4137 Portsmouth Blvd. · Chesapeake, VA 23321· 757-488-2553 · email@example.com
WHAT'S HAPPENING AT ST. THÉRÈSE!
St. Thérèse Pastoral Council - Call for Nominations The Pastoral Council’s role in our parish, as described in the Diocesan Guideline “Called to Serve”, is “to continuously develop and articulate a deep and mature understanding of the identity and purpose of the parish. It reflects the unique personality of the parish as it evolves, using a mission statement developed by all the parishioners.” Simply stated, your Pastoral Council is a parish visioning team that exists to provide advice and recommendations to our Pastor Father Kevin. It is an advisory body possessing only a consultative voice within the parish.
We are “back” to the Pastoral Council undertaking the two-step process of membership selection: First, naming – the nomination by parishioners of those who are considered good candidates for service on the Council. We will do this at Liturgies on April 30th & May 1st. Second, discernment - the prayerful, introspective seeking of the will of the Holy Spirit in selecting those who will actually serve. We will do this Tuesday, May 17th at 7 p.m. For more information, CLICK HERE!If you have any questions, you can email Marty Vozzo at MartyVozzo@cox.net
The Church of St. Therese cooks and serves breakfast the first Monday of every month at Oasis Social Ministry. We have two teams of volunteers so that the teams only cook and serve every other month. We start at 6 a.m. preparing breakfast, and serve from 7 - 7:45 a.m. We start cleaning at 7:45 a.m. and are out of Oasis by 8 a.m. At this time, we are in desperate need of at least six volunteers for the second team. Please give it some thought and pray about it. It's just a few hours every other month. If you are interested, please call Clarence Betit at 757-488-5285 or the church office at 757-488-2553.
We need your help!
I am sure that all of us are hoping and praying that the pandemic is on its way out and we can begin to see a “New Normal!” If the numbers continue to remain very low, I would hope that we could bring back many of our activities and ministries around Easter. After two very long years, we would celebrate a new beginning! However, to make that happen, we really need everyone’s help with the following ministries:
To celebrate liturgy we need greeters, proclaimers, eucharistic ministers, ushers who help with the collection, gift bearers, safety and security ministers, bread bakers, CLOW leaders/volunteers and ministers to the sick and homebound.
To offer Hospitality after liturgy on the weekend, we will need at least 4 teams to set up and clean up!
To provide a reception for funerals, we need volunteers to provide food and help serve.
Please think and pray about this call to ministry. We really do need your help! Please contact the Parish Office in the next 2 weeks and let us know how you would like to share your time and your faith!
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about the 2022 Annual Appeal!!
The Norton Ministry
For almost 25 year the people of St. Therese have generously supported this ministry with their donations of household items. It all started with a repetitious dream experienced by a long time parishioner. What he could remember from the dream was the fact that people somewhere needed assistance. Then, on an annual trip to visit family in Kentucky, he and his wife happened to stop in the city of Norton where they met two nuns who were doing all they could to provide the physical, monetary and emotional needs of a community where coal mining, the primary industry was disappearing and poverty was quickly taking over. As of the 2000 census 22.8% of the population lives below the poverty level.
Our assistance began with household items being loaded into the trunks of a couple cars which made the 71/2 hour trek to the only city in Wise County Virginia situated in the foothills of the Applachians. That assistance effort has expanded over the years, thanks to the generosity of this parish, to us being able to fill an eighteen wheeler once or twice a year.
It’s spring cleaning time! Most of us are very blessed and own so much more than we need. As you start to clean out, downsize or whatever, please keep the folks in Norton in mind. They appreciate anything and everything we can spare. Any/all household items: furniture, appliances, curtains, linens, dishes, pots & pans, clothes, books, etc…
There is a group of amazing gentlemen with pick up trucks who would be happy to come pick up the items you’d like to donate. Call Kathy at 757-376-7160 when you need a pick up. This is our opportunity to live the Gospel of Matthew - “And the King will say to them in reply, ‘Amen I say to you, whatever you did for one of these the least brothers of mine, you did for me.’” Matt 25:40 Again Luke tells us “...Whoever has two tunics should share with the person who has none. …” Lk 3:11
The USCCB pastoral letter on racism, “Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love,” encourages us “to listen and know the stories of our brothers and sisters. We must create opportunities to hear, with open hearts, the tragic stories that are deeply imprinted on the lives of our brothers and sisters, if we are to be moved with empathy to promote justice.” Our Stories: Brave Conversations on Race was developed in Raleigh, NC to provide an easy new way for communities to come together to discuss race, racism and social justice. Five white people and five people of color of different ages and genders join a comfortable Zoom call together with trained facilitators asking questions, encouraging dialogue, learning, and finding common ground. We follow established guidelines of confidentiality and meet for six (6) consecutive weeks for ninety minutes and build friendships and trust along the way. The Church of St Therese and The Basilica of St Mary of the Immaculate Conception are partnering to bring this powerful program to Hampton Roads. We hope to offer two different sessions beginning on Saturday morning on May 14thand Monday evening on May 16th. You are invited to learn more and apply at www.OurStoriesOnrace.org. On the online application form, be sure to select the “Hampton Roads” location to be placed in the correct group. Please contact Jimmy Culpepper at 757-403-2170 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions concerning the program.
Items Needed: Kids pull-ups of all sizes Convenient & Grocery store gift cards (Walmart, Food Lion, Kroger, Target, etc.) Paper products - toilet paper, paper towels, napkins Microwaveable food items & individually wrapped snacks Thank you for your continued support!!
Join Us for the World-Famous Oberammergau Passion Play!
Be sure to join us for a special journey to the world-famous 2022 Oberammergau Passion Play, as well as Budapest, Vienna, Prague, and Munich. Travel dates are June 8-18, 2022. It’ll be here before you know it! Because of the popularity of the Passion Play -- held only every 10 years -- reservations and down payment must be made as soon as possible To register, or for more information and brochure, contact Megan Malhiot (757) 488-2553; email@example.com) as soon as possible! For more information, CLICK HERE!