This is an unprecedented time for everyone and we are doing our best to keep our staff and parishioners as safe as possible. Below are the steps we are taking to minimize exposure:

  • Until further notice, we are operating the Parish Office remotely via email and phone. There will NOT be anyone onsite to help you. If you need assistance that requires meeting staff onsite you MUST make an appointment with Heather Goeden (at heather@sttheresemke.org or 414-771-2500) first so that we can make sure someone is there to help you.
  • We have cancelled Catechesis classes, including CLOW, for the next two weeks – March 15th and March 22nd – and possibly longer.  Lessons are being sent to families so learning can continue.
  • We have removed the Holy Water stoops from the church entrances.
  • We are distributing Communion only under one species until further notice. The Church teaches that Christ is present, whole and entire, in either species.(CCC#1377)
  • We are asking people to refrain from receiving the Eucharist on their tongue and receive in their hand only.
  • We are encouraging the congregation to refrain from physical contact during the Our Father and the Sign of Peace. A nod of the head or a slight bow are acceptable substitutes for physical contact.
  • We have placed hand sanitizers at each entrance and there are always sanitizers on the altar for the Eucharistic Ministers and Presiders.
  • We are wiping down all door handles, hand rails, etc. more frequently with antibacterial wipes/sprays.
  • We are asking our committees to meet remotely. Or if they do meet in person to use social distancing.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Fr. Joe Koyickal at frjoe@sttheresemke.org or 414-771-2500 x1 or Heather Goeden at heather@sttheresemke.org or 414-771-2500 x2.

Stay safe and healthy!

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March 12, 2020

Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki Dispenses Catholics from their Sunday Mass Obligation Due to Coronavirus

MILWAUKEE ― The Archdiocese of Milwaukee announced today that Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki has dispensed Catholics from their obligation to attend Sunday Mass due to concerns about the spread of Covid-19, the coronavirus. The dispensation will cover the next two weeks, including Masses for Sundays March 15, 22 and 29. Masses will still be celebrated across the 10 counties of the archdiocese, but the obligation to attend Sunday Mass will be lifted, leaving attendance to people’s individual judgment.

“If people are fearful about crowds or if there are people who are older or suffer from an existing medical condition, we do not want to put them at any additional risk,” Archbishop Listecki said. “These are measures to prevent an increase in the spread of a virus and serve as a safety net for the next two weeks. After that, we will reevaluate.”

Sunday Mass is available in the archdiocese via broadcast in two forms, on the radio, at 9 a.m., Sunday mornings, on Radio 920 AM, W.O.L.F., and on broadcast television on WVTV, My24 at 7 a.m., and 9 a.m., and on WITI Fox 6, at 5:30 a.m.

In place of attending Mass for those Catholics who choose to remain home, the Church asks that they set aside a similar amount of time for private prayer and reflection.

The obligation to attend Sunday Mass dates back to the 4th century. The Second Vatican Council reiterated the Church’s requirement that the faithful attend Mass on Sunday, as the chief act of worship for Catholics.

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The annual St. Therese Easter Egg Hunt will be Saturday, April 11th in Heck Hall.

Contact Heather in the Parish Office to sign up.

Please sign up by Sunday, April 5th. It is very important that we have a count of how many children to expect in advance due to how we run the event.

Gather for some pre-hunt activities at 10:30AM. The hunt will begin promptly at 11:00AM.

Bring your camera for photos with the Easter bunny! All are welcome!

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Soup-er Game Night

February 26, 2020 by Heather

Please join us for “Soup-er Game Night” March 27th.

The Christian Formation Committee will be hosting a new Lenten event this year on Friday, March 27th from 6:00pm–8:00pm to nurture and enrich our Parish relationships.

We will start with a soup and sandwich dinner together and then have some games. We are excited to offer a faith based game we can do as a group with breaks for traditional favorites.

Click on the sign up genius below to RSVP by March 22nd, or contact the Parish office to let us know you are coming. We hope to see you there!

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Disciple Maker Index Survey

February 24, 2020 by Heather

The Disciple Maker Index Survey is open at  www.disciplemakerindex.com.

Each parishioner age 18 or older is asked to fill out the survey. The survey will give you an opportunity to reflect on your own spiritual growth and provide feedback on our parish’s efforts to help you grow in your faith. This information will be invaluable to Fr. Joe and our various ministries as we plan for the future.

Please help us by completing the 10-15 minute survey as soon as possible.

The survey will only be available from February 23rd – March 23rd. All individual responses will be confidential and the parish will only receive information about the community as a whole.

We will receive the results this spring/summer at which time we will share what we have learned with the entire parish.

Thank you for helping with this important project!

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Join us at a Lenten Communal Penance Service on Thursday, March 26th at 6:30pm in the Church.  Individual confessions will be heard following for those interested.  All are welcome.

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At this time, all Masses and activities have been cancelled until April 3rd withe the exception of the Archdiocesan Day of Reconciliation – Wednesday, April 1st from 8:00AM to 8:00PM at St. Margaret Mary Parish

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The Catholic Church asks each member to preserve the penitential character and purpose of Lent. For this reason:

  • Catholics who have celebrated their 14th birthday are bound to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and each Friday of Lent.
  • Catholics who have celebrated their 18th birthday, in addition to abstaining from meat, should fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Hence, on those days they should eat only one full meal. Smaller quantities of food may be taken at two other meals, but no food should be consumed at other times during those two days. The obligation of fasting ceases with the celebration of one’s 59th birthday.
  • Catholics should not lightly excuse themselves from these prescribed minimal penitential practices.

 

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Parish Potluck

January 31, 2020 by Heather

Join us on Sunday, February 23rd after the 9:00am Mass for an all parish potluck. The parish will provide beverages. We are asking those attending to please bring a dish to pass that shows off your heritage or ethnicity.

If your last name starts with:

  • A-I please bring a dessert
  • J-R please bring a main dish
  • S-Z please bring a side dish

Enjoy some food and fellowship. Please let us know if you plan to attend by February 9th. Click “Sign Up” below to RSVP

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or if you do not have computer access you can call the parish office. We hope to see you there!

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Holiday Office Hours

December 5, 2019 by Heather

The Parish Office hours for the Christmas and New Year’s Holidays are as follows:

  • Sunday, December 22nd: Office Closed
  • Monday, December 23rd: 8:30am-12:30pm
  • Tuesday, December 24th: Office Closed
  • Wednesday, December 25th: Office Closed
  • Thursday, December 26th: 8:30am-4:30pm
  • Friday, December 27th: Office Closed
  • Saturday, December 28th: Office Closed
  • Sunday, December 29th: Office Closed
  • Monday, December 30th: 8:30am-4:30pm
  • Tuesday, December 31st: 8:30am-12:30pm
  • Wednesday, January 1st: Office Closed
  • Thursday, January 2nd: 8:30am-4:30pm
  • Friday, January 3rd: Office Closed
  • Saturday, January 4th: Office Closed
  • Sunday, January 5th: Office Closed

Regular Office Hours will resume on January 6th.

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