Christian Service Program

Secondary students must complete 40 hours of Christian Service Volunteer work to graduate with an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) as per Ontario Ministry of Education Policy/Program Memorandum No. 124a.

Service to others is central to Catholic education and the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board. It reflects the example of Jesus and Church teachings. Through this program, students fulfill graduation requirements while practicing their baptismal commitment to serve others, especially those "who are least among us" (Mt. 25:35-36, 40).

At-A-Glance Brochure & Christian Service Information Manual


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Six-Step Christian Service Checklist

  • The volunteer service occurred following Grade 8 graduation starting July 1st (of your grade 8 grad year).
  • The volunteer service was organized through a not-for-profit organization, listed on the Approved Opportunities list AND/OR approved by your Christian Service Animator.
  • The volunteer service took place outside instructional time (i.e., before school, during lunch, during spare, after school, weekends, holidays). 
  • You did NOT receive any pay, salary, wages or benefits.
  • Filled out a Christian Service Activity Record Form with a supervisor’s signature, parent/guardian signature and student (yourself) signature.
  • If you fulfilled all the requirements above, hand-in your completed Christian Service Activity Record form to your school's Student Services office.


Christian Service Animators


Bishop Ryan Catholic Secondary School 
Ms. K. McHarge, [email protected], in school Wednesday (AM)

Bishop Tonnos Catholic Secondary School
Mr. R. Bullard, [email protected], in school Wednesday (9AM - 2PM)

Cathedral High School
Mr. G. Bullard, [email protected], in school Friday Morning, Wilma's Place - Friday Afternoon

St. Jean de Brébeuf Catholic Secondary School
Mrs. L. Marchionda, [email protected], in school Wednesday (CO-OP Office)

St. John Henry Newman Catholic Secondary School
Ms. L. Byrne, [email protected], in school Thursday

St. Mary Catholic Secondary School
Ms. K. McLaughlin, [email protected], in school Wednesday

St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School
Mr. L. Pongetti, [email protected], in school Thursday

Approved Opportunities In-Service Session Dates
FAQ & Eligibility Recruiters Reflections