Laudato si' (Italian for Praise Be to You) is the second encyclical
of Pope Francis. The encyclical has the subtitle On Care for Our Common
Home. In it, the Pope encourages us to take action to be better
stewards of creation.
Laudato Si is an initiative within the St. Dominic Youth Ministry intended
to advance the youth of St. Dominic Catholic Parish in their journey of
discipleship through stewardship of the environment. Our first project will
be the Laudato Si Garden here on the St. Dominic parish grounds. This
project will be for the whole parish, and will be youth led.
WHAT: Laudato Si Garden WHO: St. Dominic youth entering 9th grade through
graduating 12th grade
WHEN: Organizational meeting and box garden construction on May 7, 2016 at
10:00 am. WHERE: Parish Center courtyard west of the church. This is the
site of the Laudato Si Garden. If it is raining, then in the Youth Room.
ADULT LEADERS: Mike Klinker and Amy Whittenberger
WHO SHOULD PARTICPATE?
If you have a green thumb, this is for you.
If you have never grown anything, are open to new things, this is for you.
If you would like to write reflections on Holy Scripture dealing with
growing food, this is for you.
If you want to learn and write about social and public health issues related
to access to healthy vegetables, this is for you.
If your skills are more in distribution and logistics, this is for you.
If you want to be an adult mentor, this is for you.
TEENS: Join a
Lifelong Faith Formation group, be a member of one of the youth teams, come
to youth nights and events as time permits, become a peer leader for the
retreats and Lifelong Faith Formation groups, join a liturgical or music
ministry group such as hand bells, teen choir, be a minister of hospitality
or Eucharist, go on a mission trip, attend a youth conference and more!
NEWSLETTERS are mailed out every other month to all parish registered 7th -
12th graders with details of all the upcoming events and registration forms.
ADULTS: We can't do what we do WITHOUT
your help. We are always in need of adult help. You can:
Be on one of the TEAMS (Youth Team or Junior High Team)
Youth Ministry or Confirmation Leader (Either
individual or Co-Lead)
Be on one of the retreat teams
Chaperone an event
Help in the Youth Ministry Office
Help coordinate fundraisers
Be a Youth Ministry Prayer Warrior, PRAY for our teens
Junior High Plug-In - One to two activities a month are
offered for Junior High teens. Activities include social, spiritual
and service opportunities. Once per month there is an activity that
includes the Quad parish collaboration of St. John Vianney, St. Joes
Wauwatosa, and St. Mary's Elm Grove. There are other events for this
age group that happen on District (Waukesha County) and Archdiocesan levels.
High School Youth Ministry - The high school youth ministry
offers a variety of activities on the parish, Quad parish, District and
Archdiocesan levels. The activities range from youth nights,
social/recreational outing and service/mission trips.
Youth Nights - Local: We have a youth room located in
the basement of the parish office building where we hold Youth Nights for
the junior high and high school youth. Youth Nights are held once to
twice per month during the school year. Watch the bulletin and website
calendar for details. It's always what the teens WANT IT TO BE, and we
always have FOOD!
District & Quad Parish: trips, events, outings are planned
throughout the year.
CYM Volleyball and Basketball League
- Teams in the Catholic Youth Ministry are
offered for co-ed volleyball and boys cadet and girls junior basketball
teams. Registration information is available in the fall. Coaches
are needed to form teams. Please consider
offering your support and encouragement to our outstanding teens. The CYM
has two co-ed Volleyball leagues; one is competitive and the other
non-competitive. For the basketball league there is a girls team and two boys
teams; a freshmen/sophomore team and a junior/senior team. Having teams in
the league is dependent on having coaches and players. Those interested in
playing and adults in coaching need to contact the
Parish Center Youth Office at
Teen Mass - We offer a Teen Liturgy with our Quad Parish to
be held four times per year, once at each parish.
Quad Parish Youth Prayer Hour - Through the Quad Parish
collaboration of St. John Vianney, St. Joes Wauwatosa, St. Mary's Elm Grove
and St. Dominic's, we have an opportunity for all teens to come together to
pray. Meets the 1st Thursday of the month from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Social time is from 8:00 - 8:30 p.m. Prayer hour is held at St. Mary's
Youth Center. We start our night with uplifting praise and worship
music, time for sharing, and time of prayer and adoration.
We offer a variety of service opportunities: Make a
Difference Day, Special Olympics, Fall Clean-up, Christmas help, Meal
Programs, Peer Leadership, Teaching in the CFC program, Mission trips and
Our primary goal is the spiritual growth of teens. As the ultimate expression of
Christian Service, camps offer a fun, challenging, faith-building mission
adventure they will never forget. SOC is a short 4 day time of community service
offering 7th and 8th graders an opportunity to perform hands-on home-repair
projects and help with other work for people in need in our Waukesha County
SOC offers initial programs during which participants learn more about
the camp, get to know other campers, receive important training for the
meaningful work ahead, and most importantly, to pray together. The youth
start each day with an early breakfast, gather for Morning Prayer and then
head "off to the sites." When the work day is done we go swimming at Buchner
Pool. After dinner we hold our evening program. Programs include fun
activities, learning experiences, dramatic devotions, guest speakers and
more. We end the night with a snack and youth group devotions.
Retreat is commonly thought of as removing oneself from one's
usual environment, to retreat. In Youth Ministry, we offer experiences of "Retreat," taking time out from the usual, to have intentional time for the
"The retreat has changed my religious life because I now know
that it just doesn't mean that you think you're following in Jesus' footprints
you know you are."
W.Y.R.E. Ministries started in 2004 when a bunch of youth ministers and trusted
friends met with a vision of holding a Steubenville style youth conference in
Milwaukee. The first rally was held in 2006 at Pius High School. After the
success of that initial rally, then Archbishop Timothy Dolan asked for the
continuation of the rally. This group was asked to operate under the Rosary
Evangelization Aposolate. W.Y.R.E. (Wisconsin Youth Rosary Evangelization)
Ministries was born. In 2010 a middle school rally was added the day after the
high school rally so that more teens can encounter Christ. To this day, the
WCYR: Middle School Edition remains one of the few middle school youth rallies
offered across the country! In 2015, as part of the excitment of our 10th year
anniversary, we decided it was time to look towards the future and other ways we
could serve the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. An advisory board was formed to help
give vision and direction for our ministry. They boldly proclaimed that they
wanted Milwaukee to be synoymous for the best Catholic youth ministry in
America. We have a bright future ahead of us, but our mission continues to be
to facilitate encounters with Christ.
www.groupworkcamps.com - website for The Group Workcamps Foundation which exists as a nonprofit
organization to serve churches by providing Christian mission trips that help
children, youth and adults grow in their relationship with Jesus. www.nfcym.org - National
Confederation of Catholic Youth Ministry
Partnership for Youth is a non-profit organization dedicated to guiding youth to
a full life in Christ and works to create unique opportunities for youth to grow
in fellowship, community, and their Christian faith. www.netusa.org- Challenging young Catholics to LOVE
CHRIST and EMBRACE THE LIFE OF THE CHURCH. www.pluggedinonline.com- Plugged In Online specializes in
providing you with movie reviews as soon as films arrive in theaters. It
is designed to help equip parents, youth leaders, ministers and teens with the
essential tools that will enable them to understand, navigate and impact the
culture in which they live. www.girlsandboystown.org- Website for Girls and Boys
Town, the original Father Flanagan's Boys' Home, is a leader in the treatment
and care of abused, abandoned and neglected girls and boys. www.syatp.com
- See You at the Pole website - Gather - Unite - Pray - Come together.
An effective Youth Ministry program involves a balance between
formal opportunities to explore the meaning of growing in faith as an adolescent
and the role of Catholic Tradition, especially as experienced at the parish
level. This balance is sought at St. Dominic's by small group sessions
that deal with relevant teen issues.
Our Lifelong Faith Formation-Youth program for 7th - 10th grade is held on
Sunday mornings from 10:0 - 11:50 a.m. at least twice per month and runs from
September - April. Teens meet by their grade level. Grade levels are
comprised of groups of 12-15 teens. These groups are lead by a volunteer
from the parish under the guidance of the Director of Youth Ministry.
Youth Ministry Policies 7th - 10th Grade
It's important that all who are in Youth Ministry come
with an attitude of Trust, Openness, Honesty and Mutual Respect. Teens
will have further guidelines for their small groups.
Sessions begin at 10:10 and will be done at 11:50 a.m.
Teens are to be on time for the session and to stay until the end of the
session. Early dismissals are not encouraged. All of the
sessions end with a prayer time, when a teen leaves early the spirit of
prayer is disrupted. If your teen would need to leave early they MUST
have a signed note from a parent.
ABSENCES: Please call the Youth Ministry Office at (262)781-3480 if your teen will be absent from any session. If
absences are not reported, prior to the session, homes will be called after
the session begins.
ATTENDANCE REQUIREMENT: 7th - 9th grade - To successfully complete the
year, students must have an 80% attendance record. Make-up work will
be required for those who miss the sessions- excluding
retreats and service sessions, these are mandatory or require make-up.
10th Grade - Teens are expected to attend every session. If a session is
missed, teens are required to complete a make-up packs. Parents are
asked to lead their teen through the packs
BIBLES: Teens are asked to bring their bibles to each
session. Bibles can be purchased through Lifelong FaithFormation-Youth
The teens are asked to bring doughnuts and juice for their
group to one of the sessions. The group leader will keep the list of
who is assigned for each session.
Grades 7th - 8th
The curriculum, from St. Mary's Press, "Discovering", helps
youth to examine and interpret life experiences in the light of faith.
7th grade-Jesus, Prayer, and Understanding
myself, Season of Lent
8th grade- Social issues, tough times, and Eucharist, Season
In addition, both levels will require participation in:
A group service opportunity
A parent/teen session
Families are asked to take their teen to one of the
Reconciliation Services in either Advent or Lent
A retreat experience
Grades 9th - 10th
These years are a time of transformation. The teen
experiences change on all fronts - visible and invisible, external and internal.
The teen continues to develop intellectually, emotionally, morally, and
spiritually. The topics covered will help us to connect and focus in these
9th grade-Identity, Jesus, and Church
10th grade-Relationships, Morality/Values, Prayer,
Catholicism and Social Justice
In addition, both levels will require participation in
Within the Youth Ministry area there are a variety of ways for
teens to take leadership roles. Some of these are less formal and limited
in time commitment, while others leadership positions are more formal and a
greater commitment of time.
Youth Ministry Team - The YMT is comprised of adults and
teens. They meet every month. This ministry team articulates the
needs and goals regarding the formation of youth in the parish based on the
essential mission; "To seek Christ, know Christ, and become Christ, each one
for the sake of all".
Junior High Team - The JHT is a group comprised of adults
and 7th and 8th grade teens meeting approximately 9-10 times per year.
The goal of the JHT is to help plan and execute activities and be advisory
in the area of young teens.
Peer Leadership - For high school juniors and seniors to
become peer leaders. Peer leaders help to staff the retreat teams and
help lead youth ministry offering.
The opportunity is available for families who choose to home
school their children in Lifelong FaithFormation. It is open to teens in
Grades 7th - 9th. It is not available to 10th Grade teens or those
preparing for Confirmation. These teens are expected to attend the
Lifelong FaithFormation Program offered through the parish. The Home School
Program involves both the parent(s) and teen and also includes a family
9th Grade-Faith, Scripture, Trinity, and Church
An initial meeting in September with the Director, parent
A mid-year meeting with the teen to talk about the materials
An evaluation meeting in May
Participation is also required in:
Family service opportunities
Two seasonal sessions
"Special" sessions" (one for each grade level
Participation in the grade level retreat experience