W E L C O M E !

Fr. Philip Sullivan, OCD

Pastor

Click on Fr. Philip's photo below to hear his latest "Message of Hope" about the pandemic.

  

 Fr. Philip Sullivan, O.C.D. Pastor 

 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  

 

OFFICE HOURS:

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.

Click on Fr. Philip's photo below to hear his latest "Message of Hope" about the pandemic.

  

 Fr. Philip Sullivan, O.C.D. Pastor

 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

  

OFFICE HOURS:

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

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed 

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel by Christina Yang

 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/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.

 

"THIS JUST IN..."

We are delaying the opening of the church for another day... until THURSDAY, JUNE 4...

Dear Parishioners:  We're sorry! We tried to have the church open for this Wednesday, but it's not going to happen.  We will open the church one day later. 

We have enough volunteers to watch the door for ONE WEEKEND.  But it's not fair to ask the same people to do it week after week.  We need more people to come forward!  The Archdiocese wants volunteers at the doors or they say we CANNOT OPEN! See details about that below in the highlighted area).  On Thursday, June 4, and Friday, June 5, we will have one Mass per day, which will be in the church at NOON. 

EUCHARISTIC ADORATION:

Beginning WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, The church will be open daily for Eucharistic Adoration from 6:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. (the Eucharist will be reposed during the Noon Mass this week and during any other Masses next week). 

CONFESSIONS: We are NOT yet open for confessions. Stay tuned!

Our plan at this time is to celebrate the first Sunday Mass on June 7th, the Feast of the Holy Trinity. Please keep in mind, however, that this is not going to be a “back-to-normal” situation. In fact, it will be FAR from normal. As of now, Fr. Philip has opted not to use any sort of reservation system. He has great trust in the Holy Spirit to make everything work out. Here are some things you should know:

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.). 

The MOST IMPORTANT of all the required directives is to have the assistance of volunteers. Ideally, we need TWO VOLUNTEERS FOR EACH MASS (Thank you to those who have responded; you will receive details very soon!). Among other things, volunteers are needed to:

· Greet worshipers and make sure that each person follows all the protocols listed on the previous page.

· Count the number of visitors (allowing 100 maximum).

· Maintain the established safety precautions.

· When the maximum number of visitors is reached, place the provided sign on the door that says, “Maximum Capacity Has Been Reached,” and then lock the doors.

· After each Mass, disinfect and clean the pews, the communion rail, the hand-sanitizing stations, and any other points of contact.

THE CHURCH WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO OPEN WITHOUT VOLUNTEERS TO MAN THE DOORS! YOUR HELP IS NEEDED! "NO, NOT HIS! NO, NOT HERS!" YOUR HELP IS NEEDED!

PLEASE READ THIS! Even if you have NEVER volunteered at the church before; in fact, even if you have NEVER volunteered ANYWHERE, N O W is the time to do so! If you REALLY WANT St. Therese Church to open, then you need to sign up to volunteer! Don’t think “someone else will do it…” YOU ARE “SOMEONE ELSE”! The directive say we CANNOT OPEN THE CHURH without volunteers at the doors performing the duties above. Please email  denisekay@hotmail.com to volunteer.  THANK YOU for caring!

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 will continue to live stream the Masses on Facebook (posted later each day on our YouTube channel). 

ONE ENTRANCE: 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”.

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.

HMMMM...IS SOMETHING MISSING?

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: You will also notice that your favorite pew might not be available. We have been told to block off every other pew to allow for greater distance between worshipers. Please do not touch the statues or anything else that is not necessary to be touched.

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).

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.

 

 LIVE-STREAMED MASSES 

The Carmelite Friars are celebrating Mass each day privately.  These are being live streamed for your spiritual enrichment via our Facebook page. Some items are also posted on our own YouTube channel.  Click on the word Uploads to see all the available videos.

For the Pastor's message regarding this situation, click on the link CORONAVIRUS (above, between Mass / Confession Times and Homilies). For a videotaped message from him, see the top of the left-hand column on this page.

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: 

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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.) 

 ONLINE GIVING

 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!   

 

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!   

FLORAL DEDICATIONS

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.