Fr. Philip Sullivan, O.C.D. Pastor

 Ministered by the Discalced Carmelite Friars

Church Address:

1100 East Alhambra Road

Alhambra, California 

Office Address (for mail or appointments):

510 North El Molino Street

Alhambra, California 91801

(626) 282-2744



Monday through Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.; and 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (CLOSED from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.)

Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Sunday: Closed 

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 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/SACRAMENTS  is information about our weekly Latin Mass on Sundays, as well as forms to register for Latin Rite Baptisms, First Communions, and Weddings.  

Under SACRAMENTSyou 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.

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 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] 

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

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

Under COR JESU (X) is information about our Youth Ministry

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.




Sacrament of Reconciliation / Confession

Saturdays, December 15 and 22: 3:30–5:00 p.m.

Wednesdays, December 12 and 19: 7:00–8:30 p.m.


Masses for the Solemnity of Christmas

Christmas Eve:

5:00 p.m. (Family Mass);

7:30 p.m. (Simple Mass); and *Midnight (Traditional Choir)

*The Choir will begin singing Christmas Carols at 11:20 p.m.


Christmas Day:

7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m.,

and 1:00 p.m. Latin High Mass

(NO 5:00 p.m. Mass on Christmas Day)


New Year's Eve Mass

Monday, December 31st, at Midnight 

This Mass is in conjunction with the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles' Evening of Thanksgving, which begins at the Sacred Heart Retreat House, 920 East Alhambra Road, at 8:00 p.m. (Free-will offering only); call the Sisters at (626) 289-3364 for more information.) 

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God

Tuesday, January 1 

Masses at 6:00, 8:00, 10:00 a.m., and 7:30 p.m.



REGISTER for Cor Jesu by clicking HERE   

DISCIPLE NIGHTS ARE HELD ONCE A MONTH ON A FRIDAY EVENING, as follows: (check the bulletin for info) 

6:00 p.m.: Social

6:30 p.m.: Break into Discipleship Groups

8:15 p.m.: Holy Hour in the church

For details, go to the Cor Jesu link at the top of the page. 



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!





Saint Therese Carmelite School  

Take a few minutes to watch this video about the uniqueness of our School by clicking here X

There is also a video (click here X) about the school entitled, "Classical Never Goes Out of Style"! It was taken when Michael Voris visited our school on April 21, 2017, and features interviews of Fr. Philip Sullivan, Principal Alma Cornejo, and some of our students. For more information on our School, go to their website by clicking here X.  Here is another video (click here X) of some of our youngest students singing during a Mass in November 2017 (courtesy of Mr. Hernandez, school parent). 

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).   


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.







 Saturday, December 15, 10:00 a.m. to Noon 

All adults and high school students—BOTH NEW & CURRENT—who serve or would like to serve as a St. Therese Church Sacristan (one who prepares the altar for the celebration of Mass)—including for funerals and weddings—are required to attend the upcoming training session on Saturday, December 15, from 10:00 a.m. to Noon (followed by lunch). Seventh and Eighth Graders who would like to serve as assistants may also attend. 

The session will be conducted by Bro. Jason, Seminarian Daniel Lopez, and the DRE, Rhonda Storey. To attend, please RSVP by e-mailing Rhonda Storey at rhondalstorey@gmail.com. The entrance to the sacristy is next to the Adoration Chapel entrance (at the top of the stairs). 



Do Your Part to Help Save the Church! 

As Ven. Archbishop Fulton Sheen said, "it is up to the people" to save the Church (quoted in Fr. Philip's letter to the left)! If we don’t "protect her from the wolves that have crawled into her and dwell inside her, we then have only ourselves to blame when more sheep are eaten alive." This quote is taken from the 11-page report written by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò about the sexual abuse of minors and seminarians by Cardinal McCarrick and other clergy, which was then covered up by the church hierarchy, including Pope Francis. To read the full report, click here X.

To do your part to defend and protect the true Church founded by Jesus Christ, please write to Archbishop Jose Gomez of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and DEMAND that he request a COMPLETE AND FULL INVESTIGATION into the allegations brought forward by Archbishop Viganò. His address is: 

Archbishop Jose Gomez
Archdiocese of Los Angeles
3424 Wilshire Boulevard, 5th Floor
Los Angeles, California  90010  

After writing to Archbishop Gomez, please also write to Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Chair of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and request the same, including a copy of the letter you sent to Archbishop Gomez. Letters to Cardinal DiNardo can mailed to: 

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo
President of the USCCB
Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
1700 San Jacinto St.
Houston, Texas 77002  

Finally, write to the Apostolic Nuncio, enclosing a copy of everything you sent to the Archbishop and the Cardinal.  His name and address are: 

Archbishop Christophe Pierre 
Apostolic Nuncio to the United States
3339 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20008-3610  


 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 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!  



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.