Lifelong Faith Formation Connections

From the heart of our Pastoral Associate...Dr. Kathie Amidei
Just a few words...
My friend was running a fundraiser for a youth program. She shared a comment made by someone regarding her opinion of the fundraiser. There had been debate about whether to hold a spaghetti dinner or sell hot ham sandwiches. Hot ham won. This woman had voted against hot ham. She agreed to help with the fundraiser but not before she said, "This is the stupidest idea I have ever heard of!" (It turned out the hot ham sold very well!) My friend took it in stride, but I continued to wonder about this comment directed to someone trying to do a good thing for her child?
In contrast, I had a meeting scheduled with a colleague. The day before, I had my material all organized to prepare for the meeting. It was in a white folder next to my desk. Except when I looked it wasn't next to my desk. After hours of searching every place I thought it was and every place I didn't think it was, I finally gave up and called my colleague to find out what I needed to prepare. I was frustrated with myself and hated to impose on his time. When I finished babbling an explanation and apology, my colleague said gently, "Oh, that happens to the best of us and you are the best of us." In that instant, I went from feeling kind of dumb to feeling blessed. (And after many prayers to St. Anthony, I found the folder later that day.)
I thought of the contrast of two sentences. One critical and one uplifting. I thought of the impact our words can have. Scripture reminds us, "Let no corrupt speech proceed out of your mouth, but such as is good for edifying... that it may give grace to them that hear." (Ephesians 4:29) Our words can build up or break down. It is wise to remember the power of just a few words.

Have you  heard about our Parish Covenant? 
St. Anthony on the Lake and Its Covenant The covenant we are now forming is not a brand-new covenant, though it may be stated in contemporary language. It is a renewed one, based on commitments made more than 100 years ago. This covenant is one where we pray to be re-energized to begin our second hundred years, connected to our larger Church, our world and our universe and to be a grateful and transforming influence in all. Read more...

Hear more about it from Father Tony:

Thank you to all who have already registered! That is so helpful for us as we are planning for next year!  

Still planning to register? Save some money by registering before June 15 to receive 2017-18 prices. 
Spread the word and sign up, it's for all families with children 3K-grade 11. More information on Family Program can be found here.  


Attention 4th Grade Parents!   St. Anthony on the Lake Parish has an excellent athletic program for grades 5 through 8. The program is open to all youth who are enrolled in either our Family Program or our School. It is time to encourage your child to take part!
We offer Volleyball and Cross Country in the Fall, Basketball in the Winter, and Track in the Spring. Those children and youth who participate in 3 sports each year earn a Mustang Award, and those who do so for all four years receive the Star Mustang award. Register now in order to receive those awards!
2018-19 Sports Registration, May 1-31st
Registration for volleyball, cross country, basketball, and track for next school year is open online until May 31st. All volleyball players must register during this time. There will be a later opportunity to register for other sports, but Volleyball team commitments are due to the league early!
Your child will need a physical to participate in  athletics next year. Registrations and all forms  can be found online here.
High School Seniors Recognized
Last Sunday, "The Men of St. Anthony" hosted a dinner at Western Lakes that recognized our high school seniors who were confirmed in 2017 and continued to volunteer and serve in our parish programs. The guest speaker, Dr. Kathleen Cepelka, archdiocesan superintendent of Catholic schools, gave a very reflective and insightful speech to the graduates and their families. Thank you to "The Men of St. Anthony" for a wonderful evening!
Summer 2018 Mission Trips
Milwaukee, Wisconsin (June & July, 2018)
Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota (June 16 - 24, 2018)
Appalachian Service Project, Kentucky (June 16 - 23, 2018) 

"SHARE" in this out-reach youth service project of our parish community!  Your financial and spiritual sponsorship will help to benefit the people of  Milwaukee, South Dakota, and Kentucky.
It will also help to foster the growth and development of St. Anthony teens  as they work in our parish's name and serve in Christ's image!

Shares will be available at all Masses the next three weekends.  Please help support our Mis sion Trips this summer!  What do you receive for the share you purchas e?  In addition to 'shining your halo,' you receive our gratitude, a postcard from a participant, and invitation to the Shareholders' Brunch on July 22, following the 10:45 Mass, where you can hear all about the good work we have done in the name of our parish.  All this for only $20!

Summer Outreach Camp : A first experience of a Mission Trip for 7th and 8th grade youth serving out in our community. 
Evening July 24 through the evening of July 26. 
Adults are needed as team leaders. Contact Ann Fons if you are interested.
Molly Ministry/Early Childhood

Summer Park Playdates
Meet us by the rainbow windsock at  10:00.

June 7- Imagination Station
June 21- Mitchell Park
July 12- Nixon Park
July 26- Village Park
August 9- Frame Park

Welcome First Communicants to the Table of Our Lord!

The last few weeks have been full of joy as we welcomed 66 First Communicants to the Eucharistic table and 74 of our teens were Confirmed by Bishop Haines. It is important to note that sacramental prep begins in 1st grade for First Communion and 9th grade for Confirmation (Family Program and/or Catholic School enrollment required). 

Make a Difference  

Mark your calendars and sign up to serve
Are you grateful for the faith that has been passed on to you?  Do you have a joy from the spirit working within you?  A heart for children or youth? A desire to grow deeper in your own  understanding of our Catholic Faith?  Are you feeling called to share your gifts as a  catechist or small group leader?

Email Debbie Kusch who will direct you to the person responsible for the age level that matches your gifts.  Our programs run from September to March.  Training, curriculum, support and materials are provided for you.  Come join us in building the Kingdom of God!
Family Program families from this past year: If you have not yet responded to our survey, we hope you will take the time to share your feedback with us, as we want to provide the best program we can for your family. FAMILY PROGRAM FEEDBACK
Women's Ministry Event 

Thank you to Carol Sullivan for a spirit-filled evening. Thank you to all the women that attended the event last night. It was beautiful to see girls, mothers, grandmothers, sisters and friends talking about their feminine spirituality. Way to go, taking some time to tend to your own fires!
St. Anthony Drama Club
Lion King, Jr. was performed by the St. Anthony Drama Club. Thank to all who came out to support the children in this valuable experience. Congratulations to all who were involved, it was a wonderful show! We are so proud of all of you for sharing your gifts with our community!
A little of our history, did you know... 

Dr. Kathie   Amidei started Family Program here in 1995 with 25 families.  

Our first year doing Bible Camp was 1996 "Zacchaeus in the Tree"
 (Do you see the Convent in the background?)

Celebration Schedule

3:00pm Celebration Begins

4:00pm Mass

5:00-8:00pm Dinner Served

5:30pm Parish Covenant Dedication Ceremony

5:30-10:30pm Live Music

6:00pm Kids Magic Show

9:00pm Raffle Drawing


All Inclusive Menu Catered by Zilli's

Your Choice of Hamburger, Hot Dog or BBQ Shredded Chicken

Sides include Mac & Cheese, Classic Potato Salad, Ranchero Pasta Salad, Creamy Country Coleslaw, and Watermelon Wedges.

Soda, Coffee and Water included.

Cake and Culvers Custard included. 


Pre-Orders close on Wednesday, June 27th

Ages 0-4 Free; Ages 5-10 $9.00

Ages 11 and up $12.00 

Beer and Wine tickets $5.00 per glass

Additional Soda and Water $1.00


Pre-order Dinner and Drinks