Works of Mercy and Service

Requirements

All Confirmation Candidates (students) are required to complete a minimum of 20 points of Works of Mercy or Service before they receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. The Works will be recorded and signed on the Log and Points Worksheet.

Works (Ways to show Charity to Others)

Complete 20 points of Works of Mercy or Service in Categories A and B, for a minimum of 1 work in each. Works in Category A earn 2 points for each hour performed. Works in Categories B and C earn 1 point for each hour performed. Works in Category C are optional with a limit of 10 points allowed.

If the Candidate has any question of what category a Work is classified in, please email the Confirmation Director at confirmation.director@stmarysfranklin.org before commencing the Work.

Category SGL: Special Small Group Leader Service: Those Candidates receiving the training and performing the duties of a Small Group Leader for all 12 classes in Confirmation 1 and 2 will receive 1 point for each hour serviced in training and class time.  There is no requirement to perform any other Works in Categories A, B or C below unless 20 hours (points) are not achieved.

Category A: Corporal Works of Mercy

Points: 2 points for each hour performed.

Requirement: Complete a minimum of 1 work in this category.

What are Corporal Works of Mercy? Assisting and aiding someone in need which may include feed the hungry, visit the sick, and clothe the naked to name a few.  For more information, reference the US Conference of Catholic Bishops – The Corporal Works of Mercy webpage

Examples: Nursing home or Children’s hospital visit including playing games and music; Distribute food for the hungry through a food pantry; Assist a wounded warrior in an event; Collect and distribute clothing to a homeless shelter; Habitat for Humanity; Yard cleanup for the Elderly; Assisting at the Senior Center.

Category B: St Mary Works of Service

Points: 1 point for each hour performed.

Requirement: Complete a minimum of 1 work in this category.

Examples: Perform the duties of an Altar Server, Usher, Lecturer; Decorate the church for Easter or Christmas; Hand out materials after Mass; Assist Saint Vincent de Paul Society’s charitable events; Changing Missalettes.

Sources: Parish bulletin, Parish website (www.stmarysfranklin.org).

Category C: Community Works of Service

Points: 1 point for each hour performed.

Limitations: A limit of 10 points (10 hours) total in this category.

Examples: Helping a scouting project; Helping at the Public Library; Assist coach for grade school recreation league teams; Teaching a dance class; Help at an Animal Shelter; Work at a Fund Raiser.

Works of Mercy and Service Log

Use the Works of Mercy and Service Log to record to works and obtain signatures from the contact person and parent. Completed logs may be turned in at class or emailed to the Confirmation Director at confirmation.director@stmarysfranklin.org.

Works of Mercy and Service Opportunities

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