Faith Formation Connections

From the heart of our Pastoral Associate...Dr. Kathie Amidei
Someone once said Catholicism is like a gourmet meal. It isn't fast food. It doesn't offer simple answers to life's questions or a magic wand to solve our heartaches. There is a lot to digest being a Catholic but it can nourish us on the ordinary days and on the dark nights. But many of us are still starving because our heart, mind and soul doesn't know how to digest the rich food of the Sacramental life.
What the Sacraments offer is strength for the weak, truth for the confused, solace for the heartbroken. The Mass offers a story of how love overcomes evil and assures us our God will see us through anything. When it seems dying is the end of the story it asserts, life in Christ is as everlasting as being loved is. I had gone to Mass thousands of times before I prayed with a tattered soul at my mom's funeral Mass. But it was there, in the fog of loss, I saw clearly that my mom had died but her love was a part of me and always would be.
The Mass is the meal of the food and drink of Christ's love in the form of Eucharist. It tells a love story in words, gestures, actions, songs and silences. Communion, it has been said, is a taste on earth of what will be the food of heaven.
You will see in this issue we are having a Teaching Mass. I hope you will join us as we explore the meaning of what we do every Sunday and learn more about how the meal is really the greatest banquet you can be invited to share.

Upcoming Events
Jan. 13 7-9pm Men of St. Anthony "Confessions & Cards". All men are welcome!

Jan. 14 9am-15th 11:30am
Jan. 14 6-7pm Holy Hour for Life.
Jan. 15 7-8:30pm Buckets & Beliefs.
Jan. 16 5:30-6:30pm SPARK. Stop in for 15min or stay the hour.

Jan. 17 9:30-11am Moms Group. 

Jan. 17, 7-9pm, SAH 
Women's Movie Night (War Room) 

Jan. 17, 6:30pm, FHG Divorce Care Group 

Jan. 18 10-11:30am Molly Ministry Open Gym.
Jan. 18 6-8:30pm First Reconciliation Celebration.

Jan. 19 2:30pm &/or 4:30pm Children's Choir rehearsal. Gr. 3-8 welcome to join at any time!

Jan. 19 5:30-7pm Sophomore Retreat Planning.

Jan. 19 6:30-8pm Marriage Enrichment Couple Check up Session 1.

Jan. 21 10am-12pm First Reconciliation Celebration.

Jan. 21 5pm Teaching Mass.

Jan. 22/23 Family Program.

Jan. 22 9:00 Teaching Mass. 10:45am Mass moved to 11am.

Jan. 22 7-8:30pm Buckets & Beliefs.

Jan 28 4-8pm Mostaccioli Madness flyer and order form

Feb. 2 6-8pm St. Anthony School Open House and Registration for 2017-2018

Feb. 4 6-8:30pm Couple's Trivia Night (and movie night for children) 
Make a Difference
Valentines for Seniors
Pizza with a Purpose
Repairers of the Breach;  Help donate, make or deliver lunches for the homeless 
Hope Center - Clothing Shop
Hope Center Meal  
  Visit our Faithworks page for more information and to sign-up for these and other great service opportunities. Direct questions to  Laura Smyczek,  262.691.9170, x1103
Ministry Highlight: Alpha

Alpha is a series of sessions exploring the Christian faith. Each talk looks at a different question around faith and is designed to create conversation. Alpha is run all around the globe, and everyone's welcome. It runs in caf├ęs, churches, universities, homes-you name it. No two Alphas look the same, but generally they have three key things in common: food, a talk and good conversation.  .

Join the Adventure!

Click here for dates, video, to learn more, and sign up 
Molly Ministry/Early Childhood

Guardians and Angels met yesterday and created snowflake pictures, adding how thier children are unique and special.

Moms Night Out Invite Wed. Feb. 1, 7pm
Zesti 130 E. Capitol Dr., Hartland

Our Sunday Family Program 3 and 4 year olds talked about Happiness and being happy :)
Grades 1-5

63 students will receive First Reconciliation January 18 & 21. Please keep them in your prayers.

Sunday Family Program 1st graders learned about baptism this past week. Each one got to baptize and bless a baby doll.

Registration is open_ Click Photo_
Middle School Ministry

Registration is now open for our middle school mission experience:  Summer Outreach Camp!  This is a 2 day Christ-centered mission, offering 7th & 8th graders an opportunity to serve our
neighbors and community through hands-on assistance and work. We'll stay overnight here and spend the days serving in Waukesha County.
At Middle in the Middle, on January 11, we enjoyed time for prayer (Eucharistic Adoration) and games.  Our next gathering is February 15.  Mark your calendars now!
Church is the topic for our Family Program middle school classes.  What do you find valuable about Church?  What is it to you?  See photos and ideas for continuing the learning at home on the class blog.
High School Ministry

SPARK:Eucharistic Adoration: teen-friendly; all are welcome; Monday, Jan. 16, 5:30-6:30pm. 

Sophomore Retreat 
is January 28-29 at Camp Whitcomb. If you have not turned in your registration forms, please turn them into the FF office ASAP. 
Chaperones are needed. Can you sleep over? Contact Cindi.

Senior Snow Ball at Mission Creek Manor (A memory care facility) will be held Friday, February 3 from 5:30-8pm. A planning meeting will be Monday, January 16  from 6:30-8pm in PLC-A (following SPARK).
Grade 11 meets Jan. 25, 6:30pm.  This is a Parent & Sponsor & Teen meeting. Please remind your teen to reach out to his/her sponsor and invite them.
Family Program

Our Family Activity was a prayer experience with sacramentals. You can find lots of photos and links to handouts on the family program blog.
The adult session brought clarity and deeper meaning to the words of Stewardship and Evangelization.
A distinction was made between being a fan and being a friend. Who are you a fan of? Who are you friends with/know personally? Are you a fan or friend of Jesus?
LaPetite Family Program

Families continue to learn new bible stories each session. Last week they learned about the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. Students were in peer level classes while parents met in small groups with their CFM (Christian Family Movement) book.
Family Inspiration