Lifelong Faith Formation Connections

From the heart of our Pastoral Associate...Dr. Kathie Amidei
"This was wonderful work, but I need to say, I am most impressed with your perseverance. I know you had some challenges through all of this, but you just never gave up."
This week my son, Jon, defended his dissertation (successfully) and earned his PHD. I just couldn't be happier for him. But what touched my heart most, was reflected in the comment quoted above, made by a professor on his committee that day, because thirty years ago Jon was a little boy who couldn't read. (As he says, I have told everyone in the country this story:)
But it is true. Preschool went relatively smoothly. His teacher said he was on target except maybe his cutting skills were a little weak... no problem, I thought, so he won't be a hairdresser. In my "mom perception" he was simply a delightful child.
But wiser educators saw something that was more complicated in his learning style. As we came to understand that, we changed schools, got tutoring, and spent a lot of time those early years learning how he learned. By middle school he was on track. What I remember, though I don't think he does, are the many hours spent drilling vocabulary, inventing word games and reading. And I remember very clearly saying to him, "You can do anything anyone else can, you will just have to work a little harder." This week I heard that echoed in, "You never gave up..."
I think that is the virtue of perseverance, also known as grit.
"Grit," Angela Lee Duckworth says is, "passion and perseverance for very long-term goals. Grit is having stamina. Grit is sticking with your future, day in, day out, not just for the week, not just for the month, but for years, and working hard to make that future a reality. Grit is living life like it's a marathon, not a sprint."
Grit, perseverance, whatever you call it, is to make the choice everyday not to give up. And not giving up creates our character and shapes our soul, and that means more than any achievement we may accomplish.    

Donate a bottle of wine for the wine pull ($20 value), drop off in the office.
Donate an auction item

Why support this event?
This major bi-annual fundraiser supports core Lifelong Faith Formation functions and events and funds technology upgrades and other purchases to serve the mission. Some of the programs supported by the Gala include: mission trips, NCYC, retreats, child care, Bible studies, MOMs Group,  Marriage Enrichment , Family Program, Molly Ministry, Children's Liturgy of the Word, ALPHA, Divorce Care, and  continuing education for key volunteers and staff.

In addition, it is the goal of the LFF Committee to designate 10% of the major fundraiser to the LFF endowment. 
"I'm so proud to be part of this community, a community that supports one another on their faith journey.  The point of all the programs is to lead us to Jesus." 
Dr. Kathie Amidei

In Our Community

Upcoming Events...  
  Thursday, 25th
1-3pm Quilters
2:30/4:30pm Children's Choir Rehearsal
5:30-7pm Sophomore Retreat Planning
7-8:30pm Mom's Group
Friday, 26th 
8-9:15am Active at St. Anthony
Saturday, 27th
Sophomore Retreat
8am-12pm Forming the Catechetical Spirit (St. Mary)
4-8pm Mostaccoli Madness (Fundraiser for 8th Grade trip to Washington DC) 
Sunday, 28th
Sophomore Retreat
SVdP Meal Program
Tuesday, 30th
9:30-11am Mom's Group
7-8:30pm Bible Study 
Wednesday, 31st
6:30-8am Men's Spirituality
8-9:30am Active at St. Anthony  
9:30-11am WOW-Women of Wisdom  
6:30-8:30pm Alpha at St. Anthony
Thursday, 1st
9:15am Alpha at Queen of Apostles
5:45-6:45 Handbells Rehearsal  
7-9pm Adult Choir Rehearsal 
Friday, 2nd
8-9:15am Active at St. Anthony  
10-11:30am Bible Study 
Saturday, 3rd
Sunday, 4th
8:30am LaPetite Family Program
10:15am Family Program
10-11:45am Alpha at St. Anthony 
8-9:30pm Buckets & Beliefs 
Monday, 5th
8:15-9:30am Young at Heart Meeting
5:30pm Family Program
6:35pm Adult Speaker, Al McCauley
Tuesday, 6th
6:15-7:15pm Perpetual Help
7-8:30pm Bible Study
Wednesday, 7th
6:30-8am Men's Spirituality
8-9:30am Active at St. Anthony
9:30-11am Guardians and Angels Playgroup
9:30-11am WOW-Women of Wisdom
6:30-8:30pm Alpha at St. Anthony
Thursday, 8th
9:15-11:15am Alpha at Queen of Apostles
10am-1pm Young at Heart Mass and Valentine's Party
1-3pm Quilters
2:30/4:30pm Children's Choir Rehearsal
5:30-7pm Junior Retreat Planning Meeting
5:45-6:45pm Handbell Rehearsal
7-9pm Adult Choir Rehearsal
Friday 9th
8-9:15am Alpha at St. Anthony
10-11:30am Bible Study
Saturday 10th
Sunday 11th
8-9:30pm Buckets and Beliefs 
Register online 
Divorce Care Series
January 30, 2018, 7-8:30pm




4th Annual Trivia Night 
(and movie night for children)
Calling all couples!  Join us for pizza and a little friendly competition as teams of couples compete against each other in our annual trivia event. 
You can make this a family event!  We will be providing a child friendly meal and movie to all children up to 10 years old.  Space is limited so register early.  *Pre-registration is required for ALL children.   
Registration is due by Monday, January 29th
Questions?  Contact  Debbie Klimko  

Join the Adventure! Invite a friend!
Begins January 31 & February 1

Wednesdays 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at St. Anthony on the Lake
& Thursdays 9:15 -- 11:15 a.m. at  Queen of Apostles

School Employment Opportunity
St. Anthony on the Lake School is seeking an individual to work the Extended Day Care program on Friday afternoons from 2:15-6pm effective immediately. This is a paid position. Flexibility for possibly subbing on other days would be ideal but not required.  
Contact the school office if interested 691-0460.
Make a Difference  
The group that makes jewelry that is sent to Santisimo Sacramento every year for Mother's Day are running low on supplies.  Do you have some old jewelry that they can re-purpose? 
P lease bring to the parish office, marked for Peru Mother's Day project. Would you, teens or adults, like to work on this project? Email Maureen to  let her know you are interested and she will let you know when dates are set.  

On Friday, February 9,  St Anthony will provide and serve supper at MBHS.  The meal is served to homeless and at-risk homeless people in the Amani neighborhood of Milwaukee from 3:00 to 5:00pm.  Food donations can be dropped off at St Anthony anytime before noon on Friday and volunteers can join a carpool leaving the church parking lot at 1:45pm and returning around 6:00pm. Sign up to help here.

Mark your calendars and sign up to serve in the new year! 

Valentines for Seniors 
Please return your Valentines to the Parish Office by February 5.  We'll be delivering them to local retirement communities the week before Valentine's Day.  S
ign up online to help deliver valentines Feb. 11-14.  Share the love!
The Gathering Bag Lunches Jan. 27
H ope Center Meal Feb. 14
Families with children in the 5th grade and up are invited to provide food and/or serve dinner to low-income families at the Hope Center in Waukesha on Wed., Feb. 14 from 5-7 pm.  This is a great way to volunteer together as a family or for teens to get service hours!  Sign up online.
Pizza with a Purpose Feb. 24
Join us after 5:00 Mass for a pizza dinner, followed by seasonal craft projects for Interfaith Senior Programs of Waukesha County. Donations of thin gripper socks are also needed (Medline from Amazon are recommended).  All ages are welcome-this is a great event for the entire family! Sign up to join us!

Parish Mission Service Project - March 2-3
We are nourished in order to nourish others. So part of our Parish Mission, All Is Holy, is a service project to help the homeless and hungry at The Gathering in Milwaukee. Sign up to set up, do crafts, make lunches, donate food, pass out bag lunches or serve a hot meal. You may sign up for one, or more than one, of the activities online .  Thank you for living the Gospel of Jesus and recognizing that all are indeed holy!

Greeters at Mass
Sign up to be a Hospitality Greeter 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

Upcoming Molly Ministry Events:
Evening Mom's Group: meets tonight in the Fireplace Lounge, 7-8:30pm. No RSVP required, join us if you can!

Morning Mom's Group: Jan. 30 from 9:30-11:00am.  Childcare is available. New moms welcome. 

Molly Ministry Planning Meeting, February 5, 9:30am in the Childcare room, children are welcome to play as we meet.

Guardians and Angels met yesterday, see photos, next gathering is February 7. 9:30-11am.

Fat Tuesday family event, February 13 5:30-7:15pm

Field Trip: Feb. 15, 9am, we will meet at the Children's Play Gallery in Oconomowoc.

Beginning this weekend, we are excited that we will be offering childcare for all Masses.

Our Pre K & K centers focused on Prayer and the Rosary. The children did a Rosary Walk and learned to pray a decade of the rosary. 

Our 3 & 4 year olds in class, learned that God made the animals and they decorated a sheep with cotton balls.

Grades 1-5
CLOW, Children's Liturgy of the Word and Childcare  is each Sunday, during the 9:00 Mass.
   Please sign up here.   Any questions can be directed to Debbie Kusch.

Youth grades 5 and over are able to help by serving for Mass. Contact us if you would like to be trained or need a refresher to help with this important ministry.
First Reconciliation
Congratulations to the 65 students who recently received the sacrament of First Reconciliation.
First Communion
First Communion preparation begins February 28. 

Family Program child classes
Our Prayer Memorization program is going well. Many students have recited many of their prayers. Keep up the good work!

The 5th graders learned about the Mystery of Evil.  The 2nd graders learned about making sacrifices and t he kindergarteners learned about baptism and baptized a doll!

Middle School Ministry 

Athletics: Tournament January 21-28
Come show your Mustang Spirit and cheer on our 7th and 8th grade teams in our tournament! The teams are made up of faith formation and school children.  


Registration for Summer Outreach Camp, our mission trip for 7th and 8th grade youth is open now, and filling fast!
Middle School Family Program Class 
Great job to all the youth who did the extra homework on Catholic Social Teaching, and congratulations to Daniel Payne - your name was drawn for the Pizza gift certificate! 

This week we continued to discuss how we can bring about positive change in the world. We found that two feet are better than one. The US Bishops call it the Two Feet of Love in Action . Read more about this, and see a couple photos, on the Middle School Blog

Coming up, on February 18 & 19 we are pleased to be able to host Melanie from Your Choice to Live, Inc. This is one part of our parish response to the opioid addiction crisis in Waukesha County.
Melanie will share her daughter Alexis's story on how one choice to experiment with drugs can have devastating consequences. Melanie's goal is to share her story so that other families won't have to experience what she did.
This presentation will take place in connection with the Family Program classes but is meant for all parish 6th through 8th graders and their parents. In order to prepare the space and supplies, it would be helpful if we knew how many to expect for each day. Please email Ann Fons if you know you are coming.
High School Ministry 
Sophomore Retreat
: January 27-28! We are still in need of a few chaperones/overnight sleepers for the retreat!  Please contact Cindi Petre if you are able to help.  This weekend, please pray for our sophomores and their leaders while they are on retreat at Camp Whitcomb/Mason.
February 7, from 6:30-8:30.
11th GRADE WEDNESDAY NIGHT CONFIRMATION SESSION: Meet in the PLC, February 21, from 6:30-8:30.
Junior Retreat : March 9-11. Junior parents please register for the Confirmation Retreat . Parents, we will be looking for kitchen help and overnight sleepers. Email Cindi if you can help.
Summer 2018  Mission Trip Sign-up closing soon!

Our parish provides life-changing, Christ-centered service opportunities for youth in grades 7 through 12. These trips are an opportunity to live out the love of Christ, to commit to growth in faith and community, and to serve those we meet in our travels. Sign up now. 

 Junior trip has only a spot or two remaining.
Family Program  
Our next programs are February 4 and 5, 2018.
Most Reverend Jeffrey R. Haines, Auxiliary Bishop of Milwaukee  was  our speaker Sunday morning.
His sister Ann was unable to join him because their mother is in Hospice. We pray for their mother and their family. He spoke on how their parents nurtured them in their faith.  

Monday's parent program was a session facilitated by Deacon Dennis Petrie and Dr. Doug Meske on the gift of Silence.

Commit online here to doing the One percent challenge individually.


We continued our Family Challenge to get to know Jesus through Scripture this week. Here are some of the words families sent us when they read about the Baptism of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew. We'd love to hear your feedback on the positive changes you are experiencing as you continue to develop the habit of reflecting on the Bible. Please share your thoughts on the Family Program Blog.
This week at Family Program we also watched a video with a good overview of the Bible. Watch it again here.

Dr. Kathie Amidei is putting together a panel of parents for an adult session. What questions do you have for parents on the topics of raising faith-filled kids in our current world. Email Kathie with your questions.

Please sign up for remind to help us communicate better this year. 
Information on how to sign up for Remind , All family members with a cell phone can sign up.
LaPetite Family Program
One of our Learning Centers was making a Rosary as a family. We learned about praying the Rosary and committed to praying it at home in the month of February.

We learned about the Apostles Creed and fun ways to try to memorize it.


Family Inspiration:  
POEM: Perseverance
When all the world is looming dark
And things seem not so clear,
When shadows seem to hover 'round
Lord, may I persevere.
When it seems everything's been tried
And there's no way to go,
Just let me keep remembering
Sometimes the journey's slow.
I may just need to stop and rest
Along the path I trod,
A time to try to understand
And have my talk with God.
As I gain new strength to carry on
Without a doubt or fear,
Somehow I know things will be right,
And so, I persevere.

Found on the Virtues for Life website.
Would you like to help with the children's programming for the Parish Mission? Please contact Angie Flanagan
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