Living Out Our Christian Values

An integral part of the educational experience at Marin Catholic includes the 100-hour service requirement which has students live out the school mission of Faith, Knowledge, and Service in their community. Our Christian service learning, as an educational concept, combines students fulfilling volunteer service in the community, with reflection and discussion in classrooms in order to deepen understanding. As a school, Marin Catholic hopes that students will reflect on their service, to gain understanding about others’ lives to foster compassion, and witness how our society views and interacts with some of its most vulnerable members to cultivate empathy. The focus is on social justice and Catholic Social Teaching and the responsibility each of us has to the greater world around us in living out the gospel values.
 

QUESTIONS?

Mrs. Linda Siler
Christian Service Coordinator
(415) 464-3850
lsiler@marincatholic.org

Student Spotlights

 

Julia Maushardt '20

It’s weird how much a wet slab of dull concrete can mean so much to someone.
At Be2Live, we don’t do service work because we enjoy creating assembly lines of cement wheelbarrows, or passing roof tiles back and forth for eight hours, or getting sunburned despite copious amounts of sunscreen. Written like that, it’s a wonder why any of us ever go. And that wet slab of dull concrete that we had just finished pouring was exactly that: a dull slab of concrete. Yet there’s a reason we choose to do that work. The future owner of that little house we were building in Primotapia came to visit us after a day of hauling buckets of cement. She took only one look at that gray cement patch and burst into tears. We were all sweaty and covered in splatters of mud and concrete, yet she went around to hug every single one of us, weeping “Gracias, gracias,” over and over. That moment from three years ago still touches me today. What I had seen as wet concrete baking in the desert sun, she had seen as her future: a small house by the ocean, a family of her own, a table at which to say a family prayer. That is why we give up our phones and fly all the way down to rural Mexico to work. Moments like that one compel us to make a difference; it is the reason we choose to do the work. It’s a feeling that can only be known through service to others.

Spencer Tsuchiyama '21

For my 50 hour Christian Service project, I chose to volunteer daily at the Maui Food Bank during our vacation. Service to others is always rewarding. The act of providing service in a place that means so much to me was spiritually fulfilling. I have been fortunate enough to spend a lot of time on Maui and it is like a second home to my family and me. It is disheartening to know that while we might be having fun at the beach, others are unable to feed themselves and their families. This experience was more than just a 50 hour service project. The kind, warm-hearted, helpful people at the Maui Food Bank taught me how to be a part of something bigger than myself. I hope that one day, I will bring my kids to the same food bank, so they can experience what I was fortunate enough to encounter during my time on the island of Maui.

Izzy Soja '21

This year, I volunteered at a face painting and bracelet making booth, in what is called the "Olympic Village". Instead of typically volunteering for the tennis games like I've done the past couple of years, where I am assigned to only one or two athletes, this time the athletes came to me when they weren't competing in an activity. Some of them hung around for a couple of hours and they would tell me what they most like to do and about their lives. Others stopped by for only just enough time to make something quickly before they went back to their activity. It was really nice to have conversations with them and hear their fascinating life stories. I was able to make new friends with the athletes and also visit with athletes I met over the past years. It was an amazing day and I'll definitely be back next year!
 

Charlotte & Claire Brockman '21

This past summer, we spent a lot of time volunteering at Aegis Living, a senior assisted living and memory care facility in Corte Madera. Because we have volunteered with many children over the last several years, we chose to spend the summer with the elderly.

Our days at Aegis were spent doing many different things. Two evenings a week we helped host their "Happy Hour". It was fun to assist residents and help pass appetizers and serve drinks, after assisting the residents with walkers into the living room where there was live entertainment. A woman named Maria really loved the cheddar cheese and ginger ale, and we would sometimes sneak extra to her. Other days, we organized and ran the Bingo games. Betting a dime for each game, the residents were intent on winning the small game money. Alice was known as the “Bingo champion" and the one who had all the “strategies", and Justin would bring his BINGO coffee mug to each game. We also spent time with residents in the dining room where we served their meals and bussed tables. Although we could never agree to it, one resident often requested we give her small dog one of the hamburgers!

What we enjoyed the most was listening to the residents' stories. A grandmother would often retell us of her days as a teacher and how proud she was that her children were all teachers and doctors now. Bunny and Jack always sat very close together on the sofas or outside by the fountain and roses, and told us how happy they each made one other. When we took their photos one day and brought prints back to them, they both were incredibly excited, and told us that they would both put the photos in their individual apartments.
We could see that the residents really enjoyed our visits. They spoke about liking our energy and smiles. While we spent time with them, they would thank us so much for coming. And each time we left, they would ask when we would return next.