W E L C O M E !

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(The dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass is still in effect.)

      

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St. Therese Catholic Church 

Ministered by the Discalced Carmelite Friars 


 Church Address: 

1100 East Alhambra Road 

Alhambra, California   

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.

 

RSVP TO THE SCHOOL'S MAIN FUNDRAISER

ON SEPTEMBER 30 AT ALMANSOR COURT

"THE LITTLE WAY DINNER & AUCTION"

 Click HERE to go to the RSVP site.

RELIGIOUS ED REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS OCT. 7!

  

Religious Education Classes for the 2022-2023 year began the week of September 16, 2022. If you would still like to register your child for FIRST COMMUNION and CONFIRMATION CLASSES, or register yourself for Adult Confirmation Classes | R.C.I.A. CLASSES, you MUST do so by Friday, October 7, by 4:30 p.m. (or leave the registration and fee in the mail slot to the right of the door by that night).  Registration forms can be found on our website by clicking the link, “Rel. Educ.” For more information, contact the coordinator, Florence Goh, at STCreligiousEd7@gmail.com. Religious Education Classes for the 2022-2023 year began the week of September 16, 2022. If you would still like to register your child for FIRST COMMUNION and CONFIRMATION CLASSES, or register yourself for Adult Confirmation Classes | R.C.I.A. CLASSES, you MUST do so by Friday, October 7, by 4:30 p.m. (or leave the registration and fee in the mail slot to the right of the door by that night). Registration forms can be found on our website by clicking the link, “Rel. Educ.” For more information, contact the coordinator, Florence Goh, at STCreligiousEd7@gmail.com.  

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.)  

FORMED: CATHOLIC FAITH ON DEMAND

  

Fr. Thomas has purchased a subscription to the Catholic media website, FORMED.ORG, and is making it available to ALL our parishioners!  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, simply enter your name, your email address, a password, and your zip code--and get started enjoying all they have to offer! Click HERE to sign up.

JUBILEE YEAR FOR L.A.

 

The Archbishop for the Los Angeles Archdiocese, Archbishop Jose Gomez, has announced a Jubilee Year for the Los Angeles Archdiocese (September 11, 2021, to September 10, 2022) to mark the 250th anniversary of Mission San Gabriel Arcángel, which was founded by the great Franciscan missionary, St. Junípero Serra, in 1771. To read the Archbishop's announcement letter from June 12, 2021, click HERE. 

PLENARY INDULGENCE: If you would like to receive a plenary indulgence by visiting a pilgrimage site in the Los Angeles Archdiocese, click HERE to go to the website that lists these sites.

ARCHDIOCESAN NEWS RE MASKS IN CHURCH

With the current increase of COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County, the Archdiocese has decided to follow the L.A. County Health Department in requiring everyone to wear a mask indoors in all L. A. County Catholic  churches (effective as of Saturday, July 16, 2021).

Fr. Thomas says you have a choice of receiving Holy Communion either on the tongue or in the hand.

For any additional questions, please e-mail the Archdiocesan COVID response team:

Marina A. Macchiagodena – Mamacchiagodena@la-archdiocese.org or Isaac Cuevas – icuevas@la-archdiocese.org

God bless, Rev. Brian Nunes, Moderator of the Curia and Vicar General 

HOLY SPIRIT NOVENA

Anytime is a good time to pray the NOVENA TO THE HOLY SPIRIT! Also, read THE TEN COMMANDMENTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT.  Fr. Thomas would also like to share with you the following links for talks in the series, "Words of Knowledge Explained".  Just click on each person's name to hear his or her talk. 

Dr. Mary Healy (Activating Your Spiritual Gifts) & Dr. Mary Healy (Hearing the Lord's Voice)

(Randy Clark — Richard Roberts —  Kris Valloton - Shawn Bolz - Joyce Meyer 

For the booklet written by Fr. John Hampsch, CMF, called WHEN GOD SAYS NO, click the title to open it. Also, you may want to listen to this TALK BY BOB SCHUCHT.  It is part of a series available on the website, www.jpiihealingcenter.org.   

 

 

ALL of our Masses are celebrated inside the church; however, Confessions are still OUTSIDE--on Saturdays from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; on Sundays from Noon to 1:00 p.m.; and on Wednesdays from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m.

WEEKLY MORNING MASSES are at 6:00 a.m. (Monday-Friday) and 8:00 a.m. (Monday-Saturday).

SUNDAY MASSES are at 7:30 a.m, 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 5:00 p.m., with a Traditional Latin Mass at 1:00 p.m.

LIVE STREAMED MASSES:  The Monday through Saturday 8:00 a.m. Mass, the Sunday 11:00 a.m. Mass, and the 7:00 p.m. evening Masses  are all live streamed (SEE the links to our Facebook page and our YouTube channel at the top of the column to the left). 

Prayer Guidance (GUIDANCE = God U I DANCE)

Here is some guidance on prayer—from the Gospels and from St. Thérèse. (And when we really ask the Holy Spirit for GUIDANCE, and then watch and wait for Him to give it to us, our lives really do become "God, U & I Dance!")

Prayer is meant to be holy leisure, too--not always hard work; prayer after Holy Communion is especially meant to be a time of holy leisure, to be able to climb into Jesus’ lap and let Him fold His arms around us and hold us close. Here is a way of prayer to foster that kind of listening prayer. It is from the Bible and is called the Jesus Prayer: While breathing in, gently and silently say, “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God”; then, while breathing out, say, “have mercy on me, a sinner.” This prayer is a combination of the prayer of the blind Bartimaeus calling out to Jesus (Mark 10:47), the prayer of the tax collector in the temple (Luke 18:13), and St. Peter’s great statement of faith in Jesus (Matthew 16:16). Once you get the hang of praying this prayer, you can shorten it to “Jesus” while inhaling and “mercy” while exhaling.  

With the help of St. Therese you can also focus on other meanings of the word mercy, besides that of a sinner pleading before the judge:  “Therese has left on record how much she would have liked to learn Hebrew, so as to understand the Gospels better. And this no doubt would have been a great joy to her. For few Hebrew words are etymologically more rewarding than those used to convey the concept "mercy". Four words are used to convey the reality: hanan, to lean over; hamalnoum, to suffer with, to spare since one feels pity [like the judge looking at a repentant sinner]; raham-rahamim, to be soft, the mother’s breast, the entrails, the womb; and naham, to relieve someone, to stop his groans by helping him to breathe. What a program! Therese saw this as God’s feelings about man” (The Little Way, by Bernard Bro, O.P., p. 60). 

So, you see? It is a very simple kind of prayer, biblical, rich in meaning, adaptable to whatever psychological, emotional, physical, spiritual situation you find yourself in; and it gives your mind a little bit of food to meditate on while being simple enough so that you can listen to the live Person, Jesus, and try to listen to what He is saying to you. As you get used to this prayer, you can use it anywhere, anytime, focusing on that meaning of mercy which best fits with what is happening in your life at that moment. You will find that you can easily spend 20 minutes with Jesus in this way, especially when He has just come into your very own house/body after Holy Communion.

In Jesus and Mary and Joseph,

Fr. Thomas of the Trinity, OCD 

"Short, Inspirational Videos" under VIDEOS link (in the black bar above).

FORMED: CATHOLIC FAITH ON DEMAND

   

St. Therese Church has purchased a subscription to the Catholic media website, FORMED.ORG, and is making it available to ALL our parishioners!  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 below.  Then, simply enter your name, your email address, a password, and your zip code--and get started enjoying all they have to offer!

 

 

Be sure to check out the NEWS / EVENTS section of this website (link is near the top of each page) for news and upcoming events.

 

SAINT THERESE CARMELITE SCHOOL VIDEOS

Watch "THE BEST SCHOOL IN THE WORLD"--ONE OF ONLY TWO SCHOOLS IN THE L.A. ARCHDIOCESE 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 video of some of our youngest students singing during a Mass in November 2017 by clicking the photo below (courtesy of Mr. Hernandez, school parent).  

OCTOBER IS ROSARY MONTH!

  

The word Rosary comes from the Latin word, “Rosarium," which means "Crown of Roses."  Friday, October 7, the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, is also the First Friday this month. How special is that! (First Friday Mass will be at 7:00 p.m.!)  Starting on Saturday, October 1, and continuing AT LEAST through Monday, October 31, let us make an extra effort to develop a daily habit of reciting the rosary while meditating upon its twenty different mysteries. The Rosary devotion goes back to the year 1208, when Our Blessed Mother appeared to a Spanish priest, Fr. Dominic de Guzman, while he was traveling through France to preach against an extreme heresy. Our Lady entrusted the Rosary to him, which is actually a revised version of a Marian Psalter, and added the mysteries of Jesus’ and Mary’s lives, to use as a spiritual weapon. Countless conversions and miracles are attributed to the daily recitation of the Rosary. You can read much more about the true meaning of the Rosary—and its power—in St. Louis Maria De Montfort’s excellent book, The Secrets of the Rosary.

If you are hesitant about saying the Rosary alone or you get distracted—as many people do—try using one of the Rosary recitations on YouTube (search “Rosary”). Praying it literally takes FIFTEEN MINUTES! Or try praying with THOUSANDS of fellow Catholics on L.A.’s Relevant Radio (930 on AM radio at 5:00 p.m.) Or join the St. Therese Rosary Makers, a group which meets weekly on Mondays from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Avila Room of the Parish Offices. This small group, which also prays the Rosary together, has made thousands and thousands of rosaries that have been sent all over the world. For more information on this group, please contact Alexandria at (949) 482-8080 or Christine at (808) 218-3540.

 

CONSECRATION TO THE HOLY FAMILY

To make a consecration to the Holy Family, click on the picture above to download a prayer booklet that includes prayers for seven days--including an 8th day for the actual consecration. (Note: For printing purposes, the prayers are on Pages 10 through 25).  -Fr. Thomas, OCD

THEOLOGY OF THE BODY 

 

Everyone is invited to join us to learn more about St. John Paul’s Theology of the Body by attending this series, facilitated by Fr. Thomas. We meet on the SECOND and FOURTH Fridays of each month from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., in the Guadalupe Courtyard of the Parish Offices.  Included in the series are audio, video, and PowerPoint presentations, as well as discussion and prayer. Feel free to bring food and/or drinks to share! 

SEVEN CHANCES TO GROW IN YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE

CLICK HERE for six documents to help you take a SPIRITUAL INVENTORY of your life.  These will be used at the Saturday evening Healing Prayer Training sessions.

1. MONDAY CONTEMPLATIVE CANDLELIGHT MASS: Fr. Robert Barcelos will be here on Monday evenings to celebrate the 7:00 p.m. Mass. 

2. TUESDAY NIGHTS: Mass Celebrated in SPANISH! The schedule is as follows: 6:30 p.m.: ROSARY in Spanish; 7:00 p.m.: Showing of a portion of Season 2 of The Chosen; 7:15 p.m.: Mass

3. WEDNESDAY AFTERNOONS: St. Joseph Prayer Group meets at 3:00 p.m. in front of St. Joseph’s statue.

4. WEDNESDAY NIGHTS: Mass begins at 7:00 p.m., followed by outdoor Confessions at 8:00 p.m.

5. THURSDAY NIGHTS: Join us every THURSDAY evening in HONOR OF ST. JOSEPH! The schedule is: 7:00 p.m.: Showing of a portion of Season 2 of The Chosen; 7:15 p.m.: Mass;   7:45-8:45 p.m.: Adoration and *HEALING PRAYER (*in the main vestibule and on the sides of the church).

6. FIRST FRIDAY NIGHTS: Come and honor the Sacred Heart of Jesus by attending Mass at 7:00 p.m. on the first Friday of each month. The Mass is then followed by adoration AND *HEALING PRAYER (*in the main vestibule and on the sides of the church).

7. SATURDAY NIGHT HEALING PRAYER TRAINING SESSIONS: Join us in the church on Saturday nights from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

*HEALING PRAYER MINISTRY: Held during Adoration every Thursday evening and every First Friday evening. 

NOTE:  Click on the links in the left column for LIVE STREAMED MASSES on both our Facebook page and our YouTube channel.

SAINT THERESE CARMELITE SCHOOL VIDEOS

Watch "THE BEST SCHOOL IN THE WORLD," by clicking on the photo below:

  

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

   

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

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Watch a video of some of our youngest students singing during a Mass in November 2017 by clicking the photo below (courtesy of Mr. Hernandez, school parent). 

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!) 

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!   

 

SHOP AT AMAZON

 And Benefit Our School!  

Support St. Therese School while you do your shopping on Amazon online. Just click on the orange Amazon "button" above, and you will be taken directly to the Amazon site.  Then every purchase you make will automatically cause a percentage of your total to go to St. Therese School.  It's a simple as "click and shop"! You can also earn the School double by purchasing Amazon scrip in the School Office!   

FLORAL DEDICATIONS

If you would like to honor or memorialize a loved one AND help to beautify the church at the same time, then take advantage of our Floral Dedication Program. You may choose the kind of flowers and the colors for not only memorial remembrances, but also for anniversaries, birthdays, engagements, weddings, baptisms, get-well wishes, etc.  For each dedication, a notice will be posted in the bulletin (on the Mass intentions page) under “Floral Dedication” and will include your loved one’s name and the occasion. Bouquets start at $90 for two (actual cost of the flowers). In order to schedule a memorial or a dedication, please contact Giovanna Setiady at (626) 281-9049.