Lifelong Faith Formation Connections

From the heart of our Pastoral Associate...Dr. Kathie Amidei
Unexpected Inspiration
Last week, my husband, Jim, and I visited Lambeau Stadium. Not really into football, I considered finding a bench and checking email, but instead, decided to walk with him through the Packer Hall of Fame. I hadn't planned to be inspired but one exhibit caught my eye, a hand-written letter from Bill Butler, the athletics instructor for the Boy's Club of Washington, D.C., to Coach Vince Lombardi.
Willie Wood had not been chosen in the 1959 National Football League draft and Bill Butler wanted to know why. In his letter he pointed out Willie's talents, "... this kid is... a good ballhandler, strong runner and a tremendous passer. He can really throw the long ball." He wrote, "Mr. Lombardi, if you could see this kid unshackled you would really agree with me."
Willie had been overlooked by all 13 NFL teams. He was considered too small and "unpolished." He was also a black man when black athletes were not quarterbacks.
Based on that letter, Vince Lombardi reconsidered Willie, which resulted in giving him a $6,500 free agent contract. He was the last player to make the 1960 Packer squad.
He became a starter in his second season, earned All-Pro honors nine times and played in 8 Pro Bowls. He went on to become the first black head coach with the Philadelphia Bell of the World Football League. Willie was inducted into the Packer Hall of Fame in 1977 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989.
Bill Butler's humble letter stood out to me amid the shiny trophies and rings. One person took the time and had the moxie to reach out to the esteemed coach to advocate for a young man who would have been overlooked.
This little piece of Packer history was my unexpected inspiration. It edified me to think about who, with a little effort, we might lift up and help other's see in a different light. It made me wonder about the power we might have to advocate for another. In doing so, how might we change the course of someone's life and in some way transform the fabric of our culture?

Global Leadership Summit
In August, the Global Leadership Summit (GLS) will take place in our backyard on August 9th & 10th and you have the opportunity to participate at a reduced rate as a member of a partner parish!  Simply put, the GLS is a two day buffet of exceptional leadership development presentations that are simulcast around the globe.  
Check the promo videos for a taste of what to expect.

Shareholders Brunch This Sunday
Come and hear the stories and see the photos of all the great work our high school youth did on the Summer Mission Trips, this Sunday, July 22, following the 10:45 Mass. This is a wonderful way to introduce your younger children to the idea of serving in this way. If you have not purchased a share, you are still welcome at the brunch - we just ask for a donation to pay for the food. Please RSVP for the brunch to Ann Fons.  
Bible Camp Follow-up
"Bible Camp was a month ago and we heard from parents that their kids are still singing some of the songs! Here is a list of some of the songs we sung each day. Some were openings and closings and others were during our music sessions with Mrs. Farrell and Mrs. Wieber.  Happy singing!"
Alpha is returning to St. Anthony this Fall

Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha is run all around the globe, and everyone's welcome. It runs in caf├ęs, churches, universities, homes-you name it. No two Alphas look the same, but generally they have three key things in common: food, a talk and good conversation.

Learn more about the adventure this fall! 
Make a Difference

Family Promise
Volunteers are needed for Family Promise the week of July 22.  
Meal hosting, fellowship, supplies, overnight sleepers, set up and tear down are some of the slots to be filled.
Please contact  Terri at 414-350-6030 or sign up directly on the   sign up.
The Family Promise organization helps Waukesha County homeless families right here in Pewaukee.
Peru Container
We will begin collecting Family to Family bins and general items in good, clean condition August 4 12. The Parish Life Center will be open around Mass times on the weekends and from 8:004:00 Monday thru Thursday and 8:00Noon on Friday, August 10. There will be volunteers available if you need help unloading on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8am-Noon. The container will ship on August 15th. 

We need many volunteers to help with sorting, inventorying and then loading the  container This is a great way for high school teens can get a jump start on their Confirmation Service Hours. The dates/times help is needed can be found here. Thanks in advance for any time you might be able to lend.
Friday August 10 is St. Anthony's turn to help at the MacCanon Brown Homeless Sanctuary Meal Program.  This is a ministry serving homeless and at risk homeless in Milwaukee's Inner City.  Volunteers are needed to donate food and/or serve the meal on site.  Food donations would need to be brought to the St Anthony on the Lake Fellowship Hall kitchen by 12:00 on August 10.  Volunteer servers are needed from 2:30 to 5:15 with a carpool leaving St Anthony's at 1:45 and returning around 6:00.  Sign up here
Prayer Shawl Ministry  Members of the parish create prayer shawls for individuals seeking the prayerful support of our community.  The shawls are created in community, prayed over, and shared.  There are offerings for both men and women as well as for children. If you or a loved one are seeking the comfort of a prayer shawl, please contact Clare Peiffer at  or (262)-646-4133. 
Join us in the creation the second Tuesday; August to June 7-8:30pm  in the Fireplace Lounge.
Be a Gift Bearer,  Sign up here

Altar servers needed;  Sign up here

Catechists are imperative!
In the Bible, God reminds his people to remember the wonderful things God has done for them, and to "make them known to your children and your children's children." The great commandment to know and love God is found in verses 4 & 5 of Chapter 6 in the Book of Deuteronomy. Do you know what follows? Verse 6 and 7 say, "Take to heart these words. . . Keep repeating them to your children. . . "

This command is at the heart of our faith formation programs for children and youth. We know it is up to us to share the stories of God, and tell of our relationship with God, to the next generation.

We cannot do that without Catechists; adults who are willing to invest time in creating relationships with the next generation, reminding them of the greatness of God and of God's incredible love and care.

Are you called to be a catechist? Please contact the faith formation office to explore how the needs of our children and youth might intersect with the gifts and talents God has given you!

Visit our FaithWorks page for information and to sign-up for upcoming and new service opportunities. Direct questions to Laura Smyczek, 262.691.9170, x1103

Help out from 9-11:30 am at the Hope Center Clothing Shop in Waukesha on Sat., July 21. We will be sorting and hanging clothes and assisting those in need to find clothes. For families with children in the 5th grade and up. The Hope Center helps prevent homelessness by providing meals, clothing and furniture to those in need in Waukesha County. Pope Francis tells us, " To change the world, we must be good to those who cannot repay us." Please sign up online.
House of Peace School Supply Drive - August 4-17
Now that school supplies are all on sale, why not buy some for needy children in Milwaukee? The children served by the House of Peace need supplies for the upcoming school year. Please help fill their backpacks with items from their wish listItems may be dropped off between August 4-17 in the Gathering Space at St. Anthony. 

Summer 2018 Mission Trips
The last of our high school mission trips concludes this Friday - pray for a successful final day for the soon to be Sophomores serving in Milwaukee with Reach Out Reach In. 

Another opportunity to have a profound and Holy experience!  Reach Out Reach In is a summer service week for high school youth who want to be involved in direct service and social action.  
Youth learn about the many community organizations, located around the Archdiocese of Milwaukee,  that work to meet the needs of the poor and vulnerable in the city.  Site locations including homeless shelters, adult day care, community organizations, meal programs, family/organic farms, child care and more.  The experience includes community, simple living, prayer, and justice education.
Summer Outreach Camp
Our summer service work continues next week when 35 of our youth take part in Build to Last - our Middle School Mission Trip. Please pray for them as they serve in Waukesha County. Join us in prayer at daily Mass on Wednesday and Thursday, July 25 & 26. Thank you to all the parents and others who are volunteering to make this Camp a success!

Evening July 24 through the evening of July 26. 
Contact  Ann Fons  if you have any questions or are interested in helping.
Molly Ministry/Early Childhood

Childcare is closed the month of July.

Recently, Debbie Kusch and Kathie Amidei had the opportunity to share about LaPetite Family Program at a Children's Spirituality Summit in Nashville, Tennessee. Not only did they share about this great program, they brought back lots of great ideas to use here!
Family Program begins again September 23 & 24. Do you have our start date on your calendar?  

Wondering what family program is or if it's for you?

The week of July 29 will mark Week 30 of the Family Challenge - You did it! Congratulations! 

June 30th, was a great celebration of who we were and who we have become! 
100 amazing years!
Thank you to all who joined us!

Thank you to our many sponsors and volunteers who made this day possible!