W E L C O M E    T O    ST.  THERESE!

Pastor: Fr. Philip Sullivan, OCD 

 Ministered by the Discalced Carmelite Friars

Church Address:

1100 East Alhambra Road

Alhambra, California 

Office Address:

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 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 COMING UP 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, Intercessors for Priests prayer group, the Order of Secular Carmelites; and the Divine Mercy Devotion);

Cor Jesu 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, 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.


 L  E  N  T


All the Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence (no meat). Good Friday is also a day of fast.  See the guidelines on our Events page (under Lent) for details.

SOUP NITES and STATIONS are held on all the Fridays of Lent (February 16 through March 23). 

Soup Nites are in the Hall from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.  There will be a free-will offering basket available each week to help support the various sponsoring groups.  

Stations are at 7:00 p.m. each Friday of Lent.  HOWEVER, PLEASE NOTE that on the first Friday that we have Stations, February 16, they will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be led by the Cor Jesu Youth Ministry

The scheduled Soup Nite sponsors are: 

February 16:  Parish Staff & Rosary Makers;

February 23: Bible Study and Consecration Group leaders;

March 2: Confirmation;

March 9: STRE/RCIA;

March 16: Saint Therese Carmelite School; and

March 23: Knights of Columbus and Retrouvaille leaders  



Saint Therese Carmelite School  

Check out this video (click here X) about Saint Therese Carmelite 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). 


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 Eucharistic Preparation classes)  

Classes 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 

Classes are held on Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. For dates, see the online calendar or contact the DRE, Rhonda Storey, at  284-0020 (1). 


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 normally held on the first Saturday of every month at 6:00 p.m. (check the bulletin or online calendar) 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.  More events are advertised on our Facebook site, "Avila Outreach". 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). 


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.




MARCH 9 - 11, 2018

Women!  You are invited to join St. Therese Church on March 9-11, 2018, for a Lenten Weekend Retreat, led by our Carmelite Friars at beautiful El Carmelo Retreat House in Redlands.  

Roundtrip Bus transportation will be available. Cost is $20 (cash only) and will be collected in advance of boarding the bus. Board the bus in front of St. Therese Church on Friday, March 9, at 1:15 pm. 

A $50 non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your room.  Applications can be found in the church vestibule and entrances (Single Occupancy, $200; Double Occupancy per person, $175). 

To submit your deposit or for more information, contact Louisa Day at (323) 360-5186 or louisaeday@yahoo.com. 




All Youth (6th to 8th Grades and 9th to 12th Grades) AND their families are encouraged to join the COR JESU Youth Ministry. To join, download the REGISTRATION form and return it to Deacon Matthias (brmatthias@sainttheresecarmeliteschool.com)--no deadline.  Also, click here X to go to the PHOTO ALBUMS for Cor Jesu. 

Here are some of our events (click on highlighted words for more details): 


 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.