W E L C O M E !

Fr. Philip Sullivan, OCD


St. Therese Catholic Church 

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  



Temporarily closed. 

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.) 

Holidays: Closed 

Saturdays: Closed 

Sundays: Closed 

Click on the photo below for a video (8 minutes, 18 seconds) from the Carmelite Friars from SEVERAL of the communities throughout the Western Province (some of the friars you will see were once assigned here at St. Therese Church!). 

Click on the photo below to receive a virtual blessing from the Carmelite Friars.


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.



Dear Parishioners and Friends:

For all who have been attending our public Masses (at Noon on the weekdays and on Saturday and at our regular times for the Sunday Masses), we wish to extend a big THANK YOU for your cooperation in following the directives set out for us by the Archdiocese and by Los Angeles County. Since we reopened the church for Mass and Adoration on Thursday, June 4, I’ve been very pleased with the way everything has gone. Your kindness and patience mean so much to us as we work on following the directives while—at the same time—not making people feel they’ve entered some sort of “crime scene”. For those who are not yet ready to return to Mass, know that the Dispensation from the Obligation to Attend is still in effect from Archbishop Gomez and that we continue to live stream the Masses. Here are some other topics I’d like to address: 

ENTERING AND EXITING THE CHURCH: Please ENTER the church ONLY through the front doors; please EXIT the church ONLY through the side doors. Please do not linger after Mass or socialize in the front of the church—especially when there are people waiting there to enter for the next Mass. We are very grateful to all those who stepped up to volunteer as DOOR GREETERS AND SANITIZERS and to the members of the KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS for all their help. God bless you all! 

SANITIZING YOUR PEW WITH SANITIZING WIPES: Thank you to each and every one of you who donated masks and/or sanitizing and disinfecting products for use in the church! Sanitizing wipes are the one product we are very low on. We ask that every person or family bring your own sanitizing wipes to the church to wipe down your pew before and after Mass or adoration. This would be a big help to everyone. Thank you! 

RECEIVING HOLY COMMUNION AT MASS: The Archbishop of Los Angeles has made it known that, due to the pandemic, he would prefer people to receive Holy Communion in the hand. However, no priest is allowed to prohibit anyone from receiving on the tongue, per the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM), issued by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments on November 12, 2002. It reads: “If Communion is given only under the species of bread, the Priest raises the host slightly and shows it to each, saying, ‘The Body of Christ.’ The communicant replies, ‘Amen,’ and receives the Sacrament either on the tongue or, where this is allowed, in the hand, the choice lying with the communicant” (No. 161). Neither the pandemic nor any other reason can change this! 

CONFESSIONS: We will continue hearing confessions on Saturday afternoons (3:30 to 5:00 p.m.—and beyond 5:00 p.m. if necessary) in the marked areas of the parking lot (underneath the red umbrellas). We hope to add back our Wednesday evening Confessions sometime in the Fall. 

FUNERALS: Funerals may now be held in the church, under the same restrictions as are in place for our Masses; i.e., 100 maximum people, attendees wearing masks, keeping social distance, etc.). 

BAPTISMS: Baptisms will be held by appointment only. A Baptismal Information Sheet will first need to be filled out and submitted with a copy of the hospital birth record or birth certificate. This form is on our website under the link BAPTISMS. 

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: For all our *children who had been preparing to receive their First Holy Communion this past May (*those attending St. Therese Carmelite School, those in our Religious Education Program, and those who are home-schooled), we have scheduled a First Communion Mass on Saturday, July 11, at 10:00 a.m. For more information, contact the coordinator, Andrea Zamperelli, at (909) 285-7069. 

CONFIRMATION: For our youth and adults who had been scheduled to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on May 30, we are still waiting to receive delegation from the Archdiocese. We will let you know when that happens. 

MINISTRIES & PROGRAMS: For all our ongoing ministries and programs, if all goes well, we hope to re-start them in the Fall of 2020. 

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION:  Every day except for Sunday we have Eucharistic Adoration in the church (from 6:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. NOTE: Saturdays from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).  Fr. Matthias has created a SIGN-UP PAGE so that every hour will be covered.  To sign up for an hour of adoration or to watch the doors, etc., during the week, click here X. 

CONFESSIONS The Fathers hear confessions on Saturdays from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.  These are NOT in the church confessionals but are held OUTSIDE near the picnic tables.  Look for the red umbrellas.  You must wear a mask and must STAND during your confession.  Please keep your confession BRIEF (NO spiritual direction at this time), as the Fathers anticipate many penitents will be waiting to confess.  Fr. Philip would also like to remind you to "please confess only YOUR own sins!". 

THE DISPENSATION IS STILL IN EFFECT: The “Dispensation From Attending Mass,” granted by Archbishop Gomez on March 25, 2020, will continue to be in effect until further notice. This means you are not obligated to physically attend Mass if… 

· You don’t feel safe attending for ANY reason (or if you're turned away after the church reaches the MAXIMUM ALLOWED PERSONS--which is ONE HUNDRED--yes, only 100--people).

· You are 65 years of age or older.

· You have an autoimmune condition or you are immune-compromised (meaning that your immune system is weakened, either by a disease, by a medication, or because of receiving chemotherapy or radiation) OR have a chronic disease like diabetes, kidney failure, liver cirrhosis, heart disease, etc., all conditions which make you at greater risk of falling ill from viruses and bacteria, as well as at greater risk of developing serious complications from those illnesses.

· You live with someone who fits any of the above criteria. 

· You have ANY flu- or cold-like symptoms. (If so, please STAY HOME until you are completely well!)

NOTE: If you will not be attending Mass for any of the reasons just listed, Fr. Philip reminds you to please continue to “keep holy the Sabbath,” by viewing a live streamed Sunday Mass, etc.). 

MASS FOR THE VULNERABLE: Once we know what we are doing, we have plans for a future separate Mass just for those who are elderly and/or compromised in some way. Until then, please hang tight! 

LIVE STREAMING OF MASSES: For those staying home for any of the above reasons, we continue to live stream the Masses on Facebook (posted later each day on our YouTube channel). 

ONE ENTRANCE / EXIT THROUGH THE SIDE DOORS: As we are required to have volunteers monitoring the entrances before the Masses, only the FRONT DOORS will be opened to enter the church for Mass. All the other doors will be marked, “EXIT ONLY”.  Please do NOT exit through the front doors as people will be there waiting for you to leave.  When you do leave, P L E A S E do not linger, especially not near the doors.

FOLLOWING PROTOCOL: To enter the church, all visitors must:

· Wash their hands at the hand-washing stations and use the provided hand sanitizer.  NOTE: We plan to have hand-washing stations outside the doors as well as hand-sanitizing stations in the vestibule.

· Wear a mask

· Maintain “social distance”. 

Once in the church, you will be required to:

· Sit in the area assigned to you and don’t wander around the church.

· Refrain from shaking anyone’s hand or embracing anyone. 

KEEP YOUR DISTANCE: Both outside and inside the church you are asked to keep a safe distance of six feet between you (and your family) and other people. After Mass, please go directly home; do not linger around.


When you finally enter the church, you will notice that there are things missing that would normally be there. The Archdiocesan directives require all churches to: 

· Take the missalettes and hymnals out of the pews,

· Remove the *candles from the racks, and

· Empty the holy water from the fonts. 

EVERY OTHER ONE: Please try to sit "every other pew," to allow for social distancing. Please do not touch the statues or anything else that is not necessary to be touched.

MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK:  Please wipe down your pew when you arrive (wipes and paper towels you can spray with sanitizer are available in the main vestibule). 

SIGNS, SIGNS, EVERYWHERE A SIGN: You will see notices placed around the church and in the vestibule reminding everyone about following safe protocol and about the dispensation, etc. Again, these are required.    

"Short, Inspirational Videos" under the VIDEOS link (in the black bar above).



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.





Greetings Dedicated Adorers and Those Who Wish to Become Dedicated Adorers!  

Our new Adoration sign-up sheet is ready and can be accessed HERE.  Once there, click on Weekly Commitment to view the schedule and then sign up for a weekly time slot (the initial sign-up page has been closed and none of the sign-ups is in effect).

We have transitioned to a WEEKLY COMMITMENT SCHEDULE, so if you sign up for a time slot, it means you will are COMMITTING to serve at the same hour/day each week.  You will be sent automatic email or text reminders beforehand.

Once you’ve signed up, the check-in process is a little different now, too.  When you arrive, please use your smartphone to check-in (or use the kiosk once it's installed in the church) by visiting the same site and then clicking Adorer Sign In. Then click Scheduled Adorer Sign In, select your name, and confirm sign in (if your name does not appear that means you are either not scheduled for that hour or you arrived much earlier or later than scheduled).

Finding substitute adorers to take your place is super easy.  If you cannot attend a particular week, you can go to this website to find a sub or invite a friend to take your place. The current "Find a Sub" password is subpass. If your schedule changes and you can no longer commit weekly to a time slot, email 247adorationchapel@gmail.com to be removed, and Gabriel will help you.

After you've signed up for a Weekly Commitment(s), please consider joining the Substitute Adorers list to support your fellow Dedicated Adorers. Please share this new Adoration Sign-up site with your friends so we can have trusted adorers watch with Jesus every hour. Thank you again for your willingness to serve St Therese Church and keep God's people safe. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out by email to 247adorationchapel@gmail.com. Blessings be upon you, -Richard and Gabriel, Coordinators 

PS… If a funeral or a wedding, etc., is being celebrated, the Blessed Sacrament will be reposed. If one of those events takes place during your hour, you obviously will not be able to make your commitment at that time. You may “make it up” by adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament at another time that week.


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!) 



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.) 


 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!   


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.