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.

 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 - 11:00.   

2019-2020 Dates:  Sept. 9  /  Oct. 7  /  Nov. 11  /  Dec. 9  /  Jan 6  /  Feb. 3  /  
March 9  /  April 6  /  May 4  /  June 1

Guardians and Angels at St. Anthony on the LakeGuardians 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.

2019-2020 Dates:  Sept. 11, 25  /  Oct. 9, 23  /  Nov. 13  /  Dec. 11  /  Jan 15, 29  /  Feb. 12, 26  /  March 11, 25  /  April 29  /  May 13  /  May 27-picnic   

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!  

Tuesday, October 8th: Please join us for one of our favorite field trips of the year to Ebert’s Greenhouse Village in Ixonia! We are meeting at 8:45am at the covered haystacks near the entrance. We will participate in a story time, craft, and a hayride to the pumpkin patch where children can pick out a pumpkin! The cost for the morning is $7 per child, parents are free (additional pumpkins can be purchased for an additional cost). We will also have a space to eat a snack during the morning. Please bring your own snack. Our time at Ebert's begins promptly at 9am. Arriving at 8:45am is essential for Ebert's to maintain their schedule of tours throughout the day.

Although our tour time ends at 10:00am, feel free to pack a snack for you and your kiddo(s). There are multiple places to enjoy your snack, plus Ebert's has live animals, a gift shop, and other places to explore after our tour!

Please dress appropriately for the weather as this event will happen rain or shine and we will be outdoors frequently (story time and craft are indoors). It is suggested that you bring a pillow case or sturdy bag to carry your pumpkin. Ebert's is stroller friendly (minus the hayride). The highlighted book this year is “Earl the Squirrel”.

Hope to see you all there!

Mom’s Group - See our Women's Ministry Page for more informationMom's Group at St. Anthony on the Lake

Childcare is available (infants are welcome to stay with mom) while the moms meet for discussion, prayer, support and faith sharing. We meet 9:30 - 11:00am.

2019-2020 Dates:  Sept. 3, 17  /  Oct. 1, 15  /  Nov. 5, 19  /  Dec. 3, 17  /  Jan. 7, 21  /  Feb. 4, 18  /  March 3, 17  /  April 7, 21  /  May 5, 19

Follow the link above to our Women's Ministry page and learn more! 

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

Join other moms for an evening out to a different restaurant every other month. Feel free to bring a friend!

Monday, September 30th at 6:30pm. Join us for our first Mom's Night Out of the year! We will be returning to a favorite place - The Melting Pot!

Monday night is The Melting Pot's ladies night! The ladies night specials include cheese fondue, a salad and chocolate fondue for $17. They also have drink specials for $5. You are able to add a petite entree $8. The Melting Pot requires that our entire party is present to be seated for our reservation, so please RSVP if you'll be attending.

Hope you can join us! Click here to RSVP!  Please email [email protected] if you aren't already on our Evite list.

 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.  You can park in the school’s lower lot south of the playground barriers. Enter and sign in at the new gym entrance. The doors will be locked.  Ring the buzzer and someone will let you in.  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.

2019-2020 Dates:  Oct. 21  /  Nov. 18  /  Dec. 16  /  Jan. 20  /  Feb. 17  /  March 23  /  April 20

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. 

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! 

  • 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
O 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. 

Join us December 15, 2019 after the 9:00am Mass.

Please contact Kathy Paro at [email protected] with questions.

Summer Park Play Dates at St. Anthony on the LakeSummer Park Play Dates

Meet at a different park twice a month in the summer. We plan to meet at 10:00.  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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