Early Childhood Ministry

The mission of the Early Childhood Ministry is to help support and welcome the littlest members of our parish family by planning activities and events especially for their age group and families.  

If you have any questions, please contact Kathy Paro at [email protected] or (262)691-9170, ext 1137.


Guardians and Angels at St. Anthony on the Lake

Guardians and Angels Playgroup

A preschool playgroup that includes music, stories, and crafts, as well as time for free play and a snack.  Children are welcome to participate at their own level with a parent or guardian. We gather in the child-care space of St. Anthony’s, from 9:30 -11:00am on scheduled Wednesdays. Join us as we explore God in our world.
2021-2022 Dates: Sept. 8, 22; Oct. 6, 20; Nov. 3, 17; Dec. 1, 15; Jan. 12, 26; Feb. 9, 23; March 2, 16; April 6, 27; May 11, 25 (offsite picnic)  We are asking everyone to pre-register so we know how many to expect.  Email Ann Grunwaldt at [email protected].

Mom’s GroupMom's Group at St. Anthony on the Lake

Moms meet for discussion, prayer, support and faith sharing. 
Visit our Women's Ministry page to learn more.

 Molly Ministry at St. Anthony on the Lake
Early Childhood Meetings

If you would like to help plan events or ideas to share on how we can build community and welcome families with young children, please join us. (we usually meet once a month). The meetings are in the childcare room so children are welcome to come and play.  
We meet in the childcare room from 9:30 - 11:00am.   
Watch for 2021-2022 Dates

Molly Ministry Field TripsField Trips 

Monthly outings are planned to places like The Big Backyard, Betty Brinn Children’s Museum, Ebert’s Pumpkin Farm, Kids In Motion and more!  
Watch for 2021-2022 Dates

Molly Ministry Open Gym at St. Anthony on the LakeOpen Gym 

Once a month the St. Anthony gym is open for preschoolers to run and play with a parent or guardian. If you need somewhere to take the kids to run off some energy this is the place for you! Come to St Anthony’s new gym from 10:00 - 11:30am for some fun indoor playtime. Please enter and sign in at the school office. A parent or guardian must stay in the gym while your kids play.  No street shoes please!  Gym shoes (as long as they have not been worn outside) socks or slippers are fine.  You are welcome to bring a snack and eat at the tables in the lobby by the gym.
Watch for 2021-2022 Dates
Please email [email protected] if you aren't already on our Evite list. 

MOM's Night Out at St. Anthony on the Lake

Mom’s Night Out 

Join other moms for an evening out to a different restaurant every other month. Feel free to bring a friend!
Visit our Women's Ministry page to learn more.

 Children's Liturgy of the Word at St. Anthony on the LakeChildren's Liturgy of the Word

Just before the Liturgy of the Word begins for the assembly, children will be invited to go with the leaders from the church into either the Daily Mass Chapel or the Resource Room. They will return to their families after the Prayers of the Faithful. During this special time, the children through prayers, songs and readings learn about the same Scriptures as the rest of the assembly.  Returns September 2021.
Please see our Children's Liturgy of the Word page for more details.

LaPetite Family Program at St. Anthony on the Lake
LaPetite Family Program is a faith formation program ideal for young families! (Not offered for the 2021-2022 year)

  • Held on Sundays following 7:30am Mass
  • Only for families with children in Grade 3 and under
  • Families attend Saturday 5:00pm, Sunday 7:30am or 10:45am Mass
  • Families meet for fellowship at 8:30am
  • The program ends at 10:00am
Click here for more information. 

O Come Little Children at St. Anthony on the LakeO Come Little Children

One Sunday in December after the 9:00 Mass families gather for breakfast, singing Christmas carols, making a Christmas decoration as a family, decorating cookies and hearing the Christmas story. 
Please contact Kathy Paro at [email protected] with questions.

Summer Park Play Dates at St. Anthony on the Lake

Summer Park Play Dates

Join us at a different park each month in the summer.  We meet from 10:00-11:30am.  Feel free to pack a picnic lunch and stay as long as you want. Look for us by the rainbow windsock.
Watch for future dates!

Please let us know If you would like to help plan events or have ideas to share on how we can build community and welcome families with young children.


 Mary Statue at St. Anthony on the Lake

A Mother's Prayer to the Blessed Mother

Dear Blessed Mother Mary, you knew the importance of being prayerful and also of being attentive to one's family. Please teach me how to do both well. Please deepen my relationship with your son, Jesus. Because my vocation of motherhood keeps me very involved with the task at hand, please give me reminders as I go about my day to raise my heart and mind to God often, asking for help and grace, as well as offering deep gratitude. Please keep my family under your powerful protection.

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