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 ONLINE GIVING is information about how you can make automatic donations through your checking account or credit card

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 REGISTER is information about registering at St.Therese Parish (including a form).

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 SACRAMENTSyou can find information for Baptism, First Communion, Confirmation for Youth, Confirmation for Adults, Weddings, and Anointing.of the Sick.

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 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 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 WHAT'S HAPPENING for all our upcoming events, news, and announcements.

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), 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 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.




Our next big event will be held in less than a month!  Check out all the details below! 

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9:  St. Therese Carmelite School Christmas Concert—Please join us in the church at 6:30 p.m.  Light refreshments will be served in the Hall following the concert. 

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10:  Our Lady of Guadalupe Winter Festival—Be sure to stop by for a One-Day Winter Festival in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe.  The festivities will begin at Noon and continue until 9:00 p.m.  They will include: 

· Opening Ceremony Dedicated to Our Lady of Guadalupe

· Exciting Carnival Jumpers and Attractions

· Festive Games and Prizes

· Authentic Mexican & Filipino Food

· American Food Favorites

· Beer Garden

· Snacks, Sweets & Treats

· Arts and Crafts

· Religious Gifts For Sale

· Garden Sale, with Poinsettias and other Plants

· Tamale Sale: Pre-order by November 29 and pick-up on December 11 (Click here X for the order form)

· School’s See’s Candy Sale: Orders Will be Available for Pick-up

· Raffle Drawings held throughout the day 

The evening portion of the celebration will begin at 5:00 p.m. and will include:

· Bilingual Mass at 5:00 p.m. in Honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe

· Las Posadas Candlelit Procession Following Mass

· Pozolé Cook-Off, featuring the Pastor’s Pozolé vs. the Principal’s Pozolé

· Traditional Mexican Dinner, Mariachi Music, and Folklorico Performances in the Hall

· Jumpers, Attractions, and Games will continue

· CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTING:  The festivities will conclude with a Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at 9:00 p.m., along with a Special Blessing for everyone in attendance. 

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11:  The Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast—Please join us in the Hall for a delicious Pancake Breakfast following the 9:00 a.m. and the 11:00 a.m. Masses. 

MONDAY, DECEMBER 12:  All Masses will be in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe.











If you would like to view the video of Archbishop Gomez' homily given at the 5:00 p.m. Thanksgiving Mass on November 6 for St. Elizabeth of the Trinity, click here X. 


Be sure to check out two new Carmelite videos by clicking here X and/or here X.  In the first video (under 14 minutes), the Discalced Carmelite Friars speak about their personal views and experiences as Carmelites, as priests, and as members of the Catholic Church--and more!   Many of those featured in this video have been assigned at St. Therese (or are currently assigned here) or have spent their Summers here as seminarians.  These include: Bro. John Cannon, Fr. Robert Barcelos, Fr. Peter Vecellio, Fr. Thomas Koller, Bro. James Lindsay, Fr. Paul Koenig, Bro. Matthias Lambrecht, Fr. Donald Kinney, and our own Fr. Philip Sullivan and Fr. Albert Bunsic. 

In the second video (30 minutes), entitled "Vowed," the Friars speak about their vocations as Carmelites.  These include: Fr. Stephen Watson, Fr. Robert Barcelos, Bro. Joseph Mary, Bro. Matthias Lembrecht, and Bro. Jason Parrott.  


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. 

       Elementary Catechesis (STRE) 

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

Class start at 9:00 a.m., and conclude with attendance at the 11:00 a.m. Mass (Class drop off time: Between 8:45 and 9:00 a.m.)  See the online calendar for dates. Please arrive on time!  For any questions, please contact Rhonda Storey at (626) 284-0020 (1) or rhondalstorey@gmail.com.  


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

Classes start at 9:00 a.m. and conclude with attendance at the 11:00 a.m. Mass.  Year One and Year Two students each attend on separate Sundays of the month, followed by attendance on the Tuesday evening following that particular Sunday (from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.)--see the online calendar for dates.  For any questions, please contact Ruben Beltran at  (626) 284-0020 (2) or rubenconfirmation@yahoo.com.   


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). Classes are held on most Thursday evenings from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. in the Parish Meeting Room.  Check the online calendar for dates.  For more information, contact Rhonda Storey at (626) 284-0020 (1) OR rhondalstorey@gmail.com. 



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 Parish Hall.  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 Facebook 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.



 Order by November 29!

As part of our Guadalupe Celebration, we are making these delicious tamales available for purchase.  Click here X for the order form.  After completing it, drop it off at the school office (1106 East Alhambra Road, Alhambra 91801) by Monday, November 29, along with your payment (make checks payable to St. Therese Carmelite School).  We will also be accepting orders after the 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., and 11:00 a.m. Masses on November 28.  Tamales will be available for pick up on Sunday, December 11, after the 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Masses. Please note:  Tamales will be delivered cold.  


 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 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!   



Join the St. Therese 11:00 O'Clock Choir!  Rehearsals for Christmas and Advent begin on November 16 and continue every Wednesday evening from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.  The choir will sing a Christmas concert before the midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. For more information, contact Charlotte Lansberg at cjlansberg@choochoorecords.com



A Biblical Walk Through the Mass

Join us for our next Bible Study, "A Biblical Walk Through the Mass."  It will be held on Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. on the following dates: November 9, 16, 30, December 7, and 14  (each Wednesday except Thanksgiving week). Following time for gathering, socializing or studying, each session will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. 

As Catholics, the Mass is the center of our Faith. Do we know what all the responses and all the gestures mean? In this study, Dr. Edward Sri takes us on a unique tour of the Liturgy. We will explore the biblical roots of the words and gestures we experience in the Liturgy and their profound significance.  All are welcome!  Come renew your faith and deepen your love and devotion to the Eucharist.  A $20 program fee includes a book and workbook.  To sign up or for questions, contact Debbie Robles as soon as possible at debrobles@me.com or 679-6370.  



Saturday, December 17, 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Come bring God's love to incarcerated youth by attending a Christmas Celebration for them!

The party will be on Saturday, December 17, from  2:00 to 5:00 p.m., at Central Juvenile Hall-Eastlake, Los Angeles. To volunteer or for more information, please contact Sonia Macias at either (323) 724-6443 or sonia_macias@hotmail.com OR contact Miriam Lopez at  mimilc@hotmail.com. Volunteers must be 18 years and older and must pre-register. 

         "For I was in prison and you visited me." Matthew 25:36

"Whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me." Mathew 25:40



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


GRANDPARENTS!  You are invited to join this group to learn how to support and assist your children with their own families. Join us on the first Monday of most months in the School's St. Joseph Workshop--the last room on the lower level, across from the south side of the Hall.  The next meeting will be December 5.  For more information or for questions, call the coordinator, 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 $45 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.