activity for others to engage in your service project.
Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in love. Honor one another above yourselves.
Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.