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


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.




The special Candlemas Mass will be held on Thursday, February 2, at 7:00 p.m., celebrated by Fr. Robert Elias Barcelos, OCD.  Please join us for this Mass, which will be followed by the “Flame of Love” Consecration, Adoration, the Rosary, and Healing Prayer Ministry until 10:00 p.m. To read more the celebration, click the dark colored flyer above; to learn more about the Flame of Love, click the picture of the flyer with Jesus and Mary. 

GET YOUR CANDLES BLESSED: You are invited to bring any candles you use at home to be blessed by Fr. Robert.  Please write your name on the bag or box you bring your candles in and--before Mass--put them on one of the three tables that will be in the patio area in front of the church so that Fr. Robert can bless them after Mass.

The words “Flame of Love” comes from the diary of Elizabeth Kindelmann entitled, “The Flame of Love of the Immaculate Heart of Mary: The Spiritual Diary.” In it, Our Lady promises many blessings, including:

· To blind Satan

· To save souls (especially family members)

· To save the family

· To free souls from Purgatory

· To convert the world 

The Flame of Love book (see above picture) is available for purchase ($10) in the parish offices.  


Join Joe Campbell and Florence Goh for this interactive program series which is held every Tuesday night from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m., via ZOOM (it began November 29 but it is ongoing). To register, CLICK THE PICTURE ABOVE, which will take you to the registration page. After completing it, the ZOOM link will be emailed to you.



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. 


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.)  



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.


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.    


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 


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.




Fr. Thomas' letter in the bulletin of January 22, 2023--the anniversary of Roe v. Wade--is about the over-turning of Roe v. Wade.  As part of his letter, he also included an article by George Weigel, published on June 29, 2022.  Father's letter ends by inviting you to read an article giving more information about post-abortion healing. Below are links to that article--in both English and Spanish:

Post Abortion Healing article in English

Post Abortion Healing article in Spanish 




Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, formerly Joseph Alois Ratzinger, died on December 31, 2022. He was born in Marktl am Inn, Bavaria, on April 16, 1927—Holy Saturday— and baptized that same day—the first person baptized in the new Easter water. It was a sign of blessing, he wrote in a memoir, that his life from the beginning was thus immersed in the Easter mystery. He entered the minor seminary in 1939 at the age of twelve, but his studies were interrupted by World War II, when the seminary was closed and Joseph, along with most of his class, was drafted into the army at the age of sixteen.  After the war he resumed his education in philosophy and theology, and together with his brother, Georg, was ordained a priest in 1951. During the course of a twenty-year career as a professor of dogma and theology at several German universities, he earned a reputation as a gifted lecturer and learned scholar, and was present as theological advisor at all four sessions of the Second Vatican Council.

     He was ordained an archbishop in May of 1977 and elevated to the College of Cardinals a month later. He settled in Rome in 1981 and went on to become one of the most influential men in the Roman curia. Of the many offices he held, he was best known as the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, an authoritative advisor on doctrinal issues during his predecessor's pontificate. When he was elected the 265th successor of Peter in 2005 at the age of seventy-eight, he became the first German pope since Victor II in the eleventh century. A central theme of his papacy was the staunch defense of core Christian values against what he saw as moral decline across much of Europe. He also spoke out against human rights abuses and ongoing political conflicts and warfare and advocated better protection of the environment. He called for a radical rethinking of the global economy, criticizing the growing divide between rich and poor, and pressed for a “true world political authority” to oversee the economy and work for the common good.

     Ever true to his episcopal motto, “Fellow Worker in the Truth,” Pope Benedict XVI's teaching and prolific writings always defended traditional Catholic doctrine and values. On February 11, 2013, Pope Benedict XVI announced that on February 28, 2013, he would resign as supreme pontiff due to his advanced age and deteriorating health and that a conclave would be convened shortly thereafter to elect a new pope. He returned to Rome and remained there as Pope Emeritus after Jorge Bergoglio succeeded him as Bishop of Rome. 




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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! 


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. 



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).     


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: 


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!) 


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