Service as a Way of Life 

Lansing Catholic High School aims to help our students and our wider community understand service as an integral part of the Christian life. We accomplish this in two different ways. First, we help students understand what it means to provide service to our school. This happens mostly through our Ambassadors program and National Honors Society and is fairly limited in scope. The second way is much more universal, service to our wider community. This second way is the primary focus of our service requirement.

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Christian Service Requirement

Class of 2024 = 85 hours; Class of 2025 = 90 hours; Class of 2026 = 95 hours; Class of 2027 = 100 hours of service

Each year, there will be two in-school opportunities to earn hours: Cougar Commotion in the fall and Work-a-thon in the spring. Students who fully participate will earn 5 hours for each event.

Hours are logged through an online account at or using the MobileServe app from the App Store or Google Play Store. It is strongly recommended that service be logged upon immediate completion of the service. (Students will use MobileServe to enter and track service completed and must have service verified by an adult supervisor.  Students log in to MobileServe simply using their school Google account.)

Any student who completes the following hours of service will earn the Service Distinction Award upon graduation: Class of 2024 = 205+ hours; Class of 2025 = 210+ hours; Class of 2026 = 215+ hours; and Class of 2027 and beyond = 220+ hours.

To earn an "Exam Waiver" at the end of the 23-24 school year, students must be on track with their required service hours and have the following number of hours completed, logged, verified, and approved: Class of 2024 = 85 hours; Class of 2025 = 60 hours; Class of 2026 = 40 hours; Class of 2027 = 20 hours of service

Mobile Food Pantry

Throughout the year, typically in August, December, and April, Lansing Catholic High School hosts the City of Lansing's Mobile Food Pantry. During the food pantry, we will provide breakfast and hospitality for nearly 2000 people, and we will help distribute food to over 600 households. 

August 19, 2023 Mobile Food Pantry Sign Up

December 16, 2023 Mobile Food Pantry Sign Up

April 20, 2024 Mobile Food Pantry Sign Up


Service is so important that we cancel classes for a day to be of service to the community in our annual Work-a-Thon above and beyond the service our students regularly perform. Faculty, staff, and parents are also involved in the day as we help 30+ agencies in the greater-Lansing area each year since 2004. 


How many hours are students required to complete?

Class of 2024 = 85 hours; Class of 2025 = 90 hours; Class of 2026 = 95 hours; Class of 2027 & beyond = 100 hours of service

When can incoming freshmen begin logging service hours?

Hours served after 8th-grade graduation can count towards the service requirement.

Do mission trips or summer camps count for service?

All week-long commitments like mission trips and being a leader at a summer camp can count for a maximum of 20 hours of service.

Can service during Sunday Mass count toward the requirement?

Things like altar serving, singing in the choir, being a sacristan, being a lector or Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist can count toward the service requirement. However, each Sunday Mass can only count for 15 minutes of service, even though Mass obviously is longer than that.

What things do NOT count as service?

There are a number of services that students might provide that do NOT fulfill our requirement:

  • Service for any organization whose activities are in opposition to our Catholic faith.
  • Service for a political campaign.
  • Service that directly benefits a for-profit organization.
  • Service that directly benefits an organization to which you already belong, with the exception of your parish.
  • Service for your immediate family.
  • Service already counted towards NHS and/or Ambassadors.


If you are unsure if your service counts toward the requirement, contact the Service Coordinator.

Where can I complete my service?

Service must fall within one of the five categories below:

  • Catholic Church or School
  • Lansing Catholic High School
  • Lansing Catholic Mission Trip
  • Non-Profit Agency or Event
  • Personal Project*

    *A personal project must be something that has been approved by the Campus Ministry Team.

What if I have a different question?

Any other questions about service should be directed to our service coordinator, Ms. Liz Webster.

Contact Us

Ms. Liz Webster
Librarian & Service Hours Manager

Ms. Stacia DeVries
Director of Strategic Relations & Service Events