St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Faith Community Newsletter
Update as of March 28, 2020. Below is the link to the recorded mass for Sunday, March 29, 2020.
Update as of 3/25/2020
Due to recent directives from the Government and Health Services, the church will no longer be open for public prayer/reflection during the day. We must all do our part and pray from home rather than venturing out.
Additionally, the parish office is now closed to the public. Although staff may come and go during the day to keep things in order, the rectory doors will be locked.
The Archbishop also announced yesterday that Palm Sunday and Easter services will not be open to the public. Video recordings of the masses will be available with more information to follow.
Update as of 3/24/2020
CHANGE!!!!! Confessions have been canceled. Due to stricter guidelines by the Governor and the Archbishop, in-person confessions will not be available at this time.
Wednesday, March 25 confession at St. Clare has been canceled
Saturday, March 28 confession at St. Thomas has been canceled
Update as of 3/22/2020. Below is the link to the recorded mass for Sunday, March 22, 2020.
Additional news below
Events that have unfolded over the past few weeks are unprecedented and remind us more than ever to keep faith with God. The aggressive steps taken by our government and our Archbishop are not only necessary but critical for us to take seriously, in an effort to keep our families and others as safe and healthy as possible. This is a time when we must all come together and support each other. Here at St. Thomas, we implemented a number of changes as directed by the Archbishop and include the following:
Our weekday and weekend masses will not be open to the public for the next few weeks. This decision will be re-evaluated April 2 with further actions at that time. I will continue to celebrate mass each day even though parishioners cannot attend. We are planning to record the weekend mass and make it available on our website and through other channels if you wish to view it. More information will follow as we further develop this delivery method.
Our Lenten evening services have been canceled in order to eliminate gatherings greater than 10 people.
Our Confirmation students worked very hard to prepare for the Sacrament but the celebration has been postponed until a later date.
Although weddings, funerals and baptisms can be scheduled, they are subject to the same limit of not more than 10 people. It is suggested that these events be scheduled at a later date, if possible.
Our Lenten fish fries have been canceled. We initially thought a drive through option would be feasible but decided the risk to our loyal volunteers was too great.
The Senior program and the You & Me program have been suspended.
Parish leadership meetings are being held virtually or through email communication only.
Our face-to-face Faith Formation classes have been canceled. Some work is being provided to our students electronically.
Although our parish office remains open, we have reduced the number of people present each day and will closely monitor this decision.
We continue to publish our bulletin online each week with a few printed copies in the back of church. The church will remain open from 8 am to 8 pm each day if you wish to stop in for reflection and quiet prayer. I ask that you ensure there are never more than 10 people in attendance at any one time.
Do you or someone you know need assistance????
Events that have unfolded over the past few weeks are unprecedented and remind us more than ever to keep our faith with God. During this unusual time, St. Thomas Aquinas would like to help.
If you or someone you know needs assistance over the next few weeks, please contact our parish office at 262-534-2255. Whether it be grocery shopping, walking your dog or just talking to someone on the phone, please call our parish office and we will put you in touch with one of our volunteers. We know there may be elderly people or people at higher risk who cannot leave their homes or are unable to find the supplies they desperately need. Please reach out and we will be there!
Also, for those willing to help with this outreach ministry, please call the parish office and offer your time/talent. We will get through this with our faith and our love for each other.