Join us on Saturday, May 12th to plant annuals in our flower gardens and to continue our spring clean up of the grounds. Join us on June 9th, as well, to continue our work. Both sessions are 9am-11am. Refreshments provided, but bring your own tools.


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Michael and Courtney Falk would like to run the 3rd Annual Harvest Craft Fair, but it’s become too much for just two people, especially with a little one joining them this summer! We need the help of some serious volunteers to make it successful. We need coordinators for the Raffle Booth, the St. Therese Booth, Volunteers, and Public Relations. The following duties are required for these positions:

EDIT:  All positions have been filled!  Thank you, St. Therese!

St. Therese Booth

  • Advertise for/acquire donations
  • Price items
  • Set up the St. Therese Booth before the event


  • Set shifts for the weekend for all areas
  • Advertise for volunteers for the weekend of the Craft Fair through pulpit and bulletin announcements, and personal pleas from the pulpit
  • Help volunteers sign up after all masses in October (you may need to recruit helpers for this)
  • Create charts and reminder cards for easy sign up
  • Answer questions regarding volunteer duties

Public Relations

  • Recruit crew to help distribute advertising posters around Milwaukee, Wauwatosa, West Allis, etc (posters will be provided)
  • Update banners and coordinate with Denise to display them
  • Send bulletin announcements to area churches
  • Write and submit online ads (Craigslist, craft fair websites, tosanow.com, etc)
  • Send info to free publications like community newspapers
  • Write and submit ads for newspapers (Journal-Sentinel,  Catholic Herald, etc)

Raffle Booth

  • Advertise for donations
  • Organize the donations into a pleasing display
  • Set prices for tickets
  • Set up ticket collection bins (coffee cans)
  • Answer any questions about the Raffle or items
  • Call winners Monday after event

All coordinators must be able to take charge and make their own decisions about their duties, as well as be able to follow through with the tasks at hand.  Courtney has all of the materials that were used in the previous two years, and is happy to provide you with them to get you started, including bulletin and pulpit advertisements, businesses that accepted posters, and newspaper and online ads.  Courtney and Michael are also willing to work with you to help you get started.

We hope to start advertising for exhibitors within the next couple of weeks, but we can’t launch this effort alone. If you’re ready to volunteer, or would like even more information, please contact Courtney and Michael, the Craft Fair Coordinators.  Thank you for your support of this community-building fundraiser!

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Anyone is welcome to join the Green Team in helping with the spring clean up of the gardens surrounding the church. Bring your own garden tools. Many hands make light work!

The boy scouts are collecting alumninum cans at the same time. Bring your aluminum cans to help a good cause! This all happens on Saturday, April 9th at 9:00am-11:00am

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Come Join the Lawn Crew

February 28, 2011 by Denise in blog


Spring is just around the corner.  Joining the Lawn Crew can be a very rewarding Ministry.  Having a clean well kept property lets our local community and passers by know that Saint Therese cares about being an active part of the local landscape.   For example;  Last year Saint Therese had the good fortune of being neighborly by lending our lawn to be the  practice site  for the Special Olympics from Wauwatosa.   Having the lawn well cared for by our volunteers helped to make this possible.  We would very much like to do this again with your help and a  few hours of your time we can accomplish great things. You can be a good neighbor by volunteering 3hrs one weekend per month to help cut & trim the lawn both Here and at the Parish house .  For more details Please contact Building Services via the web site, email or phone.


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It’s January and it’s time for Yet Another Pretty Good Variety Show at St. Therese. The show begins at 3:00 p.m. on January 30th. Won’t you join us?

The deadline for signing up to perform is Sunday, January 16th. We will need helpers to set up the stage, set up the tables, serve the food and clean up afterward. Let us know if you can help by sending an email with your contact information to Dusty at: jankowe@sainttheresemilwaukee.org

Best of all, come to the show and enjoy the fun. Admission is a dessert or a snack to share. Beverages will be provided. See you on January 30th!

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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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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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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 in blog


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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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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