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Lent

LENT 2018 

  Soup Nights and Stations of the Cross 

All the Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence (no meat). Good Friday is also a day of fast.  See the guidelines on our Events page (under Lent) for details.

SOUP NITES and STATIONS are held on all the Fridays of Lent (February 16 through March 23). 

Soup Nites are in the Hall from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m.  There will be a free-will offering basket available each week to help support the various sponsoring groups.  

Stations are at 7:00 p.m. each Friday of Lent.  HOWEVER, PLEASE NOTE that on the first Friday that we have Stations, February 16, they will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will be led by the Cor Jesu Youth Ministry. 

The scheduled Soup Nite sponsors are: 

February 16:  Parish Staff & Rosary Makers;

February 23: Bible Study and Consecration Group leaders;

March 2: Confirmation;

March 9: STRE/RCIA;

March 16: Saint Therese Carmelite School; and

March 23: Knights of Columbus and Retrouvaille leaders  


† GUIDELINES FOR FAST & ABSTINENCE (PER CANON LAW):

Abstinence: The law of abstinence requires Catholics 14 years of age and over to abstain from eating meat on 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 can be DISPENSED from fast and abstinence? Those of unsound mind, the sick and frail, pregnant or nursing women according to their 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.


Cor Jesu

COR JESU CARMELITE YOUTH MINISTRY

  

All Youth (6th to 8th Grades and 9th to 12th Grades) AND their families are encouraged to join the COR JESU Youth Ministry.  To join, download the REGISTRATION form at any time and return it to Deacon Matthias (brmatthias@sainttheresecarmeliteschool.com).  Also, click here X to go to the PHOTO ALBUMS for Cor Jesu. 

Here are some of our upcoming events:

  • Youth Nights:  Join us FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16 for “The Untouchables: Giving and Receiving Mercy”! The schedule is as follows:   5:30 pm: Soup Nite in the Hall; 6:30 pm: Youth Night (6th-8th Grades & 9th-12th Grades) and Parent Talk/Discussion (the speaker will be Franciscan Friar Benjamin); 7:30 pm: Youth-led Stations of the Cross (Note: this time change for the Stations is for THIS NIGHT ONLY; 7:00 pm all other nights). 

  • Youth Nights Calendar
  • Service Outreach (Ministry to the Homeless) Both Junior High and High School students (and their families) are invited to the Parish Hall on Sunday, February 18, beginning at 12:30 p.m., to prepare sandwiches for the homeless. Afterwards, High School students, along with their parents / guardians, will travel to Downtown LA’s Skid Row to distribute the food. Youth and Families will be under the care and guidance of Bro. Matthias, Friar Benjamin, the Franciscan Sisters, and the Cor Jesu adult leaders.  By making this a FAMILY MINISTRY, we will be PRIORITIZING SAFETY WITH MERCY!  We will also be giving out rosaries and holy cards, as well as offering prayers and a loving presence to those we meet.

  • Youth and Young Adult Holy Hour & Socials: The next one will be Thursday, March 1, at 7:00 p.m.


Family Night

FAMILY NIGHT

 

Friday, February 16 - 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

All Families are invited to join us for our NEXT “Family Night” on Friday, February 16, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., in the Parish Library.  It will include:

 · A POTLUCK DINNER 

· A speaker for adults 

· Activities for children and

· COR JESU for Youth

"Life is beautiful with God.  We weren’t made to fit it, we were born to stand out!" 

It can be challenging to live our faith in the midst of an unbelieving world and peer pressure.  Join us and be STRONG TOGETHER!

 


ABOUT THE PROGRAM:  This program has been formed to help the members of families help each other to grow in the Faith through the witness of their Christian lives—a witness that is often without words but which perseveres throughout a day-to-day life lived in accordance with the Gospel. In the course of family events (such as the reception of the Sacraments, the celebration of great liturgical feasts, the birth of a child, and bereavement), care is taken to explain in the home the Christian or religious content of these events. But that is not enough! Christian parents must strive to follow and repeat, within the setting of family life, the more methodical teaching received elsewhere. 

The fact that these truths about the main questions of faith and Christian living are thus repeated within a family-setting, with love and respect, will often make it possible to influence the children in a decisive way for life. The parents themselves profit from the effort that this demands of them, for in a catechetical dialogue of this sort each individual both receives and gives. Family catechesis, therefore, precedes, accompanies, and enriches all other forms of catechesis. Furthermore, in places where anti-religious legislation endeavors to prevent education in the Faith, "the Church of the Home" remains the one place where children and young people can receive an authentic catechesis. 

Thus, there cannot be too great an effort on the part of Christian parents to prepare for this ministry of being their own children's catechists and to carry it out with tireless zeal. Encouragement must also be given to the individuals or institutions that, through person-to-person contacts and meetings, help parents to perform this task. 


Vox Vitae Day

  VOX VITAE DAY 

A One-Day Pro-Life Workshop

All teens and adults are invited to attend VOX VITAE DAY, with Sidewalk Advocates for Life, on Saturday, February 17, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (in the Avila Room/Guadalaupe Courtyard in the Parish Office building--510 N. El Molino St.)!  It will include Sidewalk Advocates for Life Training (Sidewalk Advocacy saves lives)!  

Admission is $25 each (cash or check), which includes the cost of the lunch and the “Sidewalk Advocates For Life” workbook. To register, call (213) 395-8977.


Concert with Cahill

ST. THERESE TRADITIONAL CHOIR IN CONCERT

 

Sunday, February 18, 7:00 p.m., at Pasadena Presbyterian

The St. Therese Traditional Choir will join Credo Catholic Choir in a concert with Emmet Cahill, Irish tenor and member of Celtic Thunder.  The combined choirs will open the concert with a set of sacred music, followed by a solo performance by Emmet, who will then rejoin the choirs to sing "Ave Verum," by Karl Jenkins, and "An Irish Blessing," by our own Charlotte Lansberg. Emmet is currently on a North American tour, promoting his new CD, "Emmet Cahill's Ireland." The performance is FEBRUARY 18, at 7:00 p.m., at the Pasadena Presbyterian Church, 585 East Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena.  

For more information, contact our Music Director, Charlotte Lansburg, at cjlansberg@choochoorecords.com or go to www.emmetcahill.com.


School

ST. THERESE CARMELITE SCHOOL

Upcoming events:

· February 16 (Friday):  Mass at 8am, Stations of the Cross at 12:30 pm

 

· February 19 (Monday):  Presidents’ Day – No School

 

· February 20 (Tuesday):  Teacher Retreat – No School

 

· February 23 (Friday):  Mass at 8:00 a.m.; Stations at 12:30 p.m.

 

· March 2 (Friday):  Mass at 8:00 a.m.; Stations of the Cross at 12:30 p.m.

 

· March 9 (Friday):  Mass at 8:00 a.m.; Stations of the Cross at 12:30 p.m.

 

· March 16 (Friday):  Mass at 8:00 a.m.; Stations of the Cross at 12:30 p.m.

 

· March 16 (Friday): SCHOOL-SPONSORED SOUP NIGHT from 5:30—7:00 p.m.)

 

· March 23 (Friday):  Mass at 8:00 a.m.; Stations of the Cross at 12:30 p.m. 

We encourage you to visit the school office to learn more about our school, to take a tour, or to spend a day with our amazing students and wonderful teachers.

Please feel free to contact us at 289-3364 or admin@sainttheresecarmeliteschool.com.  


Check out this video (click here X) of Saint Therese Carmelite School, entitled "Classical Never Goes Out of Style"! It was taken when Michael Voris visited our school on April 21, 2017, and features interviews of Fr. Philip Sullivan, Principal Alma Cornejo, and some of our students. 

Here is another video (click here X) of some of our youngest students singing during a Mass in November 2017 (courtesy of Mr. Hernandez, school parent).


We encourage you to visit the school office to learn more about our wonderful school, to take a tour, or to spend a day with our amazing teachers and students. Please feel free to contact us at (626) 289-3364 or by email: admin@sainttheresecarmeliteschool.com. 


First Friday

FIRST FRIDAY MASS 



 

The next First Friday Mass will be Friday, March 2, beginning with Mass at 7:30 p.m., followed by confessions and benediction.  You are also invited to continue praying in our Adoration Chapel (open 24 hours a day).   


STRE

For Elementary Grades

Classes are held on Sunday mornings (normally twice a month; check the calendar for dates!) from 9:00 to 10:45 a.m., including the 11:00 a.m. Mass. Class drop off time: Between 8:45 and 9:00 a.m. Please arrive on time! 

For questions about any of our Religious Education programs, please contact the DRE, rhonda Storey, at (626) 284-0020, ext. 1, or the Confirmaiton Coordinator, Ruben Beltran, at (626) 284-0020, ext. 2.

 

SEEKING VOLUNTEER TEACHERS / CATECHISTS:  If you enjoy teaching and have the ability to “connect” with children, we are looking for you! For more information, contact Rhonda Storey, Director of Religious Education, at 284-0020 (225) OR rhondalstorey@gmail.com. 


PARENTS!   Religious Education is an extremely important part of the faith life of every Catholic family! If your children are not attending Catholic School, then they NEED to be enrolled in a Religious Education program.  At St. Therese we offer classes from Pre-school through 8th grade, which then continue into a 2-year Confirmation program for high school students.  Our classes are based on solid catechesis:  the Catechism of the Catholic Church, the liturgical year, and Church Solemnities.


Confirmation

 YOUTH CONFIRMATION


 

YOUTH CONFIRMATION is a two-year program for high-school aged youth. Classes are held in the Parish Center one Sunday a month--from 9:00 to 10:45 a.m., followed by mandatory attendance as a class at the 11:00 a.m. Mass--and one Tuesday evening a month--from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

C2 Students: Please bring your bibles to every class! 

See the bulletin or the website calendar for upcoming class dates. 


CTT

CATHOLIC TRADITION TALK

The Catholic Tradition Talk normally meets on the second Friday evening of each month in the Parish Meeting Room of the Parish Center--2nd floor).  Join us at 7:30 p.m. on March 9 (topic to be announced) and bring your friends and family members! 


Grief Support

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 Grief 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 the office at (626) 282-2744.


Holy Week

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE 

 ALL SERVICES BELOW ARE IN ENGLISH ONLY

CONFESSIONS DURING HOLY WEEK:

Tuesday and Wednesday, March 27 and 28, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.

There will be NO Confessions on Holy Thursday, Good Friday, or Holy Saturday.

MASSES & SERVICES:

NO morning Masses on Holy Thursday through Holy Saturday 

Holy Thursday (March 29)

7:30 p.m.: Mass of the Lord’s Supper with Service of the Washing of the Feet... 

followed by a procession to the Altar of Repose.  You are also welcome to attend a 5:00 p.m.  Mass at the Cloistered Carmelite Nuns' Chapel at 215 East Alhambra Road, Alhambra (No Washing of the Feet Service at the Convent Chapel or Adoration after Mass).

NOTE: The Adoration Chapel will be closed from 5:00 p.m. on Holy Thursday through 6:00 a.m. on Easter Sunday. 

Good Friday (March 30)

FAST & ABSTINENCE FROM MEAT TODAY!  

(See guidelines after schedule)

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

1:00 p.m.: Way of the Cross

† 2:00 p.m.: Sacred Liturgy

† 3:00 p.m. Sacred Liturgy at Cloistered Convent

† 7:30 p.m.: Sacred Liturgy (repeated)

  (Includes Veneration of the Cross and distribution of Holy Communion) 

Holy Saturday (March 31)

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

 

Easter Sunday (April 1)

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

Note: NO 5:00 P.M. MASS! 


† GUIDELINES FOR 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 can be 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.


Bible Study

ADULT BIBLE STUDY 

 

THE BIBLE TIMELINE:  THE STORY OF SALVATION

Do You Know the Story?  

This is your opportunity to get the big picture of the story of salvation history. It is the story of the Faith that you are living in now. It's your story!  Come learn how the key people, places and events of the Bible fit together to reveal God's plan for humanity. You will prepare at home each week by completing reading assignments and study questions. On Wednesdays,  gather with your fellow pilgrims as we journey through the entire Bible in small group discussions, view 50 minute video presentations, and review the material. Go to  www.ascensionpress.com for more information. 

We began the 24-session study of The Bible Timeline: The Story of Salvation  on Wednesday, September 6, but you may still join--and catch up on past classes on the internet. Classes meet at 7:00 p.m., every Wednesday in the Parish Meeting Room. The program fee is  $35, which includes a Study Guide, Bible Timeline Chart, Bible Timeline Bookmark, and online access to the video presentations.  To register, contact Debbie Robles at (626) 679-6370 or debrobles@me.com, leaving your name, telephone number, and email address. 


Baptism

BAPTISM MINISTRY

In order to take part in our Baptism Program,  PARENTS & GODPARENTS are required to attend a class from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m., in the Parish Library.  The fee is $100 per child OR $25 for the class only.  Your child will then be baptized on a Saturday at 11:00 a.m.  Check the calendar for dates.  

SELECTING THE GODPARENTS: Canon Law requires you to have at least one godparent (may have two) who: 1) is at least 16; 2) has been Confirmed; and 3) is a practicing Catholic. A form attesting to this needs to be signed by a priest from the parish of each prospective godparent.

YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER!  To do so, either call the office at 284-0020, ext. 1, OR  click here (X) to download the registration form.  After filling it out, return it to us with your check for $100 for the class and the Baptism.  We must receive it before the class date.  When you come to the class, please bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate with you (or mail it with the registration form).  

For more information, contact the DRE, Rhonda Storey, at (626) 284-0020, ext. 225.


Avila Group

THE AVILA GROUP

For Adults in Their 20's & 30's (Single & Couples) 

All Young Adults--singles and couples--are invited to join The AVILA GROUP! Their mission is to strengthen the faith of young adults through friendship with like-minded individuals.

Events include meetings at 6:00 p.m. on the first Saturdays of MOST months  in the Guadalupe Courtyard of the Parish Offices. These gatherings include prayer, a guest speaker, discussion, and a potluck. For dates and for other events, go to their Facebook page, Avila Outreach.

The group members also host informal events, such as movie nights, pub nights, wine tastings, sports at the park, concerts, shows, dances, reading groups (such as Theology on Tap), parish volunteer work (such as mentoring youth and visiting elderly), etc.

For questions, contact Paula Grimm at  pgrimm.dir@gmail.com OR (909) 703-1284.  You can also visit the Avila Group at their Facebook page (Click here X to go there).


Respect Life

RESPECT LIFE MINISTRYLet’s Pray, Get Active, and Save Lives! 

FAST & PRAY:  Please us in fasting and praying every Wednesday for the needs of increasing Respect for Life in this world.

VOX VITAE:  For more information about Vox Vitae, including pro-life articles, go to the website at www.voxvitae.org.  

RACHEL’S VINEYARD RETREATSFor Healing After Abortion:  A Rachel’s Vineyard retreat is for men and women struggling with the emotional and spiritual pain of abortion.  The retreat is designed to help participants work through repressed grief and anger in a safe, nonjudgmental setting and come to acceptance, healing, and hope for the future.  Developed in the Roman Catholic Tradition, it utilizes spiritual exercises and rituals to help grieve the loss of unborn children and to accept God’s forgiveness.  All inquiries and registrations are confidential.  Cost is $215 per person. For dates, registration, and more information, call 866-2-RACHEL (866-272-2435) or go to www.rachelsvineyard.org.

T-SHIRTS:  Respect Life and Vox Vitae have a variety of ProLife T-Shirts available! Stop by the Parish Offices and check out the designs expressing support for Life!

GENERAL WISH LIST:  Respect LIfe Ministry is always in need of donations to keep our ministry going strong!  We need funding for the following:  1) Vox Vitae Camp; 2) Waterproof Posters: Winter is approaching and our posters will not be able to handle rain; 3) Prenatal Wall Posters:  Needed in both English and Spanish; 4) Vox Vitae tri-fold pamphlets; 5) Website and ProLife Radio Show:  We need funds to keep these up  and running; and 6) Transportation to other ProLife groups to assist them in promoting life at their events and activities.


Irish Dancing

IRISH STEP-DANCING CLASSES

Classes are held at 3:15 p.m. in the parish hall on Tuesdays.  Classes are 45 minutes to one hour long and are for both kids (four years of age and over) AND for adults.

For more information, please contact Maria Henrie at mariacahill11@yahoo.com. (Kelly has moved to Fillmore, California).


Adoration Chapel

ADORATION CHAPEL

Presentation Chapel of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration

HISTORY:  In December of 2012, the Carmelite Friars moved out of the former rectory—freeing up a lot of space for other purposes.  After much discernment, Fr. Philip decided to move the Chapel to the former rectory and to restore the current Adoration Chapel back to a Baptistry, as originally designed by the architect. A beautiful new Chapel has now been created in the spaces that used to be the priests’ dining room and Fr. Jerome Lantry’s room; it has been named the “The Presentation Chapel,” and is dedicated to the Loving Memory of Fr. Jerome Lantry, OCD.”  (Note:  Eventually, the Baptistry will be refurbished and will be dedicated to the Loving Memory of Fr. William Fenton.)  

ELECTRONIC KEYS:  Over the years, we have had security issues at night. To prevent these problems, Adorers using the chapel between 5:00 pm and 6:00 a.m. need to register for their own electronic keys (for a small deposit of $20 each) All registered users need to refrain from lending their keys and from allowing unknown persons to follow them into the chapel.

LAST PERSON IN THE CHAPEL?:  A photochromic glass has been installed in front of the monstrance.  If at the time you are leaving the chapel there is no one else in it, please TURN OFF THE LIGHT (LOCATED TO THE LEFT OF THE EXIT DOOR AS YOU FACE IT) on your way out. This will cause the glass in front of the monstrance to turn dark so that Our Lord will not be exposed in an empty room.  Likewise, if you are the first to re-enter, TURN THE LIGHT BACK ON, and the glass will clear.

MAKE A COMMITMENT: If you haven’t already done so, please commit to coming to the Chapel at the same hour and day each week. The goal is to have at least two adorers signed up for each hour of each day (24 hours a day, seven days a week), so that if one is absent, at least one other person will still be present. To sign up for an hour, please call the Coordinators (contacts on the front of the bulletin).  May God bless you for your dedication and love for Him!

PRAY FOR VOCATIONS: Ever since our chapel opened in 1988, one of its primary purposes is to pray for vocations to the consecrated life, in particular to our own Archdiocese and Carmelite Community. We thank our Lord that the Carmelites have been blessed with so many vocations that a new house had to be built to make room for all our seminarians!

GUIDELINES:  Using the chapel requires following the Guidelines.  If you did not receive a copy, you may read them on our website.  Just go to MINISTRIES > PRAYER & DEVOTION MINISTRIES > PERPETUAL EUCHARISTIC ADORATION.   


EuchMin

 EXTRAORDINARY EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION TO THE HOMEBOUND



Would you like to minister as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion  to our sick and  homebound parishioners?  You would visit them either on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday every other month—only six times a year. Remember . .  . at some time in the future, YOU may need this help, too!  If interested, please call the coordinators, Fred or Margaret Padilla, at (626) 282-0943. Thank you in advance! 


Floral

FLORAL DEDICATIONS

If you would like to honor or memorialize a loved one AND help to beautify the altar 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 $45 and up (we charge only the actual cost of the flowers). In order to schedule a memorial or a dedication, please contact Giovanna Setiady at 281-9049.  


KofC

 KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUSld-id



FIVE REASONS TO JOIN THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS: If you are a Catholic male over the age of 18, here are five reasons that will encourage you to join this great fraternal organization of the Catholic Church—founded on the principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism: 1) The Heartbeat of the Knights of the Columbus is Service; 2) the Knights Support the Catholic Church; 3) the Knights support the Catholic Church; 4) the Knights are strongly and devoutly Pro-Life; and 5) the Knights are Faithful to the Catholic Church. 

For more information, call Thomas Quintana, the Grand Knight for the Alhambra Council, at (626) 863-7061. He will answer any questions you may have!


NFP

 NATURAL FAMILY PLANNING (NFP)


“Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you."

KEEP CALM AND LEARN ABOUT CREIGHTON:   Did you know that Married Couples benefit from learning about Natural Family Planning?  And that NFP can be used to achieve or postpone pregnancy and to uncover and treat  women's health problems or infertility? It can also be used to diagnose and treat repetitive miscarriage, infertility, PMS, post-partum depression, painful cycles, and so much more!  

NFP hosts free Introductory Session of the Creighton Model Fertility Care System of Natural Family PlanningThis session is for married and engaged couples or single women who would like to learn more about their health and fertility. To register or for dates of future sessions, call Jack and Katrina Crow at (626) 292-1906 or email jkcrowsnest@hotmail.com; or for Spanish, Martha Lacayo at (626) 372-0808  or email malacay@aol.com. 


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