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(The dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass is still in effect.)
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St. Therese Catholic Church
Ministered by the Discalced Carmelite Friars
1100 East Alhambra Road
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/SACRAMENTSis information about our weekly Latin Mass on Sundays, as well as forms to register for Latin Rite Baptisms, First Communions, and Weddings.
Under SACRAMENTS, you 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.
UnderWEDDINGS, 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]
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.
Fr Ed Broom, OMV, will conduct TEN WEEKLY SESSIONS on Ignatian Spirituality--held in the Parish Hall on Thursdays from 7:10 to 8:10 p.m., following Holy Mass, which--for the ten weeks--will be held at 6:00 p.m. Click HERE for a short video of Fr. Broom talking about the program.
The first session will be February 10, 2022. No charge! You must register in order to attend. To do so, please send an email to STCLent2022@gmail.com. FOR DETAILS, click on each of the pictures below.
FORMED: CATHOLIC FAITH ON DEMAND
Fr. Thomas 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 above. Then, simply enter your name, your email address, a password, and your zip code--and get started enjoying all they have to offer! Click HERE to sign up.
JUBILEE YEAR FOR L.A.
The Archbishop for the Los Angeles Archdiocese, Archbishop Jose Gomez, has announced a Jubilee Year for the Los Angeles Archdiocese (September 11, 2021, to September 10, 2022) to mark the 250th anniversary of Mission San Gabriel Arcángel, which was founded by the great Franciscan missionary, St. Junípero Serra, in 1771. To read the Archbishop's announcement letter from June 12, 2021, click HERE.
PLENARY INDULGENCE: If you would like to receive a plenary indulgence by visiting a pilgrimage site in the Los Angeles Archdiocese, click HERE to go to the website that lists these sites.
ARCHDIOCESAN NEWS RE MASKS IN CHURCH
With the current increase of COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County, the Archdiocese has decided to follow the L.A. County Health Department in requiring everyone to wear a mask indoors in all L. A. County Catholic churches (effective as of Saturday, July 16, 2021).
Fr. Thomas says you have a choice of receiving Holy Communion either on the tongue or in the hand.
For any additional questions, please e-mail the Archdiocesan COVID response team:
The Pentecost Conference for June 24 - 26 at St. Philip's Church in Pasadena is already filling up! Click HERE to register before it's too late! To listen to Catholic Apologist Jeff Cavins talk about his experience of being confirmed, click HERE.
ALL of our Masses are now INSIDE! Confessions are still OUTSIDE--on Saturdays from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.; on Sundays from Noon to 1:00 p.m.; and on Wednesdays from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m.
WEEKLY MORNING MASSES are at 6:00 a.m. (Monday-Friday) and 8:00 a.m. (Monday-Saturday).
SUNDAY MASSES are at 7:30 a.m, 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 5:00 p.m., with a Traditional Latin Mass at 1:00 p.m.
LIVE STREAMED MASSES:The Monday through Saturday 8:00 a.m. Mass, and the Sunday 11:00 a.m. Mass are live streamed (SEE the links to our Facebook page and our YouTube channel at the top of the column to the left).
FREE COVID AND ANTIBODY TESTING IN ALHAMBRA!!!
If you would like to get a free blood test to check if you have Covid-19 and/or Covid antibodies to Covid-19, please call this number: 714-863-7325. You will be set you up with a walk-in appointment Monday through Friday at 25 South Raymond Avenue (the corner opposite of Alhambra Hospital--entrance on parking lot side). It only takes 15 minutes and is free, thanks to the generosity of Elite Care Medical Group!
Prayer Guidance (GUIDANCE = God U IDANCE)
Here is some guidance on prayer—from the Gospels and from St. Thérèse. (And when we really ask the Holy Spirit for GUIDANCE, and then watch and wait for Him to give it to us, our lives really do become "God, U & I Dance!")
Prayer is meant to be holy leisure, too--not always hard work; prayer after Holy Communion is especially meant to be a time of holy leisure, to be able to climb into Jesus’ lap and let Him fold His arms around us and hold us close. Here is a way of prayer to foster that kind of listening prayer. It is from the Bible and is called the Jesus Prayer: While breathing in, gently and silently say, “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God”; then, while breathing out, say, “have mercy on me, a sinner.” This prayer is a combination of the prayer of the blind Bartimaeus calling out to Jesus (Mark 10:47), the prayer of the tax collector in the temple (Luke 18:13), and St. Peter’s great statement of faith in Jesus (Matthew 16:16). Once you get the hang of praying this prayer, you can shorten it to “Jesus” while inhaling and “mercy” while exhaling.
With the help of St. Therese you can also focus on other meanings of the word mercy, besides that of a sinner pleading before the judge: “Therese has left on record how much she would have liked to learn Hebrew, so as to understand the Gospels better. And this no doubt would have been a great joy to her. For few Hebrew words are etymologically more rewarding than those used to convey the concept "mercy". Four words are used to convey the reality: hanan, to lean over; hamalnoum, to suffer with, to spare since one feels pity [like the judge looking at a repentant sinner]; raham-rahamim, to be soft, the mother’s breast, the entrails, the womb; and naham, to relieve someone, to stop his groans by helping him to breathe. What a program! Therese saw this as God’s feelings about man” (The Little Way, by Bernard Bro, O.P., p. 60).
So, you see? It is a very simple kind of prayer, biblical, rich in meaning, adaptable to whatever psychological, emotional, physical, spiritual situation you find yourself in; and it gives your mind a little bit of food to meditate on while being simple enough so that you can listen to the live Person, Jesus, and try to listen to what He is saying to you. As you get used to this prayer, you can use it anywhere, anytime, focusing on that meaning of mercy which best fits with what is happening in your life at that moment. You will find that you can easily spend 20 minutes with Jesus in this way, especially when He has just come into your very own house/body after Holy Communion.
In Jesus and Mary and Joseph,
Fr. Thomas of the Trinity, OCD
Even with Covid cases going down our Bishop encourages us to continue to be strict about following the diocesan protocols for reducing the risk for others and ourselves. With that end in mind, I and my brother Carmelite priests are asking everyone to wear masks at Mass, keep six feet apart—especially in the Communion line—and to receive only in the hand. Bishop O’Connell and I and the other Carmelite priests know this is a hardship for many people. But I am confident that, as awesome sons and daughters of the Holy Family and of the Carmelite family, we will dig deep and follow the protocols—out of charity and obedience, sacrificing to reduce the risk for others.
"Short, Inspirational Videos" under 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.
VIRTUS CLASSES VIA ZOOM
In keeping in line with the Archdiocesan policies for the Protecting God’s Children Program, Fr. Thomas states that, "anyone working or volunteering with or around children in our School or Church is required to be certified in the Virtus program and to have their fingerprints on record with the Archdiocese." (NOTE: children are present in most liturgical ministries, i.e., altar servers, etc.) Fr. Thomas says that each person needs to be in compliance by February 3, 2022, or may not continue in his or her ministry. This includes everyone involved in ANY PARISH MINISTRY, RELIGIOUS EDUCATION, etc. The following classes will be offered via ZOOM (you MUST pre-register by the Friday before the class you need to take!!):
· Protecting God’s Children, the initial full three-hour course required for those who need to be certified for the first time within the L.A. Archdiocese, will be offered TWICE, as follows: Thursday, January 27, and Thursday, February 3—both from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., via Zoom.
· Keeping the Promise Alive, the recertification course for those recertifying within five years of their first certification (2016), will also be offered TWICE, as follows: Tuesday, January 25, and Tuesday, February 1—both from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., via Zoom.
For questions or to register for any of the four classes, you must email RhondaLStorey@gmail.com by the Friday before the date of your chosen class. Once you do that, you will receive the registration forms, followed by the Zoom link the day before the session for which you register.
THEOLOGY OF THE BODY
HELD IN THE PARISH HALL ON JANUARY 14!
Everyone is invited to join us to learn more about St. John Paul’s Theology of the Body by attending this series, facilitated by Fr. Thomas. We meet on the SECOND and FOURTH Fridays of each month from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. (normally in the Guadalupe Courtyard of the Parish Offices but, because of the Covid surge, will be in the Hall for January 14). Included in the series is audio, video, and Power Point presentations, as well as discussion and prayer. Feel free to bring food and/or drinks to share! For those who would prefer, you are also welcome to join us VIA ZOOM. The Personal Meeting ID Number is 846 381 4560 and the Passcode is yaCsG6.
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles, in accordance with the Vatican and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), recommends that all members of the Catholic community who are able to receive a COVID-19 vaccine should do so. “Receiving one of the COVID-19 vaccines ought to be understood as an act of charity toward the other members of our community. In this way, being vaccinated safely against COVID-19 should be considered an act of love of our neighbor and part of our moral responsibility for the common good.” -USCCB
Since the vaccinations for COVID-19 have been found morally acceptable to protect the lives and ensure the health of all in our communities, the Archdiocese will not provide religious exemptions to receiving a vaccine against COVID-19.Parishes have also been instructed not to provide religious exemption letters regarding the COVID-19 vaccination.The following links might be helpful in understanding the morality of receiving the vaccine:
We want to emphasize, however, that the Church gives Catholics the right to exercise their individual consciences in all matters, including whether or not to get the vaccine. Practical reason makes evident that vaccination is not, as a rule, a moral obligation and that, therefore, it must be voluntary.
Click HERE for a letter that you sign yourself (protesting receiving a vaccination shot). It's in word format so that you may edit it and add the date, your name, address, etc.
In any case, from the ethical point of view, the morality of vaccination depends not only on the duty to protect one's own health, but also on the duty to pursue the common good. In the absence of other means to stop or even prevent the epidemic, the common good may recommend vaccination, especially to protect the weakest and most exposed. Those who, however, for reasons of conscience, refuse vaccines produced with cell lines from aborted fetuses, must do their utmost to avoid, by other prophylactic means and appropriate behavior, becoming vehicles for the transmission of the infectious agent. In particular, they must avoid any risk to the health of those who cannot be vaccinated for medical or other reasons, and who are the most vulnerable. (See the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on the morality of using some anti-Covid-19 vaccines—No. 5).
Let us continue to pray for all who have died from this terrible illness, for their loved ones who are experiencing the pain of loss, and for all who continue to work diligently to care for the sick and serve all in need during these challenging times.
SEVEN CHANCES TO GROW IN YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE
CLICK HERE for six documents to help you take a SPIRITUAL INVENTORY of your life. These will be used at the Saturday evening Healing Prayer Training sessions.
1. MONDAY CONTEMPLATIVE CANDLELIGHT MASS: Fr. Robert Barcelos will be here on Monday evenings to celebrate the 7:00 p.m. Mass.
2. TUESDAY NIGHTS: Mass Celebrated in SPANISH! The schedule is as follows: 6:30 p.m.: ROSARY in Spanish; 7:00 p.m.: Showing of a portion of Season 2 of The Chosen; 7:15 p.m.: Mass
3. WEDNESDAY AFTERNOONS: St. Joseph Prayer Group meets at 3:00 p.m. in front of St. Joseph’s statue.
4. WEDNESDAY NIGHTS: Mass begins at 7:00 p.m., followed by outdoor Confessions at 8:00 p.m.
5. THURSDAY NIGHTS: Join us every THURSDAY evening in HONOR OF ST. JOSEPH! The schedule is: 7:00 p.m.: Showing of a portion of Season 2 of The Chosen; 7:15 p.m.: Mass; 7:45-8:45 p.m.: Adoration and *HEALING PRAYER (*in the main vestibule and on the sides of the church).
6. FIRST FRIDAY NIGHTS: Come and honor the Sacred Heart of Jesus by attending Mass at 7:00 p.m. on the first Friday of each month. The Mass is then followed by adoration AND *HEALING PRAYER (*in the main vestibule and on the sides of the church).
7. SATURDAY NIGHT HEALING PRAYER TRAININGS: Join us in the church on Saturday nights from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
· *HEALING PRAYER MINISTRY: Held during Adoration every Thursday evening and every First Friday evening.
NOTE: Click on the links in the left column for LIVE STREAMED MASSES on our Facebook page and our YouTube channel.
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:
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.)
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!
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.