Faith Formation Connections

From the heart of our Pastoral Associate...Dr. Kathie Amidei
This story will only have meaning if you know something about me. It is this. I don't remember dates. Even dates I should know. I have to practice my husband's and children's birthdates. I review them in my mind like multiplication tables. These simple facts just don't stay in any accessible place in my brain.
If you do know me you may remember I lost my beloved sister unexpectedly in the fall. I have tried to keep in touch with my brother-in-law as best I can. But by most standards my attentiveness has been less than stellar. We text and email occasionally and have gathered at family events. I have wanted to take the time to visit just with him but between the hour drive and an especially busy schedule I have postponed arranging a time to meet over and over again.
This week I realized I had a meeting scheduled near his work. Finally, I got in touch and we arranged to meet this afternoon. We had a lovely visit. Shortly before we parted Tim said to me, "I am so happy you asked to meet me today. Today would have been our 25th wedding anniversary." I was speechless. The fact that this overdue visit happened today amazed me. I felt we had been given a gift in our care for each other. I wonder if that is how the love of God is made incarnate in our world. We try to love each other in our imperfect way and God's Spirit works with the little love we manage and blesses it with meaning.
You may think that today being Mary and Tim's 25th wedding anniversary is a coincidence. I am sitting here, honestly, a little sad remembering their beautiful wedding and the love they pledged to each other that day. This was not the anniversary Tim wanted
but I knew that 
in being able to share a meal together was consolation, not a coincidence but a Godincidence, the Holy Spirit guiding ordinary events into occasions of grace.
Upcoming Events:

April 28, 10am-12pm Molly Ministry Fieldtrip, Midwest Twisters.

April 28, 12-2pm Alpha at St. Anthony

April 29, 8:30am-4:40pm Alpha Retreat

April 30, 12-2pm Learn more about Catholic Memorial High School (PLC).

April 30, 3-4pm Confirmation Rehearsal.

May 1, 10-11:30am Molly Ministry Planning Meeting.

May 1, 6:15-7:15pm May 6th First Communion Rehearsal.

May 1, 7-8:30pm Buckets & Beliefs.

May 2, 6-9pm Athletic Banquet (PLC)

May 2, 6:30-8pm Women's Bible Study.

May 2, 6:30-8:30pm Alpha at Queen of Apostles.

May 3, 10-11:30am Guardians and Angels Playgroup.

May 3, 6:15-7:15pm May 7th First Communion Rehearsal.

May 3, 7-9pm Men of St. Anthony Event: Ignatian Spirituality and Wine Tasting.

May 4, 2:30 &/or 4:30pm Children's Choir Rehearsal.

May 4, 6-7pm 7th/8th gr Retreat Planning Mtg

May 4, 7-11pm Confirmation Celebration.

May 5, 12-2pm Alpha at St. Anthony.

May 6, 8am-2pm Forming the Catechetical Spirit.

May 6/7
First Communion Celebrations.

May 7, 7-8:30pm Buckets & Beliefs.

May 8, 5:30-6:30pm SPARK.

May 8, 6:30-8:30pm Common Leadership Night

May 10, 6-8pm Bible Camp Planning Mtg

May 11, 7-8pm 7th/8th gr Retreat Planning Mtg

May 13, Spring Yard Clean-up

May 19, 7th/8th grade retreat

May 20, 8am-noon
Parish Spring Clean-up

May 21
Blessings in a Backpack

In our community...

Join the Men of St. Anthony for this great evening with Rev. James Kubicki, S.J. National Director of The Apostleship of Prayer followed by wine tasting.

Buckets and Beliefs: Open gym at St. Anthony for those in their 20's & 30's will take place at 7pm on Monday, May 1, Sunday May 7 and Monday May 15. Join us for fun, friendly competition and fellowship. Enter through doors to gym from lower parking lot.

Employment Opportunity:
Do you have a love of serving others through hospitality? St. Anthony on the Lake is currently looking to fill the position of Hospitality/Food Service Ministry Coordinator.  For more information, please contact  Art Scheuber  at 262-691-1173.
"High Interest Day" is coming to St. Anthony School. Volunteers are needed, May 8.   If you have a talent, craft, hobby, etc. that you'd like to share, please contact  Mrs. Knippel.

The bus route for our parish school has been expanded. See the new map . Contact the school office  if you would like a tour.   St. Anthony on the Lake Catholic School

St. Anthony Athletics
Athletic Committee Members Needed
We have several vacancies on our Athletic Committee for the 2017-18 school year.  Volleyball Coordinator, Basketball Coordinator, Track & Cross Country Coordinator, Basketball Tournament Director, and Pep Rally Coordinator are all open.  General committee members are also ALWAYS welcome.  Please consider joining this fun group and support our many athletic programs.  We can't do it without YOU!  Go MUSTANGS!
For additional information and questions, please contact Darcy Dampier or call at 262-212-4123.

Firstfruits will be returning to St. Anthony on May 15-16. registration is now available on the Firstfruits website. Invite the special women in your life to join you for this great event celebrating women.
They will also be at St. Paul in Racine April 28-29.

Thursday, May 4 is National Day of Prayer for the USA
The theme this year is  For Your Great Name's Sake! Hear Us... Forgive Us...Heal Us!  Taken from Daniel 9:19, which says,  "O Lord, Listen! O Lord, Forgive! O Lord, Hear and Act! For Your Sake, O My God...".   This annual National Day of Prayer dates back to Harry S. Truman's administration when in 1952 through a joint resolution of Congress set aside the first Thursday in May to pray for America, its leaders and its families.

May is the Month of Mary. Did you know there are many flowers associated with Mary our Mother? One idea would be to research why some of them are considered to be named for events in her life. Another idea would be to create a Mary garden in your yard, with a statue of her as a focal point. .Maybe you want to say a decade of the Rosary each morning or evening, or request her intercession for you with the simple phrase, "Mother Mary, pray for us."

We pray for all those who have lost loved ones recently, that they may find peace and be comforted by memories and our belief in the Lord's promise to us of eternal life. 

We pray for all those who are suffering from cancer, undergoing surgery, dealing with depression, anxiety and all other illnesses, May You fill them with courage and strength and they feel Your presence like never before.

We pray for all mothers in this month of May. For those who are both living and deceased, that they may know our gratitude. We also pray for all those who are our spiritual mothers and sisters that walk this journey with us.May they all be blessed in abundance with God's love for them.

For more parish events, in-depth thank you from Fr. Tony and photos of our Holy Week Services, see the bulletin.
Make a Difference

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.

Spring Yard Cleanup
Bring your family to help clean up the yards of local seniors for Spring!  Spend a couple of hours helping those in need, to give them a fresh start for the season. Sat., May 13.  We'll meet at St. Anthony at 10 am, drive to our locations and work until 12 pm.
Spring Yard Cleanup May 13 
The Hope Center-Clothing Shop
Families with children in the 5th grade and up are invited to help sort and hang clothing at the Hope Center in Waukesha. Sat., May 20, 9-11:30 am.

All ages are welcome to pack 2500 food bags for hungry school children in Waukesha County on May 21 after the 9:00 Mass. Pick up food and set up on Sat., May 20; Fill bags on Sun., May 21; Deliver bags to schools Mon., May 22.  SUVs and trucks needed Saturday and Monday!
Sign up to help
Ministry Highlight: 

Molly Ministry/Early Childhood
Molly Ministry Planning Committee meets on Monday, May 1, 10-11:30. The discussion of strategic planning for Early Childhood Ministry will continue. Please join us to share your thoughts. 

Moms Group: Tues., May 9 and 23, 9:30-11 am. Childcare is available while the moms meet for discussion, prayer, support and faith sharing on this shared journey of parenting.  New moms, at any stage of mothering, are always welcome.  This week we closed with a little time to reflect on what small change, or "spice" might we add to our lives to bring awareness and fullness of Joy to our lives?

Mom's Night Out: Our next one is Mon., May 22 at People's Park in Waukesha at 7 pm.

Field Trip:  Fri., April 28 from  10:00-11:30  we will meet at Midwest Twisters in Hartland for preschool open gym.  Cost is $6.00 for members or $8.00 for non-members.  Infants (non-walkers) and parents are free.. Then, on Fri., May 19 at 10 am, we'll have our last field trip of the year at the Milwaukee Zoo. Please join us!

Guardians and Angels: Playgroup for toddlers and preschoolers with a parent or guardian, meets on Wednesday mornings from 10-11:30. New participants always welcome. Come when you can. We gather next on May 3, and conclude our year with a picnic on May 17. Please email Molly Ministry with any questions..
Grades 1-5

A BIG Thank You to Becky Kohl, Kathy Zanotelli and Lea Boyd for leading Children's Liturgy of the Word during the 9:00 Mass!  Their love and dedication truly shows in the way they lead the children. Other helpers this year include Laura Swenson, Jacki Wendorf and Villa Johnson. Children ages 4 to grade 1 are always encouraged to attend! They have really learned a lot about what they readings of the day mean at their level. Help is always welcomed, especially adults, older students and high schoolers! Our goal is to expand it to add it either the 5:00 or 10:45 Mass as well. We need more leaders to do that. Training and materials is provided. Let Debbie Kusch know if you can help. The following dates CLOW will be offered during the 9:00 Mass; April 30, May 7, May 21, and June 4. There is no CLOW when child care is closed. We will resume in September when school starts up again.

Please keep the children receiving First Holy Communion in your prayers. 

Mass Schedule:                                Rehearsal Schedule:
Sat., May 6, 5:00pm                          Mon., May 1, 6:15pm
Sun., May 7, 10:45am                       Wed., May 3, 6:15pm

Wanting to get a special gift for someone this sacramental season? Here are a few of our favorite go to places for religious gifts. Consider a picture bible, crucifix, rosary or other sacramental reminder of their special day.  One of our favorite bibles we use is the Children's Illustrated Bible, published by Dorling Kindersley and found at Northwestern Publishing in Wauwatosa.

Planning for summer? Save the dates June 13-16 for 
Bible Camp at St. Anthony. Register now.  
Middle School Ministry

The 7th & 8th Grade retreat is coming up on Friday, May 19, from 6:30 to 9:00pm.  Our theme for the retreat is Survivor - we'll talk about the ways our faith helps get us through the pressures we face and about what else youth can count on to help navigate the world we live in. 

This retreat follows in the tradition of terrific retreat experiences for youth from grade 7 through high school at our parish.  Having older teens help plan and facilitate the retreat makes it both fun and faith-filled. I hope parents will take advantage of this retreat; it is a way to connect middle school youth to our parish and to faith-filled older teens and adults.  Registration for the retreat is online.   Parents are also needed as chaperones during the retreat.  Please sign up online if you can help.

Currently in 7th or 8th grade? Want to make a difference this summer?

Register now for our middle school mission experience:  Summer Outreach Camp!   Camp begins the evening of Tuesday, July 25 with fun and orientation, We'll stay overnight at St. Anthony and spend the days of July 26 and 27 serving in Waukesha County. We close with a family celebration the night of Thursday,July 27. This is a half-week Christ-centered mission, offering 7th & 8th graders an opportunity to serve our  neighbors and community through hands-on assistance and work.
High School Ministry

Thank you to all the teens that helped with our tradition of presenting "The Living Stations." It was again a very meaningful Good Friday prayer experience for so many people and we could not have done it without your help.  

SPARK:  Eucharistic Adoration with music is offered here on Monday evenings, twice a month. This is teen and family-friendly; all are welcome! 
Next dates: Monday, May 8 and 22, 5:30-6:30 pm 

Confirmation will be celebrated May 4, 7:00pm at St. Anthony on the Lake. Please continue to keep our confirmation candidates in your prayers as they journey to this special day. May they be filled with the Holy Spirit and the love and light of His spirit guide their lives. 

HIGH SCHOOL Youth are needed to help plan and facilitate the 7th & 8th Grade retreat on Friday, May 19.  This is a fun way to get service hours and really help the parish too!  The theme for the retreat is Survivor - we'll talk about what helps get us 'survive' middle school and high school.  Please let Ann Fons know if you are able to help.  Planning meetings are: May 4 from 6:00 - 7:00pm, and May 11 and 18 from 7:00 to 8:00pm.  One of the things that makes our retreats unique is that the older teens help plan and run them.  Help us keep this tradition going!

We have had two more spaces open up for our high school mission trips.  This is for any Sophomore, Junior or Senior. Both trips leave on June 17 and return a week later. Please contact Ann Fons if you are interested in going. 

High School Mission Trips:  Here is how you should be preparing:
  • praying
  • Selling Shares

  • Finding appropriate work clothes
  • Volunteering at the parish
  • Using your cell phone less. �� 
  • Checking the website for new information and sign ups.

See the website for more information:
high school mission trips !  Final payments are due now.  Selling Shares and Volunteering are expectations for mission trip participants.  The next meeting is May 30.
Family Program

The family activity for our last family program session for this season was on the liturgies of Holy Week and Easter. Read more and see photos on the
 Family Program Blog.   

Alleluia! He is Risen!  The bulbs continued to grow.We heard from many that their bulb bloomed on Easter. God is so good!
Here is another photo shared.  

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN  for Family Program and Confirmation for 2017-18.

How are you praying these days? Remember - prayer is our life-line - our anchor rope that can keep us connected to God, our anchor in the storm.

We look forward to seeing you at Mass and connecting with you through our newsletters and some additional events.Registration is also now available for a family service project on May 21, helping Blessings in a Backpack. 
LaPetite Family Program
Registration for next year is now available on our website.
Family Inspiration: 
Doubting Thomas?  Do you have a Doubting Thomas in your family?  Do you know someone who is struggling with their faith right now?  Fr. John Yocke reminded us at Mass on April 23 that it is OK it have doubts sometime - we all do.  The question is how do we respond?  If you are the one doubting, he said, remember these two things:  Keep searching and keep connected to a faith community - they will help you pray through your doubts.  If you know or care for someone who is doubting, he suggested that you not scold or try to preach with words, but just keep loving that person, pray for him or her, and with your actions show them the Good News that God loves us!

As we prepare to mark this exciting moment, we are embarking on a living history project. Do you have a memorable story from St. Anthony history? Is your family tied to the origins of our parish? Do you have photos, documents or other artifacts that represent important moments in our history and development over the years? Contact Ben Brzeski or Art Scheuber to share your story!
Planning for Summer...

St. Anthony On-Site Community Garden
Calling all Gardeners!
Sign up today to work a week in our new parish garden. Individuals and families are needed to help water, weed and harvest produce during this year's growing season. All produce will be donated to the MacCanon Brown Homeless Sanctuary and the Pewaukee Food Pantry. Sign up to help

Bible Camp will again be offered this summer! Our theme is "Camp Covenant." We will begin with a Pentecost Party the evening of Tuesday, June 13, 6:30-7:45. Then our 9 am-12 pm program with kids will be June 14-16! 

Volleyball Camp with Coach Casey is returning. .
Boys and Girls Currently in 3rd-8th Grade
Cost:  $85, Location : St. Anthony Gym
JULY 17-20 9:00-11:30 a.m.

Archdiocese of Milwaukee Summer Vocation Camps
De Sales Days 2017
Play hard and pray hard this summer with Fr. Luke Strand and Fr. Enrique Hernandez at this vocation camp for middle school and high school aged young men. All camps will be held at Saint Francis de Sales Seminary.
Information and to Register Online. Or contact Will Hudson or call him at 414-747-6437.

High School Vocation Camp
Sunday, June 18 at 6pm  - Wednesday, June 21 at Noon.

Middle School Day Camps
Saturday, June 17, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Thursday, July 20, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.  

Young Adult Camino Pilgrimage
(Ages 18-39)
Sunday, July 30 - Monday, August 7, 2017

A pilgrimage for young adults (18-39) along the arduous way of St. James to Santiago de Compostela led by Bishop Donald Hying and Fr. Luke Strand. For more information, please contact Margaret Rhody

Catholic Memorial offerings for Summer Activities Camp descriptions are available and registration is now open! For complete camp activities click the image.


From volleyball and forensics, to graphic design and book club, DSHA Summer Cool is ready to give you your best summer yet. Choose from one camp or many - whatever you do, you're with friends, current and future Dashers, DSHA grads and faculty.
Check them out: MORE THAN 45 CAMPS!!

2017 Summer Camps
Pius XI summer camps give area middle school students the chance to further explore their God-given talents and interests outside the academic school year. Campers may register for one class or stay the whole day by choosing a morning and afternoon class. 
Camps available include Forensics Speaking, Creative Writing, Rube Goldberg, Drawing, and Musical Theater.  The athletic offerings including Golf, Softball, Basketball, Volleyball and an evening Run Camp.  

--Forensics Day Camps for Boys and Girls entering Grades 6-9
--Summer Programs for Boys  entering Grades 5-9
Computer Science, History, Science, German, Visual Arts, Music, Multi-discipline (Academics/Arts/Athletics) and Sports.