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 Sat, Aug 21 in the morning. 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 of the school year will be Sep 17, starting as drive-thru only. 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 Joyce Fischer, volunteer coordinator, at [email protected] . Other dates for the year are as follows, COVID permitting: Oct 15, Nov 12, Feb 18, Mar 4, Mar 18, and Apr 1. All open for orders from 4:30 to 7 pm.
- 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
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].
Parish Picnic / Volunteer Appreciation Day (P) -- All are invited to the picnic on Sun, Aug 15 after the 10:30 Mass on the front lawn / parking lot. BYO lawn chairs. QOA is providing brown sugar brats, hot dogs, chips, ice cream, beverages, games, and music. Free will donations accepted. Volunteers (teens or adults) are needed for set up from 8 to 10 am and/or for clean up from 1 to 3 pm. RSVP to Liz Kuhn, Dir of Faith Formation, at [email protected].
Friends of the Poor Walk (P) -- The Friends of the Poor Walk raises money for the Saint Vincent de Paul Society chapter at QOA. The SVdP chapter, in turn, distributes funds to folks in the Pewaukee area that need assistance with rent, utilities, medical bills, etc. Volunteers (children and teens with a parent or adults) are needed to walk the 2 mile route. The walk is Sat, Sep 25 at St. William in Waukesha. Gathering begins at 9 am, Mass is at 9:30 am, and the walk starts about 10 am. The walk is free and parisihioners are willing to sponsor you! Register HERE and choose QOA as your Beneficiary. Please also drop an email to Liz Kuhn, Dir of Faith Formation, 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 HERE asap as these few slots will fill quickly.
Check back often for updates!