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(The dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass is still in effect.)
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St. Therese Catholic Church
Ministered by the Discalced Carmelite Friars
1100 East Alhambra Road
NAVIGATING OUR WEBSITE:
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/SACRAMENTSis information about our weekly Latin Mass on Sundays, as well as forms to register for Latin Rite Baptisms, First Communions, and Weddings.
Under SACRAMENTS, you 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.
UnderWEDDINGS, 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]
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.
FROM THE PASTOR
FIRST FRIDAY MASS! All are invited to attend our first “First Friday” Mass since the pandemic began! It is this Friday, May 7, at 7:00 p.m., in the church, followed by Adoration and Prayer Ministry. Next--at 8:00 p.m.....
for those who are interested, after the First Friday Mass, we will show (FREE!) a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, Front of the Class, in the Hall at 8:00 p.m.It is a heart-warming TRUE STORY about Brad Cohen, a man who, despite being challenged by Tourette's Syndrome at a very young age, defies all odds to become a gifted teacher (maybe he’ll be teaching at St. Therese Carmelite School someday! ;-P). As Cohen grows up, he must face friends and classmates who don't realize that he sometimes cannot control his outbursts and a father who seems unwilling to accept his son's condition. It stars James Wolk, Patricia Heaton (from Everybody Loves Raymond), Treat Williams, and more—including a cameo of the real Brad Cohen (during the orchestra recital scene, look for a teacher, wearing a colorful tie, standing at the back of the hall).
Dear Parishioners,I’d like to share with you a booklet written by Fr. John Hampsch, CMF, called WHEN GOD SAYS NO (click that title to open it). Also, you may also listen to this TALK BY BOB SCHUCHT. This audio is part of a series available on the website, www.jpiihealingcenter.org.God bless you! Fr. Thomas Koller, OCD
ALL of our Masses are now INSIDE! Confessions are still OUTSIDE--on Saturdays from 3:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and on Sundays from Noon to 1:00 p.m.
WEEKLY MORNING MASSES are at 6:00 a.m. (Monday-Friday) and 8:00 a.m. (Monday-Saturday).
SUNDAY MASSES are at 7:30 a.m, 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 5:00 p.m., with a Traditional Latin Mass at 1:00 p.m.
LIVE STREAMED MASSES:The Monday through Saturday 8:00 a.m. Mass, the Sunday 11:00 a.m. Mass, and the evening candlelight Masses on Monday and Thursday at 7:00 p.m. are all live streamed (SEE the links to our Facebook page and our YouTube channel at the top of the column to the left).
AVILA GROUP (For Catholics in their 20's/30's)
The Avila Group is a group for Catholic adults in their 20's and 30's, single or married, who are seeking a community of their Catholic peers in order to share their faith and lives. For more information, contact Blake Taylor at AvilaYoungAdults@gmail.com.
Their next upcoming activity is a Latin Teaching Mass on May 29, followed by social time (see picture above). More details will be available soon.
FREE COVID AND ANTIBODY TESTING IN ALHAMBRA!!!
If you would like to get a free blood test to check if you have Covid-19 and/or Covid antibodies to Covid-19, please call this number: 714-863-7325. You will be set you up with a walk-in appointment Monday through Friday at 25 South Raymond Avenue (the corner opposite of Alhambra Hospital--entrance on parking lot side). It only takes 15 minutes and is free, thanks to the generosity of Elite Care Medical Group!
FROM THE PASTOR
Prayer Guidance (GUIDANCE = God U IDANCE)
Here is some guidance on prayer—from the Gospels and from St. Thérèse. (And when we really ask the Holy Spirit for GUIDANCE, and then watch and wait for Him to give it to us, our lives really do become "God, U & I Dance!")
Prayer is meant to be holy leisure, too--not always hard work; prayer after Holy Communion is especially meant to be a time of holy leisure, to be able to climb into Jesus’ lap and let Him fold His arms around us and hold us close. Here is a way of prayer to foster that kind of listening prayer. It is from the Bible and is called the Jesus Prayer: While breathing in, gently and silently say, “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God”; then, while breathing out, say, “have mercy on me, a sinner.” This prayer is a combination of the prayer of the blind Bartimaeus calling out to Jesus (Mark 10:47), the prayer of the tax collector in the temple (Luke 18:13), and St. Peter’s great statement of faith in Jesus (Matthew 16:16). Once you get the hang of praying this prayer, you can shorten it to “Jesus” while inhaling and “mercy” while exhaling.
With the help of St. Therese you can also focus on other meanings of the word mercy, besides that of a sinner pleading before the judge: “Therese has left on record how much she would have liked to learn Hebrew, so as to understand the Gospels better. And this no doubt would have been a great joy to her. For few Hebrew words are etymologically more rewarding than those used to convey the concept "mercy". Four words are used to convey the reality: hanan, to lean over; hamalnoum, to suffer with, to spare since one feels pity [like the judge looking at a repentant sinner]; raham-rahamim, to be soft, the mother’s breast, the entrails, the womb; and naham, to relieve someone, to stop his groans by helping him to breathe. What a program! Therese saw this as God’s feelings about man” (The Little Way, by Bernard Bro, O.P., p. 60).
So, you see? It is a very simple kind of prayer, biblical, rich in meaning, adaptable to whatever psychological, emotional, physical, spiritual situation you find yourself in; and it gives your mind a little bit of food to meditate on while being simple enough so that you can listen to the live Person, Jesus, and try to listen to what He is saying to you. As you get used to this prayer, you can use it anywhere, anytime, focusing on that meaning of mercy which best fits with what is happening in your life at that moment. You will find that you can easily spend 20 minutes with Jesus in this way, especially when He has just come into your very own house/body after Holy Communion.
In Jesus and Mary and Joseph,
Fr. Thomas of the Trinity, OCD
Even with Covid cases going down our Bishop encourages us to continue to be strict about following the diocesan protocols for reducing the risk for others and ourselves. With that end in mind, I and my brother Carmelite priests are asking everyone to wear masks at Mass, keep six feet apart—especially in the Communion line—and to receive only in the hand. Bishop O’Connell and I and the other Carmelite priests know this is a hardship for many people. But I am confident that, as awesome sons and daughters of the Holy Family and of the Carmelite family, we will dig deep and follow the protocols—out of charity and obedience, sacrificing to reduce the risk for others.
"Short, Inspirational Videos" under VIDEOS link (in the black bar above).
FORMED: CATHOLIC FAITH ON DEMAND
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!
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.
FIVE CHANCES TO GROW IN YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE
CLICK HERE for six documents to help you take a SPIRITUAL INVENTORY of your life. These will be used in the following groups.
1) MONDAY NIGHT MASS & CARMELITE PRAYER GROUP: Everyone is invited to attend a candlelight Mass on Monday evenings at 7:00 p.m. (inside the church), followed by a talk on Carmelite spirituality at approximately 7:30 p.m. (also Live streamed).
2) TUESDAY NIGHT MASS CELEBRATED IN SPANISH at 7:00 p.m. Come and show your support for our having a Spanish Mass! (live streamed)
3) THURSDAY MASS AND ADORATION IN HONOR OF ST. JOSEPH (During this year of St. Joseph): All are invited to join us every Thursday evening beginning at 7:00 p.m., as follows:
6:30 p.m.: Segment from the Chosen film series--OUTSIDE (for those who want to come early)
7:00 p.m.: Simple Candlelight Mass (inside the church) (live streamed)
7:30-8:15 p.m.: Adoration (inside)
4) FIRST FRIDAY OF THE MONTH MASS: Join us in the church at 7:00 p.m., on the first Friday of each month (NOT in April as the first Friday that month is Good Friday). This is a devotion that began after Jesus' appearances to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647–1690), a nun of the Order of the Visitation of Holy Mary. Google it to find out more!
5) SATURDAY EVENING HEALING PRAYER TRAINING: Join other parishioners in the church for Fr. Thomas' Healing Prayer Training (we have discontinued ZOOM due to low interest). It is held on Saturday nights from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. (join anytime during that time slot).
NOTE: Click on the links in the left column for LIVE STREAMED MASSES on our Facebook page and our YouTube channel.
SAINT THERESE CARMELITE SCHOOL VIDEOS
Watch "THE BEST SCHOOL IN THE WORLD,"by clicking on the photo below:
WATCH "LITTLE THINGS," by clicking on the photo below:
Watch "CLASSICAL NEVER GOES OUT OF STYLE," by clicking on the photo below:
Watch a video of some of our youngest students singing during a Mass in November 2017 by clicking the photo below (courtesy of Mr. Hernandez, school parent).
Watch a short film, "THE VEIL REMOVED" (When Heaven Meets Earth), by clicking on the photo below:
Watch this CARMELITE VOCATION VIDEO by clicking on the photo below (features friars you know and love!)
VIDEO OF 2019 WALK FOR LIFE
Pro Life Pilgrims from across the Nation descended on San Francisco in January 2019 for the annual Pro Life March (click on the logo above to see the video, which was filmed and produced by Gobi Entertainment Productions on behalf of St. Therese Church). Catherine Contreras, the President of Vox Vitae at St. Therese, chartered two buses for our parishioners to attend (both were filled!). It was a wonderful life-affirming event. Stay tuned towards the end of the year for announcements about the 2020 Walk for Life! (Note: You can see Catherine in the video at 6:35 and 46:40.)
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!
SHOP AT AMAZON
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!
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 start at $90 for two (actual cost of the flowers). In order to schedule a memorial or a dedication, please contact Giovanna Setiady at (626) 281-9049.