My friends, what good is it to say you have faith, when you don’t do anything to show that you really do have faith? Can that kind of faith save you? If you know someone who doesn’t have any clothes or food, you shouldn’t just say, “I hope all goes well for you. I hope you will be warm and have plenty to eat.” What good is it to say this, unless you do something to help? Faith that doesn’t lead us to do good deeds is all alone and dead!Suppose someone disagrees and says, “It is possible to have faith without doing kind deeds.” I would answer, “Prove that you have faith without doing kind deeds, and I will prove that I have faith by doing them.”. - James 2:14-18
Why do we have a service commitment?
The purpose of the service component is NOT to gain hours as a requirement for Confirmation. Service to others is an integral part of our call to live out our faith. The service project is a means to examine and live out our giftedness. We are asked to live our faith and commitment to Jesus Christ by using our gifts and talents to serve others.
In the Gospel, we are called to feed the hungry, to comfort those in need, and to live a life of service to others. There are three different types of service we offer that will give young people a sample of what the ministry of service is like at Sacred Heart . We offer three types of service: Parish, Community and Liturgical participation. Parish service involves serving within the parish at the many events, projects, fundraisers and ways we function. Community service involves serving in various ministries outside the parish in the greater Southbury and Waterbury area. Small groups serve at the Southbury Training School, Waterbury Youth Services/Rainbow House, River Glen Health Care, St. Vincent de Paul Shelter and at local residences through the Handy Dandy home repair/yard clean up event.