St. Anthony on the Lake Lifelong Faith Formation Newsletter
Faith Formation Connections
From the heart of our Pastoral Associate... Dr. Kathie Amidei
Answer to Prayer
I witnessed a sweet conversation between two of my grandsons. They were seated at our high island stools sharing a snack. It looked something like a scene out of Cheers except instead of sharing a beer they were drinking water out of Ninja Turtle cups. I heard Mason, age 4 ½, ask his cousin, Natey, age 6, if Maria was his sister. Natey affirmed, "Yes, she is." Mason said, a bit wistfully, "God gives you sisters."
Mason knew this because he had requested one from his mom earlier in the week. She responded to him that indeed, it is God who "gives" sisters. She explained it was not a request she could honor on her own. But she added, "You can pray for one." Upon hearing this Mason folded his hands, bowed his head and respectfully requested, "God, please give me a sister." He then immediately turned to his mom and asked, "What did He say?"
This is why I listen so intently to the conversations of children. Children get some things as adults we grow out of, like knowing our complete dependence on God and living each moment in trust that God has the answers. How often do I converse with God and expect a clear direct answer? I pray and wait, but what I really want is an answer, a solution, preferably straightway.
I ask God directly and confess I turn as quickly as a child to God and expect to get what I ask for. Though I may have decades of time and experience beyond that of a child, when it comes to the real mysteries in life we seem to be in a similar boat.
Maybe, like Mason, I have to learn to wait in watchful trust. The answers will unfold, maybe not right away, but in God's time. But in the meantime, I might mention the sister idea to God myself.
| October is Respect Life Month and the month of the Rosary.
If you are participating in the baby bottle campaign, bottles filled with change, dollars, or checks should be returned this weekend.
November 1 is All Saints Day. A holy day of obligation for Catholics. Masses at St. Anthony will be at 8am and 7pm.
Honoring Veteran's Day - Wednesday, November 9th
Are you or someone you care about a veteran? We want to thank and honor all of our veterans! Please join us! All veterans will be recognized at the 7:45 Mass. We then invite our parish veterans and their families to join us for coffee, bagels and donuts in Fellowship Hall. The 8th grade class will be in attendance to learn more from our veterans and thank them for their service.
Trunk or Treat,
tonight! October 27th 6-8pm
Kids will trick or treat from vehicle trunks in the upper church parking lot. Lot will open at 5pm for trunk decorating. The lot will close at 6pm so the event can safely begin! There will be a portion of the lot outside of the trunk or treat area to park for those not participating in the trunk decorating. Don't forget the treats!
Halloween Fun and Outreach:
Trick or Treat in costume at Mission Creek Nursing Home
Angela Miller, Director of Resident Programs, invited us to bring children in costumes to trick or treat at the Nursing Home, Monday Oct. 31 at 10am. Have your child bring a bag or bucket as the residents will hand out candy.
so we know to look for you.
3217 Fiddlers Creek Drive,
Waukesha, WI 53188
Guardians and Angels Playgroup:
Wednesday, November 2, 10:00-11:30 in the childcare room. Moms, dads, grandparents, and caretakers, are all welcome to bring your little angels for play, a faith-based story time, craft and snack.
Molly Ministry Planning Meeting: Mon. Nov. 7, 10-11:30 in the childcare room. Little ones are welcome to come and play while we meet. Your input is valuable to the success of this ministry.
Tues. Nov. 8, 9:30-11. Childcare is provided, please preregister with
Moms Group is an opportunity for women to connect with other moms while we laugh with, learn from, and support one another in our vocation of Christian motherhood.
Molly Ministry Field Trip
: November 10, 10am: We will be painting pottery at
A Touch of Glaze
in Waukesha. They have a variety of pottery available for you and your child to choose from to paint with prices starting at $2.99. We hope that you can make it out with us!
We have expanded on our Prayer Memorization Program to include all students grades 1-5 in each of our Family Programs. The "Teach your children memorized prayer" handout can be found here.
Happy Fall Y'all!
The Spiritual Child; the New Science on Parenting for Health and Lifelong Thriving
Psychologist and researcher
Lisa Miller, PhD
presents research and offers practical advice for parents. She defines spirituality as a sense of a close personal relationship to God and a vital source of daily guidance, and writes, "our children need us to support their quest for a spiritually grounded life at every age."
How can you do that for a middle school youth? One simple thing to do is to help them recognize the energy that comes with early adolescence as "quest energy, spiritual in nature." You might tell them that feelings of edginess, frustration, wanting more have been called a holy longing. St. Augustine said, "Our hearts are restless until they rest in you." Talk about this with your son or daughter; listen to what their own inner wisdom has to say.
We see that energy in the family program classes and at our Middle in the Middle gatherings, and offer that time as another opportunity for youth to ask the big questions in life.
Our next Middle in the Middle is on November 16 at 6:15.
Our family program classes on November 6 & 7 will help youth see the Sacraments as a source of Grace; an occasion to deepen that close personal relationship with God.
Discussions at home about what we covered in class is another way you can support your child in their spiritual quest.
See the middle school class
This is updated every Tuesday after Family Program.
Mission Trip Registration is OPEN!
Have you heard about the life-changing experiences of a youth mission trip? Do you want to find out more? Did you miss the meeting on Oct. 2? Find out meeting details here and register today for a 2017 summer Mission Trip.
for images from our trips last summer.
CYM: HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL
Did you know the Archdiocese sponsors a recreational Basketball League for high school youth? It is called CYM (Catholic Youth Ministry) Basketball. Our parish will once again participate, and new this year, we are preparing to have both male and female teams. The registration is now open. Register here or Learn more. If you have any questions regarding CYM Basketball registration, please contact Mary Rossi. We will be looking for volunteers to coach the teams. Please contact the Faith Formation office if you are interested.
Upcoming Wednesday night sessions for Confirmation Preparation are November 2nd for grade 11 and Nov. 16 for grades 9 and 10.
Fall Service Day: Nov. 6 is almost here!
Nov. 6 service day permission slip
for 9th and 10th grade Confirmation.
Please remember to bring a bag lunch to eat after family program if needed, as well as gloves and rakes.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament designed especially for teens and young adults, but all are welcome
5:30-6:30pm in the Chapel.
A Home for All: Are you an adult interested in becoming Catholic, or an adult baptized in the Catholic Church wanting to complete your initiation in the faith through First Communion and Confirmation? St. Anthony R.C.I.A.
(Right of Christian Initiation of Adults)
team is here for you! Contact
and begin the conversation.
Forming the Catechetical Spirit:
Do you wonder: What are the ways we come to know God? How were the books chosen for the Bible? How do Catholics interpret Scripture? Come for a presentation and discussion on our Catholic understanding of Scripture on Saturday, Nov. 5, 8:15am-noon. All are welcome! Please contact
if you plan to attend.
Men of St. Anthony Mission Statement:
To provide opportunities for the Catholic Faith development and fellowship for the Men of St. Anthony.
Kick-Off Event- Fr. Tony to speak followed by Bourbon Tasting!
Wed. Nov. 9, in Fellowship Hall at 7pm. Come take part in an evening featuring Fr. Tony, who has prepared a special presentation for our faith community on male spirituality. After his presentation, socializing and fellowship will follow featuring Bourbon tasting with a specialist. $20 donation is asked to help cover costs.
Did you know there is a Marriage Moment post on facebook every Monday? Like us on
| Family Program
Praying with ACTS:
Adoration, Contrition, Thanksgiving and Supplication
Summary of ACTS and other resources are located in our blog
Are you still in Kindergarten in your faith?
Take some time this week to ponder:
What do you think about the idea of God answering prayer?
Have you ever had a time when a "coincidence" happened relating to prayer?
Do you feel you are in kindergarten in your prayer-life or in your faith?
Looking to complete your
for Family Program? You should have received an email from Maureen Michaels letting you know how much you still owe and how to make that payment. You can send in a check or to pay online, click here and scroll down to payment options.
Nov. 6 & 7, the adult speaker wil be
Chad Griesel, the Director of Adult Faith Formation at Old St. Mary parish in Milwaukee, who will speak on Mary and the Saints.
Nov. 20 & 21, A family favorite every year - we will be packing food boxes for The House of Peace. Be sure to check your folders at the next family program for your assigned items to bring for this family activity. Lists will be available on the family program blog if you are absent or misplace the list.
In the Classroom
Prayer and hands-on activities give our children experiences to connect with and learn about the God who cares for them.
Middle School youth discussed Grace and the 7 Gifts of
the Holy Spirit.
When we receive a gift, one of our first responses is to thank the giver of the gift. Reflect quietly now on one thing for which you would like to thank God for today.
Here is the poem Bob Bluhm recited during his witness talk. The depth of this poem became real to him when he heard a Veteran who had lost limbs in the war, and was in a wheelchair, radiating joy as he read this.
|La Petite Family Program
Children in LaPetite participated in Learning Centers this past week. One of the Centers was learning about the Penitential Rite, or the Confiteor, by playing a game with their parents about "what they have done" and "what they have failed to do". The other Center was on Praise and Worship, and the children got to make a maraca and praise God in their singing!
The PreK & K Centers also focused on the Mass. In one of them, the children made "hosts" out of wonder bread and repeated Jesus' words, "Do this in memory of me" with the help of their parents.
Oct. 29/30: Return Baby Bottles to Gathering Space of Church!!
Oct. 31, 10am: Molly Ministry visits the Nursing Home.
Nov. 1, 8am and 7pm:
All Saints Day
Nov. 2, 6:30pm: Memorial Mass.
Nov. 2, 6:45-8:15: Gr. 11 Confirmation Session.
Nov. 7, 10-11:30am:
Nov. 8, 9:30-11am:
Nov. 9, 7:45am Mass
Nov. 9, 5pm
Nov. 10, 2:30 and/or 4:30pm:
rehearsal. Gr. 3-8 can join the choir at anytime!
sign ups available for several upcoming activities.
Families with children in the 5th grade and up are invited to volunteer at the Hope Center in Waukesha on Sat., Nov. 19 from 9 am-12 pm. We will be sorting and hanging clothes and assisting those in need to find clothes. Sign up
Help check our packed holiday food boxes to ensure they're complete, on Nov. 21 or 22, 9-11 am. Then you can deliver the boxes to the House of Peace in Milwaukee on Nov. 22 or 23 at your convenience. Sign up
Nov. 6th 12-3pm all 9th and 10th grade teens and their Confirmation group leaders will serve senior citizens by doing yardwork. If you know of a friend or neighbor that could benefit from this Fall Service Day, please contact
, 262-691-9170 x1103.
in October with our Parish by taking part in the Baby Bottle Boomerang Fundraiser. Bottles filled with change, dollar bills or checks should be returned at any Mass this weekend.
Families needed to be Hospitality Greeters
More details and sign up
Here at St. Anthony, "All are Welcome!" and...let's all be welcoming!
Come welcome our visitors and parishioners before Mass.
Sign up as a family to h
elp open the doors and prepare the way for what will happen in the sanctuary during Mass!
is open for all 3-8th graders. Join us for rehearsals on Thursdays from 2:30-3:30 or 4:30-5:30. Contact
St. Vincent DePaul Meal Servers are needed every 4th Sunday.
This is a great opportunity for all, individuals, families, teams etc. Children 8 or older may help if supervised.
Come Along on the Faith Journey of our Children
Feeling called to share your faith? Contact our faith formation department for opportunities.
|We pray together in...
We see your glory, Creator God in all the beautiful fall colors.
I'm sorry for...
using mean words
begging for things
Please forgive me.
Thank you, God for...
We pray for...
for a friend to get better
the hungry to be fed
for all who are sick
please make my grandparents safe
for the homeless and people in need
for my parents' marriage
Lord, hear our prayers.
| We add thanks...for all the families who served this past weekend. You made a difference packing lunches and decorating envelopes!
So, we are all called to be small s saints, followers of Jesus Christ who share his love with the world. The Church also recognizes Capital S Saints, men and women who have lived lives of extraordinary virtue.
These are the Saints who are lifted up to us as examples we can follow in our own lives. The process by which a person is declared a capital S Saint is called canonization. Want to learn more?
How you can be a saint
Reflections on Saints
November 2nd 6:30pm
All those who have lost a loved one during the past year are invited to attend the Mass and reception. Please sign-up in the Gathering Space of church, or call or email the
(691-1173). Bring a photo of your loved one to be displayed at Mass. A keepsake booklet will be prepared so please rsvp with names of your loved ones by October 31st.
St. Anthony 2018 Mid-Winter Gala
Planning has begun for the 2018
! If you are looking for a fun way to connect with others from our Parish and would like to help plan the fundraiser that supports our Lifelong Faith Formation at St. Anthony, come to the planning meeting on Tuesday, November 15th at 7pm, or
click here to sign up
the singing group for ladies in grades 6-12 will soon have its first rehearsal on Wed. Nov. 9 at 5:00.
This group only sings for the seasons of Christmas (Lessons and Carols Dec. 4, and Christmas Eve) and Easter (Good Friday and the Easter Vigil), so we hope many of you will consider joining this very select group.
Interested in Catholic High School?
Open Houses are being held now and process for admissions under way.
Welcome to our Faith Formation Newsletter! You are receiving this newsletter because we have you listed as having a child age 5 or younger, or are enrolled in our Confirmation or Family Program. We are also sending this to catechists, group leaders, and staff. We hope you find this helpful, informing and nourishing. Here you can expect to find connections: ideas to help your family connect to God; ways to connect to our faith community; connections between faith and family life. You may not find all the information directly relevant for your family at this moment; feel free to click to the sections that are. This new method of communication is meant to reduce the number of emails a family receives, while showing a bigger picture of our parish. On the right are some quick links which will lead you to our website with additional information and items of interest.
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