Lifelong Faith Formation Connections

From the heart of our Pastoral Associate...Dr. Kathie Amidei
Beginnings Endings
Some beginnings and some endings are predictable. We schedule them. Plan for them. And some come to us. Some appear. Some we are ready for and some hit us like a two by four.
Predicable ending: This was the last week of Family Program for this year. Every year this feels too early for me. I am so aware of what else we could/ should teach and share! I will miss seeing you more often, my FP friends!
Scheduled beginning: Next week is Holy Week. The three days of the Triduum are special to us as Catholics. My children were in grade school when I first took them to the Holy Thursday Mass. None of us knew what to expect but it became the religious tradition that most touched our souls. Good Friday we pray the Living Stations, a tradition in our parish. It is the best way to socialize children into the important but difficult last days of Jesus' life. If you haven't shared the Holy Saturday Vigil you are missing a most profound liturgical experience. It is simply amazing!
And some come to us: Our parish family has suffered a loss. Jane McL aughlin, our bookkeeper, one of the longest standing employees of our parish, died March 20 after a heroic battle with ovarian cancer. We are a staff with heavy hearts. I am reminded that losing a loved one is never easy. Jane was ready to go home. We who love her are trying to catch up with her, our new friend in heaven. We all miss you, Jane.
Some appear: Hopefully soon... waiting the birth of my granddaughter. Today she is an idea to me. When she appears, I know I will never be able to imagine life without her. That is what a child does to us!
At our mission, Jeanne Cotter reminded us, All is Holy... all the beginnings and all the endings. All belongs on the journey. I am just so grateful that I don't go it alone. Thank you, my traveling companions.

All Is Holy by Jeanne Cotter
All Is Holy by Jeanne Cotter

Upcoming Events In Our Community...  


Friday, 23rd
8-9:15am Active at St. Anthony in PAC
10-11:30am Bible Study in Fellowship Hall G
6-6:30pm Stations of the Cross in Church
Saturday, 24th
8:30am-4:30pm Alpha Retreat
9-11:30am Adult Choir Rehearsal in Church
11am-12pm Schola Rehearsal in the Chapel
Sunday, 25th
8-9:30pm Buckets and Beliefs in Gym
Monday, 26th
Parish Offices Closed
1:30-2pm Stations of the Cross with the School in the Church
5-6pm Good Friday Passion Rehearsal in Church
6:30-8:30pm RCIA Lenten Sessions in Fireplace Lounge
6:30-7pm Vespers Evening Prayer in the Chapel
7-8pm Spark! Adoration in the Chapel
Tuesday, 27th
8-9:30am Active at St. Anthony in PAC
9:30-11am Mom's Group
5-8pm Culver's Night (On Grandview)
6:15-7:15pm Perpetual Help in the Chapel
7:-8:30pm Bible Study in St. Anthony Hall
Wednesday, 28th
6:30-8am Men's Spirituality
9:30-11am WOW-Women of Wisdom in Gathering Space Lounge
4-5pm Holy Week Rehearsal in the Church
5-6pm Good Friday Passion Rehearsal in Church
6-8pm Living Stations Rehearsal in Church (RMR)
Thursday, 29th
7-8:30pm Holy Thursday Mass with the Washing of the Feet
Friday, 30th
Parish Offices Closed
9:30-11:30am Living Stations Rehearsal in Church
12-1pm Living Stations presented by the Parish Youth
1-2pm Solemn Services with Veneration of the Cross
Saturday, 31st
9-11:30am Adult Choir Rehearsal in Church
11am-12pm RCIA Rehearsal in Church
12-4pm RCIA Retreat Day in Fellowship Hall E
8-10:30pm EASTER VIGIL


Sunday, 1st
No childcare or children's liturgy of the word
Monday, 2nd
8:15-9:30am Young at Heart meeting in CR
Tuesday, 3rd
8-9:30am Active at St. Anthony in the Gym
6:15-7:15pm Perpetual Help in the Chapel
Wednesday, 4th
6:30-8am Men's Spirituality
9:30-11am WOW-Women of Wisdom in Gathering Space Lounge
Friday, 6th
8-9:15am Active at St. Anthony in the PAC


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Saturday evenings: April 28, May 12 and 19

Prayers for our Alpha participants and leaders that will be participating in their retreat day this weekend.
Make a Difference  

Mark your calendars and sign up to serve

Healing Hearts Meal - April 9th
Food is still needed for this light meal which will be served to grieving children and their families at the Healing Hearts program in Waukesha.   Sign up here to donate food for April 9th

Parish Mission Service Project 
Thank you to all who helped us nourish others, as we served together during our Parish Mission, All Is Holy. The Gathering in Milwaukee and the Cappuchin Community Services were grateful for our assistance and care for the people they serve. We are grateful for all who helped with set up, crafts, made lunches, donate food and/or hygiene items, passed out bag lunches or served a hot meal. 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. 

Do you know an elderly friend or neighbor that needs help with basic yard cleanup? Let us know and we'll include them by sending out a team May 12. It's a nice gift the day before Mother's Day! Contact Laura Smyczek or 262-691-9170, x1103.


Molly Ministry/Early Childhood


Upcoming Molly Ministry Events: 
Field Trip: April 11 from 10am -noon we will meet at Rainbow Play Systems in Waukesha. Cost is $6 per child.

Open Gym: Monday, April 16 will be our last open gym for this year. After that, as the weather gets nice, we will plan some park dates outside! Looking forward to seeing you there!
Evening Moms Group: meets Thursday, April 19, in the Fireplace Lounge, 7-8:30pm. No RSVP required, join us if you can!

Moms Group Tuesday Mornings:  Meets March 27, downstairs in MRE.9:30-11am. No RSVP required, join us if you can! Please register children for childcare if you are new, with Kathy Paro.

Guardians and Angels:  A preschool playgroup that includes music, stories, and crafts, as well as time for free play and a snack.  Children are welcome to participate at their own level with a parent or guardian. We gather in the child-care space of St. Anthony, from 9:30 -11:00am on scheduled Wednesdays. Join us as we explore God in our world.pril , April 18 and May 2, We will celebrate the year with a picnic on May 16 at a park. 
Bible Camp: Mark your calendars to have your children (current pre3-5th grade) join us for Fishing for Faith!  Fun, crafts, stories, songs, snacks and a great time with friends! June 12-15. Details and Registration coming soon. Adults needed as story teachers and group leaders also. Childcare is available for adult helpers. Contact Debbie if you are interested. 
Grades 1-5

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.

It was great to have so many come to the trainings held last week! Looking forward to having the server sign-up be all full!
First Communion Bread Baking Retreat & lunch will be held Saturday, April 14 from 9:00-1:30.

Bible Camp, "Fishing for Faith"
will be held June 12-15 from 9-12. Groups for current Pre3-Grade 5.
Mark you calendars; details and registration coming soon!

If you would like to be an adult story teller or group leader, contact Debbie. Middle School and High School helpers are also needed!

Family Program child classes
The 2nd graders created a placemat this year, adding something new they learned each time they came together. 

The 5th graders played "sacrament bingo" after they took their final test.

Middle School Ministry   
Middle in the Middle:  Youth in grades 6, 7 and 8, gathered last night to share faith and fun. They played games, helped set-up the labyrinth, shared in snack and conversation and then walked the labyrinth. The labyrinth is set up in Fellowship Hall through Good Friday (except Monday). All are welcome to come experience this beautiful prayer. The next Middle in the Middle gathering is April 18,  6:15-8:00pm.    More information. Email Ann Fons to let her know you are able to come.

Middle School 7th and 8th grade Retreat is May 4th
(re-scheduled from May 11 to accomodate the final day of play rehearsal) May the 4th (Force) be with you! Registration is available here.

 A first experience of a Mission Trip for 7th and 8th grade youth serving out in our community. Sign-up soon. Adults are needed as team leaders. Contact Ann Fons if you are interested.

Middle School Family Program Class 
Thank you to all the catechists who taught the 6, 7 and 8th graders this year! They did a great job of engaging the youth, sharing their own faith and modeling how to live the values we embrace as Catholics.  
Our curriculum in the middle school Family Program classes focused on Morality and Catholic Social Teaching; topics which are incredibly important for middle school youth, and remain important no matter how old we are! In fact, my 90-year-old mother asked me to go with her to a Lenten Lunch and Discussion series on the topic again this year. That's where I picked up a small token of our thanks for the middle school catechists. The soap was perfect because it fit our curriculum this year. Check out the Gifts for the Journey website to see why.
The Lenten Lunch Series is titled "The Danger of Silence." What is the danger of silence? You can read what I shared with the youth from that series, and find ways to continue important discussions with your youth on our Middle School Blog.

High School Ministry 

Junior Confirmation RetreatSt. Anthony was the place to be March 9-11, about 75 juniors and 35 team members were on our weekend Confirmation Retreat. Our theme was "Different" and our retreat song of the same name is by Micah Tyler. The team chose the theme "Different" because through the power of the Holy Spirit we are changed, we are different. We processed how difficult it can be to be different and not conform to the ways of the world because we all want to "fit in" and how we are called to live our Catholic faith in a world that desperately needs us. 
We had powerful witness talks, skits, small group time, Adoration and other prayer experiences, live music and time to express our creativity with a craft, that gave everyone a beautiful memory of retreat. The Holy Spirit was truly present in this place.
Our retreat song:
Different by Micah Tyler
Different by Micah Tyler
CONFIRMATION REHEARSAL: Sunday, April 22 from 3-4pm in the church.
CONFIRMATION: Friday, April 27 at 7pm. Confirmands and their sponsors please meet in Fellowship Hall by 6:15pm.

SPARK : Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament specifically geared for teens, and young adults, but all are welcome!  It is a beautiful prayer experience.  Join us from 7-8 on March 26 and April 16, for time with Jesus, stay the hour or stop in for 15 minutes.  Parents attend with your teen!  ALL are welcome!


Teen help wanted and needed!
Practice Wednesday and Friday,
March 28 at 6-8pm. Contact Cindi if you can help.

Summer 2018 Mission Trips
Preparations continue for all the Mission Trips. . . it is now time for final payments, meetings, and selling your personal shares.  Parents and youth should see the website for details about their trip

Mark your calendars for these meetings:
All high School  teen participants: 
plan to attend one of these two options for a team meeting:
Sunday, April 22 from 5:00 - 6:00pm  OR
Wednesday, April 25 from 6:30 to 7:30pm

AND attend the following with your parent:
Milwaukee Trip (Freshmen):  parents and teens - attend the meeting on Sunday April 22 from 5:00 - 6:00pm 
South Dakota Trip (Sophomores and Seniors) :  Parents and teens - attend the meeting on Wednesday May 16 from 6:30 - 8:00pm
Kentucky Trip (Juniors):  Parents and teens  - attend the meeting on Monday May 21 from 6:30 to 7:30pm
Chaperones - please attend both youth and parent meetings for your trip.
Not registered for a Mission Trip but wish you were?  Contact Ann Fons.  Ann can also answer questions about any of the trips.
Family Program
We finished the Family Program year with a family prayer recalling how Jesus reveals God for us. 
As part of the prayer, families decorated a mat and candle which they took home to create a prayer space in which to keep their Bible. 

Each person in the family was asked to share one way they grew in faith this year and one thing they learned, as they wrapped yarn and raffia around their candle to decorate it. 
We hope you have set up  your prayer space at home and prayed the prayer on the back of your booklet together.

There are 7 famous I AM statements in the Gospel of John. Can you name them? See the Family Program Blog for the answers, and for all the resources, including the closing video from the last program. Share with us on the blog which of the statements you find most meaningful and why.  

Have you signed up for FORMED?
The video we watched at Family Program was from the video series, Symbolon on FORMED.

Parents heard from Al McCauley on the Beattitudes.

This is week 11 of the Family Challenge. Read and reflect on John 4:5-42 and send your take away words via Remind! Family Challenge Booklet

We look forward to seeing you all at Mass and at parish and community events! Here is the link to the Family Program "Time Off" Calendar with some options for you!

Thank you all for a wonderful program year! 
LaPetite Family Program
Families made "Resurrection Eggs" as they learned about Jesus' journey to the cross. 

Certificates were given to the children who completed their homework for the year! Congratulations!
Family Inspiration:  
Here's an at-home activity for your children: Match the take-away words from the past few weeks of the Family Challenge to the Scripture Citation for each week:

Take Away Words:
What sort of man is this, whom even the winds and sea obey?
Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.
Jesus went up on the mountain.
If you truly believe in God and Jesus you can be healed.
Jesus will calm the storms of your life.
God heals.
We should be calm in times of danger.
Your faith has saved you.

Scripture Citations:
Week 7: Luke 7:36-50
Week 8: Matthew 8: 23-27
Week 9: Mark 5:21-43
Week 10: John 6:1-15

Family Easter Prayer:  
Our time of Lent is coming to a close. We hope your family is able to enter into Holy Week with open hearts and rejoice together on Easter! Alleluia! This is the day the Lord has made!

We asked a friend if they had a prayer tradition for Easter and she shared that they sing this song:

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