Pastor: Fr. Philip Sullivan, OCD 


Church Address:

1100 East Alhambra Road

Alhambra, California 

Office Address:

510 North El Molino Street

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


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, 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); 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, "Going Deeper" Catholic Faith Study, 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). 


Mass to Mark Her Canonization  

Our 9:00 a.m. Mass on Sunday, September 4th, will be a special celebration marking the Canonization of Mother Teresa, which will take place in Rome that same day.  A special image of Mother Teresa will be displayed during the Mass, and the Alhambra Missionaries of Charity will serve as lectors.  One of them will also deliver a special meditation.  The Missionaries will also have a Novena from August 26 through September 3. 

Mother Teresa was widely known as a living saint for her ministry to the sick and the dying and for her challenging, inspirational words.  Born in an Albanian family in what is now part of Macedonia, she went to India in 1929 as a Sister of Loreto and in 1950 founded the Missionaries of Charity. Mother Teresa died on September 5, 1997, and was beatified only six years later, on October 19, 2003.  Her feast day is September 5. 


For STRE, Confirmation and RCIA 

PARENTS!   Religious Education is an extremely important part of the faith life of every Catholic family! If your children are not attending Catholic School, then they NEED to be enrolled in a Religious Education program.  At St. Therese we offer classes from Pre-school through 8th grade, which then continue into a 2-year Confirmation program for high school students.  Our classes are based on solid catechesis:  the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the liturgical year, and Church Solemnities. 


Registration & Orientation Day for the 2016/2017 school year:  Pre-registration on Sunday, August 21, after all the morning Masses (at the picnic tables).  

Orientations are mandatory for all new AND returning families in both the Elementary and Confirmation programs! 

Both programs are “family” programs ~ Parents attend with their children or teens on applicable Sundays.  

Copies of the Baptism certificates for All STUDENTS must be brought in and payment made at time of registration.  


       Elementary Catechesis (STRE) 

for Pre-K through 8th grade (Includes Eucharist Preparation classes)  

      Parent Orientation: August 28 at 10:00 a.m. in the Parish Hall 

September classes: September 11 and 25 from 9:00 to 10:45 a.m., including the 11:00 a.m. Mass (Class drop off time: Between 8:45 and 9:00 a.m.) Please arrive on time!  


High School Teens (9th Grade through 12th Grade) in public and Catholic High Schools!  

Orientation for C1 & C2:  Sunday, August 28, at 12:00 p.m. in the Parish Center for students & parents {C1 in the Library - C2 in the PMR} 

September classes for candidates, parents, and C2 sponsors as follows: 

C1 (1st year): Sunday, September 11, from 9:00 - 10:45 a.m., including the11:00 a.m. Mass AND Tuesday, September 13, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. 

C2 (2nd year): Sunday, September 25, from 9:00 - 10:45 a.m., including the11:00 a.m. Mass  AND Tuesday, September 27, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. 

Classes start at 9:00 a.m. and conclude with attendance at the 11:00 a.m. Mass.  For any questions, please contact Rhonda Storey at 284-0020 (1).   


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; it is also for those baptized Catholic but who never received the other Sacraments of Initiation (First Communion and/or Confirmation). You are invited to a WELCOME / ORIENTATION CLASS in the Parish Meeting Room on Thursday, September 8, at 7:00 p.m. Subsequent classes will be held on Thursdays from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Parish Meeting Room (next will be on September 22 and 29).  For more information, call Rhonda Storey at (626) 284-0020 (1).



Adult Ed Series

by Author/Producer Leo Severino   

Is there logical proof that God exists? Can we know the purpose of human life?   

St. Therese Church is proud to host a new weekly series that will attempt to answer questions like these.  “Going Deeper,” by parishioner Leo Severino (known for his films Bella and Little Boy), is being published as a set of books by Ignatius Press.  We are pleased to have a live sneak preview of this series, in discussion format, each Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., in the Avila Room in the Parish offices.  Join any time (different topic each week).

You should attend this series if you want to enhance your understanding of the Faith by learning more about:   

· God, His purposes and designs

· Jesus and his fulfillment of the great covenants to accomplish humanity's salvation   

· The original Church founded by Christ upon the apostles and guided by the Holy Spirit   

· The Bible and its centrality to Christian and Catholic life and liturgy   

· Mary and the saints in the ongoing pilgrimage of God's people   

· The sacraments of Eucharist and reconciliation   

· The Ordained priesthood   

· Making moral decisions in one's daily life.  

For any questions, please call the office at (626) 282-2744.   




For Adults in Their 20's & 30's (Singles & Couples) 

All Catholic 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. 


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). 



We still have directories that have not been picked up.  These were set aside for those who took their photos.  If the directory company took your photo, you are entitled to a free directory.  These copies are here in the office waiting for you.

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.


 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. 

The first step is to enroll in the program.  To do so, click on the 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! 


 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!  




The Gospel of John

Join us for our next Bible Study, to be held on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m., beginning on September 7th. Following time for gathering, socializing or studying, each session will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. 

Jesus wants us to be more than just believers—he wants us to be His disciples and friends.  To help you answer this call to a deeper relationship with Christ, come and learn what it takes to follow Him.  You will see how God—and only God—can satisfy the deepest desires of your heart.  You will receive a workbook and meet every week to view an engaging video presentation, followed by group discussion and fellowship.  By way of the video, Dr. Edward Sri will guide us through the Gospel of John and explain how Christ’s encounters with others in the Gospels are examples of how He lovingly and persistently calls each of us to a more intimate and life-changing relationship with Him.   

For more info about these sessions, visit www.AscensionPress.com.  TO REGISTER, contact Debbie Robles at debrobles@me.com or (626) 679-6370.  Ask her about the opportunity for online study as well.


“It Takes a Village to Raise a Child...” —African Proverb


You are invited to a meeting to discover how we can support and assist our children with their own families.  The meeting will be held in the Parish Hall on Monday, August 22, at 7:00 p.m.   For more information or for questions, call Susana Martinez at (626) 289- 9362.


Bro. John Cannon, OCD

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.



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.