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St. Therese Catholic Church 

Ministered by the Discalced Carmelite Friars:

Pastor: Fr. Peter Mary Vecellio, OCDPas 


 Church Address: 

1100 East Alhambra Road 

Alhambra, California   


 

Office (Mailing) Address:

510 North El Molino Street

Alhambra, California 91801

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel by Christina Yang

 NAVIGATING OUR WEBSITE: 

Under CONTACT can be found specific contact numbers for the priests, the staff, and the volunteer coordinators of our ministries and groups.  

If you are unsure about where to find the topic for which you are looking, click SEARCH and then enter a keyword.  All the locations where that subject is included will appear.

  

Under ABOUT US can be found the following topics:  Parish Mission & Vision Statements  *  History of St. Therese Parish *  Architect of St. Therese * Discalced Carmelite Friars 

Under OUR PATRONESS,  topics include: * Life of St. Therese of Lisieux  *  (Road to Sainthood) * Lives of the Parents of St. Therese * (Upcoming Canonization)  and * Lives of the Sisters of St. Therese  

Under REGISTER is information about registering at St.Therese Parish (including a form). 

MASS AND CONFESSION TIMES has its own link at the top of the page.  Under that there is a subheading for information about Low-Gluten Communicants.   

MASS CELEBRANTS shows which priests are celebrating the various Masses, etc. 

Under the heading LATIN RITE MASS/SACRAMENTS  is information about our weekly Latin Mass on Sundays, as well as forms to register for Latin Rite Baptisms, First Communions, and Weddings.  

Under SACRAMENTSyou can find information for Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation for Youth, Confirmation for Adults, Weddings, and Anointing.of the Sick.

Under FUNERALS, you can find all the information you need about having a funeral here at St. Therese, including a selection of readings you may choose for the funeral Mass.

Under WEDDINGS, you can find all the information you need about having a wedding here, including links to pre-marital courses.

Under RELIGIOUS ED you can find subheadings for the following:  School of Religious Ed (children through 8th Grade); RCIA; Adult Confirmation, Youth Confirmation (High School), VIRTUS (Protecting God's Children), Adult Bible Study, and Vacation Bible School 

Under the heading NEWS / EVENTS, click on COMING UP for all our upcoming events, news, and announcements.

Under the heading MINISTRIES can be found the following subjects:  

Liturgical Ministries (Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Ushers, Sacristans, Music Ministry, Altar Servers) 

Prayer & Devotion Ministries (Perpetual Adoration, Exposition & Benediction, Rosary Prayer Group (including information on how to say the Rosary, as well as meditations and pictures for each mystery), Legion of Mary, St. Joseph Prayer Group, First Friday Mass, Intercessors for Priests prayer group, the Order of Secular Carmelites; and the Divine Mercy Devotion); 

Respect Life Ministry (Articles written by Catherine Contreras (Respect Life Coordinator); Guadalupe Pregnancy Services [GPS]; and Natural Family Planning [NFP] 

Peace & Justice Ministries (Christian Service, Detention Ministry, Rosary Makers); 

Retreat Ministry (Men's Retreats, Women's Retreats),

Under COR JESU (X) is information about our Youth Ministry

Under VOX VITAE is information about Pro-Life Camps for Youth and Adults and other activities

Under the heading CATECHESIS Q & A, can be found various articles written or compiled by our staff about the Catholic Faith and Liturgy

Under the heading GROUPS can be found:  the Avila Young Adult Group, Catholic Tradition Talks, Couples for Christ, "Going Deeper" Catholic Faith Study, the Grief Ministry, Knights of Columbus, Retrouvaille (for hurting marriages), and Video Night Presents.

Under OUR SCHOOL you can find information about our school.

Under COUNCILS: (Parish Council, Finance Council, Liturgy Committee, Festival Committee);

Under ONLINE GIVING is information about how you can make automatic donations through your checking account or credit card

Under PHOTOS you can find several albums containing pictures of parishioners and parish events, etc.

Under PRAYERS:  Basic Catholic Prayers, Rosary Prayers, Novena Prayers, Prayers Composed by Saints, and Divine Mercy Prayers

Under CARMELITE SAINTS:  A list of all the Carmelite saints and the biographies of the more well-known Carmelite Saints

Other headings are:

BULLETINS: Download PDF versions of the Sunday bulletin from January 2011 to the present); 

SUBMIT NEWS: Click on this to submit an announcement for the website

CALENDAR: Select the month you are interested in and check on upcoming events). 

CONTACT: Find the phone numbers and emails for the Friars, the staff, and the volunteer heads of organizations.

SEARCH: If you're not sure where to find the subject you're interested in, use the search link to enter a key word and finds all the areas where that subject can be found.

 

COLLECTION FOR CARMELITE NUNS 

There is still time to donate to the Annual Fr. Jerome Appeal, which goes to the Cloistered Discalced Carmelite Nuns in Alhambra to help provide for their daily needs and the upkeep of the monastery. Just use one of the PINK ENVELOPES you can find in the pews. The Carmelite Monastery was instrumental in St. Therese Parish being established, and there has always been a special closeness and loving support between the parish and the monastery. God bless and reward your generosity! 

 

WOMEN'S RETREAT

Join the women of St. Therese Church for our annual Lenten Retreat weekend at El Carmelo Retreat House in Redlands, California! It will be held from March 15 to 17, 2024. Registration forms can be found at the church entrances and in the church office. The rates are as follows:     

Double room occupancy (2 per room): $230 each person, includes two nights & six meals

Single room occupancy (private room): $260 each person, includes two nights and six meals

A *deposit of $75 (non-refundable) is required to reserve your room. Make checks payable to: El Carmelo Retreat House (make sure to write in the memo space on check: “Women's Silent Retreat, March 15-17, 2024”). [*Checks or money orders only.]  Mail the deposit OR the full amount, along with a registration form (found on the tables by the entrances) to: Louisa Day, Retreat Captain, 600 West Gleason Street, Monterey Park, CA 91754.  If a registration form is unavailable or you would like more information, please contact Louisa at louisaeday@yahoo.com | (323)360-5186.   

 

A PASTOR'S RESPONSE TO FIDUCIA SUPPLICANS

 

My Dear Parishioners of St. Therese:  

I want to address the recent document from The Holy See on the blessing of couples in irregular or same-sex relationships. Before proceeding, let it be said that it’s good for all of us to read the actual document and then read good commentaries on the document so that we’re not forming our opinions on false or misleading reporting. Doing so will also give us greater peace of mind and conviction to pray for our Church leaders. Below, I have provided links to the Vatican document along with three commentaries to aid you in this endeavor. They are all very thoughtful, fair, and critical—yet not mean-spirited.

DOCUMENT:

https://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/cfaith/documents/rc_ddf_doc_20231218_fiducia-supplicans_en.html

1) https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2023/12/the-cost-of-making-a-mess

2) https://catholicherald.co.uk/fiducia-supplicans-an-exercise-in-smoke-and-mirrors-where-spin-becomes-substance-and-appearance-reality/

3) https://www.catholicworldreport.com/2023/12/23/fiducia-supplicans-appears-to-have-failed-spectacularly/

The first commentary is from Archbishop Emeritus Charles Chaput, the former Ordinary of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. One especially insightful excerpt from his essay reads: “The document is a doubleminded exercise in simultaneously affirming and undercutting Catholic teaching on the nature of blessings and their application to ‘irregular’ relationships. And it was quickly interpreted as a significant change in Church practice.”

The second article makes an important distinction between doctrine and practice: “The Vatican….has set out to appear to change the Church’s teaching without in fact changing it. The distinction is achieved by changing the practice but not the principle. Orthodoxy remains untarnished, but orthopraxy—correct practice and worship—has been subverted.”

I encourage you to read these articles along with The Holy See document so that you can formulate for yourselves an educated opinion. My personal synthesis of what I’ve read on this topic leads me to conclude that no matter how much Fiducia Supplicans reaffirms the teaching of the Church on marriage and the inability to bless sin, the actual practice of giving blessings to couples in irregular or same-sex relationships by its very action sends the opposite message, thus leading to more confusion and pastoral abuse. In spite of this, I want to encourage each of us not to allow this poorly conceived and executed document to rattle our faith as it does not change the perennial teaching of the Church on the sanctity of marriage between one man and one woman. More than anything, it should impel us even more to pray for our leaders. 

—Fr. Peter Mary, O.C.D. 

HEALING PRAYER MINISTRY 

  

“O Lord, my God, I cried out to you for help and you healed me!”    -Psalm 30:3  

The Healing Prayer Ministry of St. Therese Church provides personal prayer for the Parish community.  You can find them after the Monday evening Mass (7:15 p.m.) in the church. They also offer private in-person sessions, phone sessions, and are available for outside events. Come and join! Thank you for your support! For more info, email hpmStc1@gmail.com.  

Testimony

I attended a beautiful conference with Love and Responsibility LA and heard dynamic speakers on the topic of healing and loving authentically. I also was able to experience a very personal and powerful healing with the Healing Prayer Ministry from St. Therese Church from Alhambra. If your mind, body and soul need healing, I highly recommend this. After a tearful healing prayer session, I was filled with so much love and peace that only our Lord Jesus can give. Thank you, St Therese Church, and thank you, Jesus, for loving me and making me feel worthy of this kind of love. -Anonymous via Instagram 

 

  

FIVE FIRST SATURDAYS 


Mark your calendar for Saturday, January 5, for our next "Five First Saturdays" Devotion to honor Our Lady of Fatima. On that day, join us to pray the Rosary and meditate for 15 minutes after the 8:00 a.m. Mass! For any questions, please contact Maria Alejandra at (626) 993-4236.

 

FORMED: CATHOLIC FAITH ON DEMAND

  

St. Therese Church has purchased a parish subscription to the Catholic media website, FORMED.ORG, for the benefit of ALL of you!  Discover all the best Catholic content in one place:  Entertaining movies, enlightening programs, inspiring talks, audio dramas, and a great selection of popular e-books--all just a link away!  To register, click on the image above.  Then, enter St. Therese Church, Alhambra, CA, click on it when you see it, and then enter your name and your email address--and get started enjoying all they have to offer! Click HERE to sign up.

 

CALLED TO RENEW 

 

Thank you to everyone who made a five-year pledge or a one-time donation to the Called to Renew campaign. (To go to the website, click HERE.)

For those who pledged, depending upon what time period you selected, you will receive notices in the mail every month, every quarter, or every year reminding you of your pledge.  The monies collected will allow St. Therese Parish to renovate our facilities. Fifty percent (50%) of all funds raised up to our goal will remain with our parish to address the following needs:  

• Church interior renovations  

• Painting the church Interior  

•Repairing the stained glass windows  

•Repairing the church’s tile roof  

•Repairing / updating the lighting/wiring  

•Repairing our school classrooms and parish offices (built over 70 years ago!)  

 

VIDEOS OF THE ACTS OF THE APOSTLES

FR. ED BROOM, OMV,  gave four talks at St. Therese on The Acts of the Apostles. Click the picture above to watch them on our YouTube channel. The first one was recorded on May 5, 2022. 

VIDEOS OF THE SPIRITUAL EXERCISES OF ST. IGNATIUS

During February through April, 2022, Fr. Ed Broom, OMV, was here at St. Therese to give ten talks on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.  The talks were all recorded, and you may view them by clicking the above picture.  You will be taken to the page with the links to each talk and to the accompanying handouts for each talk.  (Note: Once you are on that page, you may have to scroll down until you find the same picture you see above.)  

 

 EVENING OF RECOLLECTION WITH FR. STEPHEN WATSON

 Thursday, February 29

6:00 to 9:00 p.m. 

At 6:00 p.m., Fr. Stephen  will give a talk entitled “Between Memory and Hope.” This will be followed by:

  • Mass at 7:00 p.m.,
  • Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament at 7:45 p.m. (followed by Holy Hour);
  • Benediction from 8:45 to 9:00 p.m.

...AND IN MARCH...

LENTEN MISSION

Monday, March 11, through Thursday, March 14

6:00 to 9:00 p.m. each evening (including Mass). 

Fr. Julius Ntalo, OCD, one of our Carmelite friars from our Mission in Uganda, will be the Mission speaker. He will begin the Mission by speaking at each of the Sunday Masses on March 10th. 

SOUP NIGHTS & STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Join us every Friday evening during Lent beginning with Soup Night in the Hall from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m., followed by Stations of the Cross in the Church at 7:00 p.m. Soup Night Sponsors are: February 16: Saint Therese Carmelite School; February 23: Knights of Columbus; March 1: Guadalupe Pregnancy Services; March 8: The Flame of Love Prayer group; March 15: (no sponsor to date but your family or group may contact the office to volunteer to sponsor/host that date!); and March 22: Retrouvaille Ministry. All freewill offerings will benefit each sponsoring group. 

 

 INTERVIEW BY TERRY BARBER ABOUT SAINT THERESE CARMELITE SCHOOL

Alma Cornejo, Principal of St. Therese Carmelite School, and former pastor, Fr. Thomas Koller, join Terry to discuss the definition and importance of a “classical” Catholic education in these most trying of times when our children are targets of an increasingly secular and amoral society. If you have school-aged children, take a look!  Just click on the picture above to access the video.

 

 PRAYER BEFORE RECEIVING HOLY COMMUNION

O Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God, who according to the will of the Father and with the cooperation of the Holy Spirit hast by Thy death given life unto the world, I adore and revere this Thy holy Body and this Thy holy Blood which was given over and poured forth for the many unto the remission of sins. O merciful Lord, I beg of Thy mercy that through the power of this sacrament Thou wilt make me one of that many. Through faith and love make me feel the power of these sacraments so I may experience their saving power. Absolve and free from all sin and punishment of sin Thy servants, Thy handmaidens, myself, all who have confessed their sins to me, those whom I have promised or am obliged to pray for, and so too those who themselves hope or beg to be helped by my prayers with Thee. Make our Church rejoice in Thy constant protection and consolation. Amen.    

ONLINE GIVING  

  Enroll Today!   

Through Faith Direct you can make all of your contributions to St. Therese Church via automatic payment from your checking account or credit card--just as you may do now with your mortgage, household bills, and other monthly payments.  This is a great way to simplify your giving--as well as being very cost-effective and environmentally-friendly.  Of course, it's voluntary!  The first step is to enroll in the program.  To do so, click on the picture logo above.  You will then be taken to the Faith Direct website.  During your enrollment, you may choose from weekly donations, monthly donations, school donations, special collection donations, or one-time gifts.  To watch an instructional video, go to the Online Giving link (next to the HOME page link at the top of the page).  Thank you for your donations to St. Therese! May God bless you!

 SAINT THERESE CARMELITE SCHOOL VIDEOS

Watch the video, "THE BEST SCHOOL IN THE WORLD"--ONE OF ONLY TWO SCHOOLS IN THE L.A. ARCHDIOCES USING A CLASSICAL CURRICULUM (click on the photo below to view it): 

WATCH "LITTLE THINGS," by clicking on the photo below:  

Watch "CLASSICAL NEVER GOES OUT OF STYLE," by clicking on the photo below:  

 

Watch a short film, "THE VEIL REMOVED" (When Heaven Meets Earth), by clicking on the photo below:

Watch this CARMELITE VOCATION VIDEO by clicking on the photo below (features friars you know and love!)