Centennial Celebration

Centennial Celebrations

1916-2016 | 100 Years of Faith

October 2016 will mark the 100th Anniversary of St. Teresa of Avila Parish. The Centennial Celebration was kicked off with our work with Habitat for Humanity and will be followed with a year filled with celebrations ranging from activities with our Grade School students; tours of the Church, worship space, and campus; work on a new Parish Directory; a Living History of the Parish; Biographies of the Saints remembered in our Stained Glass windows; a Foreign Outreach Program; and finally our Celebration Mass on October 9 with Archbishop Dennis Schnurr followed by a celebratory reception.

We thank all of our wonderful dedicated parishioners for their input and countless volunteer hours in all of the centennial programs. Because of you we continue to build our family in faith.

Giving Back to the Community

Habitat for Humanity Greater Cincinnati (HFHGC) invited the community to join them and St. Teresa of Avila as they celebrated the dedication of the rehabilitated home of Tennille Jones at 2922 Westbrook Avenue in Westwood on Saturday, May 30, 2015.

Vice Mayor David Mann along with representatives of HFHGC and Father Michael L. Bidwell welcomed in the Jones family to their new home with dozens of attendees including St. Teresa of Avila students and many volunteers who worked tirelessly on this project. St. Teresa of Avila sponsored the home as a part of our 100th anniversary celebration, with parishioners raising $50,000 toward the project.

The Jones family, Tennille and daughters 10-year-old Ania and 7-year-old Jordan, were presented with housewarming gifts, including a bible and a basket of household products donated by P&G. Vice Mayor Mann, Father Bidwell and Ed Lee, HFHGC President/CEO offered words of blessing and well wishes.

More than 200 volunteers participated in the project, donating more than 1,300 hours. St. Teresa of Avila School also contributed with students making snacks for volunteer crews, and teachers using an in-service day to paint the entire house.

“This project allowed St. Teresa parishioners to express God’s love in a tangible way working side by side with the partner family and at the same time getting to know one another. We are grateful to partner with them in this ministry.” states Adena Warner, Faith Relations Coordinator at HFHGC.

Hart Pharmacy and Overhead Door of Northern Kentucky also contributed towards this project.

Communicating Our Faith

In October of 2015 St. Teresa of Avila parish launched a new website in preparation of the upcoming centennial year. This newly designed website is a way to not only communicate more effectively with each other but to provide a resource for those interested in the Catholic faith.

Information is provided for those interested in the many ways to get involved, a calendar of events including funeral notices, volunteer opportunities, access to weekly bulletins, Pastoral Council and Commission reports, sacramental information, our K-8 St. Teresa of Avila School, and so much more!

Lenten Crosses | A Symbol of Faith

Distributing crosses to our parish community and school has been a tradition during Lent for over 20 years. They have been provided by parishioners Bill and Karen Sand who have been so gracious to lend their time and talent to design, make, and donate the wooden crosses as a reminder and symbol of our faith.​ This February they created a final and very special cross to commemorate our parish Centennial; made of black walnut and engraved with the St. Teresa of Avila parish name and centennial dates 1916-2016. We wish to express our gratitude and sincerely thank Bill and Karen not only for the nearly 2,400 crosses they personally made this year alone but for the 20,000+ crosses they, along with a number of volunteers, have made and given over more than two decades! We hope that each of you keep this cross as a reminder of Christ’s love for us and a symbol of our faith-filled family community made of special and talented individuals like Bill and Karen.

How did this even start so many years ago? Mr. Sand wasn’t entirely sure how long he has been making the crosses but said he can remember making them since his children were in school. Former pastor, Fr. Larry Tharp, had the idea of giving the school children and parishioners a cross during Lent. Bill, serving on the Finance Committee during that time, offered to make them to save the parish the cost. Given his background in engineering he created a system to produce these simple crosses that became a yearly tradition and not only produced them for St. Teresa but for Fr. Tharp’s next parish!

You know the wooden chalice tray used during the offertory and the wooden hymnal holders attached to the back of each pew? Bill Sand made those too!! May we all find a way to live by this quote as Bill does, “The meaning of life is to find your gift. The purpose of life is to give it away.” ~ Picasso

Bill and Karen Sand have been parishioners for 37 years. They have three children, now in their 30s, who attended St. Teresa of Avila School. Helping in so many ways, Bill has served on Education Commission, Festival Committee and Finance Commission to name a few. Mr. Sand is also one of the founders of MayWeHelp.org, an organization of talented people who volunteer to design and create unique custom solutions for individuals with special needs allowing them to engage in and pursue their passions.

Bill and Karen's steps to making the Centennial cross:
1. Plane raw, unmilled lumber to .71”
2. Cut into ¾” strips perfectly square
3. Cut into 10” long pieces then to 4” and 6”, the two pieces of the cross.
4. Place 20 lengths into fixture to engrave and notch. Note: it takes 1 minute to engrave each length
5. Sand the face of each length
6. Place 20 cross lengths into fixture to engrave and notch. Note: it takes 20 seconds to engrave each cross section
7. Sand the face of each length
8. Drill the hole on the back side of the each length
9. The cross pieces are tapped together with a hammer. No glue is needed!
10. Route the edges
11. Sand again to remove any “fuzzy bits”
12. Dip finish with alcohol and shellac solution and air dry

St. Teresa Athletics

Join us for a night of good music, good company, and good fun to support and celebrate 100 years of St. Teresa Athletics! The Bruin Bash is a 21+ celebration with live music with The Menus! Reverse raffle winners will also be announced (need not be present to win). Food, drinks, bid & buy, pull tabs, split the pot, sport memorabilia, money games and much more!

Reverse raffle tickets are $50 each or $90 for 2. Guaranteed pot of $5000! With each raffle ticket you receive admission to the Bruin Bash. Visit www.bruinbash.com for more information or to buy tickets online. All proceeds will support youth sports at St. Teresa of Avila. $10 cover charge without reverse raffle ticket.

100 Years | Building Our Family in Faith

The Centennial History Book is available! This beautifully written and photographic history of St. Teresa parish, including 36 pages of color photos capturing the October 9, 2016 Centennial Mass, is available at the parish office.

They are complimentary ($20 value). Free will donations in any amount are appreciated. Pick one up today!

A Celebration of Faith | October 9, 2016

Please save the date for our Centennial Mass that will be held at 9:30 am, celebrated by Archbishop Schnurr.

Please join us in thanking the following businesses for working so closely with us to create a very special reception in honor of our 100th anniversary. We are grateful for their time and generosity!

The Alleen Company
Balloons Across the River
Bridgetown Finer Meats
Brogan/Hesketh Formal Wear
Crest Graphics
Harlan Graphic Arts Services, Inc.
Kahny Printing, Inc.
Lutz Flowers
Prestige AV & Creative Services
Rapid Run Carry Out
Robben Florist & Garden Center
Sam's Club
Taste of Class Catering


Our church kneelers were in desperate need of repair. Our parish family came together to adopt a kneeler and are remembered in a permanent plaque, which displayed in gathering space of church by the front doors.

We are forever grateful and thank everyone for all that you each continue to do for our Parish Family!

Thank you to our parish maintenance team and every volunteer and donor who came together to make this possible! Please take a moment to see the memorial plaque in the vestibule of church.

Pictured here is the first, beautiful newly installed kneeler.

Centennial Prayer to St. Teresa of Avila

This past spring we called for prayers to St. Teresa in honor of our Centennial and we are pleased to share the selected prayer with you on the joyous occasion of our Centennial Mass. This prayer can be found here, on prayer cards, and in the Centennial Mass program as well as our soon to be published history book. Thank you to Ellen McGrath for your contribution to our celebration!

Dear St. Teresa,
We ask you to guide us with your wisdom as we gather to serve the needs of the people of St. Teresa of Avila parish. We thank you for your words of revelation, "All things are passing. God alone suffices." Let these simple words lead us in our service. putting God first with the knowledge that the "things" of this earthly life are constantly changing. Help us to realize that through our daily suffering and challenges we come to know God and each other more fully. Let your life of service with compassion, joy, and laughter be a model for our own lives and our work as Church.

In the Lord's name, we pray.

St. Teresa of Avila Prayer Writing Contest

All parishioners of St. Teresa of Avila Church were welcome to enter prayer submissions. Submissions were evaluated and scored based on three categories: 1. demonstration of knowledge of St. Teresa of Avila's life and spiritual gifts, 2. invocation of the saint's intercession for specific needs of the parish, and 3. usage of language that is appropriate for using the prayer in a wide range of parish settings.

Centennial Rosaries

In commemoration of our parish Centennial, Tony & Sue Eichhorn designed, crafted and donated 3,000 green and white beaded rosaries. The Eichhorn's have hand-made and distributed over 130,000 rosaries over the years. We thank the Eichhorn's for their loving generosity and devotion to St. Teresa!

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