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.

 

FROM THE PASTOR 

FACEBOOK - ONLINE MASSES

YouTube - ONLINE MASSES

Dear St. Therese Parish Community, 

Happy New Year!!! Wait, what?? It's not January 1st already, is it?! No, it's the First Sunday of Advent, and that is always the best and truest "New Year"—the first day of the Catholic Church's New Year of Grace 2021. So, again, Happy New Year! 

You will notice that the readings for this First Sunday of Advent are all about the end of the world and the Second Coming of the our Lord Jesus Christ. And it doesn't matter which Gospel Cycle we are beginning, Matthew or Mark or Luke, the readings for EVERY First Sunday of Advent are ALWAYS about the Second Coming at the end of all time.  

"But wait, what does the end of the world and the Second Coming have to do with getting ready for Christmas?! If we ask the question that way, then we are in danger of losing the built-in tension of the Advent season. That tension can be summed up in this way: "What are we doing in Advent? We are preparing for the Coming of the Lord, by preparing for the Coming of the Lord!" Huh?? "We are preparing for the Coming of the Lord (His Second Coming at the end of time) with the help of His First Coming at Christmas 2000 years ago. So the focus at the beginning of the Advent Season is on His Second Coming, which is so important to take seriously and to prepare for with all diligence.  

Toward that end, the Church gives us “the-end-of-the-world-is-coming—get-ready-for-the-Lord Jesus” kinds of Scripture readings for the first week or so of Advent. Then as we get closer to Christmas, the Church gives us readings that highlight His First Coming. Why? So that by getting ready to celebrate His First Coming at Christmas, we will grow in confidence (like St. Therese!!!) that He really, really loves us: "Look at how poor and humble He is, coming to us as the little baby of a poor and humble couple, Joseph and Mary! So I don't need to be afraid of you, Jesus, when you come again in glory. I've become your disciple, and I'm learning to let you love me more and more and to love you back! Yes, come Lord Jesus, come soon! Maranatha! The Spirit and the Bride (me!) say, 'Come!!!' " 

Hoping and praying that you had a gratitude-filled Thanksgiving Feast on Thursday and the whole week! And hoping to see you at the best Thanksgiving Feast of all: the Feast of the Eucharistic Sacrifice, that Holy Sacrifice, Sacrament, Memorial, and Thanksgiving Meal we call "Holy Mass." 

Fraternally in Jesus and Mary and Joseph, 

Fr. Thomas of the Trinity, OCD

Pastor

 

"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.

 

STREET HOCKEY WITH THE PASTOR, FR. THOMAS KOLLER! 

 

Open games are held every Tuesday and Friday evenings at 7:15 p.m., in the parking lot! 

Just show up!  No need to sign up!    

Bring your hockey stick if you have one (we do have some extras) and wear athletic shoes or roller skates/blades! 

Wear a mask and be safe!   

SCHEDULE CHANGE

On November 9, we began celebrating a 6:00 a.m. Mass  Monday through Saturday—this is in addition to our regular 9:00 a.m. Mass. This will be on an experimental basis. Depending upon if it's well attended, we may add it to our regular schedule.

CONFESSION SCHEDULE CHANGE:

Confessions are heard on Saturday afternoons under the red umbrellas.  Normally, they have been heard from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.; however, they are now heard on that day from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.  Note from the Pastor, Fr. Thomas: “If you are attending the 5:00 p.m. vigil Mass, please do not go to confession after 5:00 p.m.; it is more important you give your full attention to the Mass.” 

 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.