Job Opening

July 30, 2008 by admin

St. Therese is looking for a Building Services Associate to perform cleaning and related services to maintain a well-groomed appearance in all areas of our building. This 25-hour per week position requires the ability to work flexible hours as position entails some evening/weekend work. If you are interested, please download the complete job description [LINK DISABLED] and employment application [LINK DISABLED]. You may return the completed application in person to the Parish Office during business hours, by fax, or by US mail.

UPDATE: This position has been filled. Thank you to all applicants!

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Drummers, Check This Out!

July 29, 2008 by admin

St. Therese Parish is very lucky to have a professional quality Praise Band. This is a cross-generational volunteer group of musicians who is versatile in many styles of music from bluegrass to jazz and Christian Rock. The Praise Band meets on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. until 8:15 to rehearse the upcoming weekend’s music for the 10:00 a.m. Liturgy during the months of September through May. The Band accompanies and supports the congregational hymns and acclamations, as well as, the choir anthems when appropriate.

However, the Praise Band needs a drummer! St. Therese Parish has a Roland TD-6V Electric Drum set to play on. Anyone who has played it has found it enjoyable.

We are inviting any percussion musician who is versatile in playing many styles of music on the trap set to join this group of fine musicians at our weekend liturgies. If you would be interested in trying us out, call Dusty at the parish office 414-771-2500 x15 or email her at: Try it! You’ll like it! And you’ll be praising God at the same time. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Mary Queen of Heaven, Mary Mother of Perpetual Help, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Our Lady of Lourdes, and Our Lady of Fatima, are just a few names used to discuss Mary the mother of Jesus, the mother of God. Why do we know her by so many names you may ask? That’s easy because she is showing us that she is one of us. And what better way to show us that than to be a vision or an apparition. Each time there has been a reported sighting of Mary, she has revealed herself in the native appearance of those with whom she revealed herself. Another interesting point is she has always chosen to reveal herself to the average person. Sightings of Mary are not by heads of state or powerful people, but by people who need her most; people who are most like she was while she walk the earth.

Non-Catholic Christians have difficulty understanding the significance we place on Mary. In fact, some even accuse Catholics of making Mary an idol to worship. Of course as Catholics we know we only worship the one true God. However, we also believe that praying to through Mary is a good thing to do. Mary has a very special relationship with Jesus. Due to that relationship, she is able to make requests. If you look at the first miracle Jesus performed at the wedding in Cana, it was at the insistence of Mary that Jesus turned water into wine.

Mary is an example of a woman called by God. Some people refer to Mary as the second Eve for she was conceived without the stain of original sin. In this way, she is for each of us, a reminder of what God intended for all people. Mary was faithful even in her lack of understanding as seen in Luke 1:26-38. She fully trusted God as she said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” This statement of faith clears the way for the Son of God to be born of a human woman. It is in her giving birth to Jesus that she becomes our spiritual mother. Mary was a disciple of Jesus following Him even to the cross. In Acts 1:14 Mary is listed as having been with the other disciples in Jerusalem before Pentecost.

Mary is special for many reasons, but for me, the most important reason is she said “YES” to God. In her willingness to serve God unconditionally, by her strength to stay by her Son during His passion, and from her ability to show herself in the world in times of trouble, she continues to be an example of how to live. May she continue to be an intercessor for the faithful as we continue to follow in the ways of her son, Jesus Christ.

This article was inspired after a Theology on Tap session with Archbishop Dolan on Thursday, July 17 which was held at Derry Hegarty’s Pub, 5328 West Bluemound Road

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A Catechetical Support Minister is needed for a 10 hour per week position here at St. Therese. The ideal candidate would have some experience as a catechist as well as basic skills using Microsoft Office. Do you have a love for God and the Catholic Church? Are you able to share the “Good News” of the Gospel? Can you be creative in advertising for programs offered at St. Therese? If you answered yes to these questions, we are looking for YOU! If you are able to work well with others and wish to share your faith, check out the full job description and download an application. To apply or if you have additional questions contact Cathy Smith.

UPDATE: This position has been filled. Thank you to all applicants!

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District 11

July 2, 2008 by admin

As per the recommendations put forth by Fr. Jim Connell, Archbishop Dolan has approved the dissolution of District 11. Yesterday, July 1st, marks the official date of that decision. Half of the parishes from that district have been added to District 13, and the other half have been added to our district, District 12. We would like to officially welcome St. Bernadette, St. Catherine-Granville, Our Lady of Good Hope, and Blessed Savior to our district! It will be determined in the fall if re-clustering is necessary and how we should go about it.

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Fr. Jim Connell’s appointment as the Vicar for Planning has ended. He has submitted his recommendations and observations to Archbishop Dolan. He would like to stress that his documents are just that–recommendations and observations. Archbishop Dolan will present his archdiocesan pastoral plan at a later date, after taking these documents into consideration. Please review the links below.

Note: These are large documents and may take a while to load. Please be patient.

You may also access each District’s Recommendations. Thank you to all those who sent letters and participated in discussions regarding these documents.

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Calling All Sound Bytes

June 3, 2008 by admin

Without adequate amplification, it is very difficult to hear the Word or the music accompaniment during our liturgies, because of the current layout of our worship space. Thanks to the donation of an anonymous donor and the expertise of Pat Hall, St. Therese Parish has a “State of the Art” sound system, which has solved this problem. Now that the system is installed and the bugs worked out, it is quite easy to operate.

The Saint Therese Sound Board Ministry is extremely important for the success of our liturgies, but the Sound Board Ministry team needs more members! Anyone from high school age and up with a passion for sound equipment is qualified. Training takes just a few minutes.

If you would like to become a member of the Sound Board Ministry Team, please contact Dusty at the Parish Office 414-771-2500 x15, or email her at to get started!

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God's Littlest People

April 24, 2008 by admin

The next session of God’s Littlest People will take place on Sunday, May 4th. Beginning at 9:00AM, families with children ages 3-7, will meet in Miriam’s Corner to learn all about Confirmation. This time around families will participate in one hour of catechesis and still have time to attend 10:00AM Mass. No breakfast on this agenda, but a delicious snack will be provided for any grumbling little tummies. Contact Christine in the Parish Office to register.

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We are the host parish for our Cluster’s Confirmation ceremony this year. Please come and support our young people as they celebrate this very important initiation rite. The mass begins at 7:00pm on Friday, April 18th right here in our church. The mass will be presided by our new Auxiliary Bishop, Bishop William Callahan, OFM. Be a part of this powerful event, and show our vibrancy!

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A Call to Repsonsibility

February 3, 2008 by admin

Join Fr. Andrew Nelson, Professor Emeritus, Moral Theology of St. Francis De Sales Seminary for prayerful discussion about the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop’s Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship document at St. Therese Parish on Wednesday, February 13th from 7:00pm until 8:30pm. For more information see this flyer, or contact Cathy Smith in the Parish Office or Ben Worley from Christ King Parish, (414) 258-2604 x 32, or send him an email.

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