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12 February 2021 Volume 59
February 9, 2021
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
When we consider the saints, many receive ongoing devotion and attention through association with a nationality, such as St. Patrick and Ireland and St. Joan of Arc and France. Or, saints are remembered through the order they founded, as the members continue to share the saint’s words and directions. The saints that come immediately to mind are St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits; St. Francis of Assisi, founder of the Franciscans; St. Dominic, founder of the Dominicans; and St. Clare, foundress of the Poor Clares. Additionally, some saints are remembered for the special way they touch our souls. These saints seem to resonate with particular aspects of our society.
Yesterday was the feast of St. Josephine Bakhita. As reported by Pope Benedict XVI in his encyclical, Spe Salvi, he writes:
She was a young Sudanese girl at the age of nine who was kidnapped by slave traders, beaten till she bled, and sold five times in the slave-markets of Sudan. Eventually, she found herself working as a slave for the mother and wife of a general, and there she was flogged every day until she bled. As a result of this she bore 144 scars throughout her life. Finally, in 1882 she was bought by an Italian merchant for the Italian consul Callisto Legnani, who returned to Italy as enemies of the country advanced. In Venice after all the terrifying “masters” who had owned her, she came to know a different master not one who would brutalize her but instead know and love her and who himself was even flogged for her. This was the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was waiting for her at the right hand of the Father. Josephine said that she was definitely loved and whatever happened to her—she was awaited by His love. And so, my life is good. (Spe Salvi, par. 3)
St. Josephine lived with the Canossian Sisters in Venice, where she was introduced to Jesus and His Church. When she reached the age of majority, she was granted her freedom through the enactment of Italian law. Once freed, she refused to return to Sudan, wishing instead to remain committed to God. In 1896, she joined the Canossian Daughters of Charity. She served as a member of the Order for 25 years until her death, promoting the missions and proclaiming the liberation she received through her encounter with Christ.
In every stretch of the imagination, she should have died in obscurity. What makes Josephine Bakhita so interesting is that her story served to inspire Pope Benedict XVI in his encyclical on hope, Spe Salvi. To come to know God – the true God – means to receive hope. Hope transformed this woman who should have been bitter about her life, but rather, she described her life as good.
We need the example of St. Josephine as we confront life’s difficulties. Currently, we are encountering the pandemic, social unrest, etc. These difficulties can lead us to become frustrated and despairing. We can forget the love that God has bestowed on us – the love that brings us life. Jesus has born the cross for us; now we must bear the cross for Him. We carry the cross out of love and promote His love to others. With God, there is hope.
Coinciding with the feast of St. Josephine, yesterday was also the International Day of Prayer Against Human Trafficking. The Sudanese slave girl reminds us that the struggles of slavery and abuse still exist today and we must be ready to confront these ills because our Master directs us to always LOVE ONE ANOTHER.
Most Reverend Jerome E. Listecki
Archbishop of Milwaukee
Ash Wednesday Sign-up
Sign-up for Ash Wednesday Services is available below. Please click on the link and select the service you wish to attend. Mass will also be live streamed at 8:00am and a recording will be available on the websites.

Thank you
Catholic Central High School
Historical Fact for the Week of 2/14
"This year was a big year for movie lovers. Hit movies included:  Cocktail, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Big, Three Men and A Baby, Raw and Full Metal Jacket. Also, ET finally came out on video tape!  
In the fashion world, Catholic Central students added patches underneath their ripped jeans (last year's fad) and no matter what type of pants, the thing to do was to roll the cuffs. In late November, the School Board passed Student Council's proposal to make blue jeans an acceptable part of Catholic Central's dress code." Marian 1989  

Catholic Central High School Athletic Department
Catholic Central High School would like to thank our parish community for supporting the 2021 Athletic Calendar Raffle sale! The success of the fundraiser was possible because of your generosity. Calendar winners can be found at the school blog site:  

Catholic Central High School Enrolling NOW!
Know any 8th graders taking steps toward high school who may be interested in becoming a Hilltopper! Our goal is to serve fifty new freshmen in the fall of 2021. We are currently offering the placement exam and course selection. If you are just beginning the process or you have questions regarding Catholic Central High School please contact Admissions at
262-763-1519 or email 
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Will you help us?

Our March Fish Fry's are fast approaching and we need volunteers to help make our events a success. Our Parishioners are always generous inn donating their time and it is greatly appreciated.

In order to be more efficient and organized, we are trying something new with our March Fish Fry's. We are requesting that volunteers sign up in advance of our March dates to ensure we have enough people and enough work for everyone. Please click on the sign-up button below and consider donating a little time to serve our parish and community. Note the sign-up is for "Clean up" help only. Our food prep, serving and frying team is already in place. We always need volunteers for clean-up and have several shifts and time slots to choose from.

Faith Formation Virtual Class 7 & 8 grades

Topic: How will you live lent? We learned about sacrifice, penance, repentance and even asceticism. Giving up something for Lent doesn’t have to be big or grand in; fact it’s often the small things that make the difference. St. Clare & St. Thomas kids shared they would give up screen time, negative thinking, complaining, fighting with siblings, and yes, we even had a few who will be chucking the chocolate and ditching the sugar for forty days. We talked about other ways to be selfless by reaching out to someone else to send them some encouragement. An “I’m thinking of you” or “ we’re praying for you“ can mean more than you think.  
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 and St Clare thanks you very much!
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St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Clare of Assisi parishes
Waterford and Wind Lake, WI.