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 Ann Grunwaldt 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 a.m. on scheduled Wednesdays. Join us as we explore God in our world.

2023-2024 Dates:

Sept. 6, 20 | Oct. 4, 18 | Nov. 1, 15 | Dec. 6 | Jan. 10, 24 | Feb. 7, 21 | March 6, 20 | April 17 | May 1, 15, 29 (Park Day)  

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 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 9:30 - 11:00am 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.

2023-2024 Dates

Oct. 23 | Nov. 27 |  Dec. 18 | Jan. 29 | Feb. 26 | April 8

Please email [email protected] if you aren't already on our Evite list. 

 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.  September - May.

Please see our Children's Liturgy of the Word page for more details


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.  Sunday, December 10, 2023 - Register here by December 3!

Summer Park Play Dates at St. Anthony on the Lake

Summer Park Play Dates

Families are invited to bring their toddlers and preschoolers to play with St. Anthony friends at the park. We will meet from 10-11:30 a.m. on the following dates. Look for the rainbow windsock!

  • Watch for future dates


Retzer Nature CenterField Trips 

St. Anthony Early Childhood Ministry is organizing the following field trips. Experience a fun outing with your children while meeting new families. Contact Ann Grunwaldt at [email protected] if you have any questions. 

Watch for 2023-2024 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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