Ministered by the Discalced Carmelite Friars of the California-Arizona Province
NAVIGATING OUR WEBSITE:
The regular Mass and Confession Schedules can be found under the heading of SACRAMENTS (you can also find subheadings to show which priests will be celebrating the Masses, what the special Mass intention will be for each Mass, and for information about the Latin Mass).
Under this same heading (SACRAMENTS) can also be found information on Baptism, First Communion, and Confirmation.
Specific Contact numbers for the priests, the staff, and the volunteer coordinators of our ministries and groups can be found under the heading CONTACT.
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 the heading NEWS can be found upcoming events happening in the parish.
Under INFO can be found the following topics: History of St. Therese Parish * Mission / Vision Statements * Discalced Carmelite Friars * Life of St. Therese of Lisieux * The Year of Faith (2012-2013) * and Photos
Under the heading MINISTRIES can be found the following subjects:
Religious Education (for Adults and Children) and Youth Ministry;
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, Fatima Pilgrimage Mass, St. Joseph Devotion and St. Joseph Mass, First Friday All-Night Prayer Vigil, Warrior Intercessors for Priests prayer group, and Order of Secular Carmelites);
Liturgical Ministries (Eucharistic Ministers, Lectors, Ushers, Sacristans, Altar Servers, Music Ministry, Respect Life Ministries, Retreat Ministries);
Respect Life Ministry (Guadalupe Pregnancy Services [GPS]; Holy Family Infertility Support Group; Natural Family Planning [NFP]; Foot Soldiers for Life; and
Under the heading GROUPS can be found: Catholic Tradition Talks, Couples for Christ, Gardening Group, Guadalupanas, King's Men, Knights of Columbus, Legion of Mary (Patricians) Queen of Carmel Catholic Discussion Group, Retrouvaille (for hurting marriages), Video Night Presents..., and Scouts
Other headings are:
Councils (Parish Council, Finance Council, Liturgy Committee, Festival Committee);
Donations (Weekly Contributions, Together in Mission, Second Collections, and Archdiocesan Collections);
Miscellaneous(Room Reservation, Personal Ads, Outside the Parish Events);
Bulletins, at which you can download PDF versions of the Sunday bulletin from January 2011 to the present; and
Calendar, at which you can select the month you are interested in and check on upcoming events
THE PIOUS UNION OF ST. THERESE is a great way to remember a birthday, anniversary, wedding or to pray for a departed loved one. For the first nine days of each month, the Carmelite Friars (of Mt. St. Joseph Monastery in San Jose) will offer a novena of Masses for those, living and deceased, who are enrolled in the Pious Union of Saint Therese. For a suggested donation of $25, the person enrolled will be remembered perpetually.
To enroll yourself or someone else, just download and print the enrollment request form (click here) and mail it to the indicated address. The Fathers in San Jose will then mail you a signed Mass card to give to the person you enroll or, if the person is deceased, to keep for yourself. The person you enroll will be included in the novena the following month.
My Church Family Album - 90th Anniversary
Our "My Church Family Album” is coming along! Approximately 150 families have had their photos taken and over 40 of our ministries and organizations have come together to take group photos. We would like to take this opportunity to thank Parishioners / Photographers Mel Stoutsenberger and Jack Day for volunteering their time and talent to take these group photos. We hope to have the directory ready for pick-up by the end of January 2014.
PHOTO SUBMISSIONS: You are invited to submit your own portrait-style photos (preferrably against a plain background) for publishing in the directory. Send them by email and mail in the handling fee of $7 (made out to St. Therese Church; the total for all submissions will then be sent by us to the directory company). Please submit these photos in j.peg format to the Parish Secretary, Denise McMaster-Holguin, at email@example.com.
Also, if you were married here at St. Therese anytime since our founding and have a photograph taken either inside the church or on the outside steps, you may submit it for publication in the directory (this includes marriage vow renewals celebrations which took place in our church). Again, email it in jpeg format to firstname.lastname@example.org. DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS OF ANY PHOTO IS DECEMBER 13!.
NEW FENCE PROJECT
Financial Help Needed!
As you can see, we have installed the first section of a new iron fence on the church side of the parking lot. The chain link fence was installed decades ago and is in very bad condition. If you can help with a gift, we would be most appreciative! Thank you to those who responded to date to our request and made donations. God bless you, Fr. Philip Sullivan, O.C.D., Pastor.
YEAR OF FAITH
10/11/12 - 11/24/13
Our former Pope, Pope Benedict XVI, declared the period from October 11, 2012, to November 24, 2013 to be a “Year of Faith” (October 11, 2012, was the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and the twentieth anniversary of the publishing of the Catechism of the Catholic Church).
Plenary Indulgence For The Year Of Faith - According to a decree made public October 5, 2012, and signed by Cardinal Manuel Monteiro de Castro and Bishop Krzysztof Nykiel, penitentiary major and regent of the Apostolic Penitentiary, respectively, Pope Benedict XVI, during his papacy, granted the faithful a Plenary Indulgence during the Year of Faith, which continues through November 24, 2013.
"The day of the fiftieth anniversary of the solemn opening of Vatican Council II", the text reads, "the Supreme Pontiff Benedict XVI has decreed the beginning of a Year especially dedicated to the profession of the true faith and its correct interpretation, through the reading of--or better still, the pious meditation upon--the Acts of the Council and the articles of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
"Since the primary objective is to develop sanctity of life to the highest degree possible on this earth, and thus to attain the most sublime level of pureness of soul, immense benefit may be derived from the great gift of Indulgences which, by virtue of the power conferred upon her by Christ, the Church offers to everyone who, following the due norms, undertakes the special prescripts to obtain them.
"During the Year of Faith, which began October 11, 2012, and continues through November 24, 2013, a Plenary Indulgence for the temporal punishment of sins, imparted by the mercy of God and applicable also to the souls of the deceased faithful, may be obtained by all the faithful who, truly penitent, receive the Sacraments of Confession and Eucharist and pray for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff, AND do at least one of the following:
(A) Attend three Masses or services at which a sermon is preached during a Mission, or attend at least three classes on the Acts of the Council or the Articles of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
(B) Visit, in the course of a pilgrimage, a papal basilica, a Christian catacomb, a cathedral church. or a holy site designated by the local ordinary for the Year of Faith (for example, minor basilicas and shrines dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Holy Apostles or patron saints), and there participate in a sacred celebration, or at least remain for a congruous period of time in prayer and pious meditation, concluding with the recitation of the Our Father, the Profession of Faith in any legitimate form, and invocations to the Blessed Virgin Mary and, depending on the circumstances, to the Holy Apostles and patron saints.
(C) Participate, on the days designated by the local ordinary for the Year of Faith, ... in any sacred place, in a solemn celebration of the Eucharist or the Liturgy of the Hours, adding thereto the Profession of Faith in any legitimate form.
(D) Make a pious visit during the Year of Faith, to the baptistry, or other place in which they received the Sacrament of Baptism, and there renew their baptismal promises in any legitimate form."
For more information about the Year of Faith, please go to the INFO link at the top of the webpage and select THE YEAR OF FAITH.
"...I will send down a shower of roses from the heavens..." --St. Therese
If you are new to the parish or have been living here and just never registered, please come to the Parish office to become an official member. You will receive a Welcome Packet with valuable church information.
The office is located at 510 North El Molino Street,Alhambra 91801--just south of the church (there is a statue of St. Therese on the porch). Please come during our open hours and ring the doorbell for assistance.
If you are unable to come to the office during the below-listed times, click here to download a Registration Form. Then just print it, fill it out, and mail it to us at the above address--or save it to your computer, fill it out, and attach it to an email sent to the Parish Secretary, Denise McMaster-Holguin, at email@example.com. (We do not mail the Welcome Packet; however, you may make arrangements to pick one up.)
+ Note about the above oil painting of St. Therese (painted specifically for our offices by Parishioner Belita William): It is based on a photograph of St. Therese with her community, in which she is holding an hourglass. This was because, in the late 1800's, the cloistered convents used hourglasses to keep track of the time allowed for recreation. Therese was the "timekeeper" who made sure the community did not spend more time in recreation than was allotted for it.
Monday through Friday: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm; 2:00 to 5:00 pm; and 6:00 to 8:00 pm—closed from 1:00 to 2:00 pm AND from 5:00 to 6:00 pm.
Saturday: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm (only the receptionist will be on duty)
VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION CELEBRATION PHOTOS!
Photos are ready for viewing!
The photos taken by Mel Stoutsenberger (Thank you, Mel!) at the Volunteer Appreciation Celebration on June 29, 2013, are still available for viewing and/or purchase! To see them, go to the Shutterfly website at www.sttheresechurchevents.shutterfly.com You may then copy them or order those you select in your choice of size and finish. You may choose to have them delivered to your home (there is a shipping and handling charge) or you can opt to have them delivered to a Walgreens, Target, or CVS, and pay for them at the store (.19 cents for each 4X6 photo). On the website, you can also leave comments, tag photos with names, or upload any photos or videos that you took yourselves. Again, we thank each of our volunteers for your service to St. Therese Parish.
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. A donation of $40 is requested for each dedication bouquet (this is the actual cost of the flowers). In order to schedule a memorial or a dedication, please contact Giovanna Setiady at (626) 281-9049.
To download the Floral Dedication form, please click here and then mail in or drop off the completed form, along with your payment.