Conquest & Challenge Junior Program (Saint Dominic Parish Youth Club)
Conquest & Challenge are Catholic Youth Ministry Programs for boys and girls from grades 2 to grade 6 designed to instill virtue, develop character, and encourage spiritual growth all in an atmosphere of fun and adventure. The program focuses on saints and heroes with Jesus as their brother and friend. The children are motivated to acquire basic elements of friendship such as trust, loyalty, and sincerity and to see obedience as a good thing, especially out of love for Jesus. The children learn about virtue through stories of the saints, videos and dynamic virtue activities. Also included are sports, crafts and snacks.
The high school program (8th to 12th grade) is for teen volunteers who facilitate the group. It helps teens to reach their leadership potential and equip them face to face and overcome the challenges of the world while making a positive difference. It helps our youth to grow in Catholic spiritual formation and a ‘call to serve’ that is apostolically driven. Volunteer hours are granted for high school.
The children don’t just talk about their faith, they live it! The program helps children to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit and what God may be calling them to do in their state in life. Parents are encouraged to attend.
Meetings are held every second Tuesday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at St. Dominic’s School; starting on September 17, running until June 2020. Children from all parishes are welcome.
Contact: Vimla Martinez de Hoz firstname.lastname@example.org (905) 320-8556
Youth Formation Nights
All youth from grades 7 to 12 are invited to Saint Dominic’s Hall for youth formation nights from 6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. They are free events, dinner will be served and volunteer hours granted. The talks are a little over an hour, while the rest of the time the teens can socialize, play games and have dinner provided by our generous parishioners.
Vacation Bible School
Thank you to Siobhan and all our marvellous volunteers for another successful and fun camp! Stay tuned for next year`s VBS camp…
During the school year, there is a children’s liturgy for kids up to grade 3 each Sunday at 9:00 a.m. Mass. Father will call all the children to the front before the first reading, bless them and send them to the chapel where they will learn the readings and Gospel in an age-appropriate way. The children also get to draw, colour in pictures, do puzzles and think about how to put Jesus’ teachings in practice during the following week. Helping the adult volunteers are older children and confirmation candidates. Volunteers are welcome. If you are interested in joining, please call the Parish Office and ask for a volunteer application package. You will need to provide a police check for vulnerable sector screening.
Bambinelli Sunday – December 15
Bring your child Jesus figurines (Bambinelli) from your nativity to be blessed during 9:00 a.m. Mass on Sunday December 15th. Then when you go home, wrap the ‘Bambinelli’ and save it for Christmas. Make it the first gift you open on Christmas. As you lay Jesus in the manger, allow this moment to remind you of the great blessings we receive at Christmas and how humble and loving God is that he became one of us.
Conquest/Challenge Club Christmas Party – December 17
Children can serve Saint Dominic Parish as Conquest and Challenge leaders (see above), altar servers, lectors, ushers, Youth Choir members and helpers at social events.
Youth Ministers of the Altar serve the parish by assisting the Pastor at the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Sunday Masses, weddings and other special liturgies as required. They take part in the opening and closing processions, assist the Presider by holding his book of prayers during certain parts of the liturgy, and assist in preparing for the celebration of the Eucharist. They also assist during the Christmas and Holy Week liturgies for children and Confirmations.
Training is provided and is generally conducted as part of either 9:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. Sunay Mass, with positive critique usually following. Direct contact is made with volunteers’ families for support, cooperation and scheduling. Upon successful completion of training, altar servers’ contact information is provided to the Parish Office for scheduling purposes. Altar servers have access to the Ministry Scheduler to define their availability and to request swap dates with others.
Contact: Joseph Kingry (416) 371-6742 email@example.com
Ministers of the Word (lectors) serve the parish by proclaiming the Word of God from the lectionary. Prior to Mass, they prepare and prayerfully contemplate the scheduled readings. Youth lectors serve at the 9:00 a.m. and other special youth-oriented celebrations. Adult lectors are needed at all weekday and weekend Masses.
All lectors receive a workbook to help in their preparation, as well as training. Lectors read 1 to 4 times per month or when scheduled and have access to the Ministry Scheduler to define availability and request swap dates with others.
Contact: The Parish Office
Ushers warmly greet parishioners and visitors arriving at Mass. We answer questions and help those who need to find a seat. We help organize the collection and distribute the bulletin after Mass. This is an essential ministry that creates a loving and welcoming community family. It’s a great way to meet people too! Ushers are scheduled 1 to 3 times per month and have access to the Ministry Scheduler to define their availability and request swap dates with others. If you would like to join the team, you are most welcome. We welcome recruits of all ages.
Contact: Tom Kingry (905) 827-2261 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Youth Choir contributes to the Lord’s Day, Sunday Mass at 9:00 a.m. from September to Pentecost and also on special occasions such as Christmas Eve, Good Friday Children’s service and Easter Sunday. Rehearsals take place each Wednesday evening from 7-8 p.m. in the church and on Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m., prior to Mass in PC-4. Children from Grade 2 and up may participate in the choir. No auditions necessary but a willingness to serve the Lord in song and a commitment to regular attendance. Adult volunteers are welcome to assist with the choir. Vulnerable sector screening is required.
Contact: Dylan D’Costa (416) 452-3512 email@example.com