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The Hesed Program

Required for students entering Grade 11, Hesed focuses on Sacred Heart Goal III - a social awareness which impels action. Students complete 40 hours of community service and are encouraged to chose a site where they can serve on a continual basis and form a reciprocal relationship with the people with whom they work. Through a reflection process which encourages critical thinking and personal reflection, students mature intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually. The Hesed Program builds community, enables students to respond to the Gospel call to work for social justice, and leads students to a deepening of personal faith.

Recent Hesed sites include: Camp Arrowhead, Ellis Memorial School, Rosie’s Place, and Catholic Charities' Yawkey Multi-cultural Center.

The Meaning of HESED

“Hesed” is a Hebrew word found in the Hebrew Scriptures which is usually translated as “loving kindness,” “faithful love,” “steadfast love,” or “enduring love.” Hesed refers to a covenant relationship between God and God’s people. It is God’s relationship with a people of faith. 

This loving relationship between God and God’s people is directed by an inner loyalty toward one another, one in which love is freely given and is characterized by constancy, steadfastness, and trust.  It is exactly this meaning of "Hesed" that describes the program of service and care for and with others.


This is what Yahweh asks of you, only this:
That you act justly,
Love tenderly (hesed),
And walk humbly with your God.
Micah 6:8

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