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9 October 2020 Volume 41
October 6, 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
October is the month of the rosary. As Catholics, we are so blessed to have several traditional devotional practices that focus on the Blessed Mother. Whenever I am challenged by those outside the Catholic Faith who criticize Catholics for their devotion to the Blessed Mother and claim that Catholics worship Mary, it is easy for me to call upon the human experience mothers in our lives. I know that I have always appreciated the respect and affection that my friends had for my mother, and I know that it was reciprocal.
Our Faith is enriched by the special attention given to the Blessed Mother. Various prayers associated with Mary. At the commendation of a priest’s funeral, the priests present will sing the Salve Regina (Hail Holy Queen). One of the titles given to Mary is Regina Cleri (Queen of the Clerics). The Memorare is another favorite Marian prayer and it is attributed to St. Bernard. It is obvious to me of the special affection most Catholics have for the Blessed Mother. When I publicly recite Marian prayers, many people will pray aloud with me, reciting the prayers from memory.
The rosary, which is identified as Mary’s prayer, is really about her Son and the great mysteries of salvation history. Every mother takes pride in the accomplishments of her child, including the Mother of the Son of God. So, appropriately, the mysteries of her Son are used in the meditations of the rosary. St. John Paul II proudly displayed the large “M” on his coat of arms, unabashedly a promoter of his allegiance and devotion to the Blessed Mother. He even added the Luminous mysteries to the Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious mysteries of the rosary. 
The rosary is unique. It offers to the individual an opportunity to experience the comfort of a mother in different situations through the recitation of this prayer. I have visited hospital waiting rooms and have seen people holding a rosary, likely praying for the well-being of their loved ones. I know that beads were fingered by students when tests were approaching. There was no absence of rosaries recited by parents whose sons and daughters were engaged in the defense of our country. As a chaplain, I can testify that when my units were preparing for deployment, the rosary was the prayer instrument of choice that could be carried easily into challenging situations.
Last Sunday, October 4, at St. James Parish in Kenosha, I processed with members of the Kenosha community to pledge our trust in God and pray for peaceful solutions to the problems facing us. We turned to the Blessed Mother in the recitation of the rosary, knowing that a mother will always listen to the pleas of her children. The Archdiocese of Milwaukee has a long tradition of Marian devotion. The Rosary Evangelization Apostolate has and continues to promote devotion to Our Lady. A couple of years ago, a film was produced entitled “Power in My Hands.” In the film, testimonies about the impact of the rosary and trust in the power of that prayer are offered by individuals from various walks of life.
Perhaps during October, we might view the film and be inspired by these witnesses. If you have children in your home, then I would suggest taking a favorite statue, painting or icon of Mary and praying the rosary out loud together. Remember, a family that prays together stays together. Can you imagine the power embedded in the minds of young children who experience their parents praying? You can develop a practice to pray the rosary daily. Believe me, it will change your life, bringing comfort and focusing your attention on a loving God. Praying the rosary will always remind you that the Mother of God wants her sons and daughters to always LOVE ONE ANOTHER. 
Most Reverend Jerome E. Listecki
Archbishop of Milwaukee
Congratulations once again to our First Communicants
Over the coming weeks, you may notice a few of our parish members wearing their first communion clothing at Mass. Due to recent events. our First Communicants have chosen a Mass to attend where they will receive the holy sacrament(s) for the first time.
Please congratulate all of them and keep them in your prayers during this special time in their lives.

10/11/2020 11:15am STA Blake Bachand STA
Help needed!!
We desperately need help cleaning up after the Oct. 16 fish fry next week. If you have an hour or two you can spare we are very much in need of anyone who can help. Please reach out if you can help in any way. Contact Joy Sponholz at 262-492-7593 or email 
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

It's that time again...

Summer arrangements/memorials must be removed by October 14, 2020. Please remove all memorial items including shepherd hooks, statues, plant holders, other
miscellaneous markers and in general, all memorials that prevent our ability to prepare the cemetery for the winter season.    

Any memorials not removed will be removed and discarded without additional notice to easement holders. Keep in mind with All Souls Day and Christmas nearing:
  • Halloween decorations and pumpkins/gourds are NOT permitted
  • Christmas trees and/or grave blankets, of any size, are also not permitted
  • Please refrain from placing Christmas arrangements/memorials  until after December 1, 2020 so as to allow the ground to be prepared for winter. 
  • Items creating an obstacle for the groundskeepers completing their job will be disposed of.
The Cemetery Committee reserves the right to remove any decorations that are unsightly, damaged, or violates cemetery guidelines. This notice will also be posted within the cemetery on the bulletin board.

Thank you for your help in maintaining our cemetery
ELIZABETH MINISTRY & LIFE'S CONNECTION are new Human Concerns ministries at St. Thomas. 

Elizabeth Ministry is a ministry of women reaching out to other women who are in their childbearing years. We offer support to those who are pregnant, to those with postpartum issues, to those considering adoption, to those dealing with infertility and to those who have experienced a miscarriage or the loss of a baby. Just as Mary and Elizabeth visited when they found out they were each expecting a child, an Elizabeth Minister of St. Thomas would welcome the opportunity to visit with you, pray for you, and offer their caring support during or after your pregnancy or time of waiting.

Life's Connection (LC) works with area cemeteries and parishes to help families facing this loss. At St Thomas Aquinas Parish, LC works hand in hand with St Thomas Elizabeth Ministry through “Hearts of Hope” providing miscarriage delivery aides, burial vessels, services and more.

If anyone in the parish family is facing a loss, please feel free to contact Life’s Connection at 262-470-3119. We will provide the support needed to foster hope, help and healing during this difficult time. 

Please visit the STA Human Concern’s web page for more detailed information regarding these two new ministries. Click here: 
An opportunity to Pray together
On October 13, 1917, the sun danced in the sky as a testimony to the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. It is known as the Miracle of the Sun. To honor this most extraordinary event for our times, America Needs Fatima is again promoting the National Public Square Rosary Crusade on Saturday, October 10, 2020 at noon. Join us this year at noon and pray for peace in the world, just as Our Lady asked. We will gather out in the parking lot at St. Thomas Aquinas church and pray the rosary for all to see and hear. This will be done across the country with thousands joining in at the time. Please mark your calendar and if you have any questions, contact Kate Hammer at 262-534-3669. Social distancing and CDC guidelines will be followed during this outside event.
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.