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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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Music Ministries Revisited

August 3, 2009 by admin in blog

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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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Little Flower Quilters

July 28, 2009 by admin in blog

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To anyone interested in helping out with the Craft Fair Quilt, please attend the next meeting on August 6th at 7:00pm in Miriam’s Corner. All quilters are invited to attend! If you can’t make the meeting, or would like further information, please talk to Gladys Sachse, or call Cathy or Courtney in the Parish Office.

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Come to the Lawn Party!

April 1, 2009 by admin in blog

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Do you love to garden? Then, St. Therese Parish needs your help! We are sponsoring a Lawn Party and Barbecue on Saturday, April 25th from 9:00am – 12:00pm. Join us in a Spring clean-up of the parish grounds. Bring your garden tools and gloves. After an exhilarating morning sprucing up the gardens, we will finish with a lunch provided by members of the Green Team. Please call Dusty in the Parish Office (414) 771-2500 x15 to sign up and let us know how you can help and how much food to prepare. Thank you! See you there!

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First of Four Pot Luck Dinners

October 22, 2008 by admin in blog

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With the high cost of food and entertainment it is time to get back to basics. Elterine and Cathy cordially invite you, your family, neighbors, and friends to join as community and share a meal with your St. Therese Family. This event will take place on Friday, November 14th at 6pm. Please register by Monday, November 10th. We look forward to seeing you there!

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St Therese parish is invited to meet the challenge. We have set a goal of 50 members to join the walk against hunger. We will collect food to be donated to Second Harvest on Sunday, October 12th, that the walkers will transport to Veterans Park at the Milwaukee Lakefront.

Food items needed are canned corn, green beans, carrots and peas: dry cereal, oatmeal grits and pancake mixes: canned pears, apricots, pineapple and peaches: powderCrop Walk 2008ed or concentrated infant formula (Nestle Good Start), 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.

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.

For those of you are not able to walk, sponsors are needed and/or volunteers to help at the Lakefront on the 12th 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.

For those of you who have access to the web, you can register as a member of St. Therese’s team, or sponsor someone who is walking: go to the St. Therese Mil-walkers Team page, to get started. We’d love to have you on our team!

I know that we can meet our goal and have fun helping to prevent poverty and hunger here in Milwaukee and across the world. St. Therese has done it before! For more information, call or email Cathy in the Parish Office or visit cropwalkonline.org

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Resurrection Dance Theater of Haiti

Art can take you places you’ve never dreamed of going. For the boys of the St. Joseph’s Family and the Resurrection Dance Theater of Haiti, the art of dance has been a part of their salvation. Through the St. Joseph’s Family these boys, who were once abused, abandoned and without hope, have been healed, found a family and now dream of a limitless future. Once their society’s rejected ones, these young dancers and drummers are now ambassadors of their country and representatives of their culture throughout the world.

To see how far they have come in their short lives, you have to understand where they started and what dancing and music means to them.

HANDS THAT HELP, NOT HURT

When Bill was only 2-years-old his father developed a fever and died. Five years later, Bill’s mother came home from work totally exhausted. She went to bed and died in her sleep. Bill was 7-years-old. His sister, the only family he had left, was nine. The death of their mother forced Bill and his sister to be separated. His sister went to live with a friend of their mother and Bill went to live with an aunt.

Bill became a live-in servant for his aunt, who abused Bill both verbally and physically. Everyday he was beaten with a leather strap. One day when he was at the open air market, Bill was befriended by a Catholic nun, Sister Caroline. She helped Bill get into school. Eventually, this angered Bill’s aunt because he was not available to work for her as she wanted. Bill’s aunt told him he could no longer go to school.

Sister Caroline went to talk to Bill’s aunt, but could not change her mind. Sister Caroline saw how oppressed Bill was and her heart hurt for him. A few days later, she saw Bill at the market and called out to him. She told Bill she was going to take him to live someplace else. Bill trusted Sister Caroline. That very day, Bill was brought to St. Joseph’s, a five-hour drive from his aunt’s home.

Today, Bill is the director of St. Joseph’s Home for Boys. He is also the co-director of the Resurrection Dance Theater of Haiti and the St. Joseph’s Community Arts Center. Bill has graduated from high school. He is a wonderful role model for the younger members of the St. Joseph’s Family and a very responsible young man. He is a talented drummer and is the lead musician for the Resurrection Dance Theater of Haiti. His strong hands create rhythms that not only envelop the dancers in the power of the drum, but they also give audience a powerful beat to follow in their own lives.

LIVING THE POWER OF ART

Walnes has evolved into something of a Renaissance man. He’s a talented painter who has had his work featured in two books — A Gathering of Angels and Always Room at the Inn. He was also commissioned by the Presbyterian Church USA to create an original painting for their 2006 Pentecost Offering. He’s a talented dancer who is the principal dancer and co-director of the Resurrection Dance Theater of Haiti. He is also an wonderful drummer. He lends his singing talents to the Resurrection Singers and is a frequent soloist with the group.

Walnes also is a good student who achieves high marks and was also chosen as the president of his class. He has achieved all these amazing accomplishments despite his humble and somewhat dire beginnings. When Walnes was 6-years-old he was sent to live with an aunt because his parents could not afford to care for him. After spending a few weeks with his aunt, she brought him to St. Joseph’s Home for boys and left him there. It was at St. Joseph’s Home for Boys that Walnes discovered the power of art as he began dancing with the RDTH. Walnes, who had always been fascinated by the fine arts and inspired by the beautiful art that fills St. Joseph’s Home for Boys, began studying painting with Ralph Allen, a well-known Haitian artist, in 2002. Walnes’ vast talents were quickly evident and nurtured by Ralph Allen. Walnes has sold his work to art collectors from the United States and Canada.

Walnes’ talents also inspire others. He works with the younger artists at St. Joseph’s Home for Boys to help them develop their own artistic talents. Walnes is also the co-director of the St. Joseph’s Community Arts Center. The arts center is a place for members of the Port-au-Prince community to go to develop their artistic talents and for visiting artists to share their gifts.

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The end of summer is less than a month away, and summer vacations have another year’s worth of fond memories. It’s the time of year to look ahead to the shortening days and lengthening evenings and time to re-evaluate how we spend the weeks of fall and winter. What better way to spend your time preparing for the upcoming holiday seasons than by singing praise to God? This year, I’m encouraging the members of St. Therese Parish (and those of you who are casually searching the Internet) to consider joining our music ministry team. We have a host of ways for you to participate:

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. The schedule is flexible and rehearsals are planned at your convenience.

Cherub Choir – for children ages 3-8 years old — sings for the Intergenerational 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 10:00 Mass Praise Band would love to have a drummer join them – see the blog posted on July 29th.

Kids In the Middle Kantor Khoir: This newly forming group for students ages 9-13 years old will cantor for the 10:00 am Mass on the third Sunday of the month.

Sound Board Minister: 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. See the blog posted June 3rd.

St. Therese Sunday Choir provides sung prayer leadership at the 10:00 am weekend liturgies. Rehearsals are Wednesdays at 7:30 pm – 9:30 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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A Call to Repsonsibility

February 3, 2008 by admin in blog

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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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Parish Festival

July 7, 2007 by admin in blog

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Find out about all the events at our Annual Parish Festival this year. It takes place the last weekend in July, the 27th through 29th. With so much going on, there’s bound to be something for the entire family!

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