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LOVE ONE ANOTHER
14 May 2021 Volume 72
May 11, 2021
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
 
Undoubtedly, Mary is honored throughout the year. However, two months that direct our attention to the Blessed Mother more than others are May and October. October is the month of the Most Holy Rosary, a powerful prayer that is the go-to private prayer of choice for most Catholics. May, of course, is the other month because it draws all of Our Lady’s children to recognize her unique role as Mother, uniting us to her Son.
 
On Sunday, which was Mother’s Day, we celebrated a prayerful tribute to Our Lady at the Marian Shrine, located in Milwaukee. It was a reminder for all of us of the importance of Mary’s role in salvation history. For Catholics, her importance is indisputable. Her fiat, her yes to God’s invitation to be the Mother of her Son, changed the course of human history. The abiding trust that she had in God’s will is an example for all of us, teaching us to invite God into all of the difficult choices we must face in our lives.
 
A mother knows her child; it is one of the strongest bonds among humans. I have often been amazed being in the presence of a mother when she hears her child’s cries. She can instantly tell if the cry is one of frustration or one of physical hurt, allowing her to respond appropriately. A mother can tell immediately what the child needs by the physical behavior she observes in the child (hungry, sleepy, or even needing the bathroom).
 
The Gospel on Sunday, which was proclaimed by Fr. Timothy Kitzke, was the story of the wedding feast in Cana. It is one of my favorite passages. This passage contains the last words recorded in Scripture spoken by Mary. The words could not be more profound: “Do whatever he tells you” (John 2:5). Mary always draws us to her Son. One of the great titles bestowed on Mary, which was given to her at the end of the Second Vatican Council, was Mary, Mother of the Church. It is obvious to me that Mary keeps us focused on her Son and the Church, the bride of her Son.
 
I am always amazed at the wisdom of my mother. Though my mother passed away almost 20 years ago, her voice still echoes in my mind when I approach difficult decisions. She would say, “Invite God into the problem through prayer and remember, doing the right thing might be difficult, but it is the only way to respect the will of God in our actions.” Our Lady’s words resonate: “Do whatever he tells you.”
 
My prayer this month is for all the mothers who read this LOA, and for those mothers who have gone to their rest in God. I offer in thanksgiving to God all of the mothers who shaped the words of Jesus in our lives and showed us how to LOVE ONE ANOTHER.
       
Sincerely,
 
Most Reverend Jerome E. Listecki
Archbishop of Milwaukee
This Weekend's Mass Worship Aid
June 4 Fish Fry is a go!!
 
Although our Country Fair cannot take place this year, volunteers are planning to offer our traditional Fish Fry in June. This will be a drive-thru only so come out and take home some wonderful food.
 
We also need a few volunteers for our clean-up team! Please look at the sign-up below and take a minute to consider donating a little time. Many hands make small work!
 
PLEASE CONSIDER VOLUNTEERING AND SIGN UP TODAY
Love Begins Here
Local, Life-Changing Mission Trips for High School Youth


Hello St. Clare and St. Thomas Students and Parents,
 
I'm thrilled to announce St. Thomas is hosting a local Mission Trip opportunity this July. This is for anyone entering into 9th grade through 12th grade. St. Clare and St. Thomas youth are welcome to attend along with other youth from surrounding communities. Our youth will spend time, praying, reflecting, getting to know each other and going out into the Waterford/Wind Lake community to volunteer. Community activities may include helping the elderly with yardwork, visiting a senior center, organizing/cleaning parish storage areas, etc.
 
When: July 5-9 2021
Where: St. Thomas

  Please watch the 2 minute video below to learn more
If you like what you saw, please go to the Arch website to fill out an application. Click the link below!
If you have any questions or would like to know more.....
contact me. I will be sending more information soon so stay tuned!
 
Blessings,
 
Maureen LeGros
St. Clare/St. Thomas Youth minister

          KNIGHT’S COUNCIL 8172 FUND RAISER AT THE BEAR DEN

Things are returning to normal and we understand that the Bear Den has been busy with a good number of visitors after their opening on May 8th. As part of our ongoing efforts to support special needs and people with disabilities, Knight’s Council 8172 will be at the Bear Den in Waterford on June 12th between 11am & 2pm selling brats as a fund raiser for these worthy causes.

Come join us on June 12th in support of a great local zoo and have a brat to support members of our community. Thanks in advance for your support.

Knights Council 8172
Can we help?

Can we help with any outdoor projects such as yard clean-up, weeding, garage organizing, planting flowers, etc?? We are in need of a few jobs in the coming weeks to gain some experience since this is new to us. We will also have a high school mission trip in our St. Clare and St. Thomas community the week of July 5 thru 9 and will be looking for a number of projects for our youth to participate in during that week. Love Begins Here is a new initiative by the Archdiocese and we are hosting one of their first local mission trip programs for teens.  

We need to keep the jobs outdoors due to COVID restrictions. If you are unable to complete yard work or need assistance, please contact one of the parish offices or click the link below to sign-up. Projects will be considered once we match the teens to fill the type of service work needed. Although we can't make any promises, we need to begin creating a list of potential sites to keep our mission teens busy!  
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Life’s Connection Baby Envelope
Fundraiser Opportunity

Baby Envelopes are due this weekend! Please mail your envelope directly to Life’s Connection. Your donation helps families in need! On behalf of Life’s Connection we along with our 1,700 families we serve each year thank you deeply for your support. Please feel free to visit us anytime!! We would love to show you the great things happening! 
 
For more information, please visit
 or stop in for a beautiful tour at either of our centers.
We will have more inspiring stories to share with you.
 
Mukwonago – 307 S Rochester Street
Waukesha – 494 W Main Street
 
If you would like to support our mission you can safely give on-line at https://www.lcmission.com/donate.html or you can mail your support to one of our centers. We invite you to take a tour of our centers so you can experience the wonderful resources that are available to those in need in our community. Thank you for considering supporting our mission.
Congratulations Graduates!!!

At the end of this month, St. Thomas Aquinas preschool will celebrate the graduation of our first class of preschool students. One of our Faith Formation preschoolers also graduated this year.

We will miss them but know they are well prepared for their next level of education.

Congratulations
Camp De Sales
Summer 2021

Have you ever considered discerning a call to the priesthood or just wanted to learn more. The Archdiocese is offering several opportunities to learn more.

High School Vocational Camp
Sunday June 20 at 6pm - Wednesday, June 23 at noon.
St. Francis de Sales Seminary

Middle School Vocational Day Camps
Saturday, June 19
Thursday, July 22
Tuesday August 10
9am-3pm
St. Francis de Sales Seminary

All camps will include Mass, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Rosary, Confessions, spiritual talks, sports, recreation, fellowship and discussion.

To register, visit thinkpriest.org or call the Vocation Office at
414-747-6437

For other summer events and opportunities and to stay connected this summer, visit us at

The Archdiocese released a new COVID Comeback matrix on April 28. Many changes. See 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.