Service

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:

  1. Service within Liturgy (L)
  2. Service within Parish Life (P)
  3. 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

  1. 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].

  2. 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 Sat, Oct 16 in the morning (unless it rains). 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].

  3. Friday Fish Fry (P) -- The next Fish Fry is be Oct 15, 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. A couple of volunteers (teens with a parent or adults) are also needed at 1 pm to unload our supplier's truck. RSVP to Becky Wagner, chairperson, at [email protected] . Other dates for the year are as follows: Nov 12, Feb 18, Mar 4, Mar 18, and Apr 1. All open for orders from 4:30 to 7 pm.

  4. 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

  1. Children's Liturgy of the Word (L) -- QOA would like to resume Children's Liturgy of the Word (CLW). 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 the Hall, and return during the Preparation of the Gifts. Volunteers (teens or adults) are needed to lead, read, and assist. Training, materials, and support are provided. Teens are always paired with adults. RSVP to Mary Tannis, Liturgy Assistant, at [email protected].

  2. 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].

  3. 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].

  4. 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 HERE asap as these few slots will fill quickly.

 

Check back often for updates!