Service Project Reflection

Teens in Confirmation Year 2 are required to complete two service projects. The service project requirements are fulfilled through Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy – helping our neighbors in their spiritual and physical needs.

During our February class, we will talk more about service opportunities that teens can participate in through our parishes, but most teens will fulfill this requirement outside of the parish. Teens can use service they are doing for school or extracurriculars to fulfill this requirement, as long as that service fulfills a Spiritual or Corporal Work of Mercy and is in line with Catholic Social Teaching. 

Teens do not have to participate in a large, organized event, though. We, as Catholics, should participate in Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy every day. For instance, one of the Corporal Works of Mercy is to visit the sick. A teen who visits an aging relative is visiting the sick. Similarly, one of the Spiritual Works of Mercy is to comfort the sorrowful. If a teen comforts a friend in a time of need, that teen is comforting the sorrowful. Saint Mother Teresa said, "If you want to change the world, go home and love your family."


Assignment Instructions

For both service projects, teens should write a one-page reflection (12pt font, double-spaced) on the Spiritual or Corporal Work of Mercy they fulfilled. Reflections should include:

  • what you did, when you did it, and where you did it
  • which of the Corporal or Spiritual Works of Mercy you fulfilled
  • an explanation of how the person(s) you ministered to benefitted from your efforts
  • where you saw God’s presence during your act of service
  • what you learned about yourself, others, or God through this experience

Submit Reflection

Corporal Works of Mercy
Read more about these here.

  • Feed the hungry
  • Give drink to the thirsty
  • Shelter the homeless
  • Visit the sick
  • Visit the imprisoned
  • Bury the dead
  • Give alms to the poor

Spiritual Works of Mercy
Read more about these here.

  • Counsel the doubtful
  • Instruct the ignorant
  • Admonish the sinner
  • Comfort the sorrowful
  • Forgive injury
  • Bear wrongs patiently
  • Pray for the living and the dead

7 Themes of Catholic Social Teaching
All service projects must uphold the themes of Catholic Social Teaching. Read more about these themes here.

  • Life and Dignity of the Human Person
  • Call to Family, Community and Participation
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
  • The Dignity of Work and the Rights of the Worker
  • Solidarity
  • Care for God's Creation
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