Faith Formation Connections

From the heart of our Pastoral Associate...Dr. Kathie Amidei
A Pink Sky
My grandson, Dylan, woke up Saturday, opened the drapes, glanced at the sky, and said, "Look! God made the sky pink today because it's my birthday!" Dylan has a particular love for the color pink and perceived the morning sky as a birthday gift from God.
How often, when a little blessing comes our way, do we give praise and thanks to God for this good thing? Dylan reminded me that all is gift, including the colors revealed by dawn. I can't remember the last time I woke up and gave thanks for the color of the day.
I know I have lamented to God more than once, when suffering or misfortune has visited me, "Why me?" That question seems to come easily in the midst of difficulty. But recently when I was asked, "If there was one question you could ask God, what would it be?" I responded with what came to my heart, "Why me?" Why, God, have I been given so much-- a wonderful family, a faith community who brings meaning into my life every day, the opportunity for education beyond my dreams? Why do I have such good friends? Why do I live in this country? Why am I healthy?
Why me? If there is a one sin common to many of us, it is to take so much for granted and forget each pink-sky day is pure gift.
Dylan's comment reminded me of a beautiful story I saw of a boy who couldn't see colors until fitted with special glasses. His family recorded the moment he first saw color. His response to his father touches me, no matter how many times I see it. It made me wonder if my heart holds awe and gratitude to Our Father for the colors of my life!
  Boy sees color for the first time.
Upcoming Events:

April 6, 2:30 &/or 4:30pm Children's Choir  rehearsal. Gr. 3-8 welcome to join at any time!

April 6, 5-5:45pm Schola.

April 7, 12-2pm Alpha at St. Anthony.

April 8, 11:15am-12pm Schola.

April 9 Palm Sunday, Donut Sunday and Blood Pressure Screening.

April 10, 5:30-6:30pm SPARK. (Come for 15min or stay the hour!)

April 10, 6:30-7pm Vespers.

April 12, 10-11:30am Molly Ministry Open Gym.

April 12, 6-8pm Teens practice for Living Stations

April 13, 7-9pm Holy Thursday Mass and Foot Wash.

April 13, 9pm-12am Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
April 14, 10am-12pm Schola.
April 14, 10-noon Teens practice for Living Stations

April 14, 12pm Youth Living Stations of the Cross
April 14, 1-3pm Good Friday Solemn Service with Communion and Veneration of the Cross. Church will remain open until 7pm for prayer and veneration.

April 15, 9-11 am All Choirs Easter Vigil Rehearsal.
April 15, 8-11 pm Easter Vigil (No 5 pm Mass).
April 16 Easter Sunday. No Childcare.
April 17, 7-8:30 pm Buckets & Beliefs

April 24, 5:30-6:30 pm SPARK!

April 24, 6:30-7:30 pm Mission Trip Meeting

April 24, 7-8:30 pm Buckets & Beliefs

April 25, 9:30-11:30am Moms Group

April 26, 10-11:30 am Guardians & Angels

April 28, 10 am Molly Ministry Field Trip to Midwest Twisters

In our community...

Lent 2017:  Resources for your Lenten journey are available in the gathering space, and on our Lenten Prayer Opportunities page .

Buckets and Beliefs: Open gym at St. Anthony for those in their 20's & 30's will take place at 7pm on  Sunday, April 9 and Mondays, April 17 and 24.

Employment Opportunity:
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.
Lecture on Ignatian Spirituality & Italian Wine Tasting
Wednesday, May 3rd, 7:00pm - 9:00pm, St. Anthony Hall All Men Invited! Join the Men of St. Anthony for an evening with Rev. James Kubicki, S.J. National Director of The Apostleship of Prayer 
will deliver a lecture on St. Ignatius at 7:00pm. Followed by f
ellowship and a wine tasting organized by Jon Loduca. 
more information.
"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 will be available soon on the Firstfruits website.
They will also be at St. Paul in Racine April 28-29.
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.

Thanks to all our families who volunteered through FaithWorks this year, to do service for those in need in our community!

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: Earth Ministry
 "While care for creation is rooted in the bible and has always been a main tenet of Catholic Social Teaching, Pope Francis has infused it with new energy and urgency in his encyclical, Laudato Si'. Our parish has responded to the Pope's call by forming an Earth Ministry to foster growth within the Parish of St. Anthony on the Lake to care for creation."

The Earth Ministry Team will foster growth within the Parish of St. Anthony on the Lake to care for creation. We pledge to grow faithfully and intentionally as individuals and as a community. We will collaborate with existing committees to further our mission as follows: Worship in ways that celebrate and foster care of creation; e ducate adults and children in ecological issues and practices;  green the buildings and grounds of our facilities; p romote earth-friendly lifestyle of members at home and work; and e ncourage community involvement in caring for the environment.

We are looking for new members!

We will have a Vegetable Garden this year! We will need volunteers to maintain the garden and deliver produce. We'll need volunteers to maintain the garden June-Oct and to deliver produce to the MacCanon Brown Homeless Sanctuary and Pewaukee Food Pantry.

Molly Ministry/Early Childhood
Moms Group: Tues., April 25, 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.

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  at 10 am at Midwest Twisters. 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 April 26.
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.
Grades 1-5

Please pray for the children who are preparing for their First Communion at the beginning of May.

First Communion Bread Breaking Retreat:
Thank you to all who made this a very special day!

First Communion is just around the corner and is a very special time in a child's life, as well as for parents. 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.
The Giving Tree Gifts
Northwestern Publishing

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

Just announced...PARISH MUSICAL!!
After much behind the scenes planning, the musical production team is pleased to announce that indeed -- we will be able to perform a parish musical for grades 5, 6, 7, & 8!!
Godspell Jr. directed by Jamie Schlecht will be performed twice on the evening of June 3 at Pewaukee High School.
Please see the link below for the rehearsal schedule and to sign up for
auditions to be held on  Tuesday, APRIL 11, at 3:45pm in Fellowship Hall at St. Anthony! 
Keep in mind that students will not be called to all rehearsals. The cast is "no cut" so all are welcome! We especially need you to attend auditions if you would like a speaking part or solo. There are lead characters and many ensemble roles!
Come join the fun and  make memories of a lifetime! Please direct questions to

Rehearsal Schedule, details and sign up for auditions
The original Godspell was the first major musical theatre offering from three-time Grammy and Academy Award-winner, Stephen Schwartz, and it took the world by storm.  Boasting a score with chart topping songs, Godspell JR. is a sensation that continues to touch audiences.
A group of disciples help Jesus Christ tell different parables by using a wide variety of games, storytelling techniques, and a hefty dose of comic timing. An eclectic blend of songs, ranging in style from pop to vaudeville, is employed as the story of Jesus' life dances across the stage. Dissolving hauntingly into the Last Supper and the Crucifixion, Jesus' messages of kindness, tolerance, and love come vibrantly to life.

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 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 June 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.
Middle in the Middle will not be meeting in April; enjoy Holy Week services as a family.

Save the date for the 7th and 8th Grade Retreat, the evening of May 19.
High School Ministry

Attention all High School teens:  We need your help with St. Anthony's tradition of presenting "The Living Stations." This is a very meaningful Good Friday prayer experience for so many people and we cannot do it without your help. Rehearsal is Wed., April 12, from 6-8 pm and Good Friday morning at 10 am; we will present the Stations at noon. Questions? Contact Cindi Petre

SPARK:  Eucharistic Adoration with music is offered here on Monday evenings, twice a month. This is teen-friendly; all are welcome! 
Next date: Monday, April 24, 5:30-6:30 pm 


Jr. Retreat: 
The weekend of March 24-26, approximately 80 juniors attended their Confirmation retreat here at St. Anthony's with a team of about 40 adults, high school seniors, college students and Fr. Tony. The theme of the retreat was "Loved by You," and the weekend was woven with witness talks, small group time, prayer, and other activities that exemplified God's immense love for all of us. Thank you to everyone who made helped make this an awesome retreat experience for our confirmands: Small group leaders, presenters, witness talk speakers, tech help, singers and musicians, overnight chaperones, kitchen help, maintenance help...

Retreat Theme Song: Never Been a Moment by Michah Tyler

Summer Mission Trips:  Preparations are underway for the  high school mission trips !  Final payments are due now.  Selling Shares and Volunteering are expectations for mission trip participants.  The next meeting is April 24. 
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.  

The bulbs continue to grow. Here is another photo shared. Please share photos with us as your bulb grows at your home. Photos can be emailed to Angie.

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

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: 
Holy Week
Holy means "set apart." Christians set apart an entire week - Holy Week - to recall the events surrounding the suffering, Death, and Resurrection of Jesus. Find information and activities for Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday:  Loyola Press Holy Week Resources

Earth Day is April 22
Check out the Earth Week celebration at Retzer Nature Center! Free programs will be offered throughout the week for the whole family to enjoy! On April 22, the Earth Day Celebration Finale will include hikes, children's crafts and activities, special programs, campfire with S'mores and the Magical Mystery Tour to our Brown's Fen.
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
Individuals, families, and groups are needed to help build, plant, and care for the garden and to get our produce to those who are in need. If interested, contact Kathy Waters or call her at 262-695-8314.

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


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.