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13 November 2020 Volume 46
November 10, 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Today is the feast of St. Leo the Great, a fifth-century pope who pastored the Church of Rome for 21 years.
When you walk into St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, it is safe to say the response is breathtaking. The beauty that surrounds you is almost too much to appreciate. Walking up the main aisle on the floor, you see markings dedicated to the greatest churches in the world with the measurements of the churches’ structures. The markings not only tell the size but where the church would fit inside St. Peter’s. The confessional of St. Peter (where his bones have been placed) is prominently placed before the baldacchino (the four-post covering over the main altar).
A space behind the main altar is referred to as the “Altar of the Chair” because the Chair of St. Peter is suspended above that altar. (Some speculate that it is the chair of Charlemagne, the first Holy Roman Emperor.)
A side altar to the right of the Altar of the Chair is an altar dedicated to Pope St. Leo the Great. The backdrop of the altar depicts a bas relief, which pictures Pope St. Leo the Great confronting Attila the Hun. It was reputed that Attila the Hun was told by Pope Leo that God would defend the Eternal City with the forces of heaven. The bas relief shows Saints Peter and Paul with swords drawn, surrounded by angels descending from heaven. The legend of Pope Leo has him traveling to meet Attila (known as the “Scourge of God”) on a donkey, dressed in his white papal cassock.
There is little doubt that the Church celebrates his courage. I cannot imagine a lone figure approaching the most feared barbarian leader in the known world. Attila did not attack Rome and seemingly dispersed his troops and his marauding ways. What made Attila change his course of action? An old man on a donkey? I think not! It was the power of God using the weak to confound the strong. However, Leo needed to display confidence that God would be with him and allow God to use him as an instrument. This confidence somehow touched the heart of Attila.
This action certainly would be enough to set Leo apart from other papal figures. However, during his papacy, Pope Leo also defended the teachings that Jesus Christ was true God and true man, denying heresies to the contrary. He sent missionaries to Africa, imposed discipline on bishops, and challenged pagan celebrations and sites.
Leo recognized his responsibility as a leader, as well as the nature of the Church he defended. We listen to his own words in a sermon he preached:
Although the universal Church of God is constituted of distinct orders of members, still in spite of the many parts of its holy body, the Church subsists as an integral whole, just as the Apostle says. We are all one in Christ, nor is anyone separated from the office of another in such a way that a lower group has no connection with the head. In the unity of faith and baptism, our community is then undivided. There is a common dignity, as the apostle Peter says in these words. And, you are built up as living stones into spiritual houses, a holy priesthood offering spiritual sacrifices, which are acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. And, again: But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of election.
There are only two other Popes who are referred to as “great,” Gregory and Nicholas. Their extraordinary deeds and leadership influenced the Church and made Jesus the priority of all actions. Under their direction, we progressed in the mission of the Church.
Recently, another Pope by popular acclamation was termed “great” – St. John Paul II. Referred to as “great” by Pope Benedict XVI, there have been numerous instances when he made us all proud to be Catholics and followers of Christ. May we all draw strength from the great courage of our papal leaders and progress in our mission to LOVE ONE ANOTHER.        
Most Reverend Jerome E. Listecki
Archbishop of Milwaukee
Note: An easy way to access the live stream or recorded event above is to visit our St. Thomas Website and select the "Online Masses" tab at the top of the screen. Once you enter that tab, you will see a message that says "Click Here to access live stream/recordings." This will take you to our St. Thomas/St. Clare site where all recordings and live streaming events are shown.

Remember to bring your donations for the The Knights of Columbus supplemental food drive for our Food Pantry to mass with you this weekend. They are asking for your help in donating canned fruit, canned meats, soup etc. As always, all non-food items such as dish soap, laundry detergent, toilet paper and other paper products are the most needed items. Gas gift cards and cash are certainly welcome as well! Donations can be placed in the collection baskets located in the Gathering Space. We appreciate your generosity and support of our food pantry in preparation for the coming Holiday Season.
God Bless You!
Notes from the office

Last week we celebrated the Mass of Remembrance. This was a special liturgy to honor and celebrate the souls of St. Thomas and St. Clare who have passed away this year. The Mass was live streamed and recorded. If you wish to view the recording, use the button below to access the video.
There will be no Adoration Thanksgiving Day November 26, 2020. Please mark your calendar accordingly.

The rectory office will be closed Thursday November 26 and Friday November 27 for Thanksgiving.
Thank you to all the Helping Hearts volunteers for assisting parishioners with grocery shopping, walking dogs, picking up prescriptions, running errands, collecting supplies for Senior Living, writing "Send a Smile" notes to Senior Living residents, and calling parishioners to check-in.  If you are in need of assistance, know someone who could use checking in on, or would like to volunteer please contact the parish office or Kelly Malchine at 262-895-7207.

We desperately need help with out fish fry event. Please consider donating some of your time to help prepare food or clean-up after the event. Clean-up is especially in need of help and any/all volunteers are requested. Service hours for your students? One fish fry will satisfy their service hours!!! Please consider helping out so we can continue our fish fry service.
Once again this year, St. Thomas will be offering you the opportunity to purchase Christmas gifts for needy children in our area. These gifts are given to children of families suffering hardships due to many different conditions. The Giving Trees will be placed in the Gathering Space by Saturday, November
21st . You are asked to give toys, games, or GIFT CARDS. St. Thomas Food Pantry requests gift cards to only WalMart
in the amount of $25 because this will allow parents to shop for their children.

If you wish to give mittens, gloves or winter hats, please mark what it is on the gift tag along with the appropriate age level. (Please: NO OTHER CLOTHING)

Ornaments will be labeled by age groups ranging from infant to 18 years old. They will also be Identified for a boy or girl. Choose an ornament and return it with the wrapped present.
Please attach the paper ornament on the front of the wrapped package. Bring your gift back to church and place it under the
“Giving Tree ”.

The final day that gifts can be dropped off will be Sunday, December 13th BEFORE the 11:15 AM mass.

Any questions, please call Kathy Weinkauf
@ 262-534-6729
It is that time of year again!
The Hunting seasons are upon us, so we begin planning for the

49th Annual Wild Game Dinner

~We will be seeking Meat Donations~
We can pick up, process and store it!
Please contact…..
Mikki Hegemann Brown… 262-210-3168
Scott Gunderson… 414-581-3157

We hope you used Sign Up Genius to register for this weekend's mass. At St Thomas we will be utilizing the screens for the worship and at St Clare we will have worship aids available. You can obtain a copy of the worship aid by clicking the button below. You can also register for Mass with the link below.
We would like to highlight and thank a few of our loyal sponsors in each email.
St. Thomas and St Clare thanks you very much!
A complete list of all our sponsors can be found on our website. Please support them whenever possible
St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Clare of Assisi parishes
Waterford and Wind Lake, WI.