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:

  1. Service within Liturgy
  2. Service within Parish Life
  3. 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

Contact Information for On-Going Opportunities

  1. 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 [email protected] or (262) 691-1535 x103.

  2. 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 protected].

  3. 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.

  4. 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 [email protected] or (262) 691-1535 x103.


New Service Opportunities

1. Youth Masses for Grades 6 through 10 -- We have four Youth Masses scheduled for Grades 6 through 10 and participation in one of them is required. Youth are asked to arrive 1/2 hour before Mass to prepare their roles. Readings will be provided for practicing. Please sign up for a role at Scroll down, select your sign up, and click “Submit and Sign Up” at the bottom.

2. Praise Music -- For our next Youth Mass on Sunday, March 29 at 10:30 am, we would like to offer Praise Music! All adults and youth in 6th grade and up are invited to participate – both singers and instrumentalists. All musicians must attend a rehearsal on Sunday, March 22 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. 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.

4. Children's Liturgy of the Word (CLW) -- QOA is continuing CLW this winter / spring 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. The remaining dates are March 22 and April 19. RSVP to Brian McLinden, Director of Liturgy and Music, at [email protected] or (262) 691-1535 x103.

5. Help Families Create on Fellowship Weekends -- During fellowship on Saturdays after the 5 pm Mass or Sundays after the 8 or 10:30 am Masses. Think painting pumpkins, making Advent wreaths, etc. Materials and directions provided. An adult will be present to assist. Dates are March 21 / 22, April 18 / 19, and May 23 / 24. RSVP to Liz Kuhn, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry at [email protected] or (262) 691-1535 x108.

6. 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! 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. Our next gatherings are Mondays, January 13 and February 3, both from 6:30 to 8 pm. No RSVP needed.

7. Blessings in a Backpack -- In place of class on March 1, we are doing a service project. All youth are expected to sign up for one shift. Some adults are needed as well. Anyone over the age of 8 can help. Shifts are available on Saturday afternoon, February 29, and Sunday morning, March 1. Sign up HERE. The project benefits 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. The students really appreciate the extra food over the weekend! Blessings in a Backpack fundraises all the money to purchase the food. We pick up the food, unload it at QOA, pack the bags, and deliver the finished bags. We will be packing 1200+ bags -- a contribution to the 55,000+ bags the chapter packs every year!
8. Lent and Holy Week Roles -- Youth are invited to participate in the following special liturgies. Sign up HERE. Please dress appropriately -- no jeans, hoodies, dresses/skirts you cannot bow in, flip flops, or gum.
  • Stations of the Cross -- Wednesday, March 11 at 6:30 pm. Arrive by 6 pm to practice and prepare. Read, hold candles / cross, or help sing. Note that this will be a traditional Stations with NO special readings, costumes, props, etc.
  • Holy Week -- Thursday, April 9 to Saturday / Sunday, April 11 / 12 at various times. Join the choir just for Holy Week as a singer and/or instrumentalist. Rehearsals required. Contact Brian asap at [email protected] or (262) 691-1535 x103.
  • Holy Thursday -- Thursday, April 9 at 7 pm. Arrive by 6:30 pm to practice and prepare. Process / present the Sacred Chrism oil.
  • Easter Vigil -- Saturday, April 11 at 8 pm. Arrive by 7:30 pm to practice and prepare. Fill the Baptismal Font with water.

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