Lifelong Faith Formation Connections

From the heart of our Pastoral Associate...Dr. Kathie Amidei
Angel Stories
I grew up in a family that had a soft spot in their heart for angels. We learned that before we were born, we were "baby angels." My father told us baby angels lived in heaven until they found the family they choose to be born into. He told us how happy he and my mom were that my brothers and sisters and I had chosen our family. Well, as you may guess this is unorthodox theology... and biology... but the legend made us feel loved by our parents and by God. So, all in all, I think it was a good thing. I did not pass the teaching on to my children, but I did tell them "Grandpa's Theory" of how we became a family and they kind of loved it too.
There is a story I shared this weekend with some of our parents that there is an ancient legend, that holds that when an infant is created, God kisses its soul and sings to it. As its guardian angel carries the soul to earth, to join its body, she also sings to it. The legend says God's kiss and his song, as well as the song of the angel, remain in that soul forever- to be called up and cherished. But to feel that kiss, to hear that song, requires solitude. We do not feel gentleness inside when all around us there is noise. The song of God's heartbeat is audible only in a certain quiet, stillness and solitude.
Love this story! Almost as much as the Baby Angel story! Stories like this cultivate our religious imagination and give us the images to remember the truest thing, that is, how much we are loved by God.
This is such a busy time of year as we all get back into the swing of the school schedules. In the midst of establishing these routines, I hope you find a little time of solitude and stillness to let angels visit you and remember you were kissed by God.
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. We hope you find this helpful.
Upcoming Events:

Saturday, 23rd

Sunday, 24th
-St. Vincent De Paul Meal program
-9am-4pm  Freshman Retreat
Monday, 25th
6:30-8:30pm Communion to the Homebound Training
7pm Mom's Night Out (Melting Pot)
7-8pm SPARK!

Tuesday, 26th
9:30-11am Mom's Group
5:45-8:15pm Baptism Prep Class 
6:30-8:30pm Alpha (Queen of Apostles)

Wednesday, 27th
9:30am Molly Ministry Milwaukee Zoo Fieldtrip 
5:30pm Killing Our Drug Problem  (Off site)
7-8:30pm Mary Bible Study (SAH)

Thursday, 28th
9:30-11:30am Alpha (St. Anthony)
2:30 or 4:30pm Children's Choir Rehearsal

Friday, 29th
10-11:30am Mary Bible Study begins (w/childcare)

Saturday, 30th
Baby Bottle Campaign begins

Sunday, 1st
La Petite/Family Program

Monday, 2nd
10am Molly Ministry Planning Meeting
5:30 Family  Program, all adults welcome for speaker from 6:25-7:25

Tuesday, 3rd
6:30-8:30pm Alpha (Queen of Apostles)

Wednesday, 4th
9:30-11am Guardians & Angels Playgroup
2-2:30pm Pet Blessing
5-7pm FaithWorks Hope Center Dinner
6:30pm 9th/10th Gr Confirmation Session
7-8:30pm Mary Bible Study

Thursday, 5th
9:30-11:30am Alpha (St. Anthony)
2:30/4:30pm Children's Choir Rehearsal
6:30-8pm Night of the Rosary (PLC) RSVP

In our community...

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

October 4 is the Feast of St. Francis, the saint who is well known for his love of God's creation and the poor. Join St Anthony on the Lake's Earth Ministry in celebration of the Feast of St. Francis by responding to the 2017 EcoChallenge, a fun and social way to take action. See how two weeks of action add up to a lifetime of positive change. Sign up for the EcoChallenge.  

Sign up to join us for our Night of the Rosary  , an inter-generational evening  of story, prayer and fellowship.   

Considering Catholic High School? Open Houses coming soon:

Ministry Highlight: Bible Study

Mary: A Biblical Walk with the Blessed Mother
Filmed on location in the Holy Land, this study will place you in the midst of the powerful drama of Mary's earthly life, taking you through her joys ... and her sorrows.

You will learn how she works in our lives today, drawing us ever closer to her Divine Son. Seeing Mary in this way will change you forever. More information.

Video trailers and in depth description.

September: 27; October: 4, 11, 18, 25; November 8, 15, 29; 
Friday Mornings, 10:00-11:30am (childcare available with pre-registration)
Location: Fellowship Hall Room G 
September: 29; October: 6, 13, 20, 27; November 10, 17; December 
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).

MacCanon Brown Homeless Sanctuary - October 15
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.

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. 

Molly Ministry/Early Childhood

Moms Group: The next morning session is Tuesday, September 26. 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, Evening dates are offered this year as well!
Mom's Night Out: Join other moms Sept. 25 at 7:00pm 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 27,
Molly Ministry Planning Committee meets on Monday, October 2, 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.

Have you used our 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!  Snap a photo of them being used and send to Molly Ministry.

Children's Liturgy of the Word is back with us each week during the 9:00 Mass, See below in the Grade 1-5 section for more details on some help needed.

Grades 1-5

CLOW, Children's Liturgy of the Word is back each Sunday, during the 9:00 Mass.

Given the increase in the number of children attending Children's Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) over the past few years and the expectation that this trend will continue this year, we are asking each family whose child/children attends CLOW to volunteer to help 1-2 Sundays out of the year. We are looking for two volunteers each Sunday. The tasks will include helping the leader(s) with tasks such as getting the children to and from CLOW, assisting children with activities/crafts, clean-up, etc. When Father calls the children forward before the first reading, we ask that the helpers come forward as well.
Please sign up here.   Any questions can be directed to Debbie Kusch 
We greatly appreciate your help and look forward to another successful year of CLOW!

We are trying to expand this program, but really need some more leaders in order to move forward. If 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
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.  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.

Family Program child classes 1-5
Classes for grades 1-5 are off to a great start! We our thankful to our many catechists who help our children learn about our faith in fun and creative ways. One class even made Rosaries out of colored fruit loops!  We are still in need of a few catechists on Sunday morning from 10:50-11:55. Please let Debbie Kusch  know if you can help out. Some catechists even take turns and teach every other time.
First Reconciliation Preparation begins Thursday, October 19,  6:15-7:45pm. Our sessions are parent/child sessions with child care for siblings (pre-registration is necessary). Watch your mail for more information.

Middle School Ministry 

Bike Ride and Pizza Party  for all youth in Grades 6, 7 & 8 on September 17 was great fun! This annual event was a kick off for our year of Middle School Youth Ministry.  The next event will be Middle in the Middle on October 18, 6:15 - 8pm. All Dates.

This year in Family Program, the 6 th , 7 th  & 8 th  graders are studying Values, Morals and Catholic Social Teaching.  Parents will be happy to know that when I stopped into the family program classes to share the answers parents gave to our values survey; many of the youth were sure they knew what their parent would have answered. You can see the results of that survey on the  Middle School classes  page of the website.

Did you know?  Our parish offers a faith-based sports program for all parish youth in grades 5 - 8.  
We are in Volleyball season, stop by the gym Friday night or Saturday to cheer on our teams!
High School Ministry

Wednesday Night Confirmation Sessions begin:
9th/10th Grade October 4th
11th Grade October 11th
New Time! 6:30-8:30pm Social time at 6:15pm

We need every family to sign up to help with food for these sessions at:
Freshmen Parents: Just a reminder, this Sunday, September 24 is the freshmen retreat!!! Please sign up ASAP  Be a part of this great opportunity with your child. I still need 6 parent leaders for the retreat. Email Cindi if you can help.

If you have any questions about Confirmation, Cindi would love to meet with you in person! Cindi will meet you in MRG (room at bottom of stairs near old kitchen) at noon after 10:45 Mass during the retreat.

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:

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 began September 17 & 18! 
Amazing start!

Best Seller: The Bible
Did you know that the Bible is not even included on any best seller lists because it is the all time best seller, year after year, after year?
What is the Bible to you?

For information about each week, and the contents of the family folders see the  Family Program blog here
 A Gift for Your Family!  Have you ever received a particularly memorable gift?  Perhaps it was something that had layers of meaning.  At our first Family Program of the year, our high school coordinator, Rebekah Melcher, told us about a gift she received from her mother: a Bible.  This gift continues to be especially ...  Read More...

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Fr. Tony kicked off the Adult portion of our Family Program with a talk on characters from the Bible that represent traits of Gratitude, Generosity and Growth.

Catechists still needed: Sunday morning Family Program we are still looking for catechists for Grade 5. Please let Debbie Kusch know if you feel called to teach this year.  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
LaPetite: Our program for young families, (children 3rd grade and under) started out with 41 enthusiastic families! Energy was in the air as we kicked off our theme of "Gratitude". This year, families will build on a Gratitude journal. Each time they come they will add a new page of what they are grateful for and at the end of the year will have a nice keepsake to reflect on for years to come!

Our preschool class had fun learning that they are all created by God and that God loves them very much!
Family Inspiration: Sept. 22 is the first day of fall.
"Even if something is left undone, everyone must take time to sit still and watch the leaves turn." -Elizabeth Lawrence
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