By Maureen Wallenfang
Post-Crescent staff writer
APPLETON — St. Therese, or Santa Teresita, was known as “an ordinary girl with an extraordinary soul.”
Those who put together her feast day celebration — Fiesta Patronal — Saturday at St. Therese parish wanted to show they were ordinary people with a lot of love for their God, their church and their patron saint.
The afternoon-through-evening fund-raiser was a labor of love for parishioners of the church, one of Appleton’s oldest, which is now about half Hispanic.
“We want to get together the Hispanic community and invite the Anglo community. We want both,” said Carlos Herrera, coordinator of the Hispanic ministry for the church at 213 E. Wisconsin Ave. “We want this festival to be all of the community coming together to celebrate our saint.”
Deacon Patrick Whitcomb said St. Therese is “second in Spanish devotion, only after Our Lady of Guadalupe.”
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