Faith Formation Connections

From the heart of our Pastoral Associate...Dr. Kathie Amidei
 Learning New Things

"The path of spiritual growth is a path of lifelong learning."
(M. Scott Peck)

Summer in Wisconsin is so short! It is a time to be outside, attend festivals, garden, and go on vacation. But it also might be when you have a window of downtime to do something you just wouldn't have time for during the school year! We have a wonderful summer opportunity for you to learn something new, grow a little in your faith, talk with or meet new friends, and explore learning something to enhance your life! Join us for our Summer Book Read!
We think this year's Summer Book Read has something for everyone!
This year we are featuring four books. Each is a little different and each offers a unique learning opportunity to grow in your heart, grow in your mind, grow in your faith, grow in your spirit.
The way the Summer Book Read works is simple.
1.) Read the Book... or part of the book... or intend to read the book... someday
2.) Join us for an evening or morning of discussion
Here are the Books!

You might have noticed three of the books are folks you might know- Dan, Sandy, Doug and Kathie are St. Anthony friends. These book discussions will be with the authors!
More information about these books and dates of discussion sessions follow.
We look forward to learning with you this summer! I pray you enjoy the gift of this summer season!
Summer Book Reads
Summer is here! Time to curl up in the hammock, or find that warm place in the sun with a good book! 

Four recommendations we have, with discussion opportunities in August are:

The Journey
We all know that our journey of life can at times be very challenging. As individual persons, as partners in a marriage, or as parents raising a family, knowing and living the Spiritual and Psychological principles for a healthy and effective journey are crucial. Dr. Kathie Amidei and Dr. Doug Meske have been able to clearly discuss these concepts in The Journey.

Discuss our Six Emotional Needs and Five Spiritual Hungers in this self- exploration book with a local psychotherapist and spiritual leader on Thursday, August 3, 6:45-8pm.

This book is available for $15 in the Faith Formation office.  

Lineage of Grace
In this compilation of the five books in the best-selling series by Francine Rivers, we meet the five women whom God chose-Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary. Each was faced with extraordinary-even scandalous-challenges. Each took great personal risk to fulfill her calling. Each was destined to play a key role in the lineage of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the World.

Discuss this book with Angie Flanagan and Becky Kohl on Thursday, August 10, 6;45-8:30pm.

This book is available on Amazon.

Against the Glass
In this new Poetry Collection from m editation teacher, poet, and community spiritual leader, Sandra Tully continues the poetic journey into mindfulness and centering that began with Every Fleeting Thing.

Discuss a beautiful book of poetry with the award- winning poet, Sandra Tully the morning of August 14, 10-11:30, or the evening of August 28, 6:45-8:30pm, both Mondays.

Books can be ordered through  Sandra Tully or are available for $15 in the Faith Formation office.

I am CXO, Now What?
What does CXO mean? CXO is an acronym for Chief Experience Officer. A play on CEO, or Chief Executive Officer, a CXO is accountable for the experiences he or she delivers to others. Every friend, family member, or co-worker you encounter will have an experience with you - why not make it a positive experience?

A new way, a better way, starts within each of us. And inside the pages of I Am CXO, Now What? readers will find a simple and eloquent case for starting a new job today - as a Chief Experience Officer. More information.

Discuss this book with the author, Dan Burnett, Tuesday, August 22, 6:45-8:30pm. 

This book is available on Amazon and also for $10 in the Faith Formation office.

More Details on Ponder This. Any questions or to let us know to expect you, email Angie .

Here at St. Anthony on the Lake, we are committed to providing faith formation for every family. Many families choose Family Program, or the La Petite Family Program, as the method to help their family grow in faith. We would be happy to answer any questions you might have about our programs or how you can help as a catechist or group leader. Just call the office at 262 691-9170 and Maureen Michaels will direct your call to the appropriate staff member. See the Family Program page of the website for details on which program is best for you.  

If you might register for Family Program or Confirmation for the 2017 - 2018 school year, please do so now. As we plan for next year, it is important to know the number of those participating in each grade. Over the summer we purchase our textbooks, plan our curriculum and organize our spaces and catechists. Register here now.  

Camp Covenant

"Faster than a speeding bullet. More powerful than a locomotive. Able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. Look, up in the sky. Is that a bird? Is it a plane? No, it is the Covenant Keepers!"

These were the words the children heard each morning as they learned about 3 bible stories from  "Crunch and Crash", our Covenant Keepers. Camp Covenant was a huge success, with over 175  participants and helpers. Of that, about 100 were participants in grades 5 and under, and 75 were  helpers, grades 6-12 and adults. We kicked off our camp with a Pentecost Party and celebrated the  birthday of the church. The children learned about Pentecost, Noah's Ark, Abraham and Sarah and, The  Exodus story. Stories about God's promises to his people. The stories, crafts, games, music, and snacks  were all themed around these Covenant Bible stories.

We tied service to animals in to our week for Noah's Ark. We made 50 prayer blankets for the  Waukesha County Humane Society as well as collected over 50 items, including treats for dogs and  cats. Our 4th and 5th graders, with their leader Jennifer Unger, got to go on field trips each day to learn  the stories and taking these items to HAWS was one of them. 

Thanks to Joe and Rose Nelson, this group got  a boat ride on Pewaukee Lake when learning about Noah's Ark. Thanks also to Kate Burke, Laura  Fredette and Angie Flanagan for helping to drive the group to their destinations.

Did you know you can make a dove out of a plastic water bottle, some modeling putty and white
feathers, complete with a magnetic sprig from an olive branch? Keely and Angie Flanagan can come
up with just about anything you need at the final hour! Many thanks to them and to our Bible Camp team  for the hours of dedication in planning, creating and implementing such an awesome week. Jack  and Maribeth Blankenheim, Jennifer Unger, Jenifer Hilander, Melanie Metz, Katie Staacke, Mary  Estrada, Veronica Wykpisz, Kathie Amidei. Special thanks to Julie Farrell, Laura Smyczek, and Amy  Wieber for the great music! And to Crunch and Crash and our story teachers Marge Schweitzer, Jenifer  Hilander, Katie Staacke, Julie Goyette, Barb Reynolds, Amanda Dwyer and Becky Kohl. A round of  applause to our kitchen team, led by Maribeth Blankenheim and Mary Estrada. The snacks were fun  and delicious! And we can't forget our child care team, led by Kathy Paro. Even the little ones got to  create fun take aways for the bible stories! Thanks also to Mary Maddocks for her expertise in  photography and capturing all the pictures, to Jim Guidinger for his help and to all the teens, youth and  adults who helped throughout the week leading the groups, playing games, acting in skits, helping story  teachers, helping with set ups and clean ups, painting title pages for our Bible and more!!

A huge thank you to all who joined us for Bible Camp! It was a great fun learning, playing and serving together. Participants, youth helpers and adult volunteers were all amazing and made it a great experience for all! Thank you to Debbie Kusch for her organization and passion to make this happen for our little ones. We look forward to next year!    

Continue your children's learning...spend some time this summer exploring more bible stories from  one of our favorite Bibles, o r continue going over the prayers your children still haven't memorized or reaffirming the ones they have!
MISSION TRIPS : Last week several of our high school teens were in South Dakota and Detroit, serving those in need and sharing Christ's love. 
Thank you to all of the teens that gave up part of their summer, to go on these trips. Thank you to the adult chaperones that went with them and to Ann Fons and Cindi Petre for their passion and leadership in making the trips happen each year. Thank you also to all who purchased a 'share' to support these trips and especially for all the prayers. The stories indicate amazing experiences for all and what they received outweighed what they gave.   

Mission Trip Teens, Chaperones and "Shareholders": Please remember to join us for the shareholders brunch on July 30, following the 10:45 Mass.  
See some more photos of the trips on our website. For South Dakota, Sophomore Trip page and for Detroit,  Junior/Senior Trip page . If you have additional photos to share for the shareholders brunch video, please email to Ann and Cindi.      

Summer Outreach Camp, July 25 through 27, 2017
Parent and Youth Meeting was last night. If you missed it, please email Ann Fons for details.

What is Summer Outreach Camp? It is a half week service camp held right here at St. Anthony on the Lake. This year 35 of our middle school youth will be taking part in this Christ-centered mission experience serving our neighbors and community through hands-on assistance and work. Summer Outreach Camp is a collaboration between St. Anthony on the Lake, St. Dominic and Queen of Apostles parishes. How can you help? At this time we still need a few more adults as chaperones. We are also looking for sites where we can serve. Please contact Ann Fons if you are interested in  chaperoning or if you know of someone in our area who could use help with yard work or simple home repair.   Sign up to help make this experience a success!  
I Want To Serve

To follow Jesus is to serve others.  To serve others is to give glory to God by using the gifts God has given us for the building of the Kingdom. 

Please return your response form. We look forward to serving with you!

  More information and documents
Unlock your gifts!
This week 23 people began a journey of discovery, prayer and empowerment to "Unlock Their Gifts" using Gallup's Clifton Strengths Finder tool.
What a great start to a new opportunity at our parish! Watch for this opportunity to be offered again later in the year after the pilot concludes.

Hope Center - Clothing Shop
Come help sort and hang clothing for those in need in Waukesha. Assist them in finding clothes for themselves and their families. Children 5 th grade and older are welcome with a parent.

SUNDAY, July 16TH 

10 -11am   Registration

11:00am    Open Air Mass (Bring a chair and umbrella.)

12:00pm    Tailgater lunch is served

1:00pm      Head into the stadium for the game!

Let's top last year's St. Anthony on the Lake parish attendance.  Please contact Sheri Schmit at 262-844-9914 if you have questions. 
Visit for tickets. 

Hope you are having a wonderful summer! If you've been traveling or away, we hope you stay connected with us. See what's going on in our parish community: 


Prayers for a safe holiday!
Family Inspiration: SUMMER Beauty!

One of the great things about summer is all the time we get to spend outdoors! For me, nature is a clear reflection of God's glory.  I can't help but praise God when I see a gorgeous sunset or sit with children on a nice green lawn.  Last fall at Family Program we prayed with Nature; parents led their children in a very simple prayer while they sat outside.   Perhaps you might like to take 10 minutes sometime this week, to intentionally pray outdoors with your family.  Here is an easy way to do that; the prayer we used is available on our  Family Program Blog.

Sunday Mass Connection
Did you notice in the bulletin and in the worship aid at Mass that we are now in the Liturgical Season of Ordinary Time?  This Sunday is the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time.  For the Church, O rdinary  Time  does not  mean unimportant  or boring.  It means ordered, or numbered time.   During Ordinary Time we read through one Gospel at Mass.  Invite your children to pay attention to the Gospel at Mass and then ask, "Are we reading from Matthew, Mark, Luke or John this year?" Find out more about the Liturgical Year.

Click here for our recent bulletin, with more photos and gratitude from Fr. Tony.