Faith Formation Connections

From the heart of our Pastoral Associate...Dr. Kathie Amidei
Confirmation: Signed Sealed Sent

Recently a friend told me he asked a spiritual advisor, "How to do you know if it is the Holy Spirit talking to you?" The advisor responded. "If you talk with the Holy Spirit often enough you will recognize the voice."

"Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit." With these words a bishop makes the sign of the cross with Chrism oil on the forehead of the confirmand. Our newly ordained Bishop Scheurman confirmed 87 of our teens in May. To prepare they participated in catechetical sessions, retreats, mission trips, and prayer opportunities. Parents, sponsors and friends nurtured, encouraged and accompanied our young people in their spiritual formation to prepare them to discern their commitment into mature Christian discipleship. This means understanding a life of service especially to the vulnerable and those in need. This means a life of prayer and devotion to the sacramental life of the church. This means living the centrality of a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. This means inviting and looking for the active presence of the Holy Spirit in his or her life.
Baptism begins a journey. Confirmation blesses that journey and emphasizes that whatever life brings, the Holy Spirit always will be with us. As parents, we want our children to have every benefit in life. A robust faith formation, supported by church and family is one of those priceless advantages that promises optimal spiritual maturation and results in a resilient faith.
Confirmation deepens the life we are given in Baptism and calls us to share faith in Jesus Christ through loving service. It completes baptismal grace. Confirmation is about learning to recognize the voice of the Holy Spirit, listening to it and acting on it.

Family Program Registration
Plan now to support your family in their faith journey by registering for Family Program and/or Confirmation for 2017 -2018.  We offer Family Programs for any family with children ages 3 and up.  See the Family Program page of the website for details on which program is best for you.  
Act quickly because time is running out!  
The early discount for Family Program Registration ends on June 1, 2017.  
Fees increase by $25 per person after that.
Bible Camp Registration
Bible Camp  is coming soon! Register here.
"Camp Covenant" begins with a Pentecost Party the evening of Tuesday, June 13, 6:30-7:45. From 9 am-12 pm on June 14-16, we have fun activities and programs for children currently in 3K through Grade 5!   

Help us be prepared by registering today.

We welcome youth grades 6 and older, and caring adults to participate as volunteers. More details are online.  See our volunteer needs here and send in form to the Faith Formation office  or email  Debbie Kusch .
Athletic Registration
Our parish offers a wonderful athletic program for all youth in grades 5 through 7. This is a great way for our children and youth to connect with our faith community. It is also a fun way to you to connect with other parish parents.
The purpose of our parish athletic program is to "offer opportunities for young people to enrich their physical, social and emotional skills by associating them with dedicated adults who not only foster the development of athletic skills but also serve as role models of Christian living." 

There are four parish based team sports:
* Volleyball (season from August to November)
* Cross Country (season from August to October)
* Basketball (season from November to February)
* Track (season from March to June)
Costs for each sport vary - 
s ee the registration page for details
Registration for all sports is currently open until June 1.

The deadline for VOLLEYBALL SIGN UP IS JUNE 1, 2017League commitments are due in June and teams will be formed. Practices start in early August.

More information on athletics at St. Anthony can be found here, including details on summer volleyball camp.
In Our Community...

Congratulations to all our children who received their First Holy Eucharist and our teens who received the Holy Spirit in Confirmation earlier this month. May we all recall the joy of these sacraments and live with renewed zeal. 

See this week's bulletin for photos as well as much more going on in our vibrant community. Also, have you liked us on Facebook

7th and 8th GRADE RETREAT IS TOMORROW, Friday May 18, 6:30-9pm. Space still available. Register now.

The theme of the retreat is Survivor. Fun activities and experiences will lead us to discussions on what do we need to help us survive and thrive.  We'll talk about the ways our faith helps get us through the pressures we face and what we might need/not need to navigate life.
High School youth help plan and facilitate the retreat making it both fun and inspiring; middle school youth will connect with faith-filled older teens and adults.  Youth are welcome to invite friends to this retreat; non-parishioners and parish members alike can register here.

All scouts are invited to wear their uniforms and attend the Scout Mass at 5:00pm on Saturday, May 20. Please let the Faith Formation Office know if you have earned a religious award this year, or if you are a new Eagle Scout. We would like to recognize you at Mass.

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.   
Sign up to help

St. Anthony on the Lake School New Family Meet & Greet
If you are a new family joining our wonderful school - please join us!
WHEN: Sunday, June 4th - following 9AM mass
WHERE: St. Anthony on the Lake - Gym
WHAT: A welcome opportunity for our new school families  Meet your new classmates, have questions answered, and talk to your teachers. Light refreshments will be served - along with an open-gym format for the kids.  We look forward to seeing you!  Contact  Katie   Riesch  with questions # 262-853-6456.

St. Anthony on the Lake Drama Club presents GODSPELL!

Performances will be at Pewaukee High School
June 3rd, 4:00pm and 7:00pm.
Tickets are $6 at the door.

MISSION TRIPS: One month from today our high school teens will be on their way to their mission sites: Wanblee, South Dakota and Detroit, Michigan. They will serve those  in need and share Christ's love. You can be part of these trips by purchasing a Share in the Gathering Space after Mass this weekend and next!

Mission Trip Teens: Time to fill out all that paperwork! Forms for South Dakota are found on the Sophomore Trip page and forms for Detroit are found on the Junior/Senior Trip page. Return all paperwork at the skill training meeting on May 30 at 6:00pm!
Mission Trips


Family Inspiration: Upcoming Feast Days!

May 27 & 28 we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord; the day the disciples watched in astonishment as Jesus went up into a cloud. Why do we celebrate the day Jesus physically left this world? Fr. Terrance Klein provides an insight in America Magazine.
Something to ponder on the Feast of the Ascension: Jesus' last words before he was lifted into Heaven were, "you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, throughout Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth." How are you a witness in Jerusalem (your home), throughout Judea (in your neighborhood), and Samaria (to your enemies) and to the ends of the earth (everywhere)?

June 3 & 4 we celebrate Pentecost - also known as the birthday of the Church. Plan to wear red to Mass for Pentecost! Learn more about Pentecost at the opening evening of Bible Camp.