One faith community, two worship sites
30 October 2020 Volume 44
October 27, 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As we approach our national election and ponder the privilege we have as citizens to vote, I encourage all of you to read the directions given by the USCCB as a voters guide. I urge you to be informed about the issues that the Catholic Church and its social teachings place before us. I wish to emphasize the following issues and why they are extremely important to me as a Catholic and a patriotic citizen.
The first issue is religious freedom. As a religious leader, I am more and more convinced that there is a concerted effort being waged to limit the impact of organized religion. This has been true for the last decade with the push toward secularism. Religion, especially the Catholic Church, stands at the forefront in opposition to the social reconstruction that is marketed as a progressive doctrine and deems religion and its teachings as offensive and backward. Will homilies be scrutinized for politically correct positions? Will churches be the subject of interference in their social outreach, being evaluated by whether they carry the banner of political ideologies? We have a higher responsibility which makes us better citizens and more responsible human beings.
I am unabashedly pro-life. The second concern is respect for life from womb to tomb. I am convinced that we will not return to a positive attitude in our country until we protect life, especially the lives of the unborn. The protection of our rights is only as secure as the protection of the rights of the most vulnerable among us, and there is little doubt that the most vulnerable are the unborn. A focus on the “life issues” will give strength to all other social issues. You cannot be pro-social justice if you are not first rooted in respect for life. All of the social issues can only be addressed if you are alive. The aborted unborn are souls whose fulfillment has been denied.
The third issue is the economy and schools. Strong families emerge from economic stability. We need a strong economy supported by a growing middle class. Much of the unrest and inequality exists because of the denial of certain economic opportunities. Every parent should have access to good education choices for their children, and the government should offer these choices. Additionally, training programs that educate men and women in the areas of trades and technology are necessary. The poor have a possibility for social movement through education and economic opportunities. We should support those educational and economic reforms.
The fourth issue of concern for me is our national debt. How can one even wrap their mind around $27 trillion in debt? It is real and needs to be addressed. I am sorry if I exhibit my blue-collar background, but you should not spend what you do not have. I realize that there are values to production and earning potentials. However, if there is not enough in the piggy bank, or enough hours in a day to work for pay, then you must live within your means. This must also be true for the government. All promises made for the special benefits of the people become valueless if there is no money to fulfill them. I have always found it disingenuous when people flippantly say, “Just kick the can down the road,” leaving the problem for future generations. We created it. We own it; not our children.
The fifth issue is security, both nationally and domestically. We should address our internal security against the forces of terrorism and the arbitrary violence which disrupts social harmony, as well as the national defense which protects us from foreign enemies. We are facing a world which not only must be prepared to encounter bullets, but also cyber technology and biochemical warfare as well. I am grateful and supportive of our first responders, the police, fire and emergency personnel who rush to defend vulnerable citizens and allow us to sleep soundly every night. We cannot be so naïve and unaware of the foreign enemies who desire to hurt and even destroy America and its way of Life. Recently, this has been not only foreign but domestic as well. America cannot afford to abdicate its leadership in the world community, and can only do so with a strong and stable American society.
Many may ask why I did not offer other specific issues such as racism, immigration, foreign relations, universal health care, etc. Certainly, there is no end to social issues. However, for these issues to be properly addressed, they must have a foundation of respect for the dignity of life, opportunity to succeed, a strong economy, a sense of security and, of course, an expression of God’s presence in our lives. They systemically affect the nation and its future.
I am a committed Catholic, and I love our country. I will always be a faithful citizen, respecting our Constitution and following Christ’s command to LOVE ONE ANOTHER. 
Most Reverend Jerome E. Listecki
Archbishop of Milwaukee

Pray the Rosary with Archbishop Listecki
October is both Respect Life Month and the Month of the Holy Rosary, making it a providential time to pray with our Bishops to our Blessed Mother, Patroness of the Unborn, for an end to abortion and other offenses against human life and dignity. Beginning Oct. 1, each of our five Wisconsin Bishops led the rosary for five consecutive Sundays. The closing Rosary will be led by Archbishop Listecki on Nov. 1, the Feast of All Saints, concluding with their invocation through the Litany of the Saints. Join us on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at
Adoration for Our Nation,

A nationwide day of prayer, November 3rd, 2020.

On Election Day, Catholic churches across the country are opening their doors for Eucharistic Adoration. We are joining this effort to bring healing, hope and prayer for our nation through our Lord, Jesus. We are asking parishioners to sign up for one hour of adoration between the hours of 8 A.M. and 8 P.M. on Tuesday, November 3 at St Thomas Aquinas church.

For more information go to
To sign up for an hour, please contact David Hintz at 262-844-4808 or Or look for the signup sheet after weekend masses in the gathering area.
Dedication of our Columbaria

Three columbaria have been placed on the north side of St. Thomas Aquinas Cemetery. It is a sacred space to inter the cremated remains of individuals. 

A dedication service will be held on

Sunday, November 1, All Saints Day, following the 11:15am Mass   
(rain date; Sunday November 8, following the 11:15 am Mass)
Please join us in the cemetery for this special but brief service.

What does the Church teach about cremation?

In 1963 the Vatican’s Holy Office lifted the ban forbidding Catholics from choosing cremation. This permission was incorporated into the revised Canon Law of 1983 as well as in the Order of Christian funerals.

The following statement from the Congregation of Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments clearly indicates the position of the Church on the matter of cremation:

The cremated remains of a body should be treated with the same respect given to the human body from which they come. This includes the use of a worthy vessel to contain the ashes, the manner in which they are carried, the care and attention to appropriate placement and transport, and the final disposition.

The cremated remains should be buried in a grave or entombed in a mausoleum or columbarium. The practice of scattering cremated remains on the sea, from the air,
or on the ground… are not the reverent disposition that the Church requires. Division or storage of cremated remains are also discouraged.
 The STA Columbaria

Our columbaria consist of three granite units with 120 niches in total, in five walls of 24 niches each. The space will be enhanced with appropriate landscaping, providing space for prayer and reflection. Only one urn with cremated remains is permitted within a niche. The door of each niche will be engraved by Ketterhagen Memorials in a standard style and font. An engraved military emblem will be available for veterans.

Acquisition of columbarium niches is open to members of any faith. Non-parishioners are always welcome. Parishioner rates apply to members of St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Clare Parishes.

How do I arrange to purchase a niche?
Contact Terry Ritchey at the Parish Office (262-534-2255) or email her at
What is the cost?

Niche for a Parishioner
Niche for a non-Parishioner
Opening and sealing niche    
Cemetery administration fee
Until 12/31/2020     

$1000 for 1, $1800 for 2
$1200 for 1, $2200 for 2
$ 225  
$ 100
$ 150  
Beginning 1/1/2021

$1000, no discounts
$1500, no discounts
Eternal rest, grant unto them, O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May our faithful departed rest in peace.

*Columbarium is the singular term. Columbaria is the plural term.
Cemetery news

Fall cleanup at the cemetery is complete. Summer flowers and decorations were disposed of. Several other items were removed from plots, which folks might want to save at home for the winter. They are temporarily placed along the front of the shed. They are available to you until November 30. Any remaining items will be permanently removed at that time. 

Thanks for your cooperation, The Cemetery Committee.
Royal Reader Program
For STA Preschool

Calling all Royal Reading Enthusiasts!

Starting December 3rd, 2020 we invite volunteer Royal Readers to sign up and read to our Preschool class. You can sign up for any Thursday that fits your schedule. You will sign in at the main school office and join us from 8:45-9:00 (if you need a little more time that’s fine too). Please bring your favorite book to read to our class!  

Current CDC guidelines will be followed.

Thank you in advance for participating in this program,
Erika Rondeau~ STA Preschool Director

The Hunger Task Force Mobile Market is open to anyone to purchase and enjoy fresh produce, fruits and meats at a discounted price. They accept EBT & Debt/Credit Cards (no cash). Mark your calendar, the Mobile Mart will be in Burlington on November 16, 24 & 25. If you or someone you know could benefit from the Mobile Mart, please share this information.


Our Prayer Shawl Ministry provides shawls, lap blankets and pocket prayer shawls for anyone who could use some special prayers and comfort. This includes everyone from infants to adults, who are going through some sort of physical, mental or emotional challenge. Prayer shawls are made as a symbol of comfort and care. While being crocheted or knitted, they are blessed with the prayers of the crafter. We would like to get our shawls out to those special people. These days, there are many. The prayer shawls are individually packaged for safety and are available on the display rack in the Gathering Space. 

We are reaching out to any crafters to help us build up our prayer shawl inventory or yarn supplies. Please bring them in sealed bags. This special ministry can be done at home and brought to the room next to the vesting sacristy. Blessings on all who make or receive these comforting reminders of prayer and care.  

For more information or to join, please contact:
Nancy Jacobson   
Phone: 262-895-6231
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.