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Apostolic Ministry

Apostolic Ministry Program


Rooted in the teachings and ministry of Jesus Christ and the doctrines and morals of the Catholic faith, the Apostolic Ministry Program provides students with opportunities to grow in their Christian discipleship.  German psator and theologian, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, coined the phrase the "cost of discipleship".  Holy Family High School students are asked to reflect on this question...what is the cost of discipleship?  Through the Apostolic Ministry program, students are invited to discover and to claim for themselves what it means to be a Disciple of Christ. 


Jesus modeled for each of us what it means to  be His disciple.  The scriptures tell us.  Our teachers lead us.  Our parents form us.  But, it is through service to others that what we have learned becomes concrete and visible in our world.  We are the ones who brings Christ's message to fruition.  As St. Teresa of Avila wrote,


"Christ has no body now, but yours.  No hands, no feet on earth, but

yours.  Yours are the eyes through which Christ looks compassion 

into the world.  Yours are the feet with which Christ walks to do good.  

Yours are the hands with which Christ blesses the world."




The Apostolic Ministry Program is required of each student each year and must be approved by the Director of Apostolic Ministry.  The projects vary from year to year and have specific guidelines and deadlines. Experiences include service with their family, at their current or former schools, within their parish or faith community, and with organizations that work directly with people in need. Please make sure to look thoroughly at the requirements below. 


At the beginning of each academic year, the Director of Apostolic Ministry meets with students in their Theology classes to discuss the new requirements for the upcoming year and answer any questions students may have.  Students are expected to keep track of and document their service hours using Apostolic Ministry Verification Cards.  Further information about the Apostolic Ministry service requirements may also be found in weekly Tiger Alerts.


For more information on the Apostolic Ministry Program or on the requirements please contact the Coordinator of Apostolic Ministry, Mrs. Mary Vulcani at mary.vulcani@holyfamilyhs.com




Service Requirements

Grade 9 - Class of 2022

Freshmen are asked to complete Ten (10) hours of service.  Students may volunteer with on or more non-profit organizations.


Freshmen are required to document their service hours using Apostolic Ministry Verification Sheets.


Projects are part of a student's second semester Theology grade and should be turned in to their Theology teacher on which of the following days the student has Theology class:


Freshman Project DUE DATES: Thursday, January 24th or Friday, January 25th, 2019


                  Grade 9 Verification Card- Click HERE 



  • A list of pre-approved non-profit organizations and contact information can be found below.


  • Organizations not listed on the website must be approved by the Director of Apostolic Ministry.



Grade 10 - Class of 2021:

Sophomores are asked to complete Fifteen (15) hours of serviceFive (5) hours must be completed with one or more non-profit organizations that work with the elderly or people with disabilities.  For the remaining Ten (10) hours students may volunteer with any non-profit organizations.


Projects are part of a student’s second semester Theology grade and should be turned in to their Theology teacher on whichever of the following days the student has Theology class.


Sophomore Project DUE DATES:  Thursday, February 28th or Friday, March 1st, 2019


Grade 10 Verification Card - Click HERE



Grade 11 - Class of 2020     

Juniors complete their Apostolic Ministry Projects through their Justice and Peace class.  In their Justice and Peace class, students participate in the Big Idea Project.  Through the Big Idea Project, students identify a need in society they would like to do something about and work together with a mentor to design their action plan and then make their "Big Idea" come to life.  

Junior Project Due Dates:  To be determined by their Peace & Justice Teacher
                         Grade 11 Verification Card - Click HERE


Grade 12 - Class of 2019     

Seniors are asked to complete Twenty Five (25) hours of service Fifteen (15) hours must be completed with one or more non-profit organizations that work with the poor.  For the remaining Ten (10) hours students may volunteer with any non-profit organizations.  

Seniors are required to document their service hours using Apostolic Ministry Verification sheets.
Seniors are also required to write a Reflections Paper as a culmination of their four year journey of service while at Holy Family High School.  Seniors are asked to write a paper reflecting on their expeirence of service and on how they have grown as a person through those experiences.  In their paper, students should reflect on the following:
  • Where did you volunteer and what did you do for service over these past 4 years
  • Was there a point when the service you were doing no longer felt "required"?
  • Did you change in any way as a result of your volunteering?
  • What advice would you give a 9th grade student who doesn't want to do their Apostolic Ministry Project?
  • Was God a part of your service?  Did you grow in your faith or relations hip with God as a part of your service?
  • Talk about on person you meet during your service that impacted you.
  • How likely will you b to continue volunteering and serving others going forward?  If so, where and with whom would you like to volunteer?
  • How have you grown as a person over these 4 years?
  • Talk about a few things you learned in your Theology classes that connected you to your service.  Put another way what experiences did you have that helped make sense of something you learned in class?


Reflection papers should be 3-5 pages, typed, double-spaced, with 12pt font, using MLA format and proper heading and title.


Projects are part of a student’s second semester Theology grade and should be turned in to their Theology teacher on whichever of the following days the student has Theology class.


Senior Project Due Dates:  Thursday, April 4th or Friday, April 5, 2019


                               Grade 12 Verification Card - Click HERE



Pre-approved Volunteer Agencies

Below is a list of a few of the agencies where Holy Family students often volunteer.  For this reason, they are “pre-approved.”  All of these agencies fulfill the Apostolic Ministry requirement for juniors and seniors.  Juniors and seniors may also volunteer at any registered non-profit agency (see paragraph below) that works with the elderly, hospitalized, poor or disabled in order to fulfill their Apostolic Ministry requirement.


For incoming freshmen, students may volunteer on their own or with their families at any of the below agencies or at any registered non-profit (501c3) agency.  If you are unsure whether or not an agency is a registered non-profit, just ask if they have a 501c3 status.  If they do, you’re good to go!!!


A Precious Child



Volunteer Coordinator—Laura Stom



557 Burbank St., Unit E

Broomfield, CO 80020



Sister Carmen Center



Volunteer Manager—Ann Huggins

303-665-4342 ×142


701 E Baseline Rd.

Lafayette, CO 80026



FISH of Broomfield



Pantry Manager—Mike Lutz

(303) 460-6805

26 Garden Center #3A

Broomfield, CO 80020



Flatirons Habitat for Humanity




Volunteer Manager—Adam Baksa



1 Park St.

Broomfield, CO 80020


Homes Construction/Restoration

Volunteer Coordinator—Julie Baxter



201 E. Simpson St.
Lafayette CO 80026




Fr. Woody’s Haven of Hope


Volunteer Coordinator—Mary Jo Martin

303-607-0855 ext. 7

1101 W 7th Ave.

Denver, CO 80204



Reading Buddies

(at the Lafayette Public Library)




Volunteer Coordinator—Sarah Dodson-Knight



775 W. Baseline Road
Lafayette, CO 80026



Casa de la Esperanza Learning Center



Volunteer Coordinator—Neil Mosser



1520 S Emery St.

Longmont, CO 80501



Food Bank of the Rockies



Volunteer Coordinator—Krys Ross



10700 E. 45th Avenue
Denver, CO 80239



Colorado Therapeutic Riding Center



Volunteer Coordinator—Jamie Brunson

303-652-9131 x105


11968 Mineral Road
Longmont, CO 80504



Community Food Share



Volunteer Coordinator—Nina Stubblebine



650 S. Taylor Avenue
Louisville, CO 80027



Special Olympics Colorado



Volunteer Coordinator—Claire Viater





Camp for Change



Volunteer Coordinator—Jan Timm



7100 S. Boulder Rd.
Boulder, CO 80303



Gabriel House (Catholic Charities)



Volunteer Coordinator—Mary Carey






“I Have a Dream” Foundation

of Boulder County



Volunteer Coordinator—Michael Haims





Annual Volunteer Service Fair


Each year, we invite the social service agencies with which our students regularly volunteer, as well as new agencies we may have heard about or connected with over the past year, to come to campus and share with our students the work they do and the service opportunities that exist for our students.  The Service Fair takes place the last week of September.



One Sandwich at a Time

 One Sandwich at a Time is a Holy Family Student Ministry.  Our mission is to provide 600 sandwiches to the Denver Homeless Community on the 2nd Friday of each month.

Our ministry meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month to make 600 sandwiches.  Students meet at 2:20pm-4:00pm in The Commons.  Everyone is welcomed.

Sign up to volunteer at an upcoming One Sandwich at a Time date.

Sign up to help for One Sandwich at a Time HERE!

Three student members and a chaperone will hand deliver the sandwiches on the front entrance of Holy Ghost Catholic Church the following Friday morning.  Students who are handing out sandwiches will meet at 8:00am at HF and return by 11:15am.  Students participating in the delivery to Holy Ghost Church should try to alternate to allow for everyone to get an opportunity.

Holy Family is very fortunate to have this opportunity to be involved with our downtown community.  Please join us for a life changing experience.