One faith community, two worship sites
18 September 2020 Volume 38
A Prayer of Praise

Praise to You, God, for long warm days,

for buzzing bees and chirping crickets, 

for shade trees and gentle breezes.

Praise to You for the earth’s rotation,

for our cycle around the sun,

for “sun, moon, and stars in their courses above.”

Praise to You for the order of the universe,

the variety of the seasons,

and the gift of another summer. 

Saturday, November 14, 2020 
St. Thomas Church, Waterford, WI 
This Saturday morning session will allow you learn more about the Bible and its message, grow in your appreciation for Christian community life, and encounter Christ in ways that are transforming. 
Daniel Scholz, PhD, “The Gospel of Mark” 
8:30 -10:00 am 
Michael Donahou, PhD, “How St. Paul helped make Christianity more open to Gentiles” 
10:30 – 12:00 noon 
September 15, 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
With all due respect to baseball, the national pastime, the most anticipated opening of any sports season is the first Sunday of football. And, we live in the state that spawned the Green Bay Packers. Many Wisconsinites religiously declare their allegiance to the Pack and work their Sunday schedules around game-time. However, something is definitely different this season. There is the absence of what is traditionally referred to as the sixth man in basketball.
The sixth man represents the people in the stands, the fans, who cheer the team on to victory and voice their displeasure at the referees’ poor calls. This sixth man often inspires and lifts the spirits of the home team. I am sure many of us can recall a game that was literally won through the inspiration and motivation provided by the crowd. Oh, for sure, technology will throw in some crowd noises with a few shouts and boos appropriately placed. It will be similar to laugh-tracks that TV shows put into pre-recorded sitcoms. The diehard fans will deal with it because, of course, they can view their sport under any condition.
Watching the game this Sunday brought back memories of scrimmages that high schools and colleges played outside of the normal schedule. These games were closed to the public and had all the trappings of a real game, but it was more of a teaching device than an actual contest. Granted, we were not being paid millions of dollars to compete. But, then again, there is always the love for the game that is a part of all amateurs’ enthusiasm. It will be interesting to note how many people will come back with the same enthusiasm that built the NFL throughout the years. It remains to be seen.
This pandemic has challenged us to prioritize our lives to determine what is truly important. I have often stated that what made the “Greatest Generation” the greatest is how these men and women established their priorities. To put it simply, it was God, family and country.
We are blessed to understand that everything we have comes from God. How do we demonstrate our thanksgiving and return the blessings He has bestowed on us? Worship on Sunday is a good start. Our families have helped to define and support us through their love. Hopefully, we have rediscovered the importance of these relationships and are making sure that we are present at significant family gatherings.
We live in a country that has enshrined freedom. Our freedoms are established under law, to protect them and us. Human frailties have at times sidetracked us from addressing critical issues and, of course, much work still needs to be accomplished. However, people will risk their lives to come to this country, and we are blessed to have men and women will who defend our country’s existence and the right to enjoy our freedoms, apart from crime and violent intimidation. We can do our part by making sure we are informed about candidates and exercising our right to vote.
The very first freedom that our founders expressed in the Bill of Rights was the freedom of religion. Some will argue, and I agree, that this is the reason our country was founded: to ensure the ability to freely practice one’s faith. Perhaps, the wisdom of the founders was that they knew listening to God and His Word would hold us together through any challenge and remind us to LOVE ONE ANOTHER.         
Most Reverend Jerome E. Listecki
Archbishop of Milwaukee
A message from Fr. Ed
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.

9/20/20 9:30am SC Bryn Broetzmann
9/20/20 9:30am SC Liliana O’Dwyer
9/20/20 9:30am SC Payton O’Dwyer
9/20/20 9:30am SC Alexis Vinohradsky
9/20/20 9:30am SC Cassius Kopier
This weekend, the second of two groups from St. Thomas and St. Clare will celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation. On Sunday at 2:00 pm, these special individuals will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit in front of their families/sponsors. Please congratulate them, wish them well and welcome them into our parish community. 
Adam Swiecichowski
Carissa Baumgartner
Haley Schmutzer
Jack Brekke
Jack Tupy
Josh Theys
Joseph Cramer
Macy Wanasek
Dylanger Engel
Matthew Buske
Ashley Hanley
Emily Hanley
Nathan Hanley
Thalia Robollar
Victoria Jastroch
Cara Krien
Kennedy Krygiel
Emma McPhetridge
Liana Ostrowski
Grace Peterson
Lucas Roamer
Gavin Roanhouse
Jonathan Sackman
Brenna Shecterele
Samantha Seib
Reily Sieren
Nicole Vizer
Connor Warnke
Molly Witzeling
Connor Zach
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 
Catholic Stewardship Appeal

So many people across the Archdiocese of Milwaukee are in need of help. This pandemic has caused many untold hardships and struggles for families and individuals throughout our communities. It has also strained the resources of the Church, as the needs have been greater than ever before.
Hope, faith and charity have never been more critical than now.
People are hurting. The Church, through help from the Catholic Stewardship Appeal, is providing outreach and comfort, emotional and spiritual support, as well as emergency assistance to help make families whole again. You have the power to assist in making this possible. What would you give to assist those in need?

Visit for more information on how the Appeal is impacting lives, or to make a secure, online donation

Thank you for your generosity and commitment in supporting those who are looking for a helping hand. May God bless you.
Yours in faith,
Rob Bohlmann
Director, Catholic Stewardship Appeal
Archdiocese of Milwaukee
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.
Our Preschool is open. Join now!
St. Thomas Preschool students are having fun exploring their new classrooms and meeting new friends. Our Catholic program offers a hands-on play curriculum and environment that nurtures the spiritual, social, emotional and intellectual development of each child. We offer Full Day, Half Day and Extended Care Programs. Call or contact:

Erika Rondeau, Director
Back by popular demand!!
Friday, September 18, 2020
**Drive Thru Option Only
 No Dine In**
Fish fry includes: Choice of baked or fried fish, choice of French fries or baked potato, coleslaw, Rye bread & Tartar sauce

$12.00 Adult - $10.00 Child
Desserts available - $1.00 Each
305 S. 1st Street, Waterford
For everyone’s safety, current CDC guidelines
will be followed
Help needed!!
We desperately need help cleaning up after the Sept. 18 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
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 

Gentlemen, have you tried time and again to prayerfully read scripture only to become frustrated because you "just don't get it?" Here is an opportunity to change that. Matthew: The King and His Kingdom is designed so that anyone can make sense of the Bible and experience the life-changing power of God's word. At the core of Matthew is the concept that there is a story running through the seventy-three books of the Bible that ties all of Scripture together and makes sense not just of the Bible, but of our lives as well. That story is God's plan as it has unfolded throughout salvation history and continues to unfold today. Once we grasp this "big picture" the readings at Mass begin to make more sense, our Scripture reading and study come to life, and we see how our lives fit into God's loving plan.
This study consists of home preparation, video presentation and small group discussion. The video and group discussions will be presented either online in a Zoom meeting or at church. Both online and in person will take place at the same time. If choosing to do it online , all that is needed is a device to access the internet. Weekly sessions will start on Monday September 28 at 7 pm. This study is open to all men, confirmation age and older.
For more information go to or contact Dave Hintz, 262-844-4808 or Jerry Roslawski,
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.