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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St. Therese Parish is hosting its first Harvest Craft Fair on the weekend of November 7th/8th. We have filled the hall with 26 of the areas crafters, and they are all looking forward to selling their wonderful handmade items. Please join us for this free event, for a great fundraiser and friend-raiser. We have many beautiful handmade raffle items as well, for which you can purchase a chance to win. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. A portion of the proceeds from the raffle will be donated to Hunger Task Force. In fact, if you bring and donate 2 non-perishable food items, you will receive a free raffle ticket. (Limit 2 free tickets per person.)

Concessions will be available all weekend, including donuts and coffee on Saturday morning. There will be a separate room where you may sit and relax away from the bustle of the fair while you enjoy your food.

Entertainment Books will also be on sale all weekend. A Milwaukee-area edition is only $35 ($5 off the cover price!) and you can take it home with you and start saving immediately. Perhaps you have relatives out-of-town, or perhaps your family has a “summer home” in some other part of the country? You will be able to order an Entertainment book from any region of the country for anywhere from $25-$40. Canada and Puerto Rico editions are also available. Payment is due on purchase, so please plan ahead! Checks will be accepted for Entertainment Books only. Remember, they make great Christmas gifts!

This is a completely indoor, handicap-accessible event, with ample free parking. We hope to see you there!

Now, we still need plenty of volunteers in order to make this event a successful fundraiser for the parish. If you are willing and able to volunteer a few hours of your time on the weekend of November 6th-8th, please call Courtney in the Parish Office to discuss your availability. We especially need help for set up and clean up.

We are also in need of some food items for our concession stand. We need cookies/bars/brownies, cans of diet soda, individual-size bags of chips, shredded cheese and shredded lettuce. Please, shredded only. If you are able to donate any of these items, please bring them to the Parish Office any time during business hours next week, or on November 7th from 6:00-8:00pm.

We are looking forward to this event, and we believe it will be quite successful, but we need your help to pull it off. If you have any questions, please email the Craft Fair Coordinators with any questions you may have. Thank you for anything you can do!

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Thank You, Green Team!

October 26, 2009 by admin

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Poverty in Milwaukee is at record levels. More than 14% of Milwaukee residents live at or below the poverty level and 1 out of 3 children grow up without the money to meet their basic needs. Milwaukee suffers form the ninth-worst childhood poverty rate in the country, and seventh-worst poverty rate overall.

St. Therese parish is again invited to meet the challenge of helping end hunger in the Milwaukee area and the world. This year’s CROP Walk will be held on Sunday, October 11th, 2009, starting from Veterans Park at the Milwaukee Lakefront.

This year, we have set a goal of having 50 walkers representing our parish participate in the CROP Walk. Please consider joining us for a beautiful fall afternoon by Milwaukee’s Lakefront.

On the CROP Walk website, there are areas to be an “E-Walker” or to sponsor your favorite walker: go to the Milwaukee Crop Hunger Walk page to sign up as an individual, as a family, or a whole team, and then start e-mailing family and friends to sponsor you. You could can also go directly to St. Therese team and sign up with us! We will also be available after mass on September 26th/27th or October 3rd/4th to register you in person.

Even if you are unable to join us at the walk, you can still help!

  • Donate food during our food drive leading up to the CROP Walk. Our parish walkers will be taking the food down to the CROP Walk to donate to Hunger Task Force. Please take a look at the list of preferred items below. Children, the elderly and the ill are less likely to suffer from under-nutrition or malnutrition when they receive a diet of preferred food items.
  • Sponsor one of our walkers!
  • Volunteer! We would appreciate help registering walkers at St. Therese, stuffing bulletins on September 2nd and/or transporting collected food to the CROP Walk on October 11th. The Greater Milwaukee CROP Walk also needs help at the Lakefront on the 11th to help distribute crop walk buttons, work in the registration tent, food spotters to direct food delivery to the packaging site, route markers and many other opportunities.
Members of the 2008 St. Therese CROP Walk team

Members of the 2008 St. Therese CROP Walk team

Food items needed include: canned corn, green beans, carrots and peas, dry cereal, oatmeal, grits, pancake mixes, canned pears, apricots, pineapple and peaches, powdered or concentrated infant formula (Nestle Good Start), baby food and diapers, pastas, rice (plain or mixes), potato mixes, macaroni and cheese dinners, canned meat, poultry, fish, peanut butter, beans, nuts and high-protein main dishes such as chili and stews, canned or dry soups (vegetable, tomato, chicken and pea). Before you donate, check to ensure that the food is not expired, damaged, unlabeled or opened.

I know that we can meet our goal and have fun helping to prevent poverty and hunger here in Milwaukee and across the world. To volunteer or for further questions, you can talk to Barb Gritzmacher (third from left in photo), Donna Maccani (sixth from left), or Cathy Smith (holding the sign).

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Entertainment Book Sales

August 19, 2009 by admin

Our Entertainment Book Sales are finally and officially underway! The books arrived this week, so thank you to all who have sold in advance. This weekend will be your first opportunity to pick up your books to deliver your orders. The books are $35 each, but anyone who’s had one before knows that they pay for themselves in just a few uses. We will be selling them after all masses one weekend a month until the end of the year. We will also be selling them all weekend at our Craft Fair on November 7th/8th. Take a peek at this flyer to see just a few of the businesses that offer coupons in the book.

Do you spend winters in a warmer climate? Or perhaps you’d like to give one as a gift to relatives in another state. You can now purchase Entertainment Books for any region in the country and still give credit to St. Therese. Simply click here to go to the website to search for the book you want and order it online. A lot of other regions are even cheaper than the Milwaukee edition! If you are uncomfortable ordering online, please contact Courtney or Cathy in the Parish Office to request your book, and once we receive your check to cover the amount, we will place the order for you.

This is an amazing fundraiser for us. If each family in our parish purchases just one book (500 total), we will earn $8500 pure profit. All we have to do is sell 50 books to reach the highest profit margin. At that point, we will be earning 50% of each book’s cover price. We would like to make this a yearly event, but it depends how well it goes this year. Please help us reach our goal by asking your family and friends to purchase one, or buy them as Christmas gifts–they’re good until November 2010.

Still not sure if you’re ready to buy one? Please stop by our table under the balcony at church this weekend and thumb through one of the books. We’re sure that you’ll find plenty of businesses that you already patronize. You will save money on the things you already purchase! That’s just smart shopping.

Thanks to all of you who have already supported this endeavor!

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The 2nd Annual Ministry Fair will be held on September 12th/13th following each of the weekend Masses. All Committees, Groups, and Ministries are invited to be present to talk with parishioners about the many opportunities to be active members of St. Therese. You are also invited to supply treats and have visual aids to encourage and welcome visitors to visit your table. Each group is responsible for staffing their own space. Please submit the form below by September 6th to register your group. If you have any questions, please contact Alice Kennedy.

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Zoo Interchange Alert

August 9, 2009 by admin

The following post is from Dianne Dagelen, parishioner and member of the Zoo Interchange Committee.

Friends and Neighbors:

In order for your Zoo Interchange Comment to count, you need to identify which DOT (Dept of Transportation) plan you prefer. Voicing only your concerns will not count toward the plan that DOT selects. If you did not specify a plan in a prior Comment, you may do so with an additional Comment form. You may send in more than one form. Only Comments received after the June 24th Environmental Impact Statement draft will be counted. Earlier Comments have been discarded.

See below for Comment mailing address, fax or email address. Form is attached. The deadline for Comments on the Zoo Interchange has been extended to August 10th.

In addition to identifying specific issues that you believe DOT inadequately or incorrectly dealt with (eg., rail, wetlands, noise, ponds), you need to specify which of the five alternatives you prefer: No-Build, 6 lane N1, 6 lane N3, or 8 lane (N1 or N3). Go to http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/projects/sefreeways/zoomap.htm for maps and descriptions of each. Summary of DOT draft Environmental Impact Statement:

No-Build: Cost: $960 Million. Retains current concrete footprint, with some safety improvements and additions made. Bridges will be re-built; roads rebuilt and maintained.

Impact: No additional concrete/impermeable space to the current 9 mile interchange. All 7.1 acres of wetlands untouched. No loss of natural areas. No retention / detention ponds. Honey Creek and Underwood Parkways remain intact (no clear-cutting). Zoo and Chippewa Park remain intact. Oak Leaf bike trail remains intact. Monarch Trail, including south berm, whole nectaring area and oak savanna, remain intact. No Texas U-Turns at 84th St. All exits and exit locations remain. No effect to floodplain. No loss of private residences or their tax base.

Six Lane (N1 or N3): Cost: $2.16 Billion. Interchange is modernized. All exits moved to right side of expressway. Wider, longer ramps; Texas U-Turns at 84th St.; N&S exits at Bluemound removed. Up to 61 electrical transmission towers to be relocated. Six to 31 residences (depending on DOT sub-plan chosen) will be removed. Milwaukee, Wauwatosa and West Allis will experience loss of property tax revenue.

Impact: 32% increase in concrete space. Approximately 3.3 acres wetlands lost, including .3 acres (N1) or all .42 acres (N3) of wetlands surrounding south berm of Monarch Trail. Floodplain increased by 0.1 acre, but no deemed adverse effect, The Zoo loses 15 acres, and .1 acre from Chippewa Park. Three to 4 acres of the Zoo’s vegetative buffer zone would be clear cut for a utility easement to relocate transmission towers. Swan Blvd moves 3 feet south into drip line (tree roots) of the Monarch Trail’s oak savanna. 92nd St. is extended from Watertown Plank through Co. Grounds to north Swan Blvd.

Additional concrete and reduced wetlands require detention ponds: 4 acres clear cut at Honey Creek Pkwy–stream bed may be completely removed from west of 84th St.; 5 acre pond at Underwood Pkwy–Oak Leaf bike trail “relocated”; 3 acre pond at Monarch Trail’s south berm–wetlands filled in east of former south berm and between south and north berm. Honey Creek east of 84th St. to have concrete lining removed, along with trees. Underwood to have bottom lining removed, but side concrete lining to remain.

Eight Lane (N1 or N3): Cost: $2.31 Billion. Same modernization as for Six Lane, but a lane is added in each direction.

Impact: 43.25% increase in concrete space. 3.4 acres of wetland lost, including entire .42 acres surrounding south berm at Monarch Trail. Floodplain fill increased by 0.2 acre, but no deemed adverse effect. The Zoo loses 15.3 acres, and .2 acre natural space from Chippewa Park. Swan Blvd is moved south 6 feet into drip line (tree roots) of Monarch Trail oak savanna; 87 feet closer (with N3) on west to Eschweiler Bldgs. Additional concrete and reduced wetlands require detention ponds as described for Six Lane plan, but a building would be removed near Honey Creek for the increased size pond required.

Safety and Congestion: Although DOT is promoting expansion of the zoo interchange to reduce congestion and thereby increase safety, research*(google “induced congestion”) indicates that highway expansion increases congestion. (If you build it, they will come.) We have only to drive the Marquette interchange to know that traffic still comes to a standstill at rush hour. The travel time from downtown to the zoo interchange has been reduced by about 3 minutes. In addition, highway expansion furthers urban sprawl, leading to even more congestion, at the expense of those living in and near the city. With more congestion, comes more noise and air pollution as well, even though DOT insists that the highway expansion will make traffic continually move faster.

Rail Ignored: The draft Environmental Impact Statement does not include accommodation for rail right-or-way. Nor does it include rail when considering reduction of traffic, congestion, air or noise pollution, or the loss of green space. The money saved by the No-Build option instead of the 8-lane expansion ($1.35 Billion), could be spent on high speed rail to Madison/Chicago; metra rail to Waukesha, Green Bay and Oshkosh; road/bridge repair within Milwaukee Co.; returning inter-city buses and routes. “Forward 45” planning contractors for the zoo interchange are thinking backwards by not including mass transit. Milwaukee Common Council recently posted opposition to this neglect.

Detention Ponds: Clear-cutting of trees for detention ponds is an eye-sore. It means a loss of green space that reduces air and noise pollution, while softening the concrete that surrounds us. Ponds collect grease, oil, rock salt and heavy metals from highway run-off, which is so foul that it requires fencing. They stink, collect geese, algae and mosquitoes. Ponds present a safety and liability risk to children who would climb their fences. The ponds will reduce property values of surrounding neighborhoods. They would permanently degrade Parkways which DOT confirms as eligible for the National Register.

Monarch Trail: The loss of the south berm and the filling in of its surrounding wetlands will substantially remove nectaring plants to sustain the monarchs and other butterflies. The fill will drastically change the topography so as to alter or remove the windbreak of the north berm. This could ultimately affect the monarch’s migration. It would also eliminate the natural habitat supporting the ground-nesting birds in the area. In addition, the Swan Blvd expansion will likely cut into the tree roots of the oak savanna where the monarchs roost, causing the trees’ eventual death, as occurred at the Research Park. The extension of 92nd St. through the County Grounds will further its dissection.

Send your Comments as follows. Be sure to cc your local officials: mayor, city alderperson(s), county supervisor, state senator and representative. Request that they convey these concerns to DOT directly.

Mail: James Liptack, P.E., Wis DOT, SE Transportation Region, P.O. Box 798 Waukesha, WI 53187-0798

Fax: (262) 548-5662 Be sure to put James Liptack’s name on the fax

Email: dotdtsdsezoo@dot.wi.gov Be sure to include your identifying information as requested on the Comment form: full name, address and phone number.

Dianne Dagelen
Wauwatosa, WI

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Music Ministries Revisited

August 3, 2009 by admin

It’s that time again — the time of year to look ahead and plan for fall and winter, even though the outside temperatures are still heated up. Our music ministry programs are gearing up for the Fall Season. All the music ministries are accepting new members.

Canticle Choir provides sung prayer leadership at funerals. It rehearses the second Tuesday each month from September through May.

Cantor Ministry provides sung leadership at the 5:00 pm and 8:00 am weekend liturgies and the 10:00 liturgy on the third Sunday of the month. The schedule is flexible and rehearsals are planned at your convenience.

Cherub Choir — for children ages 3-8 years old — sings for the Multigenerational Christmas Liturgy and at the 10:00 am Liturgy on Mother’s Day.

Instrumentalist: No matter what instrument you play well, St. Therese Music Ministry will find liturgies for you to accompany. High School students are encouraged to join this ministry. The 10:30 Mass Praise Band would love to have a drummer join them. Yes, this position is still open.

Sound Board Ministry: Maintain consistently good sound for liturgies. Training is provided at your convenience. 5:00 pm weekend Masses are especially in need of Sound Board Ministers.

St. Therese Sunday Choir provides sung prayer leadership at the 10:30 am weekend liturgies. Rehearsals are Wednesdays at 7:30 pm.

Participating in any parish ministry rewards you in ways you could not have imagined.
Ask our current participants: they’ll gladly tell you why they keep coming back year after year.

If any of these ministries sounds intriguing, contact Elterine (Dusty) at: jankowe@sainttheresemilwaukee.org

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