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25 September 2020 Volume 39
Prayer for a September Day

 Heavenly Father, may I not confuse my life with rebellion, but through thy guidance find peace. Help me through the perplexities that may keep me from the quietness of to-day. Keep me in sight of the great plan of life, that I may grow steadfastly toward thee. Amen.  
September 22, 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Yesterday, September 21, was the feast of St. Matthew the Apostle. He represents one of the most dramatic vocational calls recorded in Sacred Scripture. He was a tax collector, which was not a very reputable job during the time of Jesus. Tax collectors would bid on the collection of taxes because they were able to collect for the government and themselves. This gives us a perspective on the town’s dislike of Zacchaeus and the reason why everyone was so upset at Jesus for choosing to dine with him and similar individuals.
The presentation of the call is rather simple. Jesus saw Matthew at the customs post and said to him, “Follow me.” Scripture tells us that Matthew got up and followed him. It must have been a profound moment. It’s difficult to imagine that two words could so radically shape and reform one’s life. Many Scripture commentators inform us that it is probable that Matthew listened to and followed this well-known Rabbi for a while. Yet, Matthew chooses to express this profound conversion in his own Gospel in two words: “Follow me.”
This call was an invitation expressed by Jesus. There are moments in our lives when we experience an invitation, and our response will change our lives forever. One example is the response to a marriage proposal. Another is when the Holy Spirit nudges a person to commit to religious life and follow the evangelical counsels. The call to pursue the diaconate or priesthood are more examples. These are not contractual presentations, but rather personal invitations from Jesus. The response to these invitations changes lives.
Fr. Jorge Bergoglio reflected on a painting by Caravaggio entitled “The Call of Matthew.” He must have meditated on the subject matter, feeling himself a part of this presentation. Caravaggio depicts Christ making a gesture toward Matthew, who appears almost surprised as he points to himself in response to the gesture. Others in the customs tax house are preoccupied with the gold coins of their collections. The painting seems almost dark; there are no trappings of the light or holy intervention. Instead, there is only the stark depiction of a moment that is ignored by others.
Regardless of the obscurity, this is a profound transformational encounter for the one being called. Matthew must have recognized that he was a sinner. We may ask, “Why Matthew?” Or, we may wonder what stirred his soul to respond. But, we know that it was the mercy of God’s choice that makes all the difference in the world, and especially all the difference in our lives.
In a homily, Venerable Bede reflects on the call of Matthew and emphasizes the mercy of Jesus reaching out and choosing him. When a new bishop is consecrated, he chooses an episcopal motto. When Fr. Bergoglio became a bishop, he chose the motto, Miserando Atque Eligendo, which means “by mercifully choosing.” It seems that the new bishop was reminding himself that we humbly acknowledge God’s mercy in his choices, choices that make all the difference in this world. God continued to mercifully choose Bergoglio, who later became an archbishop, cardinal, and finally, the pope. Pope Francis has retained this motto and uses it now during his papacy.
We do not know much about St. Matthew. He was probably among the more educated of the Apostles. His Gospel was directed to a Jewish audience, as he describes Jesus as “the Messiah, the fulfillment of the Law and Prophets.” Tradition tells us that he preached in Judea and was later martyred in Ethiopia.
St. Matthew reminds us that we are the objects of our Lord’s mercy. Jesus calls all of us to follow Him, and we are forever changed. We must realize that it is His mercy in choosing us, and this must lead us 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.

9/26/2020 4:30pm STA Theresa Joan Hegemann
9/26/2020 4:30pm STA Brandyn Himebauch
9/26/2020 4:30pm STA Jayce Robert Hagemann
9/26/2020 4:30pm STA Avery Fell
9/26/2020 4:30pm STA Vincent Buckley
9/27/2020 11:15am STA Trinity Briann Hanley
9/27/2020 11:15am STA Abigail Grace Spiegelhoff
9/27/2020 11:15am STA Abigail Pease
9/27/2020 11:15am STA Avery Elizabeth Kuhl
9/27/2020 11:15am STA Carter Csepella
9/27/2020 11:15am STA Jack Newholm
9/27/2020 11:15am STA Aaron Buelow
9/27/2020 11:15am STA Hoyt Morrow
9/27/2020 11:15am STA Vivian Marie Effinger
Waterford Lions Chicken BBQ
Drive Through Pick-up Only
The annual Waterford Lions Chicken BBQ will be served on Sunday, October 4th at Whitford Park In Waterford between 11:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

This year, due to COVID-19, it is a drive through pick-up only meal. Tickets are $10.00 in advance and $12.00 at pick-up time. Tickets are available in advance from all Waterford Lions Club Members or at Maas & Sons Waterworks, In-home Floor & Window Fashions, and Bon Voyage Travel Services. For more information or questions, call Lion Gary at 414-659-7152. 

The Waterford Lions is the largest service organization in our community and they regularly donate to five area food pantries, including the one at the
St. Thomas Aquinas Church. 
You are invited to join us in our Annual Life Chain on Respect Life Sunday,
Oct. 4 from 2-3 p.m. 
 It is a powerful and prayerful hour in which we hold signs-
Adoption a Loving Option, etc while we pray silently.
"Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. Before you were born I dedicated you". --Jeremiah 1:5
Please meet in church parking lot 10 min. early to obtain signs--if you wish you may also bring a chair to sit and pray with us.
Thank you-- any questions call Jan , at 534-6782 
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.
St. Clare Parish in Wind Lake is seeking a full-time Director of Administrative Services (flexible schedule including evenings/weekend) to provide parish administrative needs in managerial, financial, human resource, communications, and facility areas. We are looking for a person with excellent communication, organizational, and people skills and the ability to provide oversight, multitask, prioritize, make decisions, and troubleshoot as needed. Experience in finance, fund-raising, and budget preparation along with staff supervision is helpful; basic knowledge of physical plant equipment and maintenance is a plus. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent required.
Location: St. Clare Parish, Wind Lake
Employment Type: Full time
Job Category: Parishes - Administrative
Interested candidates please submit resume and letter to: by Monday, October 5. More information can be found on the website 
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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.