Ministered by the Discalced Carmelite Friars of the California-Arizona Province
NAVIGATING OUR WEBSITE:
The regular Mass and Confession Schedules can be found under the heading of SACRAMENTS (you can also find subheadings to show which priests will be celebrating the Masses, what the special Mass intention will be for each Mass, and for information about the Latin Mass).
Under this same heading (SACRAMENTS) can also be found information on Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation.
Specific Contact numbers for the priests, the staff, and the volunteer coordinators of our ministries and groups can be found under the heading CONTACT.
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 the heading NEWS can be found upcoming events happening in the parish.
Under INFO can be found the following topics: History of St. Therese Parish * Mission / Vision Statements * Discalced Carmelite Friars * Life of St. Therese of Lisieux * The Year of Faith (2012-2013) * and Photos
Under the heading MINISTRIES can be found the following subjects:
Religious Education (for Adults and Children) and Youth Ministry;
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, Fatima Pilgrimage Mass, St. Joseph Devotion and St. Joseph Mass, First Friday All-Night Prayer Vigil, Warrior Intercessors for Priests prayer group, and Order of Secular Carmelites);
Liturgical Ministries (Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Ushers, Sacristans, Altar Servers, Music Ministry, Respect Life Ministries, Retreat Ministries);
Respect Life Ministry (Guadalupe Pregnancy Services [GPS]; Holy Family Infertility Support Group; Natural Family Planning [NFP]; Foot Soldiers for Life; and
Under the heading GROUPS can be found: Catholic Tradition Talks, Couples for Christ, Gardening Group, Guadalupanas, King's Men, Knights of Columbus, Legion of Mary (Patricians) Queen of Carmel Catholic Discussion Group, Retrouvaille (for hurting marriages), Video Night Presents..., and Scouts
Other headings are:
Councils (Parish Council, Finance Council, Liturgy Committee, Festival Committee);
Donations (Weekly Contributions, Together in Mission, Second Collections, and Archdiocesan Collections);
Miscellaneous(Room Reservation, Personal Ads, Outside the Parish Events);
Bulletins, at which you can download PDF versions of the Sunday bulletin from January 2011 to the present; and
Calendar, at which you can select the month you are interested in and check on upcoming events
THE PIOUS UNION OF ST. THERESE is a great way to remember a birthday, anniversary, wedding or to pray for a departed loved one. For the first nine days of each month, the Carmelite Friars (of Mt. St. Joseph Monastery in San Jose) will offer a novena of Masses for those, living and deceased, who are enrolled in the Pious Union of Saint Therese. For a suggested donation of $25, the person enrolled will be remembered perpetually.
To enroll yourself or someone else, just download and print the enrollment request form (click here) and mail it to the indicated address. The Fathers in San Jose will then mail you a signed Mass card to give to the person you enroll or, if the person is deceased, to keep for yourself. The person you enroll will be included in the novena the following month.
LENT IS COMING
Ash Wednesday is March 5
ASH WEDNESDAY: Lent begins on Wednesday, March 5. Mass times are in the morning at 6:00, 8:00, and 10:00 a.m. (School children); and in the evening at 7:30 p.m. We will also have a LATIN MASS at 5:30 p.m. (all the other Masses are in English).
SOUP NIGHTS: Come join your parish family for some delicious soup and bread (and more!), served in the Hall every Friday during Lent from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Free-will donations are accepted, which go towards our Christian Services Food Pantry. This year's sponsors are as follows: March 7: Parish Staff; March 14: Knights of Columbus; March 21: Rosary Makers and Bible Study; March 28: St. Therese School & Scouts; April 4: St. Therese Religious Education & RCIA; and April 11: Confirmation/Youth Ministry
STATIONS OF THE CROSS: The Stations are held each Friday during Lent at 7:00 p.m. Take advantage of this chance to accompany Jesus during His Passion. Booklets are provided.
2nd & 4th Wednesdays
We have begun a Bereavement Support Group here at St. Therese. We welcome anyone to attend who has suffered the loss of a loved one. It does not matter how long ago you suffered this loss or what your relationship was to the person (spouse, child, parent, friend, etc.). Please feel free to come and join this new group and meet new friends. You may have something to share that will be of help to someone else.
The Bereavement Support Group meets in the Parish Offices on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. Our next gathering will be Wednesday, February 26. For additional information, please contact Deacon Joe and Lorraine Mizerski at 282-2744, ext. 333.
TO BE HONORED!
"Luck of the Irish" Benefit for Sacred Heart Retreat House
All Parishioners of St. Therese Church are invited to the annual LUCK OF THE IRISH benefit on Sunday, March 16, at San Gabriel Country Club, a fundraiser for Sacred Heart Retreat House.
Among the three honorees will be our own Fr. Philip Sullivan. The evening begins at 5:00 p.m. with cocktails, followed at 6:00 p.m. with dinner. There will also be both silent and live auctions, and raffle prizes. You may also attend the Mass celebrated by Fr. Philip at the Retreat House Chapel at 3:30 p.m.
Tickets are $100 each and can be purchased by calling (626) 289-1353, ext. 200. More information is available online at the Retreat House Website at www.sacredheartretreathouse.com.
My Church Family Album - 90th Anniversary
Our "My Church Family Album” is now in the production stage! Now that all of our parishioners' photos and group photos have been taken, we need to create all the copy and organize all the photos. Once it is submitted to the Pictorial Directory Company, it will take four weeks for them to prepare it. Then it will be returned to us for fine tuning. After it is resubmitted, within another four weeks, it will be delivered to us. So . . .please be patient!
If you would like to receive a copy of the pictorial directory, BUT you did not take a photo with the pictorial directory company OR you did not submit your own family photo with the fee, you will still have an opportunity to purchase them after they have been delivered. NOTE: If you were in one of the group photos--but did not take or submit an individual or family photo--this does not automatically get you a free copy of the directory.
NEW FENCE PROJECT
Financial Help Needed!
As you can see, we have installed the first section of a new iron fence on the church side of the parking lot. The chain link fence was installed decades ago and is in very bad condition. If you can help with a gift, we would be most appreciative! Thank you to those who responded to date to our request and made donations. God bless you, Fr. Philip Sullivan, O.C.D., Pastor.
"...I will send down a shower of roses from the heavens..." --St. Therese
If you are new to the parish or attend regularly but just never registered, please come to the Parish office to become an official member. You will receive a Welcome Packet with valuable church information.
The office is located at 510 North El Molino Street,Alhambra 91801--just south of the church (there is a statue of St. Therese on the porch). Please come during our open hours and ring the doorbell for assistance.
If you are unable to come to the office during the below-listed times, click here to download a Registration Form. Then just print it, fill it out, and mail it to us at the above address--or save it to your computer, fill it out, and attach it to an email sent to the Parish Secretary, Denise McMaster-Holguin, at email@example.com. (We do not mail the Welcome Packet; however, you may make arrangements to pick one up.)
+ Note about the above oil painting of St. Therese (painted specifically for our offices by Parishioner Belita William): It is based on a photograph of St. Therese with her community, in which she is holding an hourglass. This was because, in the late 1800's, the cloistered convents used hourglasses to keep track of the time allowed for recreation. Therese was the "timekeeper" who made sure the community did not spend more time in recreation than was allotted for it.
Monday through Friday: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm; 2:00 to 5:00 pm; and 6:00 to 8:00 pm—closed from 1:00 to 2:00 pm AND from 5:00 to 6:00 pm.
Saturday: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm (only the receptionist will be on duty)
VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION CELEBRATION PHOTOS!
Photos still on view!
The photos taken by Mel Stoutsenberger (Thank you, Mel!) at the Volunteer Appreciation Celebration on June 29, 2013, are still available for viewing and/or purchase! To see them, go to the Shutterfly website at www.sttheresechurchevents.shutterfly.com You may then copy them or order those you select in your choice of size and finish. You may choose to have them delivered to your home (there is a shipping and handling charge) or you can opt to have them delivered to a Walgreens, Target, or CVS, and pay for them at the store (.19 cents for each 4X6 photo). On the website, you can also leave comments, tag photos with names, or upload any photos or videos that you took yourselves. Again, we thank each of our volunteers for your service to St. Therese Parish.
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. A donation of $40 is requested for each dedication bouquet (this is the actual cost of the flowers). In order to schedule a memorial or a dedication, please contact Giovanna Setiady at (626) 281-9049.
To download the Floral Dedication form, please click here and then mail in or drop off the completed form, along with your payment.