One faith community, two worship sites
06 November 2020 Volume 45

The dedication service was held on Sunday, November 1, All Saints Day for our new Columbarium  
November 3, 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
A term was used quite frequently several years ago which represented a gold standard for evaluating the character of an individual. The term is to refer to someone as a “God-fearing person.” The term indicated that this person would not offend God through sin or deception and if they gave you their word, you could count on it. As our society moves away from an explicit belief in God, references to God become meaningless for many people. In a court of law, the oath is administered with the incitement, “So help you, God!” Unless a person is God-fearing, the truth becomes self-serving and tempered by the possibility of perjury, rather than eternal condemnation. 
It was not long ago that the slang use of the word God in conversation was discouraged and even treated as offensive. Of course, the use of damning someone before God was the ultimate profanity. Now, the expression “God damn” is often used to express disappointment or frustration. I also notice that in letters from Confirmation candidates, many of the candidates failed to capitalize the word God when expressing their spiritual sentiments. The former Bishop of Superior, Bishop Peter Christensen, now the Bishop of Boise, Idaho, was so frustrated by the students’ use of the small “g” that he had buttons made with the word god and the small g underlined. An underlined letter is an editor’s notation that this letter should be capitalized.
You might think that I am just being picky, looking at language or the use of an expression of God. However, it appears to me that these uses indicate a greater lack of appreciation for the sacred in our society. The mundane swallows up God. The expression of God is no more or less important than anything else we may value.
We stand behind the words that we express. When we say, “God bless you,” is it just a habitual response to a sneeze or a substitute for saying thanks? Or, are we entrusting that person’s well-being to God or asking God’s blessings for a person’s assistance?
I realize that there will not be a massive movement to recover the sacredness of the word God in language. However, we can challenge ourselves in guarding our use of “God.” It can begin with us. We can be an example to our family and friends. If you say, “God bless you,” mean it and express it as a prayer. Your sincerity may invoke curiosity, perhaps inviting others to think about the sacredness of “God” in their own conversations.
One of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit celebrated at Confirmation is “fear of the Lord.” This gift is not the fear of punishment, although God can exact punishment whenever He should so choose. Rather, the gift is an awareness of any action that would separate us from God, for we know that we cannot be happy apart from God. We should seek to be “God-fearing,” rejecting anything that keeps us away from a loving God. It is a God-fearing person who knows that he or she must LOVE ONE ANOTHER. 
Most Reverend Jerome E. Listecki
Archbishop of Milwaukee
We desperately need help with out fish fry event. Please consider donating some of your time to help prepare food or clean-up after the event. Clean-up is especially in need of help and any/all volunteers are requested. Service hours for your students? One fish fry will satisfy their service hours!!! Please consider helping out so we can continue our fish fry service.
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

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.