Pastor: Fr. Philip Sullivan, OCD 


1100 East Alhambra Road

Alhambra, California  91801

(626) 282-2744

Ministered by the Discalced Carmelite Friars of the California-Arizona Province

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 REGISTRATION is information about registering at St.Therese Parish (including a form).

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  

MASS AND CONFESSION TIMES has its own link at the top of the page.  Under that there is a subheading for information about for Low-Gluten Communicants.  

Under the heading SACRAMENTS, you can find information for Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation for Youth, Confirmation for Adults, Weddings, and Anointing.of the Sick.

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.

MASS CELEBRANTS shows which priests are celebrating the various Masses, etc.  

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 the heading NEWS / EVENTS, click on WHAT'S HAPPENING for all our upcoming events, news, and announcements.

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 CATECHESIS Q & A, can be found various articles written or compiled by our staff about the Catholic Faith and Liturgy

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, Carmelite Spiritual Reading Group, St. Joseph Prayer Group, First Friday Mass & All-Night Prayer Vigil, Intercessors for Priests prayer group, the Order of Secular Carmelites; and the Divine Mercy Devotion);

Youth Ministry

Respect Life Ministry (Articles written by Catherine Contreras (Respect Life Coordinator); Foot Soldiers for Life; 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 the heading GROUPS can be found:  the Avila Young Adult Group, Catholic Tradition Talks, Couples for Christ, the Grief Ministry, Knights of Columbus, Legion of Mary (Patricians) Queen of Carmel Catholic Discussion Group, Retrouvaille (for hurting marriages), Video Night Presents, and "Tea at Therese" Women's Prayer & Discussion Group.

Under OUR SCHOOL you can find information about our school.

COUNCILS: (Parish Council, Finance Council, Liturgy Committee, Festival Committee);

Under PHOTOS you can find several albums containing pictures of parishioners and parish events, etc.

PRAYERS:  Basic Catholic Prayers, Rosary Prayers, Novena Prayers, Prayers Composed by Saints, and Divine Mercy Prayers

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). 


to Fr. Charles Nawodylo, O.C.D.!  

We joyfully announce the Ordination of Fr. Charles Nawodylo of Jesus and Mary as a Roman Catholic Priest by Most Reverend Alexander Salazar, which took place on Saturday, June 18, 2016.  May God bless him today and every day!  Please keep him in your prayers!   If you would like to see two short videos, click here (x) for the Ordination and here (x) to see the recessional of all the priests after the Ordination.  



For Adults in Their 20's & 30's (Singles & Couples) 

All Young Adults (20's & 30's) are invited to joink The AVILA GROUP, whose mission is to strengthen faith through friendship. Events include: 1) FORMATION TALK GATHERINGS held on the first Saturday of every month at 6:00 p.m., in the Guadalupe Courtyard of the Parish Offices. These gatherings include prayer, a guest speaker, discussion, and a potluck;  and 2) WEEKEND SOCIAL EVENTS at which members host informal events, such as: movie nights, pub nights, wine tastings, sports at the park, concerts, shows, dances, reading groups (such as Theology on Tap), parish volunteer work (such as mentoring youth and visiting elderly), etc.  Look for us on Face book by searching "The Avila Group".

For questions, contact Paula Grimm at  pgrimm.dir@gmail.com. 


Recently, over a half million Catholics have come home.  You can, too!  Studies show that people who pray regularly and practice their Christian faith are healthier and happier. Experience a positive difference in your life and family by visiting your parish, and encountering Jesus through the sacraments. Do it for your kids. Do it for yourself.  To learn more, click on this link (X). 



If the directory company took your photo, you are entitled to a free directory.  If you haven't yet picked it up yet, it is waiting for you at the office (pick up during our office hours).

For anyone else who would like to purchase a copy, they are $20 each. NOTE:  Being in one of the group photos does not automatically get you a free copy, but--as stated above--you may purchase a copy for the $20 fee.


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.


 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!  



Two Upcoming Courses

"CATEGETICS":  This Summer we are offering this new Adult Education Course here at St. Therese--called “Categetics,” a portmanteau for Catechetics and Apologetics. The course is intended for any adult who is interested in learning to defend and/or teach the Catholic Faith. All Religious Education teachers of St. Therese Church are requested to attend.  This course, which began June 22, is directed by Rhonda Storey, DRE, and Ruben Beltran, Confirmation Coordinator. Meet in the Parish Meeting Room from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., on the following Thursday evenings:  June 30; July 7, 14, 21, and 28. 

THE EUCHARIST IN THE BIBLE:  Many Catholics don’t realize that many references to the Eucharist can be seen throughout the Old Testament hundreds, even thousands, of years before the birth of Jesus—going all the way back to the book of Genesis. It is crucial for every Catholic to know that the Eucharist is not merely a symbol for Christ's Body, but that it is truly the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ. To deny this truth is to deny Christ and His Church. St. Therese Church invites you to join us on this amazing journey through Scripture with Dr. Brant Pitre!  He will guide us to a deeper understanding of the Eucharist, in order to see that this great Sacrament has been part of God’s plan since the beginning of time.  Classes began June 22nd and are led by Ruben Beltran, Confirmation Coordinator, and Rhonda Storey, DRE.  Sessions are held from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., in the Parish Meeting Room on the following dates: June 29; July 6, 13, and 20; August 10, 17, and 24.

We hope to see you at one or both of these courses!  


The Discalced Carmelite Friars have had a professionally-produced video made that promotes vocations to the Carmelite Order.  Check it out by clicking here X.



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 are $40 and up each  (actual cost of the flowers). In order to schedule a memorial or a dedication, please contact Giovanna Setiady at (626) 281-9049.