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 Faith Formation — it is a lifelong endeavor!
The Faith 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 (L)
- Service within Parish Life (P)
- Service within the Community (C)
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 Faith 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 (L) – Includes Greeter, Usher, Server, Lector (Reader), Cantor, Choir Member, Instrumentalist, and Decor. Can be weekly or monthly at any of the Masses. Training is provided. Volunteers (children starting grade 4 through adults) can complete the Liturgy Scheduling Form and RSVP to Mary Tannis, Liturgy Assistant, at [email protected].
Adopt-a-Highway (P) -- QOA is officially responsible for the northern side of 2 miles along Capitol Drive between Springdale Rd and Hwy 164. Our next clean up date is TBD, a Saturday morning toward the end of October. Safety vests are provided. Bring your own gloves / grabbers. Volunteers (teens with a parent or adults) are needed to walk part of the route and bag the garbage. RSVP to Debbie Esser, Asst to the Dir of Finance, at [email protected].
Friday Fish Fry (P) -- The first Fish Fry is Sep 30, with both dine-in and drive-thru. Volunteers (teens or adults) are needed from 4 to 8 pm mainly for running to / from cars and for cleaning up. Safety vests are provided. RSVP to Joyce Fischer, volunteer coordinator, at [email protected] . Other dates for the year are as follows: Oct 21 and Nov 11 plus more TBD in 2023. All open for orders from 4:30 to 7 pm.
Saint Vincent de Paul Meal Program (C) -- The 2022 St. Vincent de Paul Meal Program sign up is going on now! On the third Thursday of alternating months, parishioners are asked to donate food for the Meal Program. You get to choose your donation. Whether you donate the main entree, 3 dozen homemade cookies, or an institutional size can of vegetables, all donations are important. If you want to do more, sign up to serve at the St. Vincent de Paul South Side Meal Center at 10th & Madison in Milwaukee. Questions go to parishioner Cindy Klopp at (414) 531-1817.
Mercy Mats (C) -- 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. Volunteers (elementary children with a parent or teens or adults) are invited to make Mercy Mats! The process involves a) making plarn / plastic yarn and b) crocheting. You can contribute to either or both parts. No experience necessary! All materials provided! That said, if you have a rotary mat / cutter, please bring them along. Mercy Mats gathers on the second Monday of the month from 6 to 8 pm in the hall. You can also work from home. No RSVP needed. Questions to Lori Heinen, co-leader, at [email protected].
New Service Opportunities
MacCanon Brown Homeless Sanctuary (MBHS) Meal Serving (C) -- On Friday, Oct 21, MBHS needs servers (teens or adults) for their meal program at Hephatha Lutheran Church at 18th & Locust in Milwaukee. Chaperones and transportation from QOA are provided. The meal is served from 12:00 to 1:30 pm, so plan on meeting at QOA at 11:30 am and returning to QOA at 2:00 pm. Note that both Pewaukee HS and Hamilton HS have off of school that Friday! RSVP to Liz Kuhn, Director of Faith Formation, at [email protected].
Youth Masses for Grades 6 through 10 (L) -- We have four Youth Masses scheduled for Grades 6through 10 and participation in one of them is required. Youth are asked to arrive 1/2 hour beforeMass to prepare their roles. Readings will be provided for practicing. Please sign up for a role at https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090e4fa9a922a1f49-youth. Scroll down, select your sign up,and click “Submit and Sign Up” at the bottom.
Praise Music (L) -- For our Youth Masses in Nov, Feb, and Apr, we would like to offer Praise Music! All adults and youth in 6th grade and up are invited to participate – both singers andinstrumentalists. All musicians must attend a rehearsal the prior Thursday evening. Please contact Brian McLinden at [email protected] or (262) 691-1535 x103 – include whether you are a singer, an instrumentalist + what instrument, or both. We need advance notice to plan the music and have copies for all.
Pastoral Council (P) -- Pastoral Council has an opening for a Youth Representative. Meetings are on the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm. RSVP to Christy Rosenberger, Pastoral Council Chair, at [email protected].
Music Sorting and Filing (P) – 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 McLinden, Dir of Liturgy & Music, at [email protected].
Blessings in a Backpack (C) -- In years past, QOA has hosted a bag pack for the Waukesha chapter of Blessings in a Backpack. They provide bags of food to kids on free / reduced cost lunches every Friday in certain Waukesha, Oconomowoc, and Sussex schools. Due to COVID and the growing need, Blessings now ships food directly to the schools. However, they do have a few opportunities for bag fills at their storage unit in Waukesha. Volunteers (children starting grade 3 and teens with a parent or adults) are needed for set up and bag packing. Sign up is TBD.
Check back often for updates!