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St. Therese Church ::

 W E L C O M E



1100 East Alhambra Road

Alhambra, California  91801

(626) 282-2744

Ministered by the Discalced Carmelite Friars of the California-Arizona Province


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, and for information about the Latin Mass). 

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. (Note: The above painting was made by Parishioner Christina Yang).


Under the heading NEWS can be found upcoming events happening in the parish.

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

Under the heading MINISTRIES can be found the following subjects:

Religious Education (for Adults and Children) and Youth Ministry;

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

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

Liturgical Ministries (Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Ushers, Sacristans, Altar Servers, Music Ministry, Respect Life Ministries, Retreat Ministries);

Respect Life Ministry (Guadalupe Pregnancy Services [GPS]; Holy Family Infertility Support Group; Natural Family Planning [NFP];  Foot Soldiers for Life; and

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


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);

Miscellaneous  (Personal Ads, Outside the Parish Events);

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). 


THE PIOUS UNION OF ST. THERESE is a great way to remember a birthday, anniversary, wedding or to pray for a departed loved one. For the first nine days of each month, the Carmelite Friars (of Mt. St. Joseph Monastery in San Jose) will offer a novena of Masses for those, living and deceased, who are enrolled in the Pious Union of Saint Therese. For a suggested donation of $25, the person enrolled will be remembered perpetually.  To enroll yourself or someone else, just send your request, along with a check made out to Carmelite Fathers, to:  Pious Union, Mount St. Joseph, PO Box 3420, San Jose, CA 95127.  The Carmelite Friars in San Jose will then mail you a signed Mass card to give to the person you enroll or, if the person is deceased, to keep for yourself.   The person you enroll will be included in the novena beginning the following month.


Symbolon II 

All are invited to join us for this very popular program—led by Ruben Beltran and Rhonda Storey.  We will view the DVD, Symbolon II, while continuing to explore the story of salvation and the teachings of the Church. We will discover the transforming power of God’s grace in the seven Sacraments and consider some of the critical moral issues of our day. Ultimately, we will learn how to live a life worthy of the Gospel.  The meetings  are held in the Parish Meeting Room on selected Tuesdays from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (see the calendar for dates). For questions, contact Ruben at 284-0020 (2) / OR Rhonda at 284-0020 (1) /


REGISTRATION/ORIENTATION:  This year we will have only ONE Registration / Orientation Day—for both NEW and CONTINUING students. Both registration and orientation will take place in the Parish Hall, as follows:  STRE on August 24, 2014, at 10:00 a.m.—and Confirmation on August 24, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. Please bring a copy of your child’s Baptism certificate with you—even if you are re-registering.  Thank you!   

RCIA PART I: RCIA—New Inquiries to the Faith:  This class is for all those who are unbaptized or who were baptized in another Christian faith and desire to begin the journey towards becoming a Catholic. Classes will be on Thursday evenings beginning September 4 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., in the Parish Meeting Room.  

RCIA PART II: “Consuming the Word,” is an Apologetics Course for those initiated into the Church through the RCIA program—either here at St. Therese or at any other parish—and for any persons who wish to take their knowledge of the Catholic faith to the next level. Classes will be on Tuesdays beginning September 9, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., in the Multi-Ministry Room in the Parish Center. For questions, call Ruben at (626) 284-0020 (2), or email



2nd & 4th Wednesdays 

If you have suffered the loss of a loved one, you are welcomed to join us at our Bereavement Support Group here at St. Therese.  It does not matter how long ago you suffered this loss or what your relationship was to the person (spouse, child, parent, friend, etc.).  Please feel free to come and join this new group and meet new friends.  You may have something to share that will be of help to someone else.  

The Bereavement Support Group meets in the Parish Offices on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.  For additional information, please contact Deacon Joe and Lorraine Mizerski at 282-2744, ext. 33




"...I will send down a shower of roses from the heavens..."  --St. Therese

If you are new to the parish or attend regularly but just never registered, please come to the Parish office to become an official member. You will receive a Welcome Packet with valuable church information.  The office is located at 510 North El Molino Street, Alhambra 91801--just south of the church (there is a statue of St. Therese on the porch).  Please  come during our open hours and ring the doorbell for assistance. 

If you are unable to come to the office during the below-listed times, click  here to download a Registration Form.  Then just print it, fill it out, and mail it to us at the above address--or save it to your computer, fill it out, and attach it to an email sent to the Parish Secretary, Denise McMaster-Holguin, at (We do not mail the Welcome Packet; however, you may make arrangements to pick one up.)

+ Note about the above oil painting of St. Therese (painted specifically for our offices by Parishioner Belita William):  It is based on a photograph of St. Therese with her community, in which she is holding an hourglass.  This was because, in the late 1800's, the cloistered convents used hourglasses to keep track of the time allowed for recreation.  Therese was the "timekeeper" who made sure the community did not spend more time in recreation than was allotted for it.  

Office Hours

Monday through Friday: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm; 2:00 to 5:00 pm; and 6:00 to 8:00 pmclosed from 1:00 to 2:00 pm AND from 5:00 to 6:00 pm.  

Saturday: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm (only the receptionist will be on duty)

Sunday:  Closed


The statue will arrive at 8:00 a.m. Friday, September 19, and remain in the church until departure at 9:00 a.m. Saturday, September 20.  The schedule is: 

8:45 a.m.: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with Recitation of the Rosary

2:00 p.m.:  Talk by the statue’s caretaker about the meaning of Fatima to the world; this will be followed by the recitation of the Rosary with the students of St. Therese School

7:00 p.m.: Repeat of talk by the statue’s caretaker

7:30 p.m.: Celebration of Holy Mass  

History of the Statue: The statue was designed according to the specifications of Sr. Lucia, one of the three visionaries. On October 13, 1947—the thirtieth anniversary of Our Lady’s final apparition to the three children in Fatima, Portugal—in the presence of about 150,000 pilgrims—the statue was blessed by the Bishop of Leira, Fatima, for the purpose of traveling the world and bringing the Message of Fatima to people everywhere. The Pilgrim Statue has traveled the world many times, visiting more than 100 countries, including Russia and Red China.  

My Church Family Album - 90th Anniversary

The articles and extra photos have been submitted for our "My Church Family Album,” and it's in the production/editing stage!   You will be notified by a bulletin announcement when they are ready.  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. 



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. A donation of $40 is requested for each dedication bouquet (this is the actual cost of the flowers). In order to schedule a memorial or a dedication, please contact Giovanna Setiady at (626) 281-9049. To download the Floral Dedication form, please click here and then mail in or drop off the completed form, along with your payment.