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 ST. THERESE CHURCH

1100 East Alhambra Road

Alhambra, California  91801

(626) 282-2744

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, 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. (Note: The above painting was made by Parishioner Christina Yang).

 

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  *  and Photos  

Under the heading MINISTRIES can be found the following subjects:

Religious Education (for Adults and Children) and Youth Ministry;

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

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 Devotion, St. Joseph Devotion and St. Joseph Mass, First Friday All-Night Prayer Vigil, Intercessors for Priests prayer group, and the 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

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

 

Under the heading GROUPS can be found:  Catholic Tradition Talks, Couples for Christ, Knights of Columbus, Legion of Mary (Patricians) Queen of Carmel Catholic Discussion Group, Retrouvaille (for hurting marriages), and Video Night Presents.

Other headings are:

Councils (Parish Council, Finance Council, Liturgy Committee, Festival Committee);

Miscellaneous  (Personal Ads, Outside the Parish Events);

Bulletins (download PDF versions of the Sunday bulletin from January 2011 to the present); and

Calendar, (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 send your request, along with a check made out to Carmelite Fathers, to:  Pious Union, Mount St. Joseph, PO Box 3420, San Jose, CA 95127.  The Carmelite Friars 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 beginning the following month.

ST. THERESE PLAY  

St. Thérèse of Lisieux will come to life on the stage in the Parish Hall on Saturday, December 20, at two performances:  A matinee at 1:00 p.m., and an evening performance at 6:30 (following the 5:00 p.m. Mass).   Although there is no admission fee, there is a suggested $20 free-will offering.   

Her story of faith will unfold in an hour-long production that takes place within the confines of her Carmelite convent in France, where she lived as a religious sister for the last nine years of her short life.  As portrayed by actress Fanny Veliz, St. Thérèse greets audiences as if they are visitors to the Carmel where she lived in the late 19th century, and fills their time together with a close-up portrait of convent life spliced with her prescription for faith-filled devotion to God. Her words, delivered in first-person voice by Ms. Veliz, are resonant as ever in today’s modern world, perhaps even more than when she first uttered them.   

“Every day you tell yourself: ‘I don’t have enough time, I have too many things to do.’ But let me tell you, Each day spend some time with God, and you’ll have time to do everything. When one gives time to God, Eternity is revealed in every moment.” 

Many of the topics explored are familiar to devotees of St. Thérèse’s “Little Way” of holiness as best expressed in her spiritual classic, “The Story of a Soul,” published shortly after her death from tuberculosis at age 24. Her life unfolds on stage, whether the focus be as close as the sister whose wheelchair she is to push to the convent chapel for 11:00 a.m. Mass that day, or as far away as her near death from illness as a child. The pacing is brisk, so fast it’s easy to miss the meaning of lines that move quickly past, but before your mind turns to regret, St. Thérèse draws you in again, inviting you as she would a postulant to consider a life with God that she holds close. It comes across as a personal invitation to each audience member. 

“I love everything about my life in the Carmel,” she says. “It is a life made of nothing. A modest life. A hidden life is the best kind of life, showing off is a pity. Being in God is being free.” The performances of “St. Thérèse”are being brought here as part of an extended world tour by the show’s writer, director and producer, Michel Pascal, 53. He is a native of France who now splits his time between New York City and Los Angeles. His captivating voice, evident in several intricate chants and in a duet with Ms. Veliz, is one of the show’s highlights.  

The production has been performed some 700 times in five years for audiences in Europe, Asia, Canada, Israel and the United Arab Emirates, among other places. Pascal’s first personal encounter with the saint dates to a visit he made to Lisieux with his parents when he was just 6 years old. He still recalls the trip clearly nearly half a century later.  “I felt something unbelievable. It’s the same thing as if I met my best friend,” said Pascal, who noted that he was Catholic even before he was born because his last name means Easter in French.

St. Thérèse, of course, needs no introduction to the many Catholics familiar with her life of holiness that was recognized universally when Pope Pius XI canonized her in 1925, and then again when Pope John Paul II named her a Doctor of the Church in 1997. Shortly after her canonization, she was named co-patron of the missions along with the co-founder of the Jesuits, St. Francis Xavier. She received that special standing despite never having served in a foreign land.  Her “Little Way” gives St. Thérèse a universality that appeals to audiences all around the world, Catholics and non-Catholics alike. The message of Thérèse is simple. Love is simple.   

The show has a lot to recommend it, beginning with a beautiful set of vintage photos of the saint and of the Carmel in Lisieux projected at the show’s outset. It is well worth an hour of your time!  

REGISTRATION

 

"...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 denisekay@hotmail.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.  

Office Hours

Monday through Friday: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm; 2:00 to 5:00 pm; and 6:00 to 8:00 pmclosed 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)

Sunday:  Closed

FEAST OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE 

Friday, December 12, is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  To mark this special day, we will have a special SPANISH Mass at 5:30 p.m., celebrated by Fr. Leonel.  This will be followed by a Fiesta de Guadalupe at 6:30 p.m. in the Hall.  This special Fiesta, sponsored by St.Therese School, will include dinner, music, and dancing for the entire family.  You may purchase items a la carte or order the complete dinner at $10 for adults and $6 for children.  All school families, parishioners, and friends are welcome!

 

2015 NEW YEAR'S CAR RAFFLE  

 

We will be raffling off your choice of a two-year lease on a 2015 Nissan Versa automobile OR a Cash Prize of $3,000.  Tickets are $15 each--increasing your odds of winning as fewer tickets will be sold than in a $1 raffle!  The drawing will be held on Sunday, January 4, following the 5:00 p.m. Mass.  Please read the Official Rules and Regulations in the News/Events section. 

 

 

My Church Family Album - 90th Anniversary

The articles and extra photos have been submitted for our "My Church Family Album,” and it's in the production/editing stage!   You will be notified by a bulletin announcement when they are ready.  Your patience is appreciated! If you would like to receive a copy of the pictorial directory, BUT you did not take or submit a photo for the family section (with a fee), we are ordering extra, which you will be able to purchase for $25 each.  NOTE:  If you were in one of the group photos--but did not take or submit an individual or family photo with the fee--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.OLUNTEER APPRON CELEBRATION PHOTOS! 

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. 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.