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Service Learning

Service is an integral component to Catherine McAuley’s mission to reach out to persons who are poor, sick and who live on the margins of society. For this reason, Service Learning stands as a living legacy of our Foundress to be handed down to all who belong to the Mercy community.

Three years of religion classes build the foundation for Mercy’s Service Learning program. Seniors choose a service site that they will visit throughout the year for in-depth, personal and formative experiences. They build relationships at the organization, developing empathy and reflecting on their experiences. 

At Mercy, we believe that service is an important part of character development and Service Learning is a fundamental part of the religion curriculum. It is a method of teaching, learning and reflecting that combines academic classroom curriculum with meaningful service throughout the community. Service learning is experiential education, integrating meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience, teach involvement in the community and participation in the world. Students are challenged to explore both personal and social morality, and each girl reflects on the responsibilities of being part of the human community by asking, “What does it mean to live in a society?” And on a personal level, “What is my unique role and contribution?”

Service Opportunities

Urban Plunge is an overnight service experience where students work in urban areas of San Francisco, connecting with youth, elderly, low-income and immigrant individuals.

Saturdays of Service are opportunities offered locally throughout the year in various areas of need. 

Immersion Trips offer the opportunity to attend to the needs of a variety of people including low income families, at risk youth, persons with disabilities and immigrant farm workers. 

McAuley companions are a group of students who visit our retired Sisters of Mercy and share in fellowship several times a year.

Campus Ministry and Liturgical Choir offers students the chance to plan and share their talents at our community liturgies.

Immersion Trip
Catherines Center
Fort Funston Cleanup
Mercy Center
Immersion Trip
Immersion Trip
Visiting Artist
LA Youth Day
Immersion Trip
Service Learning


Each student is required to complete 22 hours of service each year for a total of 88 hours for graduation. This is a graduation requirement. Of the 22 hours, 10 hours must be CORE hours and the remaining 10 can be Supplemental. CORE hours are “face to face time” with people who are poor, sick and anyone who lives in the margins of society, this includes environmental projects. Supplemental hours are non direct service opportunities such as assisting at a food bank.

Core hours

Are direct service with a 501(c)(3) Non Profit organization that puts you in contact with people from low income backgrounds, people with physical or developmental disabilities, elderly, sick, homeless or immigrants

the environment is also included as CORE such as beach clean up, animal care and welfare.

The additional 10 hours can also be CORE hours or can be Supplemental hours which are indirect service at a 501c3 nonprofit such as food banks, clothes closets, leading church retreats, or teaching Religion Education classes.

Being an altar server, Lector and Eucharistic minister or singing in a church choir does not count as CORE or Supplemental hours.

Learning hours (2 hours out of the 22 hours)

Learning hours requires the student to attend a presentation, lecture or APPROVED educational opportunity on one of the Critical Concerns: Women, Immigration, Non-Violence, Racism or Environment topic. The objective is for the student to learn more about a Critical Concern issue so as to understand the root causes of injustices and how to work towards changing it.

To submit your hours, please register your Service Hours by going to Seholo and logging into your account.

Service Hours


To submit your hours, please register your Service Hours by going to Seholo and logging into your account.

If you need to create or forgot your login, please click HERE for instructions



Here is a list of sites based on recommendations by students, parents and the Campus Ministry staff. Students are encouraged to commit to a site for a year to establish a relationship with those whom they serve. In addition,Mercy offers sponsored service opportunities throughout the school year.

Saturdays of Service Dates can be found by clicking on the Saturday's of Service on the drop down panel below.

Immersion Trips

Immersion trips are offered yearly. Immersion trips are planned to correlate directly with the Critical Concerns of the Sisters of Mercy. These trips help the students build relationships with those on the margins of society through service, reflection and prayer.

This past year a Tri-School Immersion trip was held in San Franicsco, where the students served those in need. Please click the Immersion photo below to view this amazing experience.

Saturdays of Service

The following days during the school year,
Mercy will participate in Saturday's of Service. Please find the list of Service Learning Event and Important Dates
9/12 Service & Clubs Fair
9/16 Walk for Catholic Worker; 9am-12;30pm

10/18 Soup Supper
10/21 Saturday of Service to Catherine Center; 4:30pm-7:45pm

11/3-4 Urban Plunge for Juniors and Seniors; Friday-Saturday

12/9 (Date may change) Saturday of Service to Mercy
Retirement and Care Center, 12pm-4pm

1/15 Monday of Service to Fort Funston; 8:30am-12:30pm

2/9-10 Urban Plunge (Freshmen); Friday - Saturday

3/3 Immersion Retreat & Poverty Simulation

4/2-6 Immersion Trip with Mercy SF

5/5 Saturday of Service to Catherine Center; 4:30pm-7pm
Service hours due!