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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, information about the Latin Mass, and Holy Communion for those who are glucose intolerant). 

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 EVENTS can be found upcoming events and announcements.

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

Under INFO can be found the following topics:  History of St. Therese Parish * Mission / Vision Statements * Architect of St. Therese * Discalced Carmelite Friars  * Life of St. Therese of Lisieux  *  Lives of the Parents of St. Therese and * Lives of the Sisters of St. Therese  

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

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 MINISTRIES can be found the following subjects: 

LiturgicalMinistries(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, Fatima Devotion, St. Joseph Prayer Group, First Friday Mass & All-Night Prayer Vigil, Intercessors for Priests prayer group, and the Order of Secular Carmelites);

Youth Ministry;

Respect Life Ministry (Foot Soldiers for Life; Guadalupe Pregnancy Services [GPS]; Holy Family Infertility Support Group; 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 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:  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);

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).  

LENT

40 Days of Sacrifice

SOUP NIGHTS are held on all the Fridays of Lent, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. in the Hall. Sponsors are as follows:  February 20: Parish Staff; February 27: Knights of Columbus and RCIA; March 6: St. Therese School; March 13: Bible Study Group and Rosary Makers; March 20: Confirmation; March 27: The Scouts 

STATIONS OF THE CROSS are held on all the Fridays of Lent at 7:00 p.m. in the Church--right after Soup Nites.  We will also have a PRE-SCHOOL VERSION of the Stations at 5:15 p.m.--right before Soup Nites). 

RULES OF FAST & ABSTINENCE (PER CANON LAW): Abstinence The law of abstinence requires Catholics 14 years of age and over to abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday and all the Fridays of Lent in honor of the Passion of Jesus.  Meat is considered to be the flesh and organs of mammals and fowl. Also forbidden are soups or gravies made from them. Salt and freshwater species of fish, amphibians, reptiles and shellfish are permitted, as are animal-derived products such as margarine and gelatin which do not have any meat taste. Fasting The law of fasting requires Catholics from ages 18 to 59 to reduce the amount of food eaten from normal. The Church defines this as one meal a day, and two smaller meals which if added together would not exceed the main meal in quantity. Such fasting is obligatory on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. The fast is broken by eating between meals and by drinks which could be considered food (milk shakes, but not milk). 

Who is DISPENSED from fast and abstinence?: Those of unsound mind, the sick and frail, pregnant or nursing women, according to need for nourishment, manual laborers according to need, guests who cannot excuse themselves without giving great offense, and those in other situations of moral or physical impossibility

 

NEW ADORATION CHAPEL

"The Presentation Chapel"

As of February 2, 2015, the new chapel is open in the spaces that used to be the priests’ dining room and Fr. Jerome Lantry’s room.  Because of the date of its opening, it has been named the “The Presentation Chapel,” and is dedicated to the Loving Memory of Fr. Jerome Lantry, OCD. When the Baptistry is restored, it will be dedicated to the Loving Memory of Fr. William Fenton. 

LOCATION:  To get to the new chapel, just follow the sidewalk that is between the church (on the parking lot side) and the white iron fence.  Go as far back as you can until you see the double glass doors on your right.  Once you enter through these doors, you will be in the foyer of the chapel. To your left you will see a frosted glass door.  This is the Adoration Chapel.  If you prefer to park on El Molino Street, just follow the driveway (right/south of the parish offices entrance), turn left at the end of the Parish Office building, and then walk down just past the half wall.

SIGN-IN:  On the table in the foyer of the chapel you will see a register.  Please sign in and out--whether you are a Committed Adorer or a visitor.

ELECTRONIC KEYS:  Over the years, we have had security issues at night. To prevent these problems, Adorers using the chapel between 5:00 pm and 6:00 a.m. need to register for their own electronic keys (for a small deposit of $20 each) in the Parish Offices. All registered users need to refrain from lending their keys and from allowing unknown persons to follow them into the chapel. If anyone tries to follow you, simply explain that it's not your decision but that you are following the guidelines you agreed to when obtaining your key.  Also, we will soon have a glass placed in front of the monstrance that will darken when the lights are turned off so that Our Lord will not be exposed in an empty room.  Therefore, if no one is in the chapel when you are ready to leave, please turn off the light on your way out. Likewise, if you are the first to re-enter, turn the light on, and the glass will clear. 

MAKE A COMMITMENT: If you haven’t already done so, please commit to coming to the Chapel at the same hour and day each week. The goal is to have at least two adorers signed up for each hour of each day (24 hours a day, seven days a week), so that if one is absent, at least one other person will still be present. To sign up for an hour, please call the Coordinators (contacts on the front of the bulletin).  May God bless you for your dedication and love for Him! 

THE YEAR OF CONSECRATED LIFE:  Pope Francis declared the period from November 30, 2014, through February 2, 2016, to be a “Year of Consecrated Life.”  As mentioned earlier, ever since our Chapel was first opened, one of its primary purposes is to pray for vocations to the consecrated life, in particular to our own Archdiocese and Carmelite Community. We thank our Lord that the Carmelites have been blessed with so many vocations that a new house had to be built to make room for all our seminarians! 

ST. PATRICK'S PARTY

 

You are invited to “put on the green” and come to our St. Paddy’s Day celebration—for all ages! It will be held in the Parish Hall on Tuesday, March 17, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m.  The celebration will consist of a potluck dinner, drinks (including beer), Irish Step-Dancers, Irish bands, songs, and Ceili (group Irish dancing) lessons and dancing for everyone!  THE COST TO ATTEND IS EITHER 1) the *POTLUCK DINNER (items listed below) OR 2) $5 PER PERSON. 

FOR THE *IRISH POTLUCK DINNER:  Please bring CORNED BEEF, CABBAGE, AND POTATOES—enough for your family and two other persons. 

In addition to all the above fun, we will also have TWO COMPETITIONS:

1) An IRISH-THEMED BAKING COMPETITION! Bring any Irish-themed dessert or baked good to share and enter to win a prize!; and 

2) A ST. PATRICK-THEMED ART COMPETITION FOR KIDS!  Kids will bring (or create at the party) a St. Patrick-themed piece of art and enter to win a kid’s prize! 

TO VOLUNTEER OR FOR MORE INFO, contact Kelly Mohun at (805) 421-7548 or 1stkdoc@gmail.com

LADIES' NIGHT! 

  

Shop for A Cause!

Ladies!  On Sat., April 11, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., in the Parish Meeting Room, come and enjoy a night out with hors d’oeuvres, music, and fun products just for ladies—all while supporting St. Therese Church! There will be FREE samples and a door prize.  Extra raffle entries if you buy tickets ahead of time.  Vendors include Doterra Essential Oils, Wardrobe Weeder, Jamberry Nail Wraps, Mary Kay Cosmetics and Skin Care, Premier Designs Jewelry, and more!  Do it for yourself!  Cover charge is $5 each.  (Sponsored by “Tea at Therese” Women’s Group) 

 

My Church Family Album - 90th Anniversary

The directory is being printed and should be here soon.  It is our largest ever (around 110 pages and spiral bound)!  It has a variety of articles and extra photos.You will be notified by a bulletin announcement when they are ready for pick-up.  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. You will need to purchase a copy.

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. 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.