Lifelong Faith Formation Connections

From the heart of our Pastoral Associate...Dr. Kathie Amidei
You Have To See This!
My friend and colleague, Ann Fons, stopped me as I walked into work this week. "You have to see this!" I didn't know if this was the start of a really good day or a really bad day. She rushed me to her desk and started playing this video, in which a little boy asks Pope Francis, "Is my dad in heaven?"
It tells the story of Pope Francis as he encounters a little boy in a public housing project. The pope was taking questions from the children. When it was a small child, Emanuele's turn to speak, he began to cry. He froze and said, "I can't do it..." After much coaxing he was brought to the pope who said to him, "Come and whisper it in my ear."
I want to believe that our God is like Pope Francis because sometimes I know I am like Emanuele and feel unable to share the greatest fears of my heart. And often my fears are about those I love more than anyone and for whom I feel responsible. I have discovered fear is a powerful emotion that can paralyze us and make us unable to connect with others and with God. Fear isolates. The next time I feel that fear or worry for a loved one I want to hold the image of our Pope Francis reminding me that God says to me, "Come and whisper in my ear."
I encourage you to take a few minutes out of your day to watch the interaction of Pope Francis with Emanuele. The gentleness of the pope with this young vulnerable child will remind you that the Holy Spirit is alive and is in our midst in our Church.
It may remind you prayer doesn't have to be grand. Sometimes it is our whisper into God's ear and sometimes it is listening to the "small still whisper" of God's voice in our heart.
This is just the beginning of this lovely story. You will find the video here. I hope you will watch it! "You have to see this!"   


Final sessions today - Sunday!

Waukesha County and Pewaukee are in the midst of a crisis. 
Please join us for a Panel Discussion on the Drug Abuse Epidemic.  There will be coffee and donuts, and  the program will run 10:30am-noon,
We encourage all family members 6th  grade or older to attend including grandparents.   
Fr. Tony and 4 other knowledgeable panelists will speak to questions that have been submitted by parishioners, with time for added questions at the end. 

here  for a printable flyer with all the Take Back locations.
Family Program
Thank you for coming to learn more about the world's "Best Seller."
We hope you gained a better understanding of the idea that God truly is
with us always.

Thank you to all who have taken the time to give us feedback on this year's program. Your input is  extremely important to us in our planning for next year.  If you've not yet taken our survey, we hope you can take a few minutes  to do that for us. Here is the link:  Family Program Survey

Additionally, we are so happy to announce that registration for 2018-19 is  already open!  Spread the word and sign up, it's for all families with children pre3-grade 11. More information on Family Program can be found here. The sooner you sign up, the easier it is for us to plan well  for you. 

Do you have a deep love of God?  A heart for children or youth? A desire to grow deeper in your own understanding of our Catholic Faith?  If so, we would love to have a conversation with you about the need for and benefits of serving as a catechist or small group leader.  Email Debbie Kusch who will direct you to the person responsible for the age level that matches your gifts.  Our programs run from September to March.  Training, curriculum, support and materials are provided for you.  Come join us in building the Kingdom of God!
Summer 2018 Mission Trips
We've been sending youth out on Summer Mission Trips for almost 25 years! The work we do on these trips benefits so many - but it also benefits our parish! The teens come back full of the Spirit - ready to continue serving here at home. 

Please support these trips by keeping the youth and adults in your prayers as they prepare and while they are on the trips. You will also have the opportunity to purchase $20 shares. Do you know a teen who is going? They are selling shares individually now and we will sell them after Masses in late May.
Preparations continue for all the Mission Trips. . . Parents and youth should see the website for details about their trip. All teens, please sign up for a Mass to sell shares before or after. 
South Dakota Trip (Sophomores and Seniors) :  Parents and teens - attend the meeting on Wednesday May 16 from 6:30 - 8:00pm
Kentucky Trip (Juniors):  Parents and teens  - attend the meeting on Monday, May 21 or Tuesday, May 22 from 6:30 to 7:30pm 

Summer Outreach Camp : A first experience of a Mission Trip for 7th and 8th grade youth serving out in our community. 

Evening July 24 through the evening of July 26. 

Adults are needed as team leaders. Contact Ann Fons if you are interested.
Summer Bible Camp 
Register now, before May 22,  to have your children (current pre3-5th grade) join us for Fishing for Faith!  Fun, crafts, stories, songs, snacks and a great time with friends! June 12-15. Details and Registration. 

Adults needed as story teachers and group leaders also. Childcare is available for adult helpers. Middle School and High School helpers are also needed. Contact Debbie if you are interested.  Planning Meetings: Thursday, May 17 OR Monday, May 21 AND June 4, 6:00pm - 7:30pm.

Molly Ministry/Early Childhood

Field Trip:   Our next field trip is  May 9 at 9:30am at Retzer Nature Center.

Park Play Dates:  Spring seems to have finally sprung!  Almost time to meet at the park for fellowship and fun. Mark you calendars for: June 7:  Imagination Station in Oconomowoc / June 21:  Mitchell Park in Brookfield / July 12:  Nixon Park/Splash Pad in Hartland / July 26: Kiwanis Village Park in Pewaukee / August 9:  Frame Park in Waukesha.

Mom's Night Out:  May 30 at 6:30pm at Seester's in Pewaukee. Hope to see you there!

These girls made a zoo while their moms were at Moms group this week.
Moms Group Tuesday Mornings: 
Welcome to the new moms who have recently started coming to Moms! We meet again May 8, downstairs in MRE.9:30-11am. No RSVP required, join us if you can! Please register children for childcare if you are new, with Kathy Paro.

Guardians and Angels:  A preschool playgroup that includes music, stories, and crafts, as well as time for free play and a snack.  Children are welcome to participate at their own level with a parent or guardian. We gather in the child-care space of St. Anthony, from 9:30 -11:00am on scheduled Wednesdays. Join us as we explore God in our world,  May 2. New friends welcome to stop in and check it out. We will celebrate the year with a picnic on May 16 at Nettesheim Park. 

Baptism Preparation: Expecting a Baby? Want to have your baby baptised? The next Baptism Preparation Session is May 22. Baptism Information. 

Molly Ministry Thank You:
 The final Molly Ministry meeting for the year will be May 14, 9:30-11am. Please join us to celebrate the year, learn more about Molly Ministry and thank the wonderful women who have planned the events all year with a light breakfast. We hope you and your children (they can play with friends while we meet in the childcare room) join us to celebrate! Email Kathy if you are able to come.
Grades 1-5
We pray for all our children who will be receiving the Eucharist for the first time. First Communion celebra
tions at St. Anthony will be May 5 at 5:00pm and May 6 at 10:45am Masses.

Our Bread Baking Retreat and lunch was made wonderful by so many parent volunteers! Thank you!
Y outh grades 5 and over are able and needed to help by serving for Mass. 
Middle School Ministry   

7 th & 8 th Grade Journey Retreat May 4, 2018 from 6:30 to 9:00pm:   
Each year our High School teens facilitate an evening retreat for 7 th & 8 th graders from our parish and their friends. The retreat is designed for middle school youth with lots of fun activities and community building experiences. At the retreat, high school youth share the ways their faith has helped them on the journey of life so far, and middle school youth have an opportunity to ask questions. 

Matching Quiz: Why is this retreat important? See if you can match the needs of middle school youth to the retreat!

High school youth: It's not too late to join us to help on this retreat, just contact Ann Fons.

Remember: 'May the Fourth be with you' on this Journey Retreat!
High School Ministry 
CONFIRMATION will be celebrated at St. Anthony on  Friday, April 27 at 7:00pm. 

Confirmands and their sponsors please meet in Fellowship Hall by 6:20pm.

SPARK : Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament specifically geared for teens, and young adults, but all are welcome!  It is a beautiful prayer experience.  Join us from 7-8pm on May 21, for time with Jesus. Stay the hour or stop in for 15 minutes.  Parents attend with your teen!  ALL are welcome!

Help plan and facilitate the 7th and 8th grade retreat: High School youth are needed to help with the planning and facilitation of the 7th and 8th grade retreat May 4. 
Planning Meeting is Wednesday, May 2 from 7:30-8:30pm 
Set Up: Friday, May 4 from 4:00 to 6:30pm 
Retreat: Friday, May 4 from 6:30 to 9:30pm 
Contact Ann Fons with questions and to let her know you can help.
Make a Difference  

Mark your calendars and sign up to serve

MANY MORE HELPERS NEEDED! Great opportunity for families or small groups  to se rve together! This is different from the parish spring cleanup and serves local Seniors who can't do it themselves.  We currently have 7 yards to do. Many hands are needed. Sign up to help.


On Monday, April 9, FaithWorks provided and served dinner to 55 people at Healing Hearts, which is a ministry in Waukesha for grieving children and their families.

Offertory Gift Bearer
Sign your family up to bring up the gifts at Mass once or twice this year.  Present the gifts of bread and wine at the altar in preparation for the celebration of Eucharist. 

Greeters at Mass
Sign up to be a Hospitality Greeter at Mass
All families are invited and needed to sign-up to be greeters at Masses. Help be a welcoming presence as we open the doors for visitors and parishioners coming for Mass. Your smile may make someone's day! More information and video here.  

Friday, May 11 is St. Anthony's turn to help at the MacCanon Brown Homeless Sanctuary Meal .  This is a ministry serving homeless and at risk homeless people in Milwaukee's Inner City.  Volunteers need to be on site at 2:30pm with a carpool available from St Anthony, leaving at 1:45 and returning at 6:15.  Food donations can be brought to the St Anthony on the Lake Fellowship Hall kitchen anytime before noon on Friday, May 11. 
Upcoming Events In Our Community...  
Thursday, 26th
9-10:45am Sticky Faith in Fellowship Hall G
9:15-11:15am ALPHA at Queen of Apostles
1-8pm Parish Photo Sessions please RSVP for a time slot
Children's Choir Rehearsal
7-9pm Adult Choir Rehearsal
Friday, 27th
8-9:15am ACTIVE in the PAC
1-8pm Parish Photo Sessions please RSVP for a time slot
7-10pm Confirmation Celebration
Saturday, 28th
8am-noon Parish Spring Clean-up Day
1-8pm Parish Photo Session please RSVP for a time slot
6:15-8pm  The Couple Checkup session 1
Sunday, 29th
Donut Sunday after all Masses
9am-4pm Parish Photo Sessions please RSVP for a time slot
10:30am-noon Panel Discussion on Drug Abuse Prevention
3:00pm  St. Anthony Concert Series-An Afternoon of Classical Music in Church
8-9:30pm  Buckets and Beliefs
Monday, 30th
1-8pm Parish Photo Sessions please RSVP for a time slot
6:15-7:45pm  First Communion Rehearsal for 5-5 Mass
6:30-8pm RCIA Session in Fireplace Lounge

Tuesday, 1st
8-9:30am ACTIVE in the PAC
6:15-7:15pm Perpetual Help in Daily Mass Chapel
Wednesday, 2nd
6:30-8am  Men's Spirituality
9:30-11am Guardians and Angels Playgroup in Childcare Room
9:30-11am WOW-Women of Wisdom in Fireplace Lounge
6:15-7:45pm  First Communion Rehearsal for 5-6 Mass
6:30-8:30pm ALPHA at St. Anthony in St. Anthony Hall
7:30-8:30pm 7th and 8th grade retreat planning in PLC-A
Thursday, 3rd
9-10:45am Sticky Faith in Fellowship Hall G
9:15-11:15am ALPHA at Queen of Apostles
2:30/4:30pm  Children's Choir Rehearsal
6-8pm Athletic Banquet in PLC
7-9pm  Adult Choir Rehearsal
Friday, 4th
8-9:15am ACTIVE in the PAC
6:30-9:00pm  7th and 8th grade retreat
Saturday, 5th
5:00pm Mass  First Communion
Sunday, 6th
10:45am Mass  First Communion
8-9:30pm  Buckets and Beliefs
Monday, 7th
6-7:30pm Bible Camp Planning Meeting for Adults
Tuesday, 8th
8-9:30am ACTIVE in the PAC
9:30-11am Mom's Group
6:30-8:30pm Men of St. Anthony in MR-G
6:15-7:15pm Perpetual Help in Daily Mass Chapel
6:30-7:45 Divorce Support Series
7-8:30pm Prayer Shawl Ministry
Wednesday, 9th
6:30-8am Men's Spirituality
9:30am-12pm Molly Ministry Field Trip at Retzer Nature Center
9:30-11am WOW-Women of Wisdom in Gathering Space Lounge
Thursday, 10th
1-3pm Quilters in Fellowship Hall A
6-8pm Marriage Enrichment Committee Meeting
7-9pm  Adult Choir Rehearsal
Friday, 11th
8-9:15am ACTIVE in the PAC
Saturday, 12th
10am-12pm  Spring Yard Cleanup at Seniors Homes
4:00pm St. Anthony Drama Club presents Lion King Jr. 
5:00pm Mass  Baptisms
6:15-8pm  The Couple Checkup Session 2
7:00pm St. Anthony Drama Club presents Lion King Jr.
Sunday, 13th
2:00pm St. Anthony Drama Club presents Lion King Jr.
8-9:30pm Buckets and Beliefs


Lion King Jr. will be performed by St Anthony over Mother's Day weekend. Performances will be held at Pewaukee high school.  Join us for the 10th anniversary of St. Anthony musicals!

-Saturday, May 12th, 4pm & 7pm
-Sunday, May 13th, 2pm

$7 pre-o
$7 kids / $8 adults @ the door

Please visit the gathering space for ticket ordering or website under events beginning May 3.
Please reach out to Katie Riesch via phone/text or email with questions. #262-853-6456 -  katie.r

Women's Ministry Event  
Ladies, you are all invited for dinner, a presentation & conversation on the topic of feminine relationships: a source of spiritual strength with Carol Sullivan.  

Carol has been working since 1992 in the area of lay spirituality as a spiritual director, a retreat leader, and a dynamic Christian motivational speaker.  We are happy ot have her back at St. Anthony on the Lake to lead us in this conversation. 
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.
In addition to our efforts throughout the year, the Archdiocese of Milwaukee has always recognized the important month of April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. This year, we have also designated April 22-28, 2018 as Safe Environment Week. In doing so, we can assure that every parish and school, as well as the entire faith community focuses, at the same time, on the importance of keeping our children and youth safe.
Saint Francis de Sales Seminary Open House:
We invite you to St. Francis de Sales Seminary's Open House on Sunday, April 29. We will celebrate Mass at 11a.m. Seminarians will serve as hosts and tour guides as St. Francis de Sales opens the doors to the public from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.  

            St. Francis de Sales Seminary Open House | Sunday, April 29
            3257 South Lake Dr., St. Francis
            11:00 a.m. Mass
            Noon - 2 p.m. Tours 
Easter Season  

A Prayer for Easter Eyes 
My Lord, Jesus, You have risen to new life! Give me new eyes with which to recognize your presence in the world around me. Sharpen my vision so that I see beyond the ordinary events of each day and into the extraordinary reality of your grace. Brighten my view of the world with renewed hope in the coming of your Kingdom. Soften my gaze so that I view others with the kind of tenderness and compassion you showed to so many. May each day of this Easter season provide glimpses of your glory. In your sacred name, I pray. Amen.

ALLELUIA! Prayers for continued EASTER JOY!
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