FaithWorks Service Activities


FaithWorks is dedicated to providing service learning opportunities to the families of St. Anthony on the Lake.  

Jesus told us, “Give and gifts will be given to you,” so this is our response.  Our goal is to create a climate in which service is woven into the fabric of our parishioners’ lives.  As part of Catholic Social Teaching, we care for all living things created by God. FaithWorks helps families live the Gospel of Jesus Christ by serving others. 

Serve one another through love. ~Galatians 5:13 

Questions? Contact Laura Smyczek at [email protected] or (262) 691-9170 X1103.

Please check out these great opportunities to serve one another through love: 
St. Anthony on the Lake Garden of Hope
Garden of Hope – Summer and Fall 2019

Sign up to help for a week in our St. Anthony Garden of Hope this summer! It’s a fun way to get kids into gardening, and it’s such a beautiful, prayerful place to spend an hour or two. The produce harvested in late summer goes to local food pantries to help the hungry in our community. We are told to care for creation, and this is the perfect way to do that!

Sign up here!

Hope Center Meal
Hope Center Meal - Wednesday, October 2nd - 5:00-7:00pm

Families with children in the 5th grade and up are invited to provide food and serve dinner at Hope Center in Waukesha  from 5:00-7:00pm. Come get to know the hungry who live in our midst.

Sign up here!

FaithWorks at St. Anthony on the Lake - Hope Center Clothing Shop
Hope Center Clothing Shop - Saturday, November 9th - 9:00-11:30am

Help out at the Hope Center Clothing Shop in Waukesha.  We will be sorting and hanging clothes and assisting those in need to find clothes.  For families with children in the 5th grade and up.  The Hope Center helps prevent homelessness by providing meals, clothing and furniture to those in need in Waukesha County.  Pope Francis tells us, “To change the world, we must be good to those who cannot repay us.”

Sign up here!

Healing Hearts Meal, FaithWorks at St. Anthony on the Lake

Healing Hearts Meal - Monday, November 11th - 5:00-6:30pm

Provide a light meal and serve it to grieving children and their families at the Healing Hearts program in Waukesha.  We’ll bring the food, serve it, and clean up afterwards. Thank you!

Sign up here!

Sign Up to Help House of Peace
House of Peace Food Boxes – Check & Deliver - November 18th - 20th 

Help check our packed holiday food boxes to ensure they’re complete. Then you can deliver the boxes to the House of Peace in Milwaukee at your convenience. Sign up for one or both online.

Sign up here!

Offertory Gift Bearers at St. Anthony on the LakeOffertory Gift Bearers 

Sign up to bring up the offertory gifts with your family at a Mass or two this year.  As gift bearers, you represent all of our parishioners, bringing up our daily work, our struggles, our suffering, and our hope in God.  Once you’ve signed up, please arrive 10 minutes ahead of Mass, and let an usher know you’re there. 

Sign up here!

Hospitality Ministers at St. Anthony on the LakeGreeters at Mass

Come welcome our visitors and parishioners before Mass, showing that all are indeed welcome at St. Anthony on the Lake!  Sign up as a family and stay for Mass.  Help open the doors and prepare the way for what will happen in the sanctuary during Mass!  "Therefore, welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God." ~Romans 15:7

Visit our Ministers of Hospitality page to sign up.  

Hope Street
Game Night at the Greenhouse

Come play games with the families who live at Hope Street Ministry (“The Greenhouse for People”) in Milwaukee (2522 W. Capitol Dr.). Families with children 6 and up are welcome to sign up to come play and/or donate snacks we’ll take with us. The only requirement is to be present with the residents there. 

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 Food Box Packing at St. Anthony on the Lake
Holiday Food Box Packing for the Parish

Join us as we pack our holiday food boxes for the needy at the House of Peace in Milwaukee.  


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 Gingerbread - Habitat for HumanityHabitat for Humanity Gingerbread House Build 

Come decorate a huge gingerbread house to be auctioned off to benefit Habitat for Humanity Waukesha. We’ll gather in Fellowship Hall after the 9:00 Mass on Sunday, November 25 to decorate it.  It’s premade by WCTC culinary students, so all we have to do is decorate it beautifully!  This year, we’re going to design it to be a church!  Proceeds benefit residents of Waukesha who need an affordable home. 

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 Christmas Service at St. Anthony on the Lake
Deliver Christmas Packages to Seniors & Adults with Disabilities

Pick up Christmas packages and hand-deliver them to seniors & adults with disabilities who are ERAs Senior Network clients. Pick up your 5-7 packages at Gethsemane United Methodist Church in Pewaukee between 1:15 and 1:30pm, and deliver them to residents in Pewaukee that afternoon! Sign up to spread some holiday cheer! 

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FaithWorks at St. Anthony on the Lake
Food Box Distribution at House of Peace

Help distribute holiday food boxes to families in need at the House of Peace in Milwaukee.  Arrive at the House of Peace at 4:30pm, distribute food boxes and help guests with Christmas shopping, and you’re done by 6:00 pm.  Families of all ages are welcome!  See the joy in families’ faces when they receive a holiday gift of food!  

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Valentines for Seniors with FaithWorks St. Anthony on the Lake
 Deliver Valentines to Seniors

All ages are welcome to deliver our hand-made valentines to seniors at local retirement communities. Sign up here to deliver, and Laura will contact you—we are flexible on dates and times. Share the love!

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Despensa del la Paz Food Pantry
Despensa de la Paz Food Pantry

Families are invited to sort & hand out food and help them shop at a food pantry for low-income people at Despensa de la Paz in Milwaukee (1615 S. 22nd St.). Orientation begins at 8:30am, and we’ll stay and help until 12:30pm.  This is a great way to volunteer together as a family or for teens to get service hours, and it’s a powerful experience you don’t want to miss.

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Pizza with a Purpose at St. Anthony on the Lake
Pizza with a Purpose 

Join us after 5:00 Mass for a pizza dinner, followed by craft projects for clients of ERAs Senior Network. Donations of thin gripper socks and funds are also needed (Medline from Amazon are recommended).  All ages welcome—this is a great event for the entire family!

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Serve a hot meal at the Gathering with St. Anthony on the Lake
Serve a Hot Meal at The Gathering

Come set up, serve & clean up a hot meal for the hungry and homeless in Milwaukee. Families are welcome to come, as long as there is 1 parent per child if under age 11. Please arrive at The Gathering meal site at 9:45am.

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Packing Lunches for The Gathering at St. Anthony on the LakeBag Lunches for The Gathering

All ages are welcome to donate food, make bag lunches and/or deliver them to the hungry and homeless at The Gathering.  Make lunches at St. Anthony 10:00-10:45am (all ages). Deliver and volunteer at 11:15am-12:30pm (ages 10+ with parent).

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 Birdhouse Build - Habitat for Humanity
Birdhouse Build – Habitat for Humanity 

Come build and decorate a birdhouse to benefit Habitat for Humanity Waukesha. We’ll meet at Habitat’s office in Waukesha, build wooden birdhouses, paint them, and then donate them to be sold at their ReStore in Waukesha (or buy yours for $15). They will benefit those in need of affordable housing in our community. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

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Watering Cans for Women service project at St. Anthony on the Lake
Watering Cans for Women – Habitat for Humanity

Come paint a watering can to benefit Habitat for Humanity’s upcoming event, Women Build. We’ll paint them, and they will become centerpieces for the event in Waukesha. They will then be auctioned off to benefit those in need of affordable housing in our community. Recommended for ages 7 and up.

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Spring Yard Cleanup at St. Anthony on the Lake

Spring Yard Cleanup 

Bring your family to help clean up the yards of local seniors for Spring!  Spend a couple of hours helping those in need, to give them a fresh start for the season. Saturday, May 11. We’ll meet at St. Anthony at 10 am, drive to our locations and work until 12 pm. This is a great Mother’s Day gift for all the mothers and grandmothers out there, too!  

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Hope Street Ministry Created to Create

Created-to-Create at Hope Street Ministry

Families with children 7 and up are welcome to come do crafts with the children who live at Hope Street Ministry in Milwaukee (2522 W. Capitol Dr.). We go each season to decorate one of their walls—this summer, we’ll do sailboats on the water. The only requirement is to be present with the children there. Thursday, June 6 from 4:30-6 pm.

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