Lifelong Faith Formation Connections

From the heart of our Pastoral Associate...Dr. Kathie Amidei
Do Not Be Afraid
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27)

What are your fears?
I have a ton of them. And at times they can feel very real and can crowd my heart and mind.
The more I look for peace in the world the more I find partial peace. It doesn't reach into my deepest fears, like losing the people I love. Or get at the fear I harbor, that aches for a world where children aren't protected. Or restore trust, when I lack confidence in leaders. One of the consequences of maturing, is to have been disappointed in others and worst of all, knowing I have disappointed others.
I fe el  I am not enough.   And that ma y  be what I need to  remember The truth is,  I am not enough  alone . I never will be. I also want to remember I don't have to be , for God is with me always . In my most fear-filled and vulnerable moments, I   hold tightly onto God's Word.   
Recently, we watched a video of a scene from the Gospel of Matthew when the apostles were in the boat and a storm came up. They appeared mighty fearful! Then they see Jesus through the wind and the rain and he is walking on water. Peter wants to go to him. He steps out of the boat and he too, is walking on the water. His eyes are on Jesus. Then, suddenly he thinks about what he is doing, and he begins to sink. The image stays with me of Peter's foot touching the water. It is a critical moment. Will he use his head and know he can't walk on water or will he trust his heart and have faith in what God can do? I think of how often my foot is touching the water and I, too, must make that choice.
I am so clear about what I can't do. Faith is to be a student, continually learning what God can do. 

Do Not Be Afraid by Jeanne Cotter and Tony Alonzo
In Our Community
Upcoming Events...  
Thursday, 22nd
9:15-11:15am Alpha at Queen of Apostles 
1-3 pm Quilters 
2:30/4:30pm Children's Choir Practice 
7-9pm Adult Choir Practice 
7-8:30pm Mom's Group 
Friday, 23rd 8-9:15am Active at St. Anthony 
10-11:30am Bible Study 
6-6:30pm Stations of the Cross 
Saturday, 24th
6-8pm Pizza with a Purpose
Sunday, 25th
Buckets and Beliefs
Monday, 26th 
1:30-2pm Stations of the Cross with the School 
6:30-8:30pm RCIA Lenten Session 
6:30-7pm Vespers Evening Prayer 
7-8pm Spark! Adoration 
Tuesday, 27th
8-9:30am Active at St. Anthony
9:30-11am Mom's Group 
5-8pm Culver's Night 
6:15-7:15pm Perpetual Help 
7-8:30pm Bible Study 
7-9pm Men at St. Anthony Event 
Wednesday, 28th
6:30-8am Men's Spirituality 
WOW-Women of Wisdom
First Communion Parent/Child Session 
6:30-8:30pm Alpha at St. Anthony

MARCHThursday, 1st
9:15-11:15am Alpha at Queen of Apostles
Children's Choir Practice 
Adult Choir Rehearsal 
Friday, 2nd
8-9:15am Active at St. Anthony
Bible Study 
Stations of the Cross 
Sunday, 4th8:30-10am
La Petite Program 
10am-12pm Family Program-Parish Mission
Session One with Jeanne Cotter 
NO 10:45am MASS TODAY6-8pm Parish Mission Jeanne Cotter &
Tony Alonso Concert
Buckets and Beliefs 
Monday, 5th
Molly Ministry Planning Meeting 
1:30-2pm Stations of the Cross with the School
5:30-7:30pm Family Program-Parish Mission Session Two with Jeanne Cotter
Tuesday, 6th
8-9:30am Active at St. Anthony
6-7:30pm Parish Mission Session Three with Jeanne Cotter
Wednesday, 7th
Men's Spirituality 
Guardians and Angels Playgroup 
WOW-Women of Wisdom 
5-5:45pmSchola Rehearsal 
6:30-8:30pm Alpha at St. Anthony
Thursday, 8th
9:15-11:15am Alpha at Queen of Apostles
Children's Choir Practice 
Junior Retreat Packing Meeting 
Adult Choir Rehearsal 
Friday, 9th
8-9:15am Active at St. Anthony
Bible Study 
Stations of the Cross 
Saturday, 10thJUNIOR RETREAT- All Day 
Adult Choir Rehearsal 
11am-12pm Schola Rehearsal
Sunday, 11th
Buckets and Beliefs 
Monday, 12th
9:30-11am Molly Ministry-Open Gym
1:30-2pm Stations of the Cross with School
Vespers Evening Prayer 
Tuesday, 13th

8-9:30am Active at St. Anthony
9:30-11am Mom's Group-Mary's Way of the Cross in Church
Baptism Prep Class-Baptism I & II 
Perpetual Help 
Bible Study 
Prayer Shawl 
Wednesday, 14th
Men's Spirituality 
9:30-11am WOW-Women of Wisdom 
5-5:45pm Schola Rehearsal 
6:30-8:30pm 9th and 10th Grade Confirmation Session 
6:30-8:30pm Alpha at St. Anthony 
Thursday, 15th
9:15-11:15am Alpha at Queen of Apostles 
2:30/4:30pm Children's Choir Rehearsal 
7-9pm Adult Choir Rehearsal 
Friday, 16th
8-9:15am Active at St. Anthony 
10-11:30am Bible Study 
6-6:30pm Stations of the Cross
Saturday, 17th
9-11:30am Adult Choir Rehearsal 
11am-12pm Schola Rehearsal

See Full Church Calendar 
Our Alpha Day will be March 24th, at St. Anthony on the Lake.

St. Anthony is thrilled to  welcome Jeanne Cotter for our 2018 Lenten Mission, an experience that will draw you deeper into the heart of God, with opportunity for reflection, celebration and self-discovery.

Children's Programming will be different each session and will include active learning stations, prayer, music, and drama for the day's focus.
Sunday morning: Gratitude
Monday evening: Growing
Tuesday evening: Generosity/Service

Childcare for 0-5 is also available during the concert Sunday evening.

Lenten Collection
Children Pre3-grade 8 will participate in an evening of service Tuesday, March 6, that will include packing  bags for Capuchin Community Services.
We are collecting the following hygiene items:
soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste, toilet paper, wash cloths, toothbrushes, small tissues, hand/body lotion, and hand sanitizer. Items can be travel or regular size.  
Drop items in the Gathering Space or bring to the Parish  Office, Attn: Angie. 

Friday and Saturday, March 2 and 3rd
We are nourished in order to nourish others.
So, part of our Parish Mission is a service project for 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 actiities.

Make a Difference  

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

Pizza with a Purpose Feb. 24
Join us after 5:00 Mass for a pizza dinner, followed by a fun time decorating birthday cards and making bookmarks for senior citizens. These gifts will be used by ERAs Senior Network in 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: 
Open Gym: What a great turnout at our Open Gym for preschoolers(Ages 0-5) this week! Please note the gym days are now on MONDAYS and dates have changed!  They are still 10:00-11:30.  New dates March 12, and April 16.Looking forward to seeing you there!
Evening Moms Group: meets tonight, Thursday, Feb. 22, in the Fireplace Lounge, 7-8:30pm. No RSVP required, join us if you can!

Moms Group Tuesday Mornings:  Meets again. Feb. 27,  downstairs in MRE.9:30-11am. No RSVP required, join us if you can! Please re-register children for childcare if you are new, with Kathy Paro.
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 Communion
First Communion preparation begins February 28. 

Family Program child classes

5th graders learned about the Mystery of Evil.
Middle School Ministry   
Middle in the Middle:  Youth in grades 6, 7 and 8, gathered last night to share faith and fun. The next gathering is March 21 at 6:15pm.    More information. Email Ann Fons to let her know you are able to come.

Middle School Family Program Class 
Melanie, of Y our Choice to, gave a special presentati on on September 18 and 19 during our Family Program classes. Parents were invited to attend with their yo uth. Melanie shared the story of her daughter's drug overdose, information on the opioid epidemic and ideas for how we can combat it. See the Middle School website page for links to her story and the resources. 
There was also time for discussion; parents and youth were encouraged to not only share any questions raised by the presentation but to promise each other they will make healthy choices in response to negative feelings.
Melanie herself noted that this was a pretty heavy topic, which left many of us feeling a need to protect our children - maybe even never let them out of our sight! The reality is we cannot do that. So, instead, we turn to our faith, asking God to help us trust, and to remind us of the joy and goodness all around us. 
It is important for us to reflect that joy of our faith to our children, particularly when we hear so much of sorrow and danger in the world. For ideas on how to stay joyful, please see the Middle School Blog.
We invited Melanie to give us this presentation because it fits with our curriculum this year - Morality and Values. The Virtues cards we handed out at Family Program 2 weeks ago can be used in many ways, including as a discussion aid on the topic of drug abuse. Please stop in the Faith Formation Office if you need a pack of Virtues cards.


High School Ministry 
JUNIOR RETREAT PLANNING MEETINGS:  Planning for the Junior Confirmation Retreat will take place on Thursdays, February 15, 24 and  March 1, 8 from  5:30-7pm. Pizza will be served. Retreat is the weekend of  March 9-11. All high school seniors, college students and interested adults are welcome to join us. Any questions contact Cindi Petre at
SPARK: Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament specifically geared for teens, and young adults takes place once a month on  Monday evening.  It is a beautiful prayer experience. Join us this Lent on Feb. 26th and March 26 at 7:0 0pm, for time with Jesus, stay the hour or stop in for 15 minutes. Parents attend with your teen! ALL are welcome!


Junior Retreat : March 9-11. Junior parents please register for the Confirmation Retreat .

Parents, we need your help on the Junior Retreat!  We are looking for kitchen help and overnight chaperones.  Please select your slot on Sign Up Genius. We can't run the retreat without your help! Thank you!    Sign up here.
Summer 2018 Mission Trips
Junior trip to Kentucky skill training sessions were scheduled for Feb. 18 at 4:00pm or February 28 at 7:30pm. If you did not attend on the 18th, mark your calendar to join us on the 28th!  Email  Ann Fons with questions.

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. 
Family Program  
Our next programs will be part of the Parish Mission!
This week at Family Program, Al McCauley spoke on the Psalms, the songs of Scripture. Al shared clips of the musician, Bono, interviewed by a theology professor. Bono requested that interview to express how much he has been influenced by the Psalms. You can see that interview here.

Al will be back with us on March 18 and 19th!

Al also shared a 'playlist' with us - songs he loves that remind him of the psalms. Here is his playlist. See the Family Program Blog to see how they connect to the Psalms!
· Here Comes the Sun, by the Beatles
· What a Wonderful World, by Louis Armstrong
· Livin' on a Prayer, by Bon Jovi
· Total Eclipse of the Heart by Bonnie Tyler
· Never Gonna Give You Up by Rick Astley
· What I Like About You by The Romantics
· Africa by Toto
· Under Pressure by Queen & David Bowie
After the program several people came to Al with additional suggestions for that playlist. What would you add? Post it on our Family Program Blog!

LaPetite Family Program
Families packed hygiene bags for St. Hyacinth in Milwaukee, during Learning Centers, as a way to give alms this Lent.

During LaPetite Centers, families learned about and discussed ways they could incorporate Prayer, Fasting, and Almsgiving in their daily lives this Lent. One activity was making a spinner game where they chose and wrote 3 actions for each on the wheel to take home, to be spun each day of Lent.

Our Pre-K & K Centers focused on Lent. The kids learned about the color purple, Ash Wednesday, Prayer, Fasting & Almsgiving and the number 40!

Thank You!
Family Inspiration:  
For more information on these and more; click the image.

In addition to the amazing speaker for all adults, and family service project, we are offering exciting programming for all children as well
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