W E L C O M E


Pastor: Fr. Philip Sullivan, OCD 

 ST. THERESE CHURCH

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

 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 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). 

OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE

 AZTEC FLOWER SONGS AND STORY: 

The Prophetical Case for Guadalupe 

MAY 5, 6, AND 7:  The story of Juan Diego’s encounter with Our Lady of Guadalupe in 1531 has inspired and fascinated the faithful for hundreds of years.  Her appearance is said to be one of the forces behind creating the Mexico that we know today: a blend of Spanish and native blood.  What if the Guadalupe encounter had been prophesied thousands of years before 1531?  What if Juan Diego’s journey to the top of Tepeyac Hill to gather flowers in his cloak/tilma had been mirrored in Ancient Flower songs and stories known to millions across Meso America prior to this historic event?  

Through extensive research, Joseph Julián and Monique González have made startling discoveries that reveal unknown links between ancient Aztec poetry and the apparitions of Guadalupe. Joined by Ezekiel Stear (he has a Ph.D. in Colonial Spanish Language and Literature) and Chris Garcia (expert practitioner of Meso American percussion), the group will show that there is much more to the Guadalupe story than anyone has ever imagined. Delving into ancient Indigenous American culture and beliefs, this new information makes the case of an epic salvific plan thousands of years in the making. If proven true, the implication is more than far-reaching—it changes history!  Come out and celebrate Mary’s month and Cinco de Mayo weekend by attending this exciting and ground-breaking three-night lecture series. Mark your calendars for the evenings of May 5, 6, and 7, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., in our Parish Hall. For more information, contact Monique at 991-0035 OR St. Therese Church at 282-2744. 

ANNOUNCING VOX VITAE... BE A VOICE FOR LIFE! Vox Vitae is a new Catholic non-profit organization with the mission of Educating, Empowering, and Spiritually Nurturing People to Actively Be A Voice for Life! Our Pastor, Fr. Philip Sullivan, is the Vox Vitae Spiritual Advisor. Check us out at www.VoxVitae.org  

THE AVILA GROUP 

 

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. 

COME HOME!

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). 

PICTORIAL DIRECTORY!

 COPIES STILL AVAILABLE!

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.

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!  

 “Eucharist:   Discovering the Mass in the Bible"

 

For anyone who would like to know more about what the Church teaches regarding the Holy Eucharist and the roots of the Mass in the Bible, you are invited to attend a DVD series on the Eucharist, which will deepen your knowledge of the Last Supper, Communion, The Great Feast, and the Bread and Wine.  

Jesus said “This is my Body” and “This is my Blood.” Some say they’re merely symbols of remembrance. Others say they’re really the Body and Blood of Christ, but can’t explain how that’s possible. The Eucharist is the center-point of the Mass–but why? 

The answers are here. Renowned teacher Dr. Brant Pitre guides us through Scripture, history, and Church teaching to illuminate the wonder and miracle of the Eucharist. With deep insight, Dr. Pitre gives a fresh perspective for understanding the mystery that is the Eucharist. 

Classes began February 9th and will continue to meet in the Parish Library (in the Parish Center) on Tuesday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., on the following dates: February 23, March 8 and 22, April 5 and 19, and May 10 and 24.  

For more information, contact the class facilitators, Ruben Beltran at (626) 284-0020, ext. 235, or Rhonda Storey at (626) 284-0020, ext. 225. 

CARMELITE VOCATION VIDEO!

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.

 

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.