Members of the St. Therese Canticle Choir met for lunch to celebrate the successful end of the 2009/2010 season. These pictures are compliments of Joyce Nitka.

The Canticle Choir is accepting new members and would love to have you join us! Anyone who enjoys singing and would like to offer his or her talent to support grieving parishioners is welcome to join the Canticle Choir. This choir is most often called upon during the daytime weekday hours to lead the congregation in proclaiming God’s greatness at funerals. The Canticle Choir rehearses on the second Tuesday of the month during the months of September through May. The choir also leads the congregation at weekend liturgies twice a month during that same time frame. We’re a friendly group! Come sing God’s praises with us!

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Our very own Lee McGraw has been selected as the Wisconsin Special Olympic Athlete of the Year! Lee, who has been a member at St. Therese for many years, also serves as an usher during the weekend masses. He will be awarded with the honor at the Special Olympics Wisconsin 2010 Volunteer Awards Recognition Program on August 1st.

For more information about his Special Olympics participation, check out this article on wauwatosanow.com.

Congratulations, Lee! St. Therese is proud of you!

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Green Team Planting Party

June 15, 2010 by admin

Due to a funeral in the church, the Planting Party that was scheduled for June 19th from 9:00am-noon has been cancelled. Thank you to those that were ready to show up and get dirty! An announcement will be made with details if the party is rescheduled.

EDIT: The planting party will still be on June 19th, but will be from 8:00-10:00am. If there is still work to be finished, the planting will continue after the 10:00am mass on June 20th.

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By now, you already know that by searching the internet using GoodSearch, or stopping there before making oGoodSearch: You Search...We Give!nline purchases, St. Therese has earned more than $100 since we signed up. Well, now’s our chance to earn even more for the Little Flower! GoodSearch will donate $1 (up to $5,000 total) for every toolbar that is downloaded between May 19th at 11:00am and May 21st at 11:00am! To help our cause benefit from this contest, please download our toolbar between those dates by following this link – Download the GoodSearch toolbar.

The new toolbar is free to download and allows you to raise money for our cause virtually every time you search or shop online! Once added to IE or Firefox, each time you shop at more than 1,400 stores (from Amazon to Zazzle!) a percentage of your purchase will automatically be donated to our cause – at no cost to you (and you may even save money as the toolbar also provides you thousands of discount coupons and free shipping offers!). The toolbar also has a search box and each time you search the Internet, about a penny is donated to our cause.

Please do this right away on the 19th so that we can earn the $1 bonus per toolbar! And, please pass this along to all of your friends. The two minutes it takes to add this toolbar to your browser can make a big difference for our parish!

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The new schedule for all liturgical ministries – greeters, servers, lectors, ushers, and Eucharistic ministers – is now available online. You can always access it from the ministries page of our website, or click here to open it in a new window. It’s the first link under “Liturgical Ministries.” This will be updated each quarter with the current schedule. It’s a great way to replace a missing schedule, check it when you’re not at home, or just get a quick reminder when you don’t feel like going down to check the fridge door. Thank you to Mari Pavleje for putting the schedule together!

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Did you know that in addition to picking up a hard copy of your ministry schedule in the Sacristy, you can also download a copy from our website? Altar Servers, Greeters, Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, and now even Ushers can find a copy of the current schedule. Select Ministers Schedule under the Liturgy heading above. Now you can easily replace the one you misplaced, or check it when you’re not at home. Schedules will be updated with each quarter.

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Zoo Interchange Closures

January 26, 2010 by admin

For more information about the Zoo Interchange Project, please visit sefreeways.com

The first full weekend closure of one system connection in the Zoo Interchange is scheduled for the weekend of January 29th – February 1st, announced the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT). The following movements will be closed Friday, January 29th at 9:00pm–5:00am on Monday, February 1st.

I-894/US 45 northbound system connector ramp to I-94 westbound During this closure, traffic will be detoured onto eastbound I-94 and will exit to 84th Street to turn around and head back onto westbound I-94.

Closures are subject to change due to weather. Additional law enforcement will be patrolling the detour routes to help maintain safe and efficient traffic operations. The contractor, Milwaukee Constructors, will use this time period to place embankments for the new ramp locations. Dirt hauling operations will take place continuously throughout the weekend.

Detailed Construction update:

Tuesday, January 26th

  • Double Left Laneclosure I-94 WB from 84th St. to I-894/US 45 SB bridge 11:00pm–5:00am
  • Full closure of the I-94 WB ramp to I-894/US 45 SB 11:00pm–5:00am
  • Full closure of the ramp from I-894/US 45 SB to I-94 EB 11:00pm–5:00am
  • Full closure of the ramp from I-894/US 45 NB to I-94 WB 11:00pm–5:00am

Wednesday, January 27th

  • Double left Laneclosure I-94 WB from 84th St. to I-894/US 45 SB bridge 11:00pm–5:00am
  • Full closure of the I-94 WB ramp to I-894/US 45 SB 11:00pm–5:00am
  • Full closure of the ramp from I-894/US 45 SB to I-94 EB 11:00pm–5:00am
  • Double right Lane closure of the I-894/US 45 NB at Greenfield Ave. toI-94 WB 11:00pm–5:00am
  • Full Closure of the EB & WBGreenfield Ave entrance rampsto I-894/US 45NB 11:00pm–5:00am
  • Full closure of the I-894.US 45 NB ramp to I-94 EB 11:00pm–5:00am
  • Double Right Lane closure I-94 EB from WIS 100 to 92nd St. 11:00pm–5:00am
  • Full Closure of the ramp from STH 100 to I-94 EB 11:00pm–5:00am

Thursday, January 28th

  • Double Left Laneclosure I-94 WB from 84th St. to I-894/US 45 SB bridge 11:00pm–5:00am
  • Full closure of the I-94 WB ramp to I-894/US 45 SB 11:00pm–5:00am
  • Full closure of the ramp from I-894/US 45 SB to I-94 EB 11:00pm–5:00am
  • Double Right Lane closure of the I-894/US 45 NB at Greenfield Ave. to I-94 WB 11:00pm–5:00am
  • Full Closure of the EB & WBGreenfield Ave entrance rampsto I-894/US 45NB 11:00pm–5:00am
  • Full closure of the I-894.US 45 NB ramp to I-94 EB 11:00pm–5:00am
  • Double Right Lane closure I-94 EB from WIS 100 to 92nd St. 11:00pm–5:00am
  • Full Closure of I-94 EB STH 100 – 92nd St. – Rolling Stop 3:00am
  • Full Closure of the ramp from STH 100 to I-94 EB 11:00pm–5:00am

Friday, January 29th

  • Single left Laneclosure I-94 WB from 84th St. to I-894/US 45 SB bridge 11:00pm–8:00am
  • Full closure of the I-94 WB ramp to I-894/US 45 SB 11:00pm–8:00am
  • Full closure of the ramp from I-894/US 45 NB to I-94 WB 9:00pm–5:00am Monday

Saturday, January 30th

  • Full closure of the ramp from I-894/US 45 NB to I-94 WB until 5:00am Monday

Sunday, January 31st

  • Full closure of the ramp from I-894/US 45 NB to I-94 WB until 5:00am Monday

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Have a "Green" Christmas

December 5, 2009 by admin

“Green ” Christmas ideas from the Green Team and the Urban Ecology Center

It’s holiday decorating time and we’ve got a couple of “green” decorating tips for you. Your home can be festive and eco-friendly this year!

If you get a live tree make sure no harmful pesticides or fertilizers were used when growing it so you can mulch it or compost it for your garden after the holidays. Or, if you prefer artificial trees, look for one at a “pre-loved” store like Goodwill.

Send a holiday e-card. About 2.5 billion holiday cards are sold each year. You can save money and the planet by sending yours electronically!

Decorate and reuse brown paper bags for eco-friendly wrapping paper with a personal touch. Or, buy recycled wrapping paper.

Use LED or solar powered lights to decorate your house and save energy.

Wrap presents in re-usable items, such as a scarf, dish towel, or canvas bags for grocery shopping!

There are lots more things you can do to make this holiday season more earth-friendly! Just think about how people used to decorate before there was so much mass produced holiday stuff. Use cut evergreen branches and fruits and nuts for fragrant decorations. Consider baking edible gingerbread holiday ornaments and reusing decorations you already have instead of buying new ones.

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Due to publication deadlines, submission deadlines are earlier than normal from now until the end of the year. Please note the following deadlines when planning any articles you may want to submit. Please remember that these deadlines are firm. Thank you for planning ahead.

Date of Bulletin Submission Deadline
December 20th December 9th, 12:00 noon
December 27th December 15th, 8:30am
January 3rd, 2010 December 23rd, 12:00 noon

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Ways to curtail CO2 Emissions

October 31, 2009 by admin

Tips from the St. Therese Green Team

Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to operate a TV for 3 hours.

If no one requested ATM receipts it would save 2 billion feet of paper a year.

Bring a mug with you when you stop for coffee. Added benefit: most coffee shops give you a discount for this!

Try using vinegar and water as a glass and countertop cleaner.

If we all recycled 25% of our newspapers, we could save close to 70,000 trees.

Lettuce and herb gardens can be grown year round indoors.

Have a “swap” party with your neighbors and friends!

Buy food from the bulk aisle. There is no packaging to dispose of. As an added bonus, it’s cheaper!

Drive off as soon as you start your car’s engine. Modern engines don’t need time to warm up.

Play a board game instead of watching TV or a DVD.

Arrange to have your bills sent electronically to reduce paper waste.

Pay your bills on line. Many banks offer free online banking.

Hang your clothes out to dry. You’ll be amazed how wonderful they smell!

Air dry dishes instead of using your dishwasher’s drying cycle.

Clean the lint filter in the dryer after every load to improve air circulation.

Turn off your computer and monitor when not in use.

Wash and dry full loads. If you are washing a small load, use the appropriate water-level setting.

Keep tires properly inflated and aligned to improve your gasoline mileage by around 3.3%.

Check into telecommuting, carpooling and public transit to cut mileage and car maintenance costs.

Clear out your car; extra weight decreases gas mileage.

Consider light wall colors to minimize the need for artificial lighting.

Lower the thermostat on your hot water heater to 120° F

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