One faith community, two worship sites
22 January 2021 Volume 56
January 19, 2021
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
A few years ago, there was a controversy about the use of instant replays to instill fairness and lessen human error in sports competitions. All of the major sports decided to employ the technology. The argument was that this technology would make the game better by ensuring fairness and objectivity. Sports purists argued that it would detract from the game, creating inordinate delays, and would cast doubt on the competence of the referees or umpires. They argued that there is always a human dimension that must be factored into any human competition.
During these last two weekends of football playoffs, instant replay and photo technology have certainly played a significant factor in the performance of the game. What I find interesting is that now experts in television booths are reviewing the plays with this technology and these so-called experts disagree with one another as to the determination. They may even call the play differently than the referees on the field. They will offer the rules, point out the different views and argue their assessment.
What seems to have happened is that there are no longer the referees on the field of play, but hundreds of referees in broadcasting booths, as well as millions of others watching the game on television. They all have an opinion as to whether the play was fair or not. I would offer that favoritism could still cloud the technology. I played basketball for four years in college. I averaged five fouls a game for the entire season, and I was a starter. If you asked me, I never committed a foul, and the referees were always wrong in their assessment. Technology is a useful tool, but tools are placed in the hands of individuals who must make human judgments. We are not perfect, and we must live with the imperfections of life.
Reconciliation, also called confession, is a sacrament that asks us to evaluate our actions. It is a great sacrament because it is not for the perfect. Rather, Reconciliation calls the imperfect forward to be forgiven for their sins. There are no instant replays in the confessional booth. Everything confessed is self-disclosed and the confessor offers counsel and insights. It is here that human error, sin, is confessed with contrition and then forgiven. Most of us carry with us the regrets of hurtful actions we have committed. However, God is the forgetful Forgiver who forgives seven times seventy times. We need frequent reconciliation to assist us on the playing field of life. There are no instant replays, but when we do examine our actions, we should always do so in view of Jesus’s mandate to LOVE ONE ANOTHER.  
Most Reverend Jerome E. Listecki
Archbishop of Milwaukee
Please welcome our new RCIA ministry leader
Peggy Liginski

After graduating from St. Mary’s School of Radiologic Technology in Madison, she took a job in Waukegan, Illinois, met her husband, and had three children. As the children became old enough to attend preschool at St. Anastasia Parish, she found herself volunteering and soon became the person in charge of Vacation Bible School. 

As her children entered grade school at St. Anastasia she became an aide in the school’s junior high and taught in the Confirmation program.

While raising her family, working a full-time job, and helping to run the St. Dismas religious education program, she went back to school part-time to earn her Bachelor’s Degree at the College of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois.

As of the result of the experience gained at St. Dismas she realized she was being called to work in religious education and returned to school to earn her Master’s Degree in Religious Education, as well as earning certificates in Family Faith Development and in Youth Ministry, from Loyola University of Chicago.

After receiving her degree from Loyola, she and her husband moved to Cross Plains, Wisconsin to enable her to accept a position as the Director of Religious Education for St. Francis Xavier Parish. 

During the time spent in Cross Plains, her husband passed away and she realized she needed to be closer to her family, so she “retired” and moved to Waterford.  

After joining St. Clare and helping as a catechist for a year, the parish needed someone to run their religious program and asked her if she was interested. She quickly came out of “retirement” to return to the work she loves.

After 6 years she retired from St. Clare’s program but realized she was not really suited for retirement and gladly accepted Fr. Ed’s invitation to take over the RCIA (Rite of Christian initiation Formation) program for St. Clare and St. Thomas Aquinas parishes. 

“It feels so good to be able to continue to spread the Good News!” 

Welcome Peggy
Meatloaf Sale

Due to current restrictions and guidelines established by the Archdiocese, we are not able to host in person traditional activities for this year’s event.
Instead, we will be selling our famous Wild Game Meatloafs available for drive thru pick up the weekend of
March 13, 2021

Stay tuned for further details.
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.
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St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Clare of Assisi parishes
Waterford and Wind Lake, WI.