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St. Therese Church ::

 W E L C O M E



1100 East Alhambra Road

Alhambra, California  91801

(626) 282-2744

Ministered by the Discalced Carmelite Friars of the California-Arizona Province


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;

Peace & Justice Ministries (Christian Service, Detention Ministry, Rosary Makers);

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

Retreat Ministry (Men's Retreats, Women's Retreats),


Under the heading GROUPS can be found:  Catholic Tradition Talks, Couples for Christ, Gardening Group, 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 send your request, along with a check made out to Carmelite Fathers, to:  Pious Union, Mount St. Joseph, PO Box 3420, San Jose, CA 95127.  The Carmelite Friars 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 beginning the following month.




(See the list of celebrants under SACRAMENTS: Mass Schedule)

CONFESSIONS - No more until Wednesday, April 23 (7:00 - 9:00 p.m.)


 Good Friday

(April 18)

2:00 p.m.: Sacred Liturgy*

3:00 p.m. Sacred Liturgy at the Cloistered Convent*

7:30 p.m.: Sacred Liturgy*

*Includes Veneration of the Cross and the distribution of Holy Communion 

 Holy Saturday

(April 19)

7:30 p.m.: Solemn Easter Vigil Mass

with Sacraments of Initiation 

 Easter Sunday

(April 20)

Masses at 7:30, 9:00, 11:00 a.m.

& 1:00 p.m. Latin Mass (No 5:00 p.m. Mass on Easter


 Sunday, April 27

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY is the Sunday after Easter (April 27)!   The schedule is as follows:

3:00 to 4:00 pm: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with Holy Hour and Chaplet of Divine Mercy

3:00 to 5:00 pm: Confessions

4:45 pm:             Benediction

5:00 pm:             Holy Mass

WHAT IS DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY: Beginning in February 1931, St. Faustina Kowalski, a Polish nun reported receiving visitations from Jesus. One of the things He asked her for was that a painting be made of the vision of His Merciful Heart and that a Feast of Divine Mercy be established on the first Sunday after Easter. When Pope John Paul canonized her in 2000, he proclaimed that the Second Sunday of Easter would be known as Divine Mercy Sunday, thereby widely promoting the devotions associated with Faustina’s visions.

PLENARY INDULGENCE: Our Lord promised that all those would attend Mass and receive Holy Communion on Divine Mercy Sunday, as well as go to Confession and pray for the intentions of the Holy Father would obtain “complete forgiveness of their sins and punishment.”   Alternatively, the promise extends to those who, in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, recite the Our Father and the Creed, adding a devout prayer to the merciful Lord Jesus (e.g. Merciful Jesus, I trust in you!") and go to Confession and pray for the intentions of the Holy Father. In 2002, Pope John Paul extended the promise so that Confession can be made up to 20 days before or after Divine Mercy Sunday.



 April 27  

On Divine Mercy Sunday, Pope Francis will canonize Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II in St Peter's Square—the first-ever double Papal canonization. Up to five million people are expected to attend. You may watch it unfold on a dedicated website,

St. Therese Parishioners are also encouraged to attend the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Downtown L.A., for the local celebrations with Archbishop Jose Gomez. On Sunday, April 27, at 3:30 p.m., there will be a special Mass of Thanksgiving, celebrated by Archbishop Gomez.  

The evening before, April 26, from 7:00 to 11:00 p.m., will be a Canonization Celebration & Vigil, also at the Cathedral, with Rosary, Adoration, and Music—featuring Tony Melendez, Miriam Solis, and many others! Parking will be a flat rate of $8 for each day. For more info, visit:  


 2nd & 4th Wednesdays 

We have begun a Bereavement Support Group here at St. Therese.  We welcome anyone to attend who has suffered the loss of a loved one.  It does not matter how long ago you suffered this loss or what your relationship was to the person (spouse, child, parent, friend, etc.).  Please feel free to come and join this new group and meet new friends.  You may have something to share that will be of help to someone else.  

The Bereavement Support Group meets in the Parish Offices on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.  For additional information, please contact Deacon Joe and Lorraine Mizerski at 282-2744, ext. 333.




"...I will send down a shower of roses from the heavens..."  --St. Therese

If you are new to the parish or attend regularly but 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 (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.  

Office Hours

Monday through Friday: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm; 2:00 to 5:00 pm; and 6:00 to 8:00 pmclosed 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)

Sunday:  Close

My Church Family Album - 90th Anniversary

Our "My Church Family Album” is now in the production stage!  Now that all of our parishioners' photos and group photos have been taken, we are in the process of creating all the copy and organizing all the photos. Once it is submitted to the Pictorial Directory Company, it will take four weeks for them to prepare it. Then it will be returned to us for fine tuning.  After it is resubmitted, within another four weeks, it will be delivered to us. So...please be patient!   

If you would like to receive a copy of the pictorial directory, BUT you did not take a photo with the pictorial directory company OR you did not submit your own family photo with the fee, you will still have an opportunity to purchase them at $10 each after they have been delivered.  NOTE:  If you were in one of the group photos--but did not take or submit an individual or family photo--this does not automatically get you a free copy of the directory.       



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.OLUNTEER APPRECIATION CELEBRATION PHOTOS! 

Photos still on view!

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 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.