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 11, running until June 2019. Children from all parishes are welcome.

Contact:   Vimla Martinez de Hoz   oakvillejuniorclub@gmail.com  (905) 320-8556

Facebook: Oakville Conquest and Challenge Junior Club

Vacation Bible School

SDP Summer Bible Camp 2018 – July 9-13

Thank you to Siobhan and all the volunteers who made this year’s camp so full of excitement and fun for the little ones.

For info on other summer camps available this summer, look to the column to the right. —>

Other Events

Our Parish

  • International Taste Night

The Conquest & Challenge Junior Club raised over $2300 for the Mano Amiga School in Venezuela. The International Night was a great success. Everyone had a good time trying new delicious food, being entertained by Fr. Thomas’ and others’ singing, traditional Indian and Bollywood dancing and the trivia game. Thank you to everyone who brought food and drinks, helped set up and clean up. It was also special seeing the children dressed in their national dress. We came together as a community, shared God’s love and helped a great cause. Thank you!

  • Bishop’s Bowl!

We were team RED, representing St. Dominic! Thanks to everyone who came out to play and cheer us on. We came in 4th place this year and had a lot of fun.

Hamilton Diocese

  • Youth Rally — May 26, 2018 (Grow in faith, live music, interactive workshops, Mass, BBQ & campfire under the stars) For grades 7-12.
  • Camp Brebeuf (Summer day camps, overnight camps, Leadership camps, employment opportunities)
  • Camp Marydale (Summer camps, March Break camp, P.A. Day programs) Our mission is to break down barriers, fully integrating all children despite their financial situation, religious or ethnic background, or ability.
  • ECYD Summer Camps :
  1. ECYD Leadership Experience  — July 8-14 (For high school boys)
  2. ECYD Sports and Virtue Day Camp — July 16-20 (For boys and girls grades 4-8; high school teens welcome to apply as volunteer counselors)
  3. Camp Christ the King — July 29-August 5 (For boys grades 5-8)

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   jkingry@gmail.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   tomkingry@gmail.com

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   dylandcosta2010@gmail.com

Youth can earn service hours and socialize within the parish by assisting with Parish Social Events such as the Pancake Supper, the Pasta Dinner, and the Parish Picnic.

Contact:   Rod Rafauli   (905) 691-4700   rod.rafauli@cogeco.ca   or   Aija Noga   (905) 847-8380   aija.noga@gmail.com