Archdiocesan Christian Service Awards mass at COLA, 3/19

By Nathaniel Zelada, Photo Editor

The annual Christian Service Awards will take place on Tuesday, March 19, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 West Temple Street, Los Angeles.  A student from Verb will be honored with an award for the work he has done in his community.

Every school in the archdiocese has the opportunity to nominate student/s from their school.  Depending on its size, a school is allowed to nominate a certain number of students.  Schools, such as Verbum Dei, with an enrollment of fewer than 500 students submit the name of one student; schools with an enrollment of 500 to 1,000 students submit the names of two students; schools with an enrollment of over 1,000 students submit the names of three students.

“It recognizes good work that our students have done throughout the Archdiocese and the good done through the service they do,” said Campus Ministry Director Karen Chambers.

The students nominated must also meet certain requirements: being in their senior year in a Catholic high school within the Archdiocese of Los Angeles; having spent at least two years in consistent Christian service, which is voluntary, non-remunerative work outside the school and the family; having completed all required documentation by the second Friday in February; having the recommendation of the school principal and the Christian service moderator, based on the evidence of their Christian attitudes and behavior

Students who meet these requirements and winners of the award will have a mass at the cathedral dedicated to honor them for their service.

This special event is also a time to honor teachers who have done service by supporting their students in doing works or service and for being models of Christian service for their students.

“I think it’s great,” said Chambers.  “We not only acknowledge the students who have done their service, but the teachers who have as well. These teachers could have possibly inspired students to do such work; thus, they deserve to be honored as well.”

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