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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, 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. (Note: The above painting was made by Parishioner Christina Yang).


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  *  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 Devotion, St. Joseph Devotion and St. Joseph Mass, First Friday All-Night Prayer Vigil, Intercessors for Priests prayer group, and the 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, Knights of Columbus, Legion of Mary (Patricians) Queen of Carmel Catholic Discussion Group, Retrouvaille (for hurting marriages), and Video Night Presents.

Other headings are:

Councils (Parish Council, Finance Council, Liturgy Committee, Festival Committee);

Miscellaneous  (Personal Ads, Outside the Parish Events);

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). 


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.



90th Anniversary Festival 

Friday - Sunday, Oct. 17, 18, 19 

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY EVENTS (Fri.: 5:00 to 10:00 p.m.; Sat.: 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.):  Food Booths and Attractions  (* Miniature Golf * Jumpers * Obstacle Course Challenges * Bungee Run Races * Velcro Wall), plus Entertainment, Rummage Sale, and Raffle Drawing on Saturday Night.  

SUNDAY EVENTS (8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.):  The Rummage Sale will continue, and we will serve a  TRADITIONAL MEXICAN BREAKFAST, with the following menu options: 

*Fr. Philip's Famous Pozolé ($5) 

 *Tamales from La Mascota ($2 each)

 *Pan Dulce from La Mascota ($1 each)

 *Mimosas (21 and over) ($2 each)

 *Mexican Hot Chocolate Or Coffee ($1 each)

¡Buen Provecho!

RUMMAGE SALE:  We are continuing to collect your donations (clothing, appliances, furniture, knick-knacks, household items, etc.) for the sale, which will be held in the Hall from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon.  Please come to the office on El Molino during open hours to find out where to take your donations—OR bring to the Hall if after Thursday, October 16 (please do not leave items unattended).  

T-Shirts (featuring the logo above) are on sale now!  They are available at $10 for youth sizes and $12 for adult sizes.  

CONTACT the Coordinators to find out how to volunteer or donate: Octavio & Shane Casado at 872-0592.



Friday, October 31 - 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Looking for a safe place to take the kids for trick-or-treating?   Then come to the St. Therese parking lot on Halloween night, Friday, October 31st, between 6:00 and 9:00 p.m., for a safe and fun evening sponsored by St. Therese Youth Ministry. There will be pumpkin carving and trick or treating.  

We are also seeking people who would like to decorate their cars and trunks and give out candy to the kids (bring your own candy for 150+ kids)The "Best Decorated" Vehicle will win four movie tickets!  Please call Ruben Beltran at (626) 284-0020, ext. 235, to register your car and reserve a spot in the parking lot!




"...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:  Closed


My Church Family Album - 90th Anniversary

The articles and extra photos have been submitted for our "My Church Family Album,” and it's in the production/editing stage!   You will be notified by a bulletin announcement when they are ready.  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. 



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. 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.