In the sixth grade, youth begin to be accountable for serving others as part of their Catholic commitment. That said, giving of oneself is not restricted to an assignment during Christian Formation — it is a lifelong endeavor!
The Christian Formation program requires:
- Middle School youth to complete 5 hours of service per year and
- High School youth to complete 10 hours of service per year.
Youth are to complete service in these three areas:
- Service within Liturgy
- Service within Parish Life
- Service within the Community
Confirmation candidates (usually Grade 11) are required to serve in a liturgical role for the year. Youth in younger grades can do this as well – but they will also have opportunities for liturgical service at a Sunday Mass served by the youth.
Please use the Service and Retreat Log to record the ways that you have served.
If you are unsure about an activity, talk to a Christian Formation staff person. The biggest criteria is giving of yourself without pay for the service of others to make a difference in our community.
Ongoing Service Opportunities
Service within Liturgy – Includes Usher, Server, Lector (Reader), Cantor, Choir Member, Musician. Can be weekly or monthly at any of the Masses. Complete the Liturgy Scheduling Form and return to the office or in the collection at Mass. Training is provided. Questions go to Brian McLinden, Director of Liturgy and Music, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (262) 691-1535 x103.
Friday Fish Fry -- Volunteers help with set-up, ticket sales, food service, carry outs, cleaning tables, and clean-up. Shifts run 2-3 hours each. Shifts start at 3 pm and end around 8 pm. (Dinner is served from 4:30 to 7 pm.) Folks are also needed to donate desserts. You choose which dates work for you. Volunteering at Fish Fry is a great way to help QOA, meet people, and have fun. Complete the Fish Fry Form and return to the office or in the collection at Mass. Questions go to parishioner Joyce Fischer at email@example.com.
Saint Vincent de Paul Meal Program – Volunteers are needed to cook food, donate food / money, and serve food up to 6 times a year. Complete the SVdP Meal Sign-Up and return to the office or in the collection at Mass. Questions go to parishioner Cindy Klopp at (414) 531-1817.
- Music Sorting and Filing – Our Director of Liturgy and Music, Brian McLinden, needs some helpers to sort and file music. Depending on your interest, this could be a one time deal or an ongoing project. Can be done on your schedule and with friends. RSVP to Brian at firstname.lastname@example.org or (262) 691-1535 x103.
New Service Opportunities
1. Rosary Path -- One of our teens, Anna, is going for her Girl Scout Gold Award (similar to Eagle Scout). Her project is an outdoor walking path for the rosary at QOA. It is being overseen by the Prayer & Worship Commission. Once plans are approved, Anna will need help executing them! Think pulling up grass, digging a path, installing gravel, etc. More info to come. In the mean time, RSVP your interest to Liz Kuhn, Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministry, at email@example.com or (262) 691-1535 x108.
2. Mercy Mats -- What are all those plastic bags at church for??? They're for Mercy Mats! Mercy Mats are homemade bed rolls that will be distributed by our friends at MacCanon Brown Homeless Sanctuary in Mke. YOU (teens, parents, friends, everyone) are invited to make Mercy Mats! We've split the process into 2 nights...come to either or both. Night 1 = Monday, August 19 from 6:30 to 8 pm = Making plarn (plastic yarn). Night 2 = Monday, August 26 from 6:30 to 8 pm = "Crocheting" mats. No experience necessary! All materials provided! That said, if you have a rotary mat / cutter, please bring them along.
3. Children's Liturgy of the Word (CLW) -- QOA is piloting CLW this summer / fall at the 10:30 am Mass. CLW lets children experience God’s Word at Mass on their level. The children are sent forth after the Opening Prayer, celebrate the Liturgy of the Word in Grellinger Hall, and return during the Preparation of the Gifts. Volunteers (teens and adults) are needed to lead, read, and assist. Training, materials, and support are provided. Teens are always paired with adults. Dates are August 25, September 8, October 20, November 24 and December 22. After the summer / fall, the CLW pilot will evaluated before we move forward. RSVP to Brian McLinden, Director of Liturgy and Music, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (262) 691-1535 x103.
4. Parish Picnic -- Sunday, September 8 from 11:30 am to 2 pm in the church parking lot -- right after the 10:30 am Mass. Volunteers are needed before, during, and after the picnic. Sign up sheets are in the Gathering Area at church or contact Mark or Jane Kopczynski at (262) 547-1067.
5. Friends of the Poor Walk – Saturday, September 28 from 10:15 am to 12:30 pm at Saint William Church in Waukesha. Mass is at 10:30 am, the 2-mile Walk is at 11 am, refreshments follow, and pick up is at 12:30 pm. The walk is free, but donations are encouraged. Donations are tax deductible and go directly to QOA’s Saint Vincent de Paul chapter. If you are a teen, bring the Permission Slip. Also bring any check or cash donations marked with the donor's name, address, phone, and email. Checks can be made to "Saint Vincent de Paul."
To Join The Team: Go to https://www.fopwalk.org/team/2363. Click "Join This Team." IMPORTANT -- for "Walk Beneficiary," click "Choose Beneficiary," and select "Queen of Apostles." Click "Submit" at the bottom.
To Donate Electronically To The Team: Go to https://www.fopwalk.org/team/2363. Click on any walker's name, such as "Liz Kuhn" and then "Donate to Walker." Complete the credit card form. Click "Donate Now" at the bottom.
6. Screening of the Movie Unplanned -- Saturday evening, September 28 after the 5 pm Mass. Dinner will be served followed by the movie. Volunteers are needed before, during, and after the dinner. Sponsored by QOA Respect Life. RSVP your interest to Liz Kuhn, Director of Youth & Young Adult Ministry, at email@example.com or (262) 691-1535 x108.
Check back often for updates!