"Because the Lord is my Shepherd, I have everything I need!" Psalm 23:1

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

Catholic Schools Week kicked off on Sunday, January 28 with our faculty, staff, students and parents celebrating our parish. It began with 9:00 am mass and the annual Ring and Pin Ceremony for our eighth grade students followed by a breakfast and an Open House to the public from 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm. Many families stoppped by to see what the we call "The St. Therese Difference."  Many families were very impressed with what we offer at St. Therese and registered their children for September. Open Houses will continue on "Welcome Wednesdays" from 9:00 am - 11:00 am for any family who would like to tour and gain information about our challenging STEM program, and our Catholic faith based academic curriculum.

On Monday, January 29 the theme of the day was "Celebrate Our Community." Students raised almost $100 and collected 256 food items for the Roxbury Social Services.

On Tuesday the theme was "Celebrate Our Students" All students wore their CSW tee shirts and after a rigorous academic morning they were treated to a movie in the afternoon.

On Wednesday the theme was "Celebrate Our Clergy." Fr. Marc, Fr. Andres, Deacon Bruce, Deacon Murphy and Sister Theresa were all prayed for in our daily morning prayers for their service to God, St. Therese School and the St. Therese Parish Community. In great appreciation, the faculty treated them to lunch.

On Thursday the theme was "Celebrate Our Nation." Students wore Red, White and Blue and donations were collected for the "Wounded Warrior Project." The day started with a flag raising ceremony as students listened to Lee Greenwood's, "God Bless the USA." The flag was raised by our girls and boys scouts in uniform led by state trooper Denicola. The flag that was raised was given to St. Therese by Mrs. Gargin and flew over the Capitol Building in Washington DC on September 16, 2016. Once the flag was raised, students sang the 'Star Spangled Banner," and recited the Pledge of Allegiance. The ceremony concluded with a prayer for all of our men and women in uniform who risk their lives everyday so we can enjoy the freedoms we do in this great country we call the USA.

Finally, Friday the theme was "Celebrating Our Faculty, Staff and Volunteers. Volunteers were recognized at the 11:00 am First Friday mass and faculty and staff received a luncheon from the many parent volunteeers. 

On behalf of Fr. Marc the faculty, staff, and myself we say, "Thank you," to all of the parent volunteers who sacrifice so much of their time to assist us in the Catholic education of their children. We could not do it without you and your involvement in your child's education is invaluable to us and them. May God bless you and the faculty as we continue our mission together of educating our students academically and in Christ.

Have a wonderful Super Bowl Weekend,

Tim Dunnigan

Principal STS

"But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:44-45

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

As we remember Martin Luther King Jr. let's take to heart the words of Matthew 5:44-45. These are words Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. put into practice. Let us also put them into practice so we may be called children of the Heavenly Father, who loves the persecuted and the persecutors.

Just a reminder to parents that grades 4-8 will begin midterm exams beginning Monday, January 22 and they will go through Friday, January 26.

On Saturday, January 27 our eighth grade class will running our annual "Meatball Madness Fundraiser." The first serving will be at 5:00 pm  and the last will be at 7:30 pm. More information can be found on the Friday Folder.

Catholic Schools Week kicks off on Sunday, January 28 at the 9:00 am mass with our eighth grade 'Ring and Pin Ceremony," followed by a breakfast for the eighth grade in the school gymnasium. We will also have "Open House" from 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm. If you are interested in a school that teaches strong Catholic values along with a rigorous academic curriculum stop by and see for yourself what St. Therese School has to offer. Our outstanding faculty and staff will be on hand along with parents of current students to give guided tours. We will also have "Open House" on our "Welcome Wednesdays" from 9:00 am - 11:00 am. More information about our school and Catholic Schools Week can be found on the St. Therese School Friday Folder. 

St. Therese School yearbooks are now on sale and order forms can be found on the Friday Folder. Our Friday Folder can be found under "Quick Links" on our website.

Our calendar Raffle is under way. Thank you to all who sold tickets and participated in this fundraiser. Seven wuinners are picked every Monday morning with chances to win up to $500.00.

Finally, I want to thank Fr. Marc for getting up so early on Friday, January 19 to offer mass at 6:00 am for "The Unborn." Fr. Marc, myself, parents, students and parishioners made the trip to Washington DC at 6:30 am to participate in the "March for Life."

The greatest weapon against the evil of abortion is prayer. Our day was filled with prayer. Before we made the trip, mass was offfered for "The Unborn." On the way down we recited, "The Rosary for the Unborn,"  a special Rosary given to us by our "Blessed Mother." If you would like more information regarding this special rosary go to "rosaryfortheunborn.com" and on the way back Deacon Murphy led us in "The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy.

I ask everyone who reads this blog to pray for pregnant women who are contemplating having an abortion, for those who have had an abortion and regret their choice, for those who perform abortions and finally for the unborn baby in the womb, that they will guaranteed their God given, and US constitutional right to life.

"He knew us before He formed us in the womb." Jeremiah 1:5.

God bless and have a wonderful weekend,

Tim Dunnigan

Principal STS

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old is gone and the new is here!" Corinthians 5:17

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

The New Year has come and resolutions have been made. I hope everyone enjoyed a very Merry Christmas with their loved ones, and I wish everyone in the St. Therese School Family a very Happy and Healthy New Year. I have made many, many resolutions in the past and I have broken many resolutions in the past. My prayer this new year for the St. Therese Family and myself is that even if we don't fulfill our New Year's resolution, we continue to stay faithful to Christ and be examples for our children and others.

This coming Friday, January 12 there will be a DVD viewing and live acts for The Talent of Hope Show. There is still time for students to get a 3 minute act together and perform if you would like. The show begins at 6:30 pm. For more information check the Friday Folder on the St. Therese website.

Our Calendar Raffle that gives people  multiple oppotunities to win begins on Monday, January 8. We will have a later drawing on the first day of drawing to give any late entries an opportunity to get their tickets in.  Drawings will take place every Monday until April 16.

We should be getting test results from the COOP test next week and high school notifications will be mailed to students next Friday, January 12.

Midterms will take place the week of January 22-26 for grades 4-8.

This year the diocese will be using the Iowa Basic Skills Test and COGAT (Cognitive Abilities Test) for grades one thru eight for the spring of 2018. Tests will be administered the week of March 5-8.

On Saturday, Janury 27 our eighth grade will be hosting their annual "Meatball Madness" in the gym after the 5:00 pm mass. We promise you will leave full so bring your appetite and as always we appreciate your support.

Finally, we are once again running a bus to Washington DC for the "March for Life" on Friday, January 19, 2018. Members of our seventh and eigth grade classes and some faculty members will be making the trip. The invitiation is open to all parents of the St. Therese School. We have 55 seats on the bus, so please call the school to reserve your seat if you would like to go. The day will start with Fr. Marc celebrating a "Mass for the Unborn" at 6:00 am. The bus will depart from St. Therese at 6:30 am and return at approximately 9:30 or 10:00 pm. On our way down we will pray the "Rosary for the Unborn." 

God bless! It's a new year! Stay warm!

Tim Dunnigan 

Principal STS

"A voice cries out, Prepare in the wilderness a road for the Lord! Clear the way in the desert for our God!" Isaiah 40:3

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

As I said Friday night, if you weren't in the Christmas sprit before you arrived at the Christmas concert, you were when you left. I know I was. We had a good sprinkle of snow to get everyone in the mood and then the children of St. Therese did the rest. Yes, what a beautiful name it is, Our Lord Jesus, and what a beautiful performance it was, our St. Therese students. Thank you so much Mrs. Warga and Mr. Mallinson for another outstanding Christmas concert.

Much thanks goes out all mof the parent voluteers who worked in the kitchens and foyers selling baked gooods, soft drinks and Catholic Schools Week Tee shirts. We couldn't do it without you. 

Congratulations to Father Marc, who was presented with a framed picture of himself during intermission by our HSA president, Matt Wines with an insignia under it recognizing him as an Apostle of Christ for 25 years. His picture will hang above the gym doors as you enter the building from now on. He is the Good Shepherd of St. Therese.

On Friday, December 22 there will be a 12:00 noon dismissal, except for the Roxbury buses. Students taking the Roxbury buses will be dismissed at 11:30 am to avoid conflicts with Roxbury public schools. During the school day there will be a special Christmas Prayer Service and breakfast for students, faculty and staff. Thank you, Mrs. Shephard.

Congratulations to Briana Favatella for taking first place in the Patriot's Pen Essay Contest sponsored by the VFW. Alex Kaelin won second place and Connor Lauch took third place in this very competitive writing contest. The contest was open to all 6th, 7th and 8th grade Roxbury students, public, private and parochial. Every student that placed was from St. Therese, so congratulations also goes out to all of our teachers as well for preparing them so well.

The Santa Shop will be open Tuesday, December 19. All students purchasing should bring in cash only.

Finally, let me take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! I am off to San Diego on Tuesday night to spend Christmas with my daughter.

I hope this Christmas brings you the peace that only Christ can bring.

Merry Christmas!

Tim Dunnigan

Principal STS

"The Word became flesh and dwelt among us." John 1:14

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Mary. Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. The Holy Spirit overshadowed Mary and God became man and He dwelt among us. How fortunate for mankind. God is so merciful that he sent  His only Son to redeem us. 

Once again congratulations to Fr. Marc who celebrated his 25th anniversary as an apostle of Christ. We are truly indebted to his service here at St. Therese School and Church. May God continue to guide him as he guides his flock.

Students are celebrating the first week Advent by lighting the first candle, reading scripture, saying prayers of the faithful and praying the Lord's prayer.

Over the last few weeks we did have a personnel change. Ms. Muller who was working with Ms. Dohrmann in grade 5 has moved to take over the reigns in grade 3. Ms. Muller in her short tenure has worked in pre-k, grade 4 and grade 5. Ms. Muller graduated from Bloomsburg University and has a certification with advanced standing. We are blessed to have someone of her caliber teaching in grade 3.

All week in our computer class our students have been doing coding and programming activities to celebrate Computer Science Week and the Hour of Code.

Congratulations to our kindergarten class and Mrs. Tironi. They collected the most boxtops in our HSA boxtop contest and have been rewarded with a pizza party on Monday, December 11.

Congratulatons to the prek-4 students who performed their annual Christmas show today. It was truly outsatnding and will be memorable for years to come. Thank you Mrs. Reed and Mrs. McDonald.

The St. Therese School yearbook is now on sale. The cost is $28.00 and order forms are on the Friday Folder.

Next Friday, December 15 is our annual Christmas Concert. Mrs. Warga, Mr. Mallinson and our students have been preparing for weeks. The concert begins at 7:00 pm, but you may want to arrive early as it will be a standing room only crowd. We look forward to seeing everyone. I can't think of better way to celebrate the birth of Christ.

Have a blessed and safe weekend. The snow is coming.

Tim Dunnigan

Principal STS

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