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St. Therese Catholic Church
Ministered by the Discalced Carmelite Friars:
Pastor: Fr. Peter Mary Vecellio, OCDPas
1100 East Alhambra Road
Office (Mailing) Address:
510 North El Molino Street
Alhambra, California 91801
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/SACRAMENTSis information about our weekly Latin Mass on Sundays, as well as forms to register for Latin Rite Baptisms, First Communions, and Weddings.
Under SACRAMENTS, you 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.
UnderWEDDINGS, 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]
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.
NOVENA OF MASSES IN HONOR OF ST. THERESE
Join us—during this special jubilee year of our patroness St. Therese—for a preached Novena (nine days) of Masses. The Novena will be from Friday, September 22, through Saturday, September 30, followed by the Feast Day on Sunday, October 1 (all Masses will be in her honor that day; the special Novena prayer will be prayed at 11:00 a.m.). A special Novena prayer has been composed and a special card printed to be prayed at each of the below-listed Masses.
PLEASE PICK UP A PRAYER CARD FROM THE VESTIBULE TABLES AND RETURN IT THERE AFTER THE MASS SO THESE CARDS CAN BE USED IN THE CHURCH THROUGHOUT THE NINE DAYS OF THE NOVENA.
The Mass times for each of those days is as follows:
Weeknights: 7:15 p.m.
(NO Monday Night Meditation Mass and NO Spanish Mass on Tuesday; Confessions on Wednesday will begin after the Mass--at approximately 8:00 p.m.)
(Note: All Masses on October 1 will be in her honor)
RELIGIOUS ED REGISTRATION
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, IS THE FINAL DAY TO REGISTER FOR ANY OF OUR RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CLASSES. Registration forms are available on this site under the link, "Rel Educ." Drop off the completed form, along with a copy of each registrant’s baptism certificate and the appropriate fees for the chosen program (shown on each form), in the MAIL SLOT TO THE RIGHT OF THE OFFICE DOOR. The fees may be submitted by cash or check (make checks payable to St. Therese Church).
FR. JULIUS, OCD | NFP
Fr. Julius, one of the Carmelite Friars from our Mission in Uganda, was interviewed about Natural Family Planning, for which he is a certified trainer. Click his picture below to hear this interview with him. (NOTE: Fr. Julius is currently assigned to our Carmelite Parish in Washington State with Fr. Jan Lundberg.)
FIVE FIRST SATURDAYS
Mark your calendar for Saturday, October 7, 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) 282-2744, Ext 1 + 235.
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 HEREto 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.)
JOIN THE COMMITTEE FOR THE PARISH CENTENARY
St. Therese Church was founded in 1924 by the Discalced Carmelite Friars from the Irish Province--making 2024 the year of our 100th Anniversary. If you would like to join the Committee for the Parish Centenary Year, chaired by Fr. Stephen Watson, please call the Parish Office at (626) 282-2744, ext. 0, and leave your name, phone number, and email address.The first meeting has been set for WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4, AT 7:15 P.M., IN THE AVILA CONFERENCE ROOM IN THE PARISH OFFICES.
INTERVIEW OF PRINCIPAL ALMA CORNEJO AND FR. THOMAS KOLLER 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.
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!)