Zoo Interchange Closures

January 26, 2010 by admin in blog


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:
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Have a "Green" Christmas

December 5, 2009 by admin in blog


“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 in blog


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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Zoo Interchange Alert

August 9, 2009 by admin in blog


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:

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Music Ministries Revisited

August 3, 2009 by admin in blog


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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Rain Garden View 2
A rain garden is created with a shallow depression that traps runoff and provides drainage so stormwater is filtered and returned to the aquifer instead of storm sewers. It is usually planted with native species. Rain gardens increase the amount of water that filters into the ground, recharging local aquifers. They help protect from flooding and drainage problems.
Rain gardens protect streams and lakes from pollutants carried by urban storm water such as lawn fertilizers, pesticides, oil residue, etc.. They provide habitat for birds and butterflies.
Rain Garden View

A rain garden enhances the beauty of yards and neighborhoods. Consider planting a rain garden. For more information go to http://v3.mmsd.com/RainGardens.aspx

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Zoo Interchange Project

June 25, 2009 by admin in blog


The Zoo Interchange project is moving forward, and they want your input. This is your chance to make your voice heard. Please visit the DOT website for the project and click on “Zoo Interchange Project” in the left column. You will find plenty of detailed information about the proposed plans, environmental impact, conceptual timeline, and more. Regardless of which plan is enacted, our St. Therese grounds will be affected.The planning committees are very interested in public input. Please fill out the comment form and postmark it by July 13th to be added to public record. A brief summary of the Environmental Impact Statement is available at the entrances of church. A comment form is included. Please mail in your comments, or bring them back to church and we will make sure they get to the proper authorities. We must have all comments by July 12th.

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St. Therese Festival 2009

June 22, 2009 by admin in blog


It was the decision of the Parish Council with support of the parishioners in October of 2008 that St. Therese Parish will no longer be hosting a summer festival. We would like to thank everyone who has attended in the past, all the volunteers who worked numerous shifts, and all the vendors who put forth a great effort each year. We appreciate everyone who gave of their time, talent, and monetary donations to make our festival successful for so many years.

We are looking into having some different fundraisers this year, so please keep checking back for more information.

Thanks again for your interest and continued support.


Strategic Planning

April 28, 2009 by admin in blog


This post is from the Strategic Planning Committee of our Parish:

Two years ago, St. Therese undertook a strategic planning process. Its intent was and is to provide focus and direction to the parish over the next five to seven years to assure its strength and vitality. The plan encompasses the feelings, ideas, and comments the St. Therese community expressed in a survey that was taken at the start of the planning process.

It was not directed by the Archdiocese, nor is it connected to the current Faith in Our Future Capital Campaign. This plan is St. Therese’s. As a valued member of the parish, we would like your input before the document is finalized and presented to the Archdiocese.

Please read through it and give it your serious and prayerful consideration. Let us know your thoughts by emailing strategicplanning@sainttheresemilwaukee.org. We will respond though it may be a few days. If you prefer not to email or do not have that resource available, please contact Jim Balliet at (414) 651-4425.

Thank you for your time. We look forward to hearing from you.

This is a large document, please be patient while it loads. Click here to download the St. Therese Strategic Plan

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