Lifelong Faith Formation Connections

From the heart of our Pastoral Associate...Dr. Kathie Amidei
New Beginnings
I love the beginning of the school year. What is better than new #2 pencils and several empty notebooks? Maybe you share my love of school supplies or you are a parent who is happy to have a more regular schedule or the crispness in the fall air renews you. For many reasons, this is a time of beginnings and possibilities!
This, also, is the time of year our church offers new adventures in faith to widen the horizons of our relationship with God. I am especially excited about this year for several reasons. These are a few:

Alpha Alpha is an invitation to look at how God interacts with us in life. It is a spiritual yet practical experience that begins by asking the question, "Is there more to life than this?" The pilot program we did last spring convinced us that Alpha changes lives and hearts. I hope you consider how it might be a gift in your life! Our high schoolers will be participating in Teen Alpha, too!

Mary Our bible study, this year is about Mary. If you have ever wondered about the powerful drama of Mary's earthly life and how she works in our life today you may want to consider participating in our Wednesday night or Friday morning sessions.
Family Program If you are in Family Program or you would like to join us occasionally know you are always welcome! Our theme is Best Seller! We will explore how the Bible is a love letter meant personally for YOU and a guide to life for all of us!
Night of the Rosary This is an evening, October 5th, for ALL ages, children, teens, and adults, to be inspired by the rosary. This will be made even more wonderful because our friend, Mike Patin, from Louisiana will emcee this special evening!
Honestly, these are only a few wonderful things that are making this a special year. Know I am praying for you, that the Holy Spirit guides you to what speaks to your heart and opens it to God's boundless love for you!

Here's a song that may help you listen: Word of God Speak, by Mercy Me
Welcome to our new program year and welcome to all of our new families! This is our Lifelong Faith Formation Connections 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 and group leaders. 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 scroll down to the sections that are. 

Below are calendar items, information on and celebration of things going on in our community.  There are also sections for a ministry highlight, grade levels, family programs, and a family inspiration.
This method of communication is meant to reduce the number of emails a family receives, while showing a bigger picture of our parish. Above are some quick links which will lead you to our website with additional information and items of interest.
Upcoming Events:


Saturday, 9th: 
-Padre Joe  Visit

Sunday, 10th 
-Padre Joe Visit;  Donut Sunday
-9am Mass - Children's Liturgy Resumes
-10-11am New Parishioners Welcome
-6-7:30pm Freshman Ice Cream Social
-8pm  (new time!)   Buckets & Beliefs  

Monday, 11th
-6:30-8:30pm Common Leadership

Tuesday, 12th
-9:30-11am  Mom's Group

Sunday, 17th
-4:30-6:30pm Middle School Bike Ride/Pizza

Monday, 18th

Tuesday, 19th
-6:30-7:15pm Divorce Care 
-6:30-8:30 Alpha at Queen of Apostles Begins

-6:30-8:30pm Ministry Leader Night

Thursday, 21st
-9:30-11:30am Alpha at St. Anthony Begins

-7-8:30pm  Mom's Group ( New!)

Saturday, 23rd

Sunday, 24th
-9am-4pm  Freshman Retreat

-10-11:30am Mary Bible Study Begins

OCTOBER 5, 6:30-8pm
Night of the Rosary

In our community...




To register for the baptism prep class, email Kathy Paro.  

Register TODAY for this fun event, join for golf, dinner, and/or casino night.

Ministry Highlight: ALPHA
Alpha is an  international movement coming back to Queen of Apostles + Saint Anthony on the Lake churches. Alpha is a space to explore life and faith in a friendly, open, and informal way. It is available to everyone - seniors in high school, senior citizens, Catholics, Christians, people of faith, and people of no faith - and it is free!
Make a Difference

Upcoming service learning opportunities for you and your family include:
Hope Center Meal - October 4
Families with children in the 5th grade and up are invited to provide food and serve dinner to low-income families at the Hope Center in Waukesha on Wed., Oct. 4.  This is a great way to volunteer together as a family or for teens to get service hours!
Making & Delivering Bag Lunches for the Gathering - October 7
All ages are welcome to donate food, make bag lunches and/or deliver them to the hungry and homeless at The Gathering.  Sat., October 7. Make lunches at St. Anthony 9:15-10:15 am (all ages). Deliver and volunteer at 10:15 am-12:30 pm (ages 10+ with parent (1 parent per child age 10-14).
Healing Hearts Meal - October 23
Provide a light meal and serve it to grieving children and their families at the Healing Hearts program in Waukesha.  We'll bring the food, serve it, and clean up afterwards.  The meal choice is up to you!  Mon., Oct. 23 from 5-6:30 pm.

Greeters 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.
Molly Ministry/Early Childhood
Molly Ministry would like to welcome you to the start of the 2017-2018 school year. We are excited to meet new faces and re-connect with familiar ones through our activities and events!  Each week, separately from these newsletters we send an email for activities coming up on request. To be added to the Molly Ministry email list, email Kathy Paro

Moms Group, New the year, we added evening dates!  Tues., September 12, 9:30-11 am. and/or in the evening from 7-8:30pm on September 21. Join us for discussion, prayer, support and faith sharing on this shared journey of parenting.  New moms, at any stage of mothering, are always welcome. Childcare is available for the morning sessions, but infants are welcome to stay with mom. Please email  Kathy Paro to register for childcare. If you have any questions about Moms group, email Angie Flanagan.   All the dates can be found here,
For more information on these and other opportunities for women go to:
Mom's Night Out: Join other moms Sept. 25 at 7:00 at The Melting Pot in Brookfield.
Please let us know if you would like to be added to the Evite list for Field Trips and/or Mom's Night Out. 

Field Trip: We're going to the zoo, zoo, zoo!  Wednesday, Sept. 27, 9:30-11:30am. RSVP on our evite so we know to look for you. If you would like to be added to the field trip or Mom's Night Out evite lists, email Molly Ministry.

Guardians and Angels: Playgroup for birth - 5 year olds with a parent or guardian, meets on Wednesday mornings from 9:30-11am. The morning includes a craft, story, music and snack. Children are welcome to participate at their own level with a parent, grandparent, or guardian. New participants are always welcome. Come when you can. We gather next on September 20,
Molly Ministry Planning Committee meets on Monday, October , 9:30-11am in the childcare room. Children are welcome to play while we meet. Please join us to share your thoughts, get to know other parents and plan activities for our families with young children.

New for our little ones.... Book Bags for Mass!
These are located on knobs in the gathering space, near Jesus in the boat. Please take one as you arrive, use and then return. We always enjoy seeing our little friends at Mass and we hope they enjoy them!  

Children's Liturgy of the Word starts again this Sunday Sept. 10, during the 9:00 Mass,

Grades 1-5

CLOW, Children's Liturgy of the Word, starts this Sunday, September 10- 9:00 Mass.

We are trying to expand this program, but really need some more leaders in order to move forward. I you would like to be a leader or a helper for this program, please contact Debbie Kusch.


St. Anthony on the Lake Children's Choir
2017 Music Fair
Join us for this year's kick-off event! All kids in grades 3-8 are invited! Saturday, September 23rd at 1:00 p.m. We will meet in the church gathering space for an afternoon filled with instruments, songs, snacks, and other fun activities. We will then sing a prelude piece and lead the music at the 5:00 Mass. The cost is $25. This includes a t-shirt and your registration fee to be a member of the 2017-2018 Children's Choir. Your registration and payment for the Music Fair should be turned into the parish office by Friday, September 8th. Visit the St. Anthony on the Lake website under Music Ministry to print out the registration form, learn more about our choir, and view our fall schedule. If you have any questions, please contact Julie Farrell
, Children's Choir Director at (262)538-0799.
Middle School Ministry 

Bike Ride and Pizza Party  for all youth in Grades 6, 7 & 8 on September 17 from 4:30 to 6:30pm.  This annual event is a great way to kick off our year of Middle School Youth Ministry. We bike along the bike path just far enough for it to be fun, and enjoy get-to-know you games and pizza.  Parents are always welcome to ride along, or to be there where we cross the streets.  Please RSVP online  .  Plan to bring a helmet and a $10 donation for the food.  Friends who are not members of the parish are welcome too!

Parent input needed for the Family Program middle school classes!   We begin this year talking about Values - and we would like to provide the youth with a list of values that parents from our parish hold and hope to pass on to their children.  Would you help us out?  Please see the Middle School Blog on the parish website and post your top three values in the comments section.  You can also get an update about the middle school program there.

Did you know?  Our parish offers a faith-based sports program for all parish youth in grades 5 - 8. Many of the children in our Family Program and school have benefited from this.  Taking part in athletics
through the parish means your child will be part of a program where prayer is encouraged, where coaches serve as role models of Christian living, and where social and emotional skills are developed along with athletic skills. Our coaches teach our children sportsmanship and gracious winning and losing.  Questions?  Contact Ann Fons in the Faith Formation Office.  Register for Basketball and Track online TODAY! 

Be ready to cheer on those St. Anthony on the Lake athletes with your very own spiritwear.   Order online today!  Order closes tonight; your next opportunity to order Spiritwear will be just in time for Christmas.  
High School Ministry

Confirmation Sessions  begin October 4 for 9 th /10 th  grade and October 18 for 11 th  grade.

If you need a refresher on the different components of our Confirmation Program, please watch the video..

Important dates for the Confirmation Program can be found on our website at:

Small group leaders for Wednesday nights and 2 catechists to teach Monday Night High School Family Program classes are still needed, please let Cindi know if you or someone you know would like to help!
Freshmen Ice Cream Social!  This Sunday, September 10 from 6-7:30pm come and catch up with your old friends, meet new friends and enjoy an ice cream sundae! Also meet our new interns, Maria Turco and Johnny Estrada!
RSVP today, so we be sure to have enough ice cream!


SPARK :  SPARK (Eucharistic Adoration) will begin on September 25 from 7-8pm. Ben Wagner will be playing and singing for us again! Please note the new time and join us, all are welcome. 

Family Program

Family Program begins September 17 & 18! 

We are looking forward to seeing all of you, welcoming our new families and reconnecting in faith. We are so excited to share our theme with you and begin the year.   

You should have received an individual email letting your family know their home room.  Be sure to check your folders for your child's classrooms.

For those of you that are new, the folders will be on a table in the room you are assigned, we ask that you take out the materials in the folder and leave the folder there for us to fill with materials for the following time. New families will receive a phone call next week. Your prayers as we take care of all the last minute details are appreciated!

Catechists still needed- Sunday morning Family Program we are still looking for catechists for K3/4, K5, Grade 1 and Grade 5. Please let Debbie Kusch know if you feel called to teach those grades this year. Please contact Ann Fons if you would like to teach 6th or 7th grade. Class time is 10:55-11:55. Please email Cindi Petre if you would like to teach a high school class on Monday night (6:25-7:25) or be a Wednesday night small group leader.    
LaPetite Family Program
We begin September 17 at 8:30am. Welcome to our new families and welcome back to those returning. Watch for an email from Debbie Kusch about details. New families will be getting a phone call soon to go over what to expect and answer questions you may have. 
Family Inspiration: 

I am the New Year.
I am an unspoiled page in your book of time.
I am your next chance at the art of living.

I am your opportunity to practice what you have learned
during the last twelve months about life.
All that you sought the past year and failed to find is hidden in me;
I am waiting for you to search it out again with more determination.

All the good that you tried to do for others
and didn't achieve last year is mine to grant
providing you have fewer selfish and conflicting desires.
In me lies the potential of all that you have dreamed
but didn't dare do,
all that you hoped but did not perform,
all you prayed for but did not yet experience.
These dreams slumber lightly, waiting to be awakened
by the touch of an enduring purpose.

I am your opportunity to renew your allegiance to Christ who said,
"Behold, I make all things new" (Rev. 21:5).
I am the New Year.

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