St. Therese of Lisieux
655 S. Lake Ave.
Phillips, WI 54555 in Price County
Located in Price County
Year parish was established: 1888
Number of households: 350
Pastor: Fr. Gerald A. Hagen
Deacon: James J. Celba (retired)
Weekend Masses: Saturday: 4:30 p.m.; Sunday: 8 a.m.
Describe your faith community:
St. Therese is clustered with St. Paul, Catawba, and St. John, Prentice. We are a diverse cluster with distinct and complementary cultures. Although we do not overlap much in activities, we do strive to have cluster events with our youth, a united Knights of Columbus council, joint CCW activities, and adult formation activities. The parish councils and liturgy committees meet quarterly to plan and coordinate. St. Therese is an aging population of caring and committed seniors. Happily, in recent years younger individuals and families are becoming more frequent and active participants. Although we struggle with fluctuating attendance, there is increased interest in such activities as book studies and parish events. Gradually, after the challenges of merging two Phillips parishes and clustering with St. John and St. Paul parishes, a new sense of unity and community is developing. We are blessed with a strong core team of parish staff and leaders who strive to provide us with diverse opportunities to deepen our relationship with Jesus Christ.
“When visitors come to our parish, they will…
… find themselves in a relatively new and modern church that is clearly identifiable as a Catholic church. The stained glass windows, suspended crucifix, Stations of the Cross, and substantial baptismal font, altar, and ambo give clear witness to Catholic worship and spirituality. Visitors are welcomed at each eucharistic celebration on the weekends. Intentional efforts are made to provide a warm environment that makes our guests feel welcomed and valued.”
In what way(s), does your parish proclaim the Gospel with its actions?
* strong support of St. Vincent de Paul Society both financially and volunteering
* support of nursing home through prayer services, sponsored birthday parties, gifts
* visits to home-bound
* cards and letters of support to our college freshman
* generous giving to diocesan, national and international charities
* support to the bereaved with funeral dinners
* faith and moral formation for children and adults through catechetical programs