Frequently Asked Questions

† When can I start counting hours? June 1st before your Freshmen year.

† Why were my hours denied? Common reasons are: forgetting to state where the service took place; failing to detail what you did for in the description; failing to provide both an email and a phone number for your contact; using a family member for the contact; failing to answer the provided reflection prompt; applying your service to the incorrect goal.

† What do I do if my hours are denied? Read the comments near the bottom of your entry to see what needs to be corrected, correct the entry, and resubmit. See the Director of Christian Ministry.

† How do I know which goal to apply my service to? If your service was completed in one of the three focus areas - Faith&School, Sick&Poor, or Elderly&Disabled - you should apply your service to that particular goal. If your goal does not fall into one of those three categories, use the "Indirect Service" goal. Never apply your service to the "Apply to all non-exclusive" goal. This will keep your entry from being placed into the queue for review.

† What if I fulfill the 75 hours in one year? WONDERFUL! We hope that Nolan Catholic students will continue to serve their school, church and community beyond the required hours. Continue to turn in these CM forms. Nolan Catholic will give special commendation to those students who model commitment to Christian Ministry. (see AWARDS above)

† What is not included in my service hours? Initial interviews, transportation to the ministry site, lunch breaks, dinner breaks, time spent sleeping (on overnight retreats), and hours being served to Teen Court due to a ticket do NOT count towards one’s required ministry hours. However, training for a specific ministry can count towards one’s hours. Babysitting (unless for a parish in a group child care setting with supervision), work for family and/or friends, and such do not count. Donations of goods do not count, regardless of the donations site’s policy, but the time spent gathering the goods can count. Work done in one’s home, even with parental and/or adult supervision, cannot be counted. “Double-dipping” is not allowed either.

There are many other requirements a person can have besides NCHS, such as Confirmation hours at a parish, Eagle Scout service projects, etc. These hours gain the benefit of those programs, and are NOT counted as valid hours in the NCHS Christian Ministry Program. Further, even if parishes accept NCHS hours in lieu of their own Confirmation requirement, this is still “double-dipping” and is not allowed. See also “Nolan Catholic Service” above for more information. If there is a question as to whether a specific activity is allowed, please contact the Director of Christian Ministry for approval.

† How are hours counted for ministry during Mass and Sunday services? Liturgical ministry is GREATLY encouraged. Keep a record of all masses in which you participate as an altar server, lector, Eucharistic minister, cantor, choir member, etc. Altar servers and choir members receive a full hour for each Mass. Lectors and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion will receive ¼ hour for each Mass. Any training will also count towards one’s total hours. Ushers will receive between 30 minutes - 1 hours, depending on the type of service required by the parish. Please detail what you do as usher in order to receive proper credit for this service. See the Director of Christian Ministry with any questions regarding these hours.