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LOVE ONE ANOTHER
26 March 2021 Volume 65
March 23, 2021
 
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
 
As I begin the final three years of my tenure as the Archbishop of Milwaukee, I envision that the major struggles will be in the area of religious freedom. Never did I think that religious freedom would be fundamentally questioned and challenged for the citizens of the United States of America. The Founding Fathers were prophetic in establishing the Bill of Rights because the very first freedom ensured by the constitution was religious freedom. This freedom establishes that there is a higher authority – higher even than the state – and that all citizens should acknowledge that. The understanding was clear: from this higher authority, all people derived their rights.
 
The Declaration of Independence states: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” Not all of the Founding Fathers were theists (believed in a personal God), but they probably were all deists (believed in a creator who was not personally involved in the lives of its beings). They understood it was this Creator who bestowed dignity upon all the citizens of this country.

We are a people who pride ourselves on the freedoms established by the Constitution. Today, many of the rights that our fathers and forefathers fought and died to defend are under attack. Some even wish to shift the democratic origins into a more socialistic governing model, removing decision-making from individuals and vesting them in the increasing power of the government. Look how the freedom of speech is limited and restricted to some voices. Of course, standing in the way of this massive governmental take-over is the Church and religion. The voice of religion and the teachings of the Church can never support governmental laws that disagree with our teaching that innocent lives may never be taken. Therefore, abortion has and will always be wrong.
 
Traditional families are the domestic church, so even though quasi-families might be established, they are not abiding by the Scriptures. “So God created mankind in his image, in the image of God He created them; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27). Families are the bedrock of society’s future. Gender identification is not a matter of choice but is rooted in the physiology of a person. Take a few moments and read Cardinal Dolan’s critique of the Equality Act, which is neither equal nor equitable. Gender identification is not a personal choice motivated by one’s decision to one day be a male and the next a female. Certain serious questions must be answered before one exercises physiological change. But the Church, in her infinite wisdom, maintains the dignity and respect of all human beings, which is rooted in the fact that God created all in His image.

All Catholics should understand the importance of the ability to present the Church’s teachings and live them out without the interference or manipulation of the government. I have long maintained that the government, which is under a constitutional mandate not to establish a religion (the establishment clause), has de facto established a religion, and that religion is secularism. Secularism upholds the dependency on man alone, certification of popular mores of any social movement, and a skepticism of any religious teachings, which is diminished by belief in a Supreme Being. 

In the history of Christianity, this is not the first time the Church has been under attack because of what it represents, and this will not be the last time. But, in these United States of America, we should enjoy the freedom to profess and teach our faith and live Christ’s command to LOVE ONE ANOTHER.
 
              
Sincerely,
 
Most Reverend Jerome E. Listecki
Archbishop of Milwaukee
St Thomas School Endowment News!
 
The St Thomas School Endowment Committee has voted to provide grants to St Thomas Parish students for the 2021/2022 school year who attend a Catholic Grade School or a Catholic High School. They must be parish members for at least 2 years. The grants will be $750 per student for grade school students and $1500 per student for high school students. 
Contact Matt Fehler at 262-210-1603 or
Lloyd Sippel at 758-6480 or
email at lsippel@tds.net
to apply for the grant.
Palm Sunday/Easter Mass Sign-ups

 
The Mass sign-up process has been extremely valuable in helping us understand in person Mass attendance. Our Easter services are nearly full with only a few spots left for the 8:00pm vigil Saturday night at St. Thomas and the 6:30 am Sunday sunrise Mass at St. Clare. We will be checking people in at the doors for all the Easter Masses and do not want to turn anyone away so please register soon for a remaining spot.

There is still room at all our Palm Sunday celebrations this weekend. Please sign up below if you wish to attend in person.

As always, services will be live-streamed and recorded for those who are unable or uncomfortable attending in person.
 
Thank you in advance for your help.

NEW!! PALM DISTRIBUTION OPTIONS

We received wonderful news from the Archbishop. Parishes will be allowed to distribute palms this year! Palms will be distributed at all the Masses on Palm Sunday weekend so please sign up using the link above as registration for attending Mass in person will be required.

If you are unable to attend a Palm Sunday Mass or feel uncomfortable doing so, we have another option for you. A "DRIVE-UP" palm distribution will be held on Sunday March 28 from 1 to 2pm at both St. Clare and St. Thomas. Please feel free to drive up to the church entrance at either church during this time, remain in your vehicle and palms will be brought out to you safely.
Adoration Changes during Holy Week

There will be no Eucharist Adoration during the day on Holy Thursday, April 1st at St. Thomas. However, there will be Eucharist Adoration after 7:00pm Mass on Holy Thursday at St. Thomas until 10:00pm
Preschool News

The students in our Preschool read “Humphrey’s First Palm Sunday,” “The Story of St. Patrick’s Day,” “Notes from Jesus,” and watched a video called “The Legend of Three Trees” during Religion class. They worked on decorating a Sand Dollar, made a palm frond collage, and painted a collage. Father Ed visited with the class and read “The Legend of the Sand Dollar” by Chris Auer which tells the deeper meaning of Easter hidden within something as small as a sand dollar. This Easter tale reminds everyone everywhere that when Jesus died for us and was resurrected, he promised hope for all.
LOVE INC. MEAL
 
St. Clare is scheduled to serve the Love Inc. meal on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. There is a sign up book in the narthex. We will meet at church at 1:00 p.m. to prepare and package the meal. We will leave church at 4:30 p.m. for Love Inc. 
 
We will need 3-4 volunteers to serve. 

February Month-end Financials

Outlined below are the most current financials. We thank all our parishioners for being so generous and giving. Thank you for your ongoing support.

As a reminder, both St. Clare and St. Thomas have online giving options for your convenience. If you are interested in a one time donation or reoccurring donations, you can do either easily. Just log into the St. Clare or St. Thomas website and select the DONATE button at the top of the page. It's quick and easy!!
Spring Cemetery Cleanup
Spring cleanup will take place on March 27 at St. Thomas Cemetery. If there are any items you would like to save, please remove them beforehand. All winter decorations, Christmas wreaths, etc. will be removed and discarded on the 27thSpring and Easter memorials and decorations can then be placed beginning Palm Sunday, March 28. Please see the Rules and Regulations on the cemetery page of the STA parish website for details as to what is permitted. 

Thank you
WE NEED HELP!

We are down to our last Fish Fry!!!

Thank you to all our volunteers for providing their time and talent to make our Fish Fry's a success. Wonderful job!!!!!

We do need more help with our last Fish Fry tonight! Please look at the sign-up below and take a minute to consider donating a little time. Our 8pm - 9pm shift is in need of some volunteers for the remaining dates.

PLEASE CONSIDER VOLUNTEERING FOR ONE OR MORE FISH FRY'S
New Matrix!!!

The Archdiocese published a new matrix last week. Click below to see the new directives.
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