FaithWorks Service Activities

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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 the Faith Formation Office at (262) 691-9170.

Please check out these great opportunities to serve one another through love:

Capuchin Community Services Hygiene Bag
Fill a Hygiene Bag for CCS!

Capuchin Community Services serves those experiencing poverty, hunger and homelessness in Milwaukee. Pick up a small “hygiene bag” from the Parish Office, fill it with needed items (listed on the bag).. It’s that simple! We’ll deliver them to the House of Peace, where they’ll be distributed to those in need. Thank you for sharing your gifts.

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The Gathering MealsPrepare, Package & Distribute Meals at The Gathering!

In this difficult time, people are suffering from poverty and hunger more than ever before. If your family is comfortable volunteering at one of The Gathering’s meal sites in Milwaukee, contact Laura to find out more. The Gathering needs 5 people for the breakfast meal (Mon.-Fri. 7-10 am) and 3 people for the dinner meal (Mon. & Wed. 3:30-6 pm). Both meal sites are in Milwaukee, about a 25-minute drive from St. Anthony on the Lake. Thank you for your generosity and kindness! Please contact the Faith Formation Office at (262) 691-9170.

Blessing Bags FaithWorks at St. Anthony on the Lake

Blessing Bags

Put together a couple of blessing bags at home and keep them in your car, so that when you come across a person experiencing homelessness, you can give them a bag of snacks and supplies. Download the list of items needed to put a blessing bag together, as well as a prayer card with resources for them, that you can include in the bag. Be ready to help others as the weather gets colder! Thank you!
 
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FaithWorks Ideas for Families
 

FaithWorks Ideas for Families  

There are some fun things you can do with your kids, that will help bring joy to the disabled, elderly and hungry in Waukesha and Milwaukee.
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St. Anthony on the Lake Garden of Hope

Garden of Hope 

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!
Click here for Sign Up Genius Link

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. 
Families and individuals have the opportunity to bring the gifts of bread and wine forward during the offertory.  If you would like to take part, simply sign up before Mass. A binder will be located on the gifts table near the baptismal font as you enter church, simply sign up so that the ushers know that the position is filled. We need at least two people for every Mass, or one family. Ushers will always be available to help and instruct you.

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

Click here for schedule/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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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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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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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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Food Box Packing at St. Anthony on the Lake
Holiday Food Box Packing for the Parish

Join us as we pack our food boxes for the needy served by the House of Peace in Milwaukee. We’ve been doing this in Family Program for over 20 years at St. Anthony, and we’d love to have you join us! You have 3 times from which to choose, to bring food and pack the boxes with our families.
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Sign Up to Help House of Peace
House of Peace Food Boxes 

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.
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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 on Thursday, December 19th.  Arrive at the House of Peace at 4:30pm, distribute food boxes and help guests with Christmas shopping, and you’re done by 6:00pm.  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 Deliver Valentines to Seniors

All ages are welcome to make Valentines for Seniors, to be delivered to area retirement communities.  Pick up a packet in the Parish Office beginning January 6 and return by February 3.  Sign up here to help deliver valentines.  Share the love!
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Hope Center MealHope Center Meal

Families with children in the 5th grade and up are invited to provide food and serve dinner to low-income families at the Hope Center in Waukesha.  This is a great way to volunteer together as a family or for teens to get service hours!  
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Pizza with a Purpose St. Anthony on the Lake


Pizza with a Purpose

Join us after 5:00 Mass for a pizza dinner, followed by seasonal craft projects for ERAs Senior Network. Donations of thin gripper socks are also needed (Medline from Amazon are recommended).  All ages are welcome—this is a great event for the entire family!
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Healing Hearts Meal FaithWorks at St. Anthony on the Lake

Healing Hearts Meal

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. Mon., March 9 from 5-6:30 pm.  Sign up  to share a little love with these families who are experiencing sadness in their lives.
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Hope Center Clothing Shop - FaithWorks St. Anthony on the Lake

Hope Center Clothing Shop

Volunteer at the Hope Center Clothing Shop in Waukesha on Sat., March 14th from 9-11:30am.  We will be sorting and hanging clothes and assisting those in need to find clothes.  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.  Let’s help “do small things with great love,” as St. Thérèse of Lisieux told us.  Sign up online.
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Making Bag Lunches for the Gathering - FaithWorks at St. Anthony on the Lake

Making Bag 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.  Sat., March 28. Make lunches at St. Anthony 9:30-10:15 am (all ages). You may also deliver the lunches to the meal site in Milwaukee afterwards.
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Atlas of Art FaithWorks St. Anthony on the Lake

Hope Street Ministry Atlas of Art with Kids 

Families with children 6 and up are welcome to come do a fun art project with the families who live at Hope Street Ministry in Milwaukee (2522 W. Capitol Dr.). The only requirement is to be present with the children there.  Sign up online to meet these wonderful residents of a very special place!
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Food Box PackingFill a Holiday Food Box for the Hungry!

If your family would like to fill a food box for the hungry families who are served by the House of Peace in Milwaukee, please pick up a box in the Parish Office this week. There’s a list of what to pack on the box.  The cost of filling a food box is about $32-35. Questions? Laura Smyczek: 262-691-9170, x1103
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Rake Leaves for the Elderly


Raking Leaves in the Fall

If you’d like to rake leaves for an elderly community member, call Laura Smyczek, and she’ll set you up with ERAs Senior Network, a local organization that helps the elderly and adults with disabilities. They have about 30 clients who could use some help in their yards this fall. Thank you!
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Advent Wreath Kits St. Anthony on the LakeAdvent Wreath Kits

Advent is coming, and you’ll be ready for the season of preparation with this all-in-one kit.
Kit includes: metal wreath, 4 Advent candles, greenery, ribbons, directions, history & blessing of your wreath and prayers for the 4 weeks of Advent.
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Christmas Cards for those in NeedChristmas Cards for Those in Need

Make Christmas cards for the homeless, and drop them off in the Parish Office anytime during the month of November. The Open Door Café (at the Cathedral of St. John in Milwaukee) serves the homeless and needy downtown. They would love a lot of Christmas cards, which they will give out to their guests as they serve them a meal. Gather your craft materials, card stock and markers, and use your creativity to make as many Christmas cards as you can this month! Bring them in during office hours, and we will get them to the Open Door Café! Thanks for spreading the holiday spirit to those who are struggling. Questions? Laura Smyczek 262-691-9170, x1103
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