Lifelong Faith Formation Connections

From the heart of our Pastoral Associate...Dr. Kathie Amidei
You Never Know...
Last week my friend Marion went home to heaven. I met her when I was a fresh-out-of-college new teacher and she was the school secretary, working part-time while raising their 10 children! That alone made me admire her... not to mention that they raised those children in a lovely older house, that had only one bathroom! Marion was the epitome of kindness. She was so smart and insightful yet emanated a humility and grace.
She helped me through a tough time and in that, changed the trajectory of my life by the way she drew me into her faith. Something about the way Marion loved others made me connect beliefs of faith with the everyday relationships that are the landscape of life. She never preached, yet everything I have come to know about Jesus, she embodied.
I wish I could remember some profound thing she said. But what comes to heart is feeling her warmth, gentleness, and her generosity listening to me sort out how to grow up. Those conversations, bit by bit, wove a wholeness I could trust to build my life on. I truly wonder who I would be if she hadn't loved me at such a vulnerable time of my life.
What this has led me to reflect is how we never know how important we might be to someone. At her funeral I sat in the back of the chapel. Her children, their spouses, grandchildren mourned their significant loss. I was in awe that with all those people she had to love that she had found time to love me. And I mourned that in the blur of my own busy life I don't know if I shared with her how much I appreciated her.
You never know the influence you are having on another, sharing your faith, meeting another with unconditional regard, being lavish with kindness, or giving someone radical respect. We don't know where the gifts of our goodness will grow. Sometimes we don't know where we have dropped the seeds of faith in another's heart that might sometime blossom into love.
In Our Community

Upcoming Events...  
Thursday, 11th
Photo sessions for the Parish Directory
1-3pm Quilters
2:30/4:30pm Children's Choir Practice    
5:30-7pm Sophomore Retreat Planning Meeting
Friday, 12th
8-9:15am Active
Saturday, 13th    
Sunday, 14th
8-9:30pm Buckets and Beliefs
Tuesday, 16th
9:30-11am Mom's Group
5:45-8pm  Baptism Prep Class
Wednesday, 17th
6:30-8am Men's Spirituality
8-9:30am Active
9:30-11am WOW-Women of Wisdom
6:15-8pm Middle in the Middle
Thursday, 18th
2:30/4:30pm Children's Choir
5:30-7pm Sophomore Retreat Planning
Friday, 19th
8-9:15am Active
6-9pm Men at St. Anthony Social
Sunday, 21st
10-11:45am Alpha
8-9:30pm Buckets and Beliefs
Tuesday, 23rd
5-8pm Culvers Night
Wednesday, 24th
Men's Spirituality 
8-9:30am Active   
9:30-11am WOW-Women of Wisdom
Thursday, 25th
1-3pm Quilters
2:30/4:30pm Children's Choir
5:30-7pm Sophomore Retreat Planning
7-8:30pm Mom's Group
Active at St. Anthony-Walking Program  
Are You.... 
  • Looking to "make good" on your New Year's Resolution to get active?  
  • Looking for a warm, safe environment to walk?  
  • Looking for fellowship through participation in a parish activity?     
Join fellow parishioners for a fun morning walk in our safe, climate-controlled gymnasium. 
All are welcome.   
Active at St. Anthony is a walking program designed to promote fitness and provide fellowship.  
Wednesday and Friday mornings 8 - 9:30 am. 
 B ring your gym shoes and water. Sign in and begin enjoying yourself with other members of the parish.

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, 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

CMH is sponsoring the St. Anthony on the Lake Donut Sunday this Sunday, Jan. 14 th !
Make sure to stop by our table after the 7:30am, 9am and 10:45am Masses to talk with CMH staff about questions you might have about Catholic Memorial. Make sure to share with your friends and families you know that might be considering Catholic Memorial for their students. See you Sunday!

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.  

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

Valentines for Seniors Jan. 7-Feb. 5
All ages are welcome to make Valentines for Seniors, to be delivered to area assisted living facilities.  Pick up a packet in the Parish Office and return by February 5.  Sign up online to help deliver valentines Feb. 11-14.  Share the love!
The Gathering Bag Lunches Jan. 27
Hope 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!

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

Baptism Preparation is Tuesday, January 16

Please register with Kathy Paro.

School Pre/K Open House:   Come see our parish school in action! Please join us for our 3K/4K/5K Open House Wednesday, January 17th from 8:45am-10:30am.Tour the classrooms, meet our teachers & some current school families and learn more about our top notch Kindergarten programs. For more information, email

After the open house stop by the St. Anthony gym for preschool open gym playtime!

Upcoming Molly Ministry Events:
Morning Mom's Group: Jan. 16 from 9:30-11:00.  Childcare is available. New moms welcome.

Open Gym: 
Bring your preschoolers on Jan 17 from 10:00-11:30 for some indoor playtime in the St. Anthony gym. Please wear socks on the gym floor. Slippers or gym shoes are fine too!
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
Please pray for the 65 students receiving the sacrament of First Reconciliation on January 17 and 20

First Communion
First Communion preparation begins February 28. Watch for more information which will be mailed next week.

Family Program child classes

Congratulations to all our Fish Award winners for the month of December. Keep up the good work!

2nd graders discussed the importance of "Choosing to do good". They talked about sin and forgiveness. They are preparing for the special sacrament of First Reconciliation next week!

1st graders learned about the 10 Commandments.
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. Schedule will be available soon on the athletics page of our website.

We hope you join us for faith, fun and fellowship! RSVP to Ann Fons if you plan to attend, so we know to expect you!

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 
Middle School classes began with a card game to stretch their thinking about the cards they have been dealt. 
A few parents saw us carrying pizza past the adult session and out to the middle school classes at the last Family Program.  Here's why:  the middle school youth were learning about Catholic Social Teaching.  Catholic Social Teaching is a comprehensive set of writings about how best to organize society in order to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ.  The phrase "please find round pizza with square corners' is the acronym we used to remember the 7 major themes of Catholic Social Teaching.  You can find a brief summary of Catholic Social teaching and see how we are asking the youth to apply it on the  middle school blog .

High School Ministry 
Sophomore Retreat: January 27-28! Sophomore parents please register for retreat online; scroll down to Sophomore Retreat and click on the link. We are in great need of parent chaperones for the retreat! We need about 5-6 for the day/evening and 14 for overnight sleepers in the cabins. Please contact Cindi Petre if you are able to help. We cannot do this retreat without your help!
Junior Retreat : March 9-11. Junior parents please register for the Confirmation Retreat at , scroll down to Junior retreat and click on the link. Parents, we will be looking for kitchen help and overnight sleepers.

Sophomore Retreat Planning  has begun, but it is not too late to join us ! Attention high school juniors, seniors and interested adults, mark your calendars for the sophomore retreat planning meetings, Thursdays, January 4,11,18,25. Meet in PLC-A (Youth Room). Retreat is January 27-28.
CYM Basketball  home  games for three of our  four  teams  are  on Saturday, January 20, at 1:00, 2:00 and 3:00 .  Come and cheer the high school youth on!  Full schedule can be foun d on the CYM website: Guys: Freshmen/Sophomores Juniors Seniors . Our high school girls play on the  St. Charles  team.
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. 

Do you have home-repair skills? We need your assistance for one of our Youth Mission Trips, partnering with Appalachian Service Project. This organization asks us to bring along adults who are skilled at home-repair and also able to instruct the youth. The dates of the trip are June 16-24. Please contact Ann Fons if you can help.
Family Program  
Our next programs are January 21 and 22, 2018.
Most Reverend Jeffrey R. Haines, Auxiliary Bishop of Milwaukee  and His Sister Ann
were our speakers Monday evening.
They spoke on their individual vocations and how their parents nurtured them in their faith. One qu ote from Bishop Haines, that his sister repeated to reinforce was "It wasn't so much what our parents did, but who they are." They will be speaking to Sunday families January 21.

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

It's a CHALLENGE!

Commit online here to doing the One percent challenge individually.

Family Challenge : Nice job on week one! To the left is a Wordle of some of the words you sent us via Remind. We look forward to supporting one another on this challenge!

The scripture we did was Matthew 16:13-17 Peter's Declaration About Jesus. You could also do the activity, or read the articles near that scripture. 
This coming week, find time to do Mark 1:1-8 Preaching of John the Baptist, we will send a reminder too.

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
The K4/K5 class practiced their "Sign of the Cross" 

Family Inspiration:   Vocations
"As Catholics, we have grown accustomed to talking about vocations as Church ministries. Really, our vocation is participation in the essential ministry of helping one another to see our lives as a response to God's call. Baptism is a call to action!" more about this...

Prayer for Vocations
Gracious God,
You have called me to life
and gifted me in many ways.
Through Baptism You have sent me
to continue the mission of Jesus
by sharing my love with others.
Strengthen me to respond to
Your call each day.
Help me to become all You desire of me.
Inspire me to make a difference in
others' lives.
Lead me to choose the way of life
You have planned for me.
Open the hearts of all to listen
to Your call.
Fill all with Your Holy Spirit that
we may have listening hearts and
the courage to respond to You.
Enkindle in my heart
and the hearts of others the desire
to make the world a better place
by serving as
Lay Minister, Sister, Priest,
Brother or Deacon.

For this and more prayers, visit USCCB
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