Christian Service

O’Gorman students contribute well over 20,000 hours of volunteer service annually through our Christian Service program. Students enrolled in the theology course complete a minimum of ten volunteer service hours each semester. This course, taken by two-thirds of all seniors, contributes over 5,000 service hours. An active Campus Ministry program also offers additional opportunities for service in a wide range of capacities.

Christian Service Opportunities

The purpose of the service program for students at O’Gorman High School, by virtue of their baptismal call, is putting faith into action, words into deeds and reinforcing the gospel message that Jesus, our model, came not to be served but to serve. It is our hope that our students learn that love of God cannot be separated from love of neighbor, and that the habit of service will last a lifetime. The following service program is required of all freshmen, sophomores, juniors & seniors who are enrolled in a Theology course.  

To earn service hours, parents/guardians and students could consider options such as:
  • School sponsored service opportunities announced in the school bulletin and in our Theology classes
  • School sponsored service opportunities available in the Campus Ministry Office (K-100) (School provides supervision)
  • Parish activities
  • Diocesan activities
  • Volunteering at agencies that assist the poor in our community (e.g. The Banquet, St. Francis House, etc.)
  • Volunteering at a nursing home or hospital
  • Other areas (Students are required to confer with their Theology teacher prior to any service opportunity that is questionable in its eligibility to qualify for service hours.)
Parents and students are responsible for verifying the location of the service, level of safety and supervision provided by the supervisor, the type of Christian service being performed and transportation for their student involved with outside of school sponsored service opportunities.

Non-School Sponsored Opportunities

Event Name  Youth and Activities Director
Date 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month 
Time 8:55 - 10:35 AM 
Location St. Michael Parish (MPR door F - by the playground)
Contact Rhonda Kelsey, 605-361-1600,
Deadline  The day prior to each event. 
Description We need 1-2 people to provide childcare for our mom's in our women's group.
Category 2


Event Name  All Saints Party
Date Saturday, November 2 
Time 4:45 - 7 pm
Location Christ the King School
Contact April Woody, 605-310-4683 ,
Deadline 11/1/19
Description Help run the games and fill in as needed
Category 2


Event Name  Prayer Bottles 
Date   November 19
Time 6:00 - 7:00 PM 
Location Avera Prairie Center, 1000 E 23rd Street, Sioux Falls
Contact Carol Rogers 605.322.3254 or 
Deadline  Noon by the day before 11/18
Description Participants will create small bottles filled with symbols and prayers to offer comfort and encouragement to those on the cancer journey.
Category 1


Event Name  Childcare during SFO meeting
Date  November 7, March 5
Time 5:45 - 7:00 PM
Location St. Lambert School
Contact Colleen Davis, 605-338-7042,
Deadline 11/1/19 ~ 2/28/20
Description Supervise children either in the nursery and gym/playground during the SFO meeting. 3-4 volunteers are needed. 
Category 2


Event Name  Clerical Projects
Date 10/25 - 11/8/19
Time Multiple Days
Location Special Olympics, 800 E I-90 Lane, SIoux Falls
Contact Twila Hanson, 605-331-4117,
Deadline  11/5/19
Description Need help with Save the Dates for events, cutting, counting and mailing
Category 1


Event Name  Rake A Difference
Date Saturday, November 2
Time 8:00 am - 11:00 am 
Location St. Lambert School
Contact Colleen Davis, 605-338-7042 /Day of event: 605-864-1650,
Deadline  10/28/19
Description Raking the lawns of elderly people, 2-3 lawns as a team. We will rake regardless of the weather. Meet in the school gym to be divided into teams. Donuts/bananas/juice available. Bring a rake (and gloves if desired).
Category 1


Event Name  Parish Craft Fair and Bake Sale
Date November 2
Time 7-9 am and 3-5 pm  
Location St. Michael Parish
Contact Rhonda Kelsey, 605-361-1600,
Deadline  10/31/19
Description Our largest event at St. Michael needs help from 7-9 am set up and/or 3-5 pm tear down
Category 2


Event Name  Serving Our Athletes
Date November 16
Time 4:30 - 6:30 pm  
Location Special Olympics South Dakota, 900 E - I90 Lane 
Contact Twila Hansen, 605-331-4117,
Deadline  11/16/19
Description Serving our volunteers, athletes and chaperones supper
Category 1