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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


Under CONTACT can be found specific contact numbers for the priests, the staff, and the volunteer coordinators of our ministries and groups can be found under the heading  

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 REGISTRATION is information about registering at St.Therese Parish (including a form).

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  

MASS AND CONFESSION TIMES has its own link at the top of the page.  Under that there are subheadings for the Latin Mass and for Low-Gluten Communicants.  There is also a link to MASS CELEBRANTS, that shows which priests are celebrating the various Masses, etc.  

Under the heading of SACRAMENTS you 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 the heading NEWS / EVENTS, click on WHAT'S HAPPENING for all our upcoming events, news, and announcements.

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 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, Fatima Devotion, St. Joseph Prayer Group, First Friday Mass & All-Night Prayer Vigil, Intercessors for Priests prayer group, and the Order of Secular Carmelites);

Youth Ministry;

Respect Life Ministry (Articles written by Catherine Contreras (Respect Life Coordinator); Foot Soldiers for Life; 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:  Catholic Tradition Talks, Couples for Christ, Knights of Columbus, Legion of Mary (Patricians) Queen of Carmel Catholic Discussion Group, Retrouvaille (for hurting marriages), and Video Night Presents.

Under PHOTOS you can find several albums containing pictures of parishioners and parish events, etc.

Other headings are:

COUNCILS: (Parish Council, Finance Council, Liturgy Committee, Festival Committee);

BULLETINS: (download PDF versions of the Sunday bulletin from January 2011 to the present); and

CALENDAR: (select the month you are interested in and check on upcoming events). 

PRAYERS:  Under Construction



 Confessions, Masses, and Services (all in English) 


Tuesday and Wednesday (March 31 & April 1): 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. each evening 



Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday: Masses at 6:00 & 8:00 a.m. 

 (Also at 7:30 a.m. at the Cloistered Convent)   (Note:  NO morning Masses on Holy Thursday or Good Friday)   

Holy Thursday (April 2) 

7:30 p.m.: Mass of the Lord’s Supper with Service of the Washing of the Feet (The 5:00 p.m. Mass at the Cloistered Convent is open to parishioners of St. Therese) 


Good Friday (April 3): † DAY OF FAST & ABSTINENCE: 

12:00 p.m.: Reflections on the Seven Last Words 

1:00 p.m.: Way of the Cross 

*2:00 p.m. & *7:30 p.m.: Sacred Liturgy (and *3:00 p.m. at the Cloistered Convent Chapel) 

*(Includes Veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion) 


Holy Saturday (April 4):  

7:30 p.m.: Solemn Easter Vigil Mass with Sacraments of Initiation  

Easter Sunday (April 5) Masses:   

7:30, 9:00, 11:00 a.m.; and Latin High Mass at 1:00 p.m.  

Please note: There will be NO 5:00 p.m. Mass on Easter Sunday! 

† RULES OF FAST & ABSTINENCE (PER CANON LAW): Abstinence The law of abstinence requires Catholics 14 years of age and over to abstain from eating meat on Ash Wednesday and all the Fridays of Lent in honor of the Passion of Jesus.  Meat is considered to be the flesh and organs of mammals and fowl. Also forbidden are soups or gravies made from them. Salt and freshwater species of fish, amphibians, reptiles and shellfish are permitted, as are animal-derived products such as margarine and gelatin which do not have any meat taste. Fasting The law of fasting requires Catholics from ages 18 to 59 to reduce the amount of food eaten from normal. The Church defines this as one meal a day, and two smaller meals which if added together would not exceed the main meal in quantity. Such fasting is obligatory on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. The fast is broken by eating between meals and by drinks which could be considered food (milk shakes, but not milk). 

Who is DISPENSED from fast and abstinence?: Those of unsound mind, the sick and frail, pregnant or nursing women, according to need for nourishment, manual laborers according to need, guests who cannot excuse themselves without giving great offense, and those in other situations of moral or physical impossibility.




 “For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world. 

DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY is on April 12.   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.



Be sure to check out the NEWS / EVENTS section of this website (link is near the top of each page) for other upcoming events for (including a new Carmelite Spiritual Reading Group, a visit from national speaker Jesse Romero, A wine tasting and dinner, etc.).



Saturday, April 11, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.   

Shop for A Cause!

Ladies!  On Sat., April 11, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m., in the Parish Meeting Room, come and enjoy a night out with hors d’oeuvres, music, and fun products just for ladies—all while supporting St. Therese Church! There will be FREE samples and a door prize.  Extra raffle entries if you buy tickets ahead of time.  Vendors include Doterra Essential Oils, Wardrobe Weeder, Jamberry Nail Wraps, Mary Kay Cosmetics and Skin Care, Premier Designs Jewelry, and more!  Do it for yourself!  Cover charge is $5 each.  (Sponsored by “Tea at Therese” Women’s Group).  For more info, call Dara Barbosa at (301) 542-9701.

 My Church Family Album - 90th Anniversary

The directory is being printed and should be here soon.  It is our largest ever (around 110 pages and spiral bound)!  It has a variety of articles and extra photos.You will be notified by a bulletin announcement when they are ready for pick-up.  Your patience is appreciated! If you would like to receive a copy of the pictorial directory, BUT you did not take or submit a photo for the family section (with a fee), we are ordering extra, which you will be able to purchase for $25 each.  NOTE:  If you were in one of the group photos--but did not take or submit an individual or family photo with the fee--this does not automatically get you a free copy of the directory. You will need to purchase a copy.



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 APPRON CELEBRATION PHOTOS! 

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 are $40 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.