One faith community, two worship sites
16 October 2020 Volume 42

Loving God, Holy One,

Your desire is for our wholeness and well-being.
We hold in tenderness and prayer the collective suffering of our world at this time.We grieve precious lives lost and vulnerable lives threatened.
We ache for ourselves and our neighbors, standing before an uncertain future.
We pray: May love, not fear, go viral.

Inspire our leaders to discern and choose wisely, aligned with the common good.
Help us to practice social distancing and reveal to us new and creative ways to come together in spirit and in solidarity.
Call us to profound trust in your faithful presence,
You, the God who does not abandon, You, the Holy One,
breathing within us,
breathing among us,
breathing around us
in our beautiful yet wounded world.
October 13, 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As a child, I remember paging through old family photo albums. I would often come across a picture of someone who was dressed in clothes of an era long since passed. I would ask my mother, father, aunt or uncle who the person was, and they would inform me that it was a great uncle or aunt or great grandfather or grandmother. I would immediately want them to tell me their story. I was fascinated by their struggles and the contribution that they made to the family. I was proud to be connected to them and know that their accomplishments were the foundation for the life I enjoy now. Their pictures were in the family album because others cherished and appreciated the good that they had contributed.
When a bishop is appointed to a diocese, he is charged with being the leader of all of the Catholics, as well as the representative of the Catholic Church to the Christian community and the larger society of that territory. Although every bishop has his origin in a particular cultural community (for instance, mine would be Polish American), my responsibility is to the peoples of all cultural origins. As I page through the history of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, I know of its German foundations. In fact, Saint Francis de Sales Seminary is one of the oldest seminaries in the entire nation and was founded to serve the German immigrant community. In the beginning, classes were taught in German and Latin.
Many of the European communities (the Poles, Italians, Irish and others) settled in what we now know as the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. They brought with them their priests and religious communities to serve the needs of the immigrant population. They celebrated and preserved their cultural heritage. Every ethnic community has special celebrations that enrich the larger society and the Church. It is hard to imagine not having a St. Joseph’s table or St. Patrick’s Day. Currently, the Spanish-speaking community is the largest minority population and this is evident throughout the archdiocese. Although Spanish is a language common to many Latin American countries, Colombians differ from Mexicans, who differ from Ecuadorians, etc. Each possesses its own cultural celebrations and expressions of devotional faith.
The archdiocese expresses its family identity through the peoples who profess the Faith. On Sunday, October 11, I had the privilege of celebrating a Mass for the Asian Pacific Islander communities at St. Martin of Tours Parish in Franklin, Wisconsin. It may come as a surprise to some, but the Asian community is the fastest-growing Catholic population in the world. I have come to know various witnesses of the Faith, the martyrs in those various communities who proclaimed the love of Christ and produced baptisms and members of the Catholic Church.
The Mass is an annual celebration of Asian Unity (Chinese, Filipinos, Koreans, Vietnamese, Hmong, Kieran, Myanmar, etc.) that normally takes place at Mater Christi Chapel at the Mary Mother of the Church Pastoral Center. This year, because of COVID-19, the Mass was offered outside at an altar constructed at the base of Our Lady of Vietnam in St. Martin’s Cemetery. Participants wore masks and socially distanced themselves charitably, respecting the concerns of their fellow worshippers. There were still a few people in the native dress of their country, which is always a treat to see. Native languages were also used for the Prayers of the Faithful during Mass.
This year, I was robbed of admiring the parade of colorful dresses that our Asian communities display and the various statues and pictures of Our Lady which express the particular devotional practices of these Asian Communities. Hopefully, next year will be COVID-19 free, and we will be able to celebrate and enjoy all of the traditional foods after the Mass. However, at least this year we were able to dine with Christ as one family called to 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.

10/18/2020 11:15am STA Avery Fell
10/18/2020 11:15am STA Sebastian E. Gauthier
10/18/2020 11:15am STA Tanner Jacobson
10/18/2020 11:15am STA Jacob Michael Felber
10/18/2020 11:15am STA Alayna Meinholz
10/18/2020 11:15am STA Dayton Hartmann
10/18/2020 11:15am STA Grant Russell Ignatowoski
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

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.