W E L C O M E !

St. Therese Catholic Church 

Ministered by the Discalced Carmelite Friars 

Church Address: 

1100 East Alhambra Road 

Alhambra, California  

Office Address (for mail or appointments): 

510 North El Molino Street 

Alhambra, California 91801 

(626) 282-2744  

 

OFFICE HOURS:

Temporarily closed. 

Monday through Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.; and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (CLOSED from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.) 

Holidays: Closed 

Saturdays: Closed 

Sundays: Closed 

Click on the photo below for a video (8 minutes, 18 seconds) from the Carmelite Friars from SEVERAL of the communities throughout the Western Province (some of the friars you will see were once assigned here at St. Therese Church!). 

Click on the photo below to receive a virtual blessing from the Carmelite Friars.

 

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel by Christina Yang

 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/SACRAMENTS  is information about our weekly Latin Mass on Sundays, as well as forms to register for Latin Rite Baptisms, First Communions, and Weddings.  

Under SACRAMENTSyou 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.

Under WEDDINGS, 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] 

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

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

Under COR JESU (X) is information about our Youth Ministry

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.

 

SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION 

DEADLINE to register is Wednesday, September 23!  Click HERE to download a Registration Form.  Then fill it out and return it, along with a copy of the Baptism Certificate of the person to be confirmed to: denisekay@hotmail.com.


 

Bishop Robert Barron will be here at St. Therese to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation on Saturday evening, September 26, at the 5:00 p.m. Mass.  The Sacrament will be conferred upon our Religious Education students from both Year One and Year Two (those who were scheduled to receive in May 2020 AND the first-year students originally slated to receive in May of 2021). Also eligible to receive the Sacrament on that date are the Confirmation students from St. Monica Academy and the Confirmation Students who have been studying to receive the Sacrament through a Home School program

In order to receive the Sacrament on September 26, you MUST follow the instructions in the introductory paragraph above. Also, Bishop Barron says each confirmandee MUST have chosen his or her Confirmation name and must provide it on the form

 

OUTDOOR MASSES

LINK TO ST. THERESE CHURCH'S FACEBOOK PAGE FOR ONLINE MASSES

LINK TO ST. THERESE CHURCH'S YouTube CHANNEL FOR ONLINE MASSES

St. Therese Church is now celebrating Mass outside! (click HERE to see some photos of our "outdoor church"). The altar has been set up in the area between the Hall and the Parish Center, and benches and chairs have been placed to implement social distancing. The Carmelite Friars will celebrate Confession and Masses at the following times outdoors: 

Saturday Confessions: 3:30 p.m. (red umbrellas) 

Saturday Evening Vigil at 5:00 p.m. 

Sunday: 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m.,11:00 a.m., 5:00 p.m. in English

Fr. Justin Ramos will celebrate the 1:00 p.m. Traditional Latin Mass outdoors as well.

ADORATION:  Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in the same area where Mass is celebrated outside will follow the 9:00 a.m. Mass and continue until 2:00 p.m., every day from Monday through Saturday.

We will continue to live stream Mass from inside the church at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday (the public is NOT allowed to attend this indoor Mass). Thus, there will be TWO Masses being celebrated at 11:00 a.m., but the indoor one will be live streamed for those staying at home.

We are celebrating only ONE DAILY PUBLIC MASS (Monday through Saturday), which is held outdoors by the Hall at 9:00 a.m. each day.  This Mass will be recorded and available for viewing at about Noon on the same day.  Beginning Monday, August 3, we will NO LONGER LIVE STREAM MASS AT NOON.  Again, Mass will be available online BUT will be the taped Mass from 9:00 a.m. 

The same protocol we have used in the church applies to the outdoor Masses as well. Therefore, you need to:

  • Wear a mask
  • Utilize the hand-washing stations
  • Use hand sanitizer
  • Keep social distance of six feet or more (of course, those from the same households can sit together).
  • Wipe down the chair you use.

REMEMBER... the Dispensation from the Obligation to Attend Mass is still in effect so YOU ARE PERMITTED TO STAY HOME without committing a sin.

Please STAY HOME IF...

  • You do not feel well or have any symptoms
  • You feel unsafe for any reason
  • You are elderly or immuno-compromised
  • You live with someone elderly or immuno-compromised.

Please be patient be with us and be kind to one another.

"Short, Inspirational Videos" under the VIDEOS link (in the black bar above).

FORMED: CATHOLIC FAITH ON DEMAND

   

St. Therese Church has purchased a subscription to the Catholic media website, FORMED.ORG, and is making it available to ALL our parishioners!  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 below.  Then, simply enter your name, your email address, a password, and your zip code--and get started enjoying all they have to offer!

 

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.

 

GOING AWAY CELEBRATION

You are invited to a special “Going-Away” celebration for Fr. Philip and Fr. Matthias (Fr. Donald has already gone up north). It will be held on Sunday, October 4, beginning at the 5:00 p.m. Mass. Depending on what conditions are at that time, the Mass and the reception will both be held outside or—hopefully—in the Church and Hall. More information will be available as we get closer to that time. However, in the meantime, be sure you put the date in your calendars so you won’t miss this perfect opportunity to say “farewell” or “until we meet again”.

 

 

FR. PHILIP'S  BIRTHDAY WISH

Happy Birthday to Our Pastor! 

(the above photo was taken when Fr. Philip was just ten months old)  

If you'd like to give Fr. Philip a birthday present (his birthday was August 2nd), he says the only thing he wants is "enough money to finish the bathroom project for the Parish Hall!!!"  To help him fulfill his birthday wish before he leaves for Africa, just send your donation to: Birthday Wish Restroom Fund, 510 North El Molino Street, Alhambra 91801.  You can also just drop it off or put it into the collection during the weekend Masses (be sure it's marked with the words highlighted above).


 GREETINGS FROM

FR. PHILIP!

I hope you are all doing well during these challenging days. Be assured, you continue to be in our daily prayers! I, along with the other Friars, have been edified to see so many of you at our new “Outdoor Church!” To paraphrase the common saying about making lemonade when you’re given lemons: “When they tell you that you can’t worship God in your own church, you worship Him in your own backyard!” 

We NO LONGER celebrate a daily Noon Mass.   Instead Mass is outdoors at 9:00 a.m. and is live streamed on Facebook and posted later to YouTube the same day. You can still watch the Mass from your homes; also, a Sunday Mass will still be live streamed--either at Noon or, if too hot, at 9:00 a.m. 

Pray for us!  

SAINT THERESE CARMELITE SCHOOL VIDEOS

Watch "THE BEST SCHOOL IN THE WORLD," by clicking on the photo below:

  

WATCH "LITTLE THINGS," by clicking on the photo below: 

   

Watch "CLASSICAL NEVER GOES OUT OF STYLE," by clicking on the photo below: 

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Watch a video of some of our youngest students singing during a Mass in November 2017 by clicking the photo below (courtesy of Mr. Hernandez, school parent). 

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!) 

VIDEO OF 2019 WALK FOR LIFE 

 

Pro Life Pilgrims from across the Nation descended on San Francisco in January 2019 for the annual Pro Life March (click on the logo above to see the video, which was filmed and produced by Gobi Entertainment Productions on behalf of St. Therese Church). Catherine Contreras, the President of Vox Vitae at St. Therese, chartered two buses for our parishioners to attend (both were filled!). It was a wonderful life-affirming event.  Stay tuned towards the end of the year for announcements about the 2020 Walk for Life! (Note: You can see Catherine in the video at 6:35 and 46:40.) 

 ONLINE GIVING

 Enroll Today!  

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!   

 

SHOP AT AMAZON

 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!   

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 start at $90 for two (actual cost of the flowers). In order to schedule a memorial or a dedication, please contact Giovanna Setiady at (626) 281-9049.