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23 October 2020 Volume 43
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.

Join Fr. John Broussard, Rector of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, the only approved apparition site in the USA as he shares the story followed by recitation of the Divine Mercy Chaplet and Holy Rosary.
October 20, 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I would be remiss to not acknowledge the feast day of St. John Paul II on October 22. It was John Paul II who selected me to the episcopacy, and I proudly wear the moniker of being a John Paul II bishop. I know quite a few bishops in the United States and worldwide also share that distinction.
As I reflected on the impact St. John Paul II had on the Catholic Church in the United States, and the Catholic Church throughout the world, I marveled at what could only be interpreted as the work of the Holy Spirit. This was a man who was elected to the papacy at the age of 58. He emerged from the obscurity of Communist Poland. A man of the people, he was well-versed in challenging political climates that enslaved people and denied the free expression of faith. We can learn a lot from him given the hostility to religion in our society today. He possessed a towering philosophical intellect that expanded theological doctrine with uncanny insights into the modern world. His depiction of a culture of life versus a culture of death still rings true.
From the earliest moments of his pontificate, he accepted that he was the pastor of the world and embarked on visiting every country. It was reputed that he was the most photographed person on the globe. Those in their sixties will remember his first visit to the United States. Many people could only dream of the possibility of going to Rome and attending a papal audience and actually seeing the Pope, and here he was coming to us. Suddenly, young men were considering the priesthood, remarking that it was through the inspiration of Pope John Paul II.
With St. John Paul II, Catholicism ceased being defensive and unabashedly encouraged the faithful to evangelize their communities and celebrate their faith. He canonized more saints than any pope before him and, in all probability, after him. He knew the importance of witnesses and wanted all of us to understand that sainthood is a universal goal. Those he canonized represented every aspect of life, recognizing that holiness is not just reserved for priests and religious, but can be embodied in everything we do.
His attempted assassination shocked the world. Here he was, the courageous proclaimer, unafraid to face the evils of the world with confidence in our Lord and Savior, even if it meant martyrdom. As an example of the power of Christ’s love, St. John Paul II visited his attempted assassin in prison and forgave him. This was a real personal lesson of forgiveness.
Before he was pope, St. John Paul II was similarly filled with great energy and was enthusiastically supported. He skied, swam and mountain-climbed. He sang songs with young groups who serenaded him at various gatherings. There was no doubt that he was widely popular. But, there was something even more special about his later years. It was almost sacred. Later, when he could barely speak, suffering from a debilitating disease, he was the loving grandfather longing to be with his children. He was even more like Christ in his public suffering. He seemed to be offering up his life as reparation for the sins of the Church and the failure of the faithful to fully live the love of Christ. He was leaving his legacy for us, giving us an example to live every moment for Christ.
His funeral was the most-watched event in the history of humankind. Over a billion people watched this witness to freedom, this religious leader, the “Good Shepherd” and their Holy Father being laid to rest. Many wondered what we would do without him. And, at this moment, I heard his voice and the statement most associated with his pontificate: “Be not afraid.”
Jesus said, “Whoever believes in me believes not only in me but also in the one who sent me, and whoever sees me sees the one who sent me.” (John 12:44-45)
St. John Paul II, during these chaotic times, help us to be not afraid and LOVE ONE ANOTHER.
Most Reverend Jerome E. Listecki
Archbishop of Milwaukee
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.
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.