One faith community, two worship sites
18 December 2020 Volume 51

THANK YOU to everyone who has already signed up for a Christmas Mass!!! As we mentioned initially, we did not know what to expect in terms of people attending. The response has been amazing and we look forward to seeing all of you. Since the response was so strong, Fr. Ed will be offering an additional Mass at 6pm on December 24 at St. Clare. This will allow for a few more of our parish families to attend an early evening Mass.

It is imperative that EVERYONE who plans on attending any of the Christmas Masses be aware of the restrictions under which we are working and REGISTERS IN ADVANCE:
We have never done this before and are learning as we go. We ask for your patience and understanding as we check names at the door for each Mass.

You can register for Masses with the link below until 4pm December 23. You may also call the parish office if you need help registering. The St. Thomas parish office can be reached at 262-534-2255. The St. Clare office can be reached at 262-895-2729.

We encourage the elderly and vulnerable within the parish to participate in the Mass via streaming video.

If you are turned away at the church door because the Mass is full and you made the attempt to attend, you are dispensed from the obligation to attend Mass by the Archbishop. You will not be turned away if you register in advance of 4pm on December 23.

These are the realities we are dealing with and we are asking for your understanding and cooperation as we deal with the restrictions during the Christmas season. 
December 15, 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
The Liturgy of the Hours, as called the Divine Office, is an important part of the spiritual lives of clergy and religious. It is the prayer of the Church that all ordained are required to offer, and that the laity may faithfully pray. All of us benefit from the responsible celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours by our priests, deacons, religious and laypeople. We are the recipients of their intercessions placed before God in the name of His Church.
On December 12, the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, I sat in my chapel to pray the Office. Curiously, I turned the pages to the readings of the Saint of the Day and discovered readings for St. Jane de Chantel. I had forgotten that her feast was transferred to August 12, because Our Lady of Guadalupe is now celebrated on December 12. I always believe that certain unintended occurrences are directing my attention to assist me in my spiritual awareness.  
St. Jane was the foundress of the Sisters of the Visitation of Holy Mary. She is an important local figure because of her well-known spiritual relationship with St. Francis de Sales. I often give thanks for the bishops, priests, deacons, religious and laity who have been my mentors. They opened my life to the insights of God’s presence and the opportunity to serve Him. I often offer prayers of thanksgiving for them, realizing that my relationship with Christ and His Church reflects their input.
St. Jane followed the directions of St Francis de Sales, her spiritual mentor, who challenged her to live the life that God was demanding and to serve as an example to others who would hear her call. The religious order that she founded practiced the virtues of humility and gentleness with their motto, “Live Jesus.” St. Jane directed her community and conducted spiritual reflections for her sisters. These formation sessions are an important element in the development of the life of any religious and their community. Our own seminarians, in addition to the theological and intellectual development, are fashioned in spiritual formation to assist them with listening and growing in their faith.
The reading captured in the Office was from “The Memoirs by the Secretary of Saint Jane de Chantel.” St. Jane posed a question to her sisters: “My dear daughters, many of our holy fathers in the faith, men who were pillars of the Church, did not die martyrs. Why do you think this was?” St. Jane offers her insight that perhaps there is another martyrdom: a martyrdom of love. In 1936, seven sisters of her religious order were martyred during the Spanish Civil War because they practiced humility, gentleness and lived Christ. Pope John Paul II beatified them. They gave everything to the Lord, and He received them into His Kingdom.
When we commit ourselves to God, we hold nothing back. We surrender to God in love. We are called to turn over our loved ones, our health and eventually our lives to God. Through each of these mini-deaths, we are called to proclaim the priority of God in our lives and thereby witness to the faith. During this pandemic, we are challenged to make many sacrifices in the way we live, in our choices and the ability to control our present situations. Through it all, we can never lose our trust and confidence in God, who is with us. We surrender all to God, not in hopelessness, but in witness to the fact that God’s love is everything. As we prepare for Christmas, let us be witnesses of Jesus to our brothers and sisters as we LOVE ONE ANOTHER.       
Most Reverend Jerome E. Listecki
Archbishop of Milwaukee
St. Clare and St. Thomas Welcome
Maureen LeGros
as Youth Minister

St. Thomas recently had a staff change with the resignation of Thaddeus Loduha, St. Thomas Youth Minister. While Thaddeus was there only a short time, he resigned in pursuit of other opportunities and his last day was December 13. He will be missed and we wish him success on his new journey.

With Thaddeus' resignation, we found another wonderful opportunity to bring our two parishes closer together as One Faith Community. Maureen LeGros has accepted the position of Youth Minister for both St. Thomas and St. Clare. Maureen is currently the St. Clare Youth Minister and she worked in partnership with Thaddeus to bring our two programs closer together this year. She is an integral part of our program already and positioned perfectly to take on this new shared role. Additionally, she has a tremendous passion and commitment for the work she does. She brings an energy that is truly contagious.

Although Maureen officially begins her new responsibilities on January 1, she offered to jump in immediately and ensure a smooth transition. Please congratulate Maureen and learn more about her in the bio below!!!!!!

Maureen LeGros,  Youth Minister at St. Clare with six years of experience. From 2000 to 2009 she was a religious education teacher at St Leonard's. In 2009, then joining St Clare with her husband and three sons, she took an opportunity opportunity to become active in the Youth Ministry program. She served as a catechist from 2009 -2014 before she was hired at St Clare in 2014 as Youth Minister. She loves the job! Last spring she obtained a Youth Ministry Leadership Certificate from Cardinal Stritch University. She has a passion for creating an environment for motivating parents and youth to get more deeply involved in their faith. She believes ministry is a team sport, and requires action. "A parish survives and flourishes when we all play a part and take on a commitment. " St. Clare and St. Thomas collaborated with the Faith Formation Programs, retreats and various activities throughout the years. Together we continue to draw on the wisdom gleaned from our experience while anchoring our vision to present an inspiring faith community where everybody belongs. Maureen is a powerful force in youth ministry and uses her positive attitude and tireless energy to encourage others to get involved. Maureen currently lives with her husband in Muskego. Maureen likes to bake, hike, teach yoga, and garden.

Thank you for your financial gifts

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee would like you to be aware of tax benefits available to you when you support your parish.
  • The CARES Act will allow taxpayers to deduct donations to charity of up to $300 on their 2020 federal tax return, even though they take the standard deduction. The new law allows all taxpayers to take a charitable deduction even if you do not itemize.
  • Funds from an IRA can be used for charitable donations if done correctly. Using an IRA to make a charitable donation can help lower your tax bill.
  • Check with your tax advisor for more information and new tax laws for 2020.
  • Please remember the parish in your year-end giving. The needs in Wind Lake/Waterford continue to grow as the pandemic remains.
  • Your gift of any amount will empower our parishes to serve those who need it most.
Thank you for your continued support of your church.
Please note: There will be no Adoration on Thursday December 24, 2020.
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.