One faith community, two worship sites
LOVE ONE ANOTHER
24 July 2020 Volume 30
Beginning Monday, July 27 the Mass sign-up Genius link will be available from 9:00 am Monday through 11:00 am Sunday each week. We have noticed in recent weeks that more and more people are returning to Mass. We also noticed that many people are not registering in advance. We are listening to your feedback and understand that signup hours have been too limited. For this reason, we are extending sign-up hours.

Given that we are required to maintain 25% of our building capacity at each mass, we encourage everyone to register in advance. As Mass attendance continues to grow, it will become important that we have an accurate count of those planning to attend. Please use the Sign-up Genius links located on the parish website, facebook or the parish app. If you need help, please call the parish office during normal business hours and we will help register you.
Thank you
Change in St. Thomas Rectory Office hours

The rectory office will close at noon every Friday, beginning July 31 thru August 28, 2020, In recent years, the rectory office closed at noon on Fridays during summer months. This year, due to COVID, the staff remained in the office to help with various tasks including registering people for Mass if they were unable to use the online sign-up process. Call volumes have been very low on Friday afternoons to-date.

As stated above, the online sign-up hours have been expanded to accommodate more people. If you need help registering, please call the rectory office before noon on Friday as we will be returning to our normal summer office hours next Friday. Thank you .
WE NEED USHERS AT ST CLARE!!!

PLEASE CONSIDER BEING AN USHER FOR THE PARISH ESPECIALLY AT THE 9:30 MASS. WE ARE FINDING OURSELVES SHORTHANDED AND OUR NEED FOR USHERS IS HEIGHTENED TO ASSIST IN MAKING THE CELEBRATION OF THE EUCHARIST AS SACRED AND SPECIAL AS IT SHOULD BE.

PLEASE CONTACT THE PARISH OFFICE
(262-895-2729) TO LEARN MORE
Faith Formation Fall Registration is now open

St. Thomas Aquinas Parish and St. Clare are beyond excited to announce that registration for our upcoming 2020-2021 Family Faith Formation program is now open! We have worked hard to bring you a faith formation education that caters to the families of both parishes, surely to enrich your spiritual life and enjoy bonding within our one faith community. Here are just a few new features to our program this year that is definitely worth mentioning:

  • In-Person Faith Formation: Family Style!
  • In-person adult faith formation facilitated through speakers, presentations, and other activities while students are off learning.
  • Virtual/homeschool options
  • All-online registration
  • All-online payment system with payment plan options. *Tuition assistance is offered

To register, please check our updated Faith Formation pages on the St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Clare websites.
 
For further questions, please contact one of our Faith Formation directors.

Margie Schnabl - St. Thomas preschool faith formation
Trista Minezes - St. Clare preschool faith formation
Trista Minezes - St. Thomas/ St Clare elementary faith formation
Thaddeus Loduha - St Thomas 7th grade - 11th grade faith formation
Maureen LeGros - St Clare 7th grade - 11th grade faith formation


PLEASE NOTE: We recognize directives regarding classroom learning for this fall are very fluid at this time. Our primary objective will always be to provide the safest environment possible as well as a dynamic learning opportunity for all. Although we are uncertain what form our sessions will take (i..e. In-person, home school, virtual, etc.) please be assured we are working hard to offer options that are in alignment with all Archdiocesan, CDC and State directives. We ask for your patience and understanding as we monitor and adapt to the information in the coming months. We look forward to connecting with everyone in the coming months, no matter what form this takes and commit to sharing more information as it becomes available.
July 21, 2020
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
 
This last month, I discovered a new way to lose weight. Of course, I cannot take the credit; it was my sister, Penny, who commissioned me to clean out the garage and the crawl space of my family home. Now, in most instances, the job would be at most a two-day affair to take out the stuff in the garage, sweep it out and put it back, and, similarly, organize the crawl space. But, this task took a full five days because both the garage and the crawl space were the go-to storage areas for the last 30-plus years. I have moved four times in the last twenty years – from St. Mary of the Lake Seminary to St. Ignatius; from St. Ignatius to Vicariate I in Libertyville; from Libertyville to the Diocese of La Crosse; and, from La Crosse to my current home in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee – and Penny collected 39 years of teachings materials both in the parochial and public schools. The collection would have been the envy of any episode of Storage Wars, and believe me, I thought about contacting the network for a bid on the project.
 
One thing that I immediately learned about my family is that saving one memorable object is good, but having two of the same is better, and of course, multiples are the best. You may think I might be exaggerating, but I counted no less than a hundred Rubbermaid bins, and each one had to be examined for its contents. I am sure the same rationale that generated the collection is the same that motivates most of us. Let me name a few thoughts. “I’ll put this aside and get to it later.” Of course, later never comes and now 25 years have passed. “I think I know someone who will be able to use this.” A name was supposed to emerge, but it never did. “This has a little nick or just needs a slight adjustment and it will be very useful.” It remained unrepaired. “This would be great for Christmas, Easter or Halloween.” But, the bins became stacked and disappeared as holidays disappeared. The list could go on, and you can add your own explanations, but, inevitably, it creates the pile-up and becomes the task at hand.
 
 There was a mountain of pictures of family members throughout the ages – my father in the Marines, my grandfather in his Army uniform, my grandparents’ wedding pictures, my sister and I at play with cousins – and there were a ton of pictures with St. John Paul II at various stages of his pontificate. There were, of course, hundreds of pictures of people we couldn’t identify.
 
 My sister and I joked that if we died in a simultaneous accident, then whoever would be responsible for clearing this mess would be yelling, “what were they thinking!” I did gain a monetary treasure. No, it wasn’t that pot of gold hidden by some relative of the past; rather, it was $2.87 in change. This would have been a good sum in 1786, but it doesn’t quite have its worth in 2020 and doesn’t even amount to slave wages for five days of manual labor in today’s world. But, as I said, working in temperatures of the mid-90s (94 degrees average), you do lose weight. I don’t expect Jenny Craig, Slim Fast, Weight Watchers or any of the “poundage pounders” to take my formula, but it does work and will soon be erased with two visits to Leon’s (double scoop of butter pecan).
 
The various charitable outlets in our area were the recipients of some brand-new and some slightly used objects. It felt good to know that the stored articles found a good home and would help some deserving individuals. 
 
Cleaning out the storage space reminds me that there is spiritual storage to which I must pay attention. I need to celebrate the moments of grace that have occupied my life and make room for whatever spiritual experiences God has in store. So, I’ll mark my spiritual bins with a reminder to LOVE ONE ANOTHER.                  
         
                       
                                
Sincerely,
 
Most Reverend Jerome E. Listecki
Archbishop of Milwaukee
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Waterford and Wind Lake, WI.