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 ST. THERESE CHURCH

1100 East Alhambra Road

Alhambra, California  91801

(626) 282-2744

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

 NAVIGATING OUR WEBSITE: 

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, what the special Mass intention will be for each Mass, 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.

 

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  * The Year of Faith (2012-2013) * 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 Pilgrimage Mass, St. Joseph Devotion and St. Joseph Mass, First Friday All-Night Prayer Vigil, Warrior Intercessors for Priests prayer group, and 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), Video Night Presents... and Scouts

Other headings are:

Councils (Parish Council, Finance Council, Liturgy Committee, Festival Committee);

Miscellaneous  (Personal Ads, Outside the Parish Events);

Bulletins, at which you can download PDF versions of the Sunday bulletin from January 2011 to the present; and

Calendar, at which you can 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.

DEACON BRO. LEONEL'S ORDINATION

 Celebration on June21   

Our New Associate! 

All parishioners are invited to the Ordination of Deacon Bro. Leonel of Jesus and Carmel, OCD.  The celebration will be held on Saturday, July 26, at 9:00 a.m., (NOT 9:30!) at St. Frances Xavier Cabrini in Yucaipa (the address is: 12687 California Street 92399; and the telephone number is: (909) 797-2533).  A reception will follow the Mass.   

Please pray for Bro. Leonel as he continues to prepare for this very special day.

CATECHISTS & MINISTRY LEADERS!  

 

 

Anna Scally from Cornerstone Media to Speak  

For All Catechists & Ministry Leaders! 

What: A VERY Special Catechist Training Day 

Who: Anna Scally – Presenter from Cornerstone Media 

When: Thursday - July 31, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. 

Where: St. Therese Parish Hall -- ! 

Why: Because we are never too old or wise to learn new ideas and ways. 

 *Please RSVP to rhondalstorey@gmail.com or (626) 284-0020, ext. 1, so that we may get a head count

"Come Holy Spirit! Lead us as catechists to radiate you through our teaching, and through our very being!" 

Our Religious Education & Confirmation Programs begin soon. What can we as Catechists do to assist our students to grow in their faith lives this year?  Here are three goals to consider and learn about from Anna Scally: 

1)  Be God’s Instrument 

  1. Your faithfulness to your prayer life and weekly Mass spills over into your catechesis.
  2. Your time of preparation for each class will ensure greater fruit while in class.
  3. Your joy and enthusiasm of God will make an impact and inspire your students. 

2)  Engage 

Engage your students in the usage and meaning of the Bible, Liturgical Calendar, and the Catechism. Use various learning styles to draw them in: Audio, Visual and Kinesthetic.  We don’t want them to just know about God but we want them have an encounter that draws them deeper into their relationship with God. Jesus told Peter; “Feed My Sheep!” 

3)  Build Community 

Help your students see that their class or ministry is a part of the parish community.  Help them form a bond so that they understand that together we are the Body of Christ, that we profess a common faith, and that we are part of the People of God.  A real sense of community will unite them more firmly within the parish community--a place where they know they belong

YOUTH MINISTRY EVENTS 

  

 

Summer Events!

 “Fireside Catholicism”  -  All teens are invited to attend! Remaining dates are: Thursday, July 24; and Friday, August 1, in the Parish Hall as follows: 

  • Thursday, July 24: "TEENS! WHO’S LURKING ON YOUR PHONE?"  Come to the Parish Hall from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., to hear Tracy Webb speak about the latest apps on your phone, iPad, etc.  Don’t miss it! (same place and times as above)
  •  Friday, August 1:  "TEENS!  WHAT ARE YOU LISTENING TO?"  Join us in the Parish Hall from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for this special session—which INCLUDES LUNCH.  Anna Scally, the President of Cornerstone Media, Inc., and an inspiring youth rally speaker and disc jockey, will be our special speaker.  Ms. Scally will first play some of today's popular music, and then facilitate a group discussion about the messages that the songs convey and how to keep them from destroying ourselves and our relationships.  Because it includes lunch, please RSVP for this special session by calling Ruben at (626) 284-0020, ext. 2. 

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  BEREAVEMENT MINISTRY

Bereavement Support on the 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

 

REGISTRATION

 

"...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 denisekay@hotmail.com. (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

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 stage!   We hope to have them ready by June or July.  Your patience is appreciated! 

If you would like to receive a copy of the pictorial directory, BUT you did not take a photo with the pictorial directory company OR you did not submit your own family photo with the fee, you will still have an opportunity to purchase them after they have been delivered.  NOTE:  If you were in one of the group photos--but did not take or submit an individual or family photo--this does not automatically get you a free copy of the directory. 

NEW FENCE PROJECT

 

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.