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Light of the World Service



Christ said, “You are the light of the world” (Mt. 5:14). We are called to live as a reflection of Christ and go out into the world to serve others and spread His Good News by our actions and words. We bring God’s love and compassion to those in need when we reach out to others and perform Works of Mercy.

Participation in the "Light of the World" service program is a graduation and annual requirement. Students must complete a minimum of 15 service hours per school year: at least 10 hours must be Works of Mercy and no more than 5 hours can be Other Service (non Works of Mercy) or students may perform all 15 hours in Works of Mercy. Students are encouraged to perform service over and above the requirement. They should report all their hours since they will receive credit for bonus hours that exceed the requirement.  

 Refer to the Approved Works of Mercy Organizations that are recognized for credit. If students find an organization not on the approved works of mercy list, and it meets the criteria for works of mercy service, they can contact the Coordinator of Campus Ministry to have that organization approved and added to the list.   Guidelines for what is NOT Accepted As Service should also be reviewed.

The “Light of the World” Service Report 2016-17 can be downloaded.  It is also available in Campus Ministry and the Front Office. A report must be submitted to receive service credit. Service reports must be turned in to the Coordinator of Campus Ministry no later than 5 full school days after completion of the service to receive full credit. Service performed during a school break needs to be submitted no later than 5 full school days after the break. Late reports will receive partial (50%) credit.

5 Works of Mercy service hours must be performed and reported during first semester.

Due Date: December 2, 2016.
Balance of service hours are due no later than April 21, 2017.
Seniors who qualify to exempt final exams must submit their service hours on these due dates.

Students who do not fulfill the annual service requirement:
Will not receive their spring report card until service hours are completed
May not run for student government. 
Seniors will not walk at graduation nor will they be able to exempt final exams. 

Campus Ministry offers a service honor cord for seniors who complete a minimum of 100 or more Works of Mercy service hours during their academic years at BT. Seniors who are eligible* may order the cord in Campus Ministry in April.

*Eligible seniors must meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of 100 or more Works of Mercy service hours during their academic years at BT
    (transfer students may submit works of mercy service hours from their previous school)
  • No Saturday School or School Suspension on record
  • Completion of the service requirement each year on time