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 the heading 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), Video Night Presents, and "Tea at Therese" Women's Prayer & Discussion Group.

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.




On Sunday, November 6, St. Therese Church will host an Archdiocesan-wide celebration in honor of the Canonization of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity, a Cloistered Carmelite Nun from France (her biography is available on our website under the link CARMELITE SAINTS).  [NOTE: This is a THANKSGIVING Mass; the actual canonization will have already taken place in Rome on October 16].  The details are as follows: 

  • 3:30 p.m.: Prayer and Reflection on the Life of Elizabeth of the Trinity

  • 5:00 p.m.: Mass celebrated by Archbishop Jose Gomez

  • 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Reception at Sacred Heart Retreat  


Since this event has been advertised throughout the Archdiocese, as well as in national Catholic newspapers, AND will be recorded and aired by EWTN, we expect the church to be FILLED TO CAPACITY!  For this reason, anyone who wishes to attend the Mass and/or reception must REGISTER BY OCTOBER 30 at the official website, www.SpiritualDirection.com/canonization).  

RECEPTION AFTER THE MASS:  Following the Mass, the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart will offer an hors d'oeuvres reception at Sacred Heart Retreat House (920 East Alhambra Road)--6:30 to 9:00 p.m.  There is no fee to attend, although donations will be greatly appreciated!

If you have any questions about any part of this event, please contact Debbie at events@myavila.com.




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 attend each attend on separate Sundays of the month; 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.


 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!   


The Gospel of John

Join us for Bible Study every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m.  Following time for gathering, socializing or studying, each session will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m. 

This term we are studying the Gospel of John, via the DVD series, "Follow Me."  Jesus wants us to be more than just believers—he wants us to be His disciples and friends.  To help you answer this call to a deeper relationship with Christ, come and learn what it takes to follow Him.  You will see how God—and only God—can satisfy the deepest desires of your heart.  You will receive a workbook and meet every week to view an engaging video presentation, followed by group discussion and fellowship.  By way of the video, Dr. Edward Sri will guide us through the Gospel of John and explain how Christ’s encounters with others in the Gospels are examples of how He lovingly and persistently calls each of us to a more intimate and life-changing relationship with Him.   

For more info about these sessions, visit www.AscensionPress.com.  TO REGISTER, contact Debbie Robles at debrobles@me.com or (626) 679-6370.  Ask her about the opportunity for online study as well.


“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.  Due to conflicts, there will be NO meeting in November; 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.