One faith community, two worship sites
27 November 2020 Volume 48
Introducing St. Clare’s Director of Administrative Services

St. Clare is excited to welcome Julie Boulware, our new Director of Administrative Services, replacing Woody Ritchey. Julie will work in a part-time capacity for the Parish; look for her to start December 1.

As Director of Administrative Services, Julie will serve in running the day to day business operations of the Parish. She will communicate and collaborate with staff, volunteers, and parishioners to help all fulfill the mission of the parish.

Earlier in her career, Julie served as the DAS for Gesu Parish in Milwaukee and was the Associate Director of Parish Stewardship and School Development for the Archdiocese. Most recently she was employed as the Patient Experience Officer for ProHealth Care.

Julie is enthusiastically looking forward to working with the ministries, committees, and parishioners at St. Clare. Julie and her husband are members of St. Louis Parish in Caledonia.

St. Clare is extremely grateful to Woody for the time and hard work he has so generously volunteered as he took care of the business side of St. Clare for the past 2 ½ years. 

Dear St. Clare and St. Thomas Parishioners,

Mark your calendars now for Giving Tuesday on December 1, 2020!

Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement encouraging people to positively transform their communities.

Join the movement, and support our parish! Whether you give your time, a donation or serve others by being the hands of Jesus Christ, you are helping us transform Waterford, Wind Lake and our surrounding communities.

It is a simple idea: when you make someone smile, help a neighbor or stranger or give to those in need, your act of generosity counts. Everyone has something to give.

Right now, we could use your help sanitizing the church, taking a Giving Tree tag and fulfilling a dream for someone or simply providing a financial gift. Please contact the parish office if you are able to make a financial gift or wish to donate your time or talent in any way. You can also visit our St. Thomas/St. Clare websites (Link located at the bottom of this email) to make an online financial donation.

THANK YOU for helping in making this world a better place. You are a gift to us, and we appreciate you!

Forever in my prayers,
Father Ed Tlucek, O.F.M.
November 24, 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I receive many suggestions and thoughts for my LOA email. Some suggestions are about experiences, others are from spiritual thoughts, and still others from theological themes. A recent suggestion came from a friend and graduate of the theological program of Saint Francis de Sales Seminary, Connie Bach. Connie has been a theological resource and organizer of the Pallium lectures for many years, and she continues to engage in updating her reading in the areas of theology. She will often inform me of some theological themes that we might consider exploring for presentations or reflections. Recently, one theme she invited me to consider was gratitude. Often neglected, gratitude forms the basis of our relationship with God and our vision of life in this world.
St. John writes on this subject, saying: “Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love. In this way the love of God was revealed to us: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might have life through him. In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another. No one has ever seen God. Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us, and his love is brought to perfection in us.” (1 John 4:8-12)
As we approach Thanksgiving, we realize that this will be a Thanksgiving unlike any other. We will not have the large gathering of family and friends at our dinner tables, travel will be somewhat restricted, and many will have their eyes fixed on COVID-19 statistics. Some will wonder what there is to be thankful for. I hope that we all start with God’s love. The fact that God loves us is demonstrated in the Incarnation (Jesus becoming man). This is a demonstration of just how profound that love is. This alone should give us pause to give thanks.
Some of us act like children at Christmas, surrounded by blessings but insisting that we need more things – desiring the newest, shiny toy to be satisfied. We might be frustrated because things are not exactly the way we might want them to be. Many are blind to the fact that we possess and experience more than most of the world’s population. Fellow citizens, many we will never know, have sacrificed their lives so that we might enjoy the freedoms we possess. We are blessed to be Americans.
We have the gift of life, but not all are so protected. We cannot take for granted that we have been blessed and protected, especially when we realize that there are those in our society whose lives may be extinguished because of simple inconvenience. When we remove our masks to utter our prayers at Thanksgiving, let us thank God for His Love. Let us thank God for our freedoms. Let us thank God for our life, shared with family and friends. In gratitude, let us offer a pledge to LOVE ONE ANOTHER.     
Most Reverend Jerome E. Listecki
Archbishop of Milwaukee
St. Clare Christian Women
Martha Fund

Since we cannot have a Christmas money raising event we are asking those who made a basket, bought raffle tickets, bought crafts, donated baked goods, bought baked goods, to donate whatever you may have spent to our Martha Fund.

We will have envelopes and a decorated box with a sign in the narthex, for your do-nation. Please make checks payable to St. Clare Christian Women. We cannot “thank you” enough for your past participation in our Christmas fund raising efforts.

It is only because of your generosity that we are able to be of help in any way to this parish. This fund raising event will continue through December 6th.

Our Martha Fund is used for the better-ment of the children and adults of St. Clare.
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.