Friday, June 14, 2019

"To you Lord, I will offer a sacrifice of praise." Psalm: 116:10

First let me congratulate the eighth grade class of 2019 on their graduation from St. Therese. We are confident that the spiritual and academic foundation has been laid for you to succeed in high school and beyond. Know that Fr. Marc, the faculty and staff and myself are extremely proud of you. During the course of the year you exemplified everything it means to be a student at St. Therese. It is called the "St. Therese Difference." Take the STS Difference with and touch the lives of others so they also can experience the "St. Therese Difference." We will always keep you in our prayers and you are welcome back at any time. God bless you.

Today is the last day of school. It has been a full week beginning with eighth grade graduation, then pre-K3 and 4, and finally kindergarten. Each celebration was a very special one because each one only happens once. I hope you enjoyed the moment.

I want to offer my gratitude to all of the parents who have volunteered over the course of this year to make it successful. Your involvement is very important to us and to your children. We thank you for serving us and we hope that we have served you and your children well.

Special thanks goes out to all of the HSA members who put countless hours in over the course of the school year. The selfless giving of your time has been so important to the success of the St. Therese School and our students. Thank you for everything that you do; especially the things that go unnoticed. Please know that I notice them and your humble sacrifices are very much appreciated.

A very special thanks goes out to a faculty that continues to go above and beyond putting the needs of students always in the forefront. Our parents and students are extremely fortunate to have a faculty of your caliber. Thank you for all you do and have a wonderful summer.

Finally, Where would St. Therese be without our Good Shepherd, Fr. Marc? We will miss him very much; at the same time we were blessed to have him with us and we thank God for the time he served us. We also say good-bye to Marge Goglia, who has served the diocese for thirty-five years. Her gentle manner and disposition will be sorely missed. God bless you in your retirement.

We also welcome Fr. Rick, who is not a stranger to St. Therese. We promise to support him in every way we can to make our school and our parish flourish.

I wish everyone a very Blessed and Healthy summer.
God bless,

Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

Friday, May 31, 2019

"Blessed are you, O Virgin Mary, who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled." Luke 1:45

Today we end the month of May celebrating "The Visitation of Our Blessed Mother," to her cousin, Elizabeth, who was six months with child (John the Baptist) at a very old age proving that nothing is impossible with God. Mary travels for about four days to get to her cousin to assist her in her pregnancy. In doing so, Mary demonstrates for us how we should help our neighbors who are in need our help.

Our eighth graders are in their last day of final exams. All eighth grade students are taking their Math finals. Grades six and seven will begin their finals on Monday.

Our eighth graders will be on retreat at St. Joseph's Shrine in Sterling, NJ on Monday, June 3.

On June 4 all new parents for the 2019-20 school year are invited to a New Parent Meeting at 7:00 pm in the Grade 7 class. Topics of fundraising, family nights, buddy families, uniform exchange, bingo, scrips, and St. Therese Summer Camp will be discussed. Light refreshments will be served.

Our Annual Field Day will take place on Wednesday, June 5. Students should bring their own lunch, or order from Simply Gourmet. Pretzels and oranges will be served as an AM snack and Flavored Ice will be served as a PM snack. Students should wear sunscreen, and bring a hat, water bottle and a beach towel. We will meet at the flagpole at 9:00 am and parents are welcome to join us then.

On Thursday, June 6 our Eighth Grade Awards Ceremony will take place in the church at 10:00 am. This will be followed by the Eighth Grade Baccalaureate Mass/Graduation Ceremony later in the day at 5:00 pm. A reception will follow in the gym.

On Friday June 7, our Pre-K3 celebration will take place at 10:00 am and our Pre-K4 celebration will take place at 1:00 pm. All students will be attending First Friday mass at 11:00 am.

On Monday, June 10, our Kindergarten celebration will take place at 10:00 am.

Our last day for students is Friday June 14. Both Thursday, June 13 and Friday, June 14 will be early dismissal days. There will be aftercare on Thursday, June 13, but there will be NO AFTERCARE ON FRIDAY, JUNE 14.

Finally, we give thanks to Marge Goglia for the many years she has served the St. Therese School. Mrs. Goglia has served the diocese for 35 years and has worked for nine different principals. I have been fortunate to have been one of them. Effectively June 30, 2019, Mrs. Goglia will retire from her position of school secretary of The St. Therese School. The St. Therese School Family will miss her and we thank her for dedication and service to all of the students, faculty and parents she has served over the years.

As Mrs. Goglia serves her last month as the school secretary of the St. Therese School, the faculty and staff salute her as she will be the recipient of the "11th Annual Vivere Christus Award." This award is to acknowledge the value and importance of the Laity and the Religious in the diocese, and to express gratitude and appreciation to a person who unselfishly gives of herself for the building up of God's Kingdom. The Vivere Christus Medal, accompanied by a personalized scroll of recognition will be presented to Marge Goglia on Sunday, September 8, 2019 at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Paterson, NJ at 3:30 pm. Well done and well deserved Mrs. Goglia!

Friday, May 24, 2019

"I call you my friends, says the Lord, for I have made known to you all that the Father has told me." John 15:15b

Last night we held our last General HSA Meeting of the year. Amy Levy resigned from her position as Secretary, and we thank her for her service to the HSA for the last two years. Carol Joyce will take over as Secretary, and Lisa Caldera will join the Board serving as the second Vice-President. Welcome aboard Lisa!

Mrs. Cardinale, our Grade 8 teacher was presented with a plaque for being announced as the 2019 Knights of Columbus Teacher of the Year. Well done, Mrs. Cardinale and Congratulations!

Mrs. Goglia, who has served the diocese for 35 years, (the last eleven at St. Therese School) has announced her retirement effective June 30, 2019. Mrs. Goglia was honored for her service to the diocese, catholic education and the St. Therese School. She will be sorely missed.

Fr. Marc was also honored for his service to the St. Therese School and parish for the past nine years. Fr. Marc was presented with a picture of all St. Therese students and faculty in the shape of heart and a cross. The picture was taken in the parking lot of the school with the church in the background. Fr. Marc will take the picture with him in memory of all he has done for us when he takes on his new assignment at St. James School and parish in Totowa, NJ. Thank you and good luck, Fr. Marc!

Grade 8 students have begun their final exams today and will finish next week. Grades 6 and 7 will take their finals from June 3- 7.

The Grade 8 Awards Assembly will take place in the church on June 6 at 10:00 am and the baccalaureate mass and graduation ceremony will take place later the same day at 5:00 pm. The graduation will be followed by a reception and celebration in the gymnasium.

Today our students finished the fifth decade of the Glorious Mysteries, The Crowning of Our Mother Mary as Queen of Heaven. Our second graders will perform the task of the May Crowning in the church at 10:30 am and will lead us in the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary.

Our New Parent Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 4 at 7:00 pm.

Our Pre-k3 celebration will take place on Friday, June 7 at 10:00 am and our Pre-k4 celebration will take place later that day at 1:00 pm. The Kindergarten celebration will take place on Monday, June 10 at 10:00 am.

The last day for students in Friday, June 14. June 13 and 14 will be half days. There will be After Care on Thursday, June 13, but not on Friday, June 14.

All of our grade level teachers will be attending the NCEA STREAM Conference at the Parsippanny Sheraton from June 17-19.

All IOWA Standardized Tests of individual students will be sent home on Friday, May 24.

I wish everyone some great weather this weekend to enjoy family barbecues with one another. I hope to get a few rounds of golf in as the weather looks promising. Regardless of what you may be doing, please take some time out to say a prayer for all of the fallen heroes in our armed services, police and first responders, who have made the ultimate sacrifice so we can enjoy the freedoms in this great country we call the United States of America.

God bless St. Therese and God bless America!

Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

Friday, May 10, 2019

"Whoever eats my Flesh and Drinks my Blood, remains in Me and I in him, says the Lord." John 6:56

Today is the last day of Teacher Appreciation Week. As building principal I am so very blessed to have a such a dedicated and loving faculty that serves the students of the St. Therese School. This faculty is truly amazing in the way they give, love and teach. I heard it said that, "Students don't care how much you know until they know how much you care." It is quite evident to me, and anyone affiliated with the St. Therese School that our faculty cares, our religious care, our aides care, our maintenance people care, our aftercare ladies care, and our parents care. And our students know they care. We are truly blessed.

Much thanks goes out to the parents who helped make this a week a celebration for our teachers. You have gone above and beyond, and I know the St. Therese Faculty appreciates everything you have done this week and throughout the year. Thank you!

Tonight is our Annual Spring Concert. Our students have been working extremely hard on their performances with Mrs. Pachella and Mr. Mallinson.

Our Annual St. Therese Golf Outing, which was to take place on Thursday, May 16 has been postponed until Thursday, October 10.

There will be an Executive HSA Meeting on Thursday, May 16 and our final General HSA Meeting will take place on Thursday, May 23. This will be Fr. Marc's final HSA Meeting at St. Therese. Hopefully as many people as possible can come out to that meeting and wish him well on his new assignment at St. James's in Paterson.

On Saturday, May 11, and Saturday May 18 our second graders will be making their First Holy Communion. Please keep them in your prayers as they receive this Most Blessed Sacrament for the first time.

Finally, let me wish all of the mothers a very Blessed and Happy Mother's Day. Behind every good man is a Great Mother!

God bless,
Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

Friday, May 3, 2019

" I am the way, the truth, and the life, says the Lord." John 14:6

We are in the process of projecting our enrollment for next year, so if you have not notified us as to whether you are going to attend St. Therese School, next year, please do so as soon as possible so we can order the proper amount of books and supplies.

We honor the our Mother, Mary this month in many ways. St. Therese School will be saying a decade of the Rosary each day during morning prayers and conclude each day with the prayer to Our Lady of All Nations. We must pray for her intercession in the world as there are many trouble spots that need her intercession. Please join us in these prayers in your home.

We have a very busy month ahead of us. Tonight is the Mother/Son Movie Night. Everyone should be at the theater no later than 5:30 pm. The students will see "The Missing Link," and the movie begins at 6:00 pm. Tickets will be picked up at the theater.

Today is the First Friday of the month. All students will attend mass at 11:00 am.

This Sunday the 10:30 am Mass will be sponsored by the students of St. Therese School. Students will be in uniform serving as altar servers, doing the readings and bringing up the gifts.

Our annual Spring Concert will take place on Friday, May 10 at 7:00 pm. Our annual bake sale and Mother's Day Plant sale will also take place. If you are able to donate baked goods for the sale, it would be greatly appreciated.

On May 11, our second graders will be making their First Holy Communion on Saturday, May 11 at 10:30 am and 1:30 pm.

On Wednesday, May 8 our eighth graders will be going on the annual field trip to see "King Kong."
Students will enjoy lunch at Carmine's in Manhattan, and following the show they will attend mass at the one, and only, St. Patrick's Cathedral. Fr. Marc has co-celebrated the mass the past two years and I believe he will also co-celebrate on Wednesday as well.

Our final General HSA Meeting will take place on Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 7:00 pm, and our May Crowning will take place on Friday, May 24, 2019 at 10:30 am.

Have a Blessed Weekend'
Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

Thursday, April 18, 2019

"I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, " the one who is, and who was and who is to come, the Almighty." Revelations 1:8

Let me take this opportunity to wish everyone in St. Therese Parish Community a very Happy Easter.

School is closed from April 19- 26 and will reopen on the April 29. I hope everyone has the opportunity to have a little time off to rest and relax.

There are many services taken place from today, Holy Thursday through Easter Sunday. I hope you get the opportunity to participate in this Most Holy Season.

I also hope you get the opportunity to participate in the preparation of Divine Mercy Sunday, the Sunday after Easter. The Novena begins tomorrow, Good Friday and goes through Easter Saturday, the day before Divine Mercy Sunday. On this day, Jesus tells us the floodgates of mercy are open and anyone who goes to confession before or on that day and receives Holy Communion will absolved of all sin and punishment. Can we ask for a greater gift?

If you are not familiar with the Novena or the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy, I urge you to google it up. It is one of the fastest growing messages in the Catholic Church. It is being offered by Jesus to all mankind for the salvation of all. Christ tells us in His Divine Mercy message, The greater the sinner, the more right he or she has to my mercy."

God bless and Happy Easter,
Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

Friday, April 12, 2019

"Your words, Lord are Spirit and life; You have the words of everlasting life." John 6:63c, 68c

It has been my experience that the best way to make yourself feel good is to do something good for someone else, no matter how big or how small. And that is exactly what our students in grades 3, 4 and 5 did this past week. Over the last few weeks these three grades had a coin war to raise money for their sister school in Kenya, Africa. The name of that school is St. Cecelia's.

Today, Mr. Simon Kimatu Maweu, Executive Director of KUSARD Inc. came from Kenya to speak to the students of grades 3, 4 and 5 on the subject of solidarity and to thank our students for raising $761.00 and sending them St. Therese uniforms. Mr. Maweu shared pictures and information that gave evidence that our donations helped transform his community in Kenya to one where poor students can get a a good education and members of the community could get access to good healthcare. Much thanks to Miss Dohrmann for organizing this wonderful fundraiser and to our students, parents and teachers who donated to this opportunity to help people who are less fortunate in another part of the world. What a wonderful thing to do during the season of Lent.

Last night we had our 4th General HSA Meeting of the year,. The results of the Mayhill Strategies Marketing Service were shared and it was discovered that parents who send their students to St. Therese School are quite satisfied. It must be the St. Therese Differnce that everyone talks about.

Tomorrow, Saturday, April 13, our 8th grade students will be holding their Annual Fish and Chips Dinner in the gym. Doors open at 5:00 pm. If you are not a fan of Fish and Chips, there will be Chicken Fingers and Macaroni and Cheese available. Walk-ins are welcome.

This coming Sunday is Palm Sunday and the beginning of Holy Week. Many events will be happening in the church. I hope everyone gets the chance to take advantage of the many blessings that are offered to us this coming week.

Holy Thursday will be a half day. Students will be dismissed at 12:00 pm. There will be no aftercare. School will be closed on Good Friday, April 19 -Friday April 26 and reopen on Monday, April 29.

Finally, some of our students will be participating in the Living Stations at St. Therese. The first showing is Friday, April 12 at 7:30 pm and the second is on Palm Sunday at 7:30 pm. The Living Stations will take place in the church.

Have a Blessed Holy Week,
Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

"To you Lord, I will offer a sacrifice of praise." Psalm: 116:10

First let me congratulate the eighth grade class of 2019 on their graduation from St. Therese. We are confident that the spiritual and acade...