Priest Assignments


We are sad to announce that Fr. Charles Nawodylo, one of our Associate Pastors, has been reassigned to El Carmelo Retreat House.  He will leave St. Therese on August 1st.  Thank you, Fr. Charles, for your warm and kind personality and for all you have added to the Parish since your ordination over a year ago!   You will be missed! 

The good news, however, is that Deacon Bro. Matthias Lambrecht and Bro. Jason Parrott will be joining us, and Fr. Philip, Fr. Bernard, and Fr. Albert will be staying. 

Brother Matthias will arrive here on July 20 and Brother Jason will arrive on July 25.  Both will be teaching at Saint Therese Carmelite School as well as assisting at the Masses.  

Please be sure to say “Good-bye” to Fr. Charles and to give Bros. Jason and Matthias warm welcomes! 




"Tracking Mary:  Mysteries & Messages


2017 Dates:  July 24 - July 28

If you’d like to volunteer by serving on the CORE GROUP, come to our next meeting on Monday, June 5, at 5:30 p.m., in the Parish Library.  We are especially looking for adults to volunteer. 

VBS will be from July 24 to 28, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., and is for Grades TK through 7th Grade.  We will sing, play, enjoy snacks, explore, pray, and "travel with Mary"! We will learn about her apparitions as Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, as well as her appearances at Fatima, Guadalupe, Knock, and Lourdes.   The fee is $30 per child.  Grades 6 & 7 will have a special Junior High Group with fun and engaging games and activities.Those in Pre-K & Kindergarten Classes must be potty-trained.  They will have their own special room! 

All participants need to bring their own bag lunch and water daily. 8th Grade and above can volunteer as crew leaders. $15 per person for the t-shirts.  This is also a great service hour opportunity! 

For more info, contact Rhonda Storey, DRE, at 284-0020, ext 1, or RhondaLStorey@gmail.com.

Catholicism Class


Adult Education DVD Series by Bishop Robert Barron 

Thursday Evenings From 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

Discover the figures who shaped the Church and changed the world! 

Bishop Barron’s: The Pivotal Players is a multi-part film series for adults that illumines a handful of saints, artists, mystics, and scholars who not only shaped the life of the Church but also changed the course of civilization. Bishop Barron took a journey to unlock the truth behind the Catholic Church's most influential people.  

You'll discover the places where St. Thomas Aquinas lived, learned, and wrote. Visit the countryside where St. Francis gathered a group of friars and revived the Church. See the places where St. Catherine of Siena ministered and prayed. Trek through England to where Bl. John Henry Newman and G.K. Chesterton left their mark and sparked an English Catholic revival. And through unprecedented footage, marvel at the extraordinary art of Michelangelo, from his David statue in Florence, to the Pietà at St. Peter's, to the Sistine Chapel. 

EACH CLASS STANDS ON ITS OWN—so you may attend just one class or all of them.  Three classes remain, which will take place in the Parish Meeting Room from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., on  August 3, 10, and 17. 

For more information and to register, contact the class facilitators at 284-0020 {Ruben Beltran (235) or Rhonda Storey (225)}.




WIN A LLADRO!  Fr. Philip has kindly given Saint Therese Carmelite School a gorgeous vintage Lladro figurine, “A King is Born” to raffle off to benefit the School. It is in mint condition in the original box with all the documentation (the current minimum retail is $895).  Raffle tickets for $2 each are on sale in the Gift Shoppe after all the weekend Masses. The winner’s will be drawn on Christmas Eve.

Fr. Albert

Fr. Albert Bunsic's Homily at the Celebration Mass for the 50th Anniversary of His Priestly Ordination

Saturday, June 3


"The Homily That Took Fifty Years to Write"

By Fr. Albert Bunsic, OCD 

If you are wondering why your life has turned out the way it has, just look at the CHOICES you have made!  Your life will go in the direction of your CHOICES.  Everything is a CHOICE!  We either choose to do something OR we choose not to do something... OR we choose not to choose.  But everything is a CHOICE! 

My parents made CHOICES, and the CHOICES that they made affected the CHOICES that I would make in my life.  My parents married civilly; however, my paternal grandmother confronted my Mom and Dad three years after Fred and I were born and said, "Johnny, your boys are three years old and it is not right that your marriage is not blessed in the Church--AND you haven't had your boys baptized!  AND you, Dorothy, MUST become a Catholic! 

Yes, it was a different time.  If my grandmother had done something like that today, people would tell her to take a "flying leap!"  But that CHOICE was an important one, because had they not made those CHOICES, we wouldn't be having this celebration today!  My grandmother took me under her wing and taught me about God and how to pray!  She wanted me to pray in Slovak.  I would tell her, "But I don't know what I'm saying, Grandma."  She would simply tell me, "We are thanking God for everything.  Just say what I am saying!" 

When I was 19 years old, I accepted a football scholarship to San Bernardino Valley Junior College in San Bernardino, California.  This was one of the most painful CHOICES I had made up to that time in my life.  The night before I was to leave, my parents and I argued through the night.  And when my ride arrived, my Dad's final words to me as I walked out the door were, "You leave this house,  you will never be welcome

back!"  I left!  What a difficult CHOICE that was for both of us! 

One year later, I returned to Binghamton unannounced.  I called home and my Dad answered the phone--which he rarely did.  Our conversation went as follows:  

            - "Hi, Dad! 

                 - "Ed, where are you?" 

            - "I am at Broome County Airport!" 

                 - "I will be right there!" 

And he picked me up!   I discovered that it was as painful for my parents as it was for me to choose to leave home!  In July of 1957, I accepted another football scholarship to the University of San Diego.  If you want to make God laugh, tell Him that you have made plans for your life! 

Thoughts of marriage and family and priesthood began to compete in my mind and heart; and what a difficult CHOICE that was because it was an "either/or" CHOICE, not a "both/and" CHOICE.  How I came to make that CHOICE is still mysterious to me to this day!  The only priesthood that I knew was to become a "parish priest".  However, I met two diocesan seminarians, Ernie Nosari and John Dolan, who were discerning vocations with the Discalced Carmelites.  They invited me to come along with them to Oakville, California, and took care of my transportation, food, and lodging.  All three of us were accepted!  We entered the Discalced Carmelite novitiate on September 7, 1958.  My attitude was, "I am not just going to TRY it!  I am GOING TO stay until they tell me to leave!" 

Amazingly, both Ernie and John were both asked to leave before Christmas--not even six months!  I felt abandoned!  It was only later that I realized that God had used Ernie and John to bring me to the Discalced Carmelites.  We remained friends all our lives.   

My parents did not support my CHOICES!  It become very clear to me that not everybody is going to agree with your CHOICES.  Years later, my parents and I talked about how they disagreed with my CHOICES to become a Carmelite because they thought Carmelites were "hermits who live in community!"  They thought I was "wasting my life." 

My vocation was in three parts:  1) I was called to be a priest; 2) I was called to be a Discalced Carmelite Priest; and 3) I was called to be a Discalced Carmelite priest of the California/Arizona Province.  Here are some important dates that span the past 50 years: 

  • June 3, 1967: Ordained a priest at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in D.C.
  • June 3, 1967, to November 30, 1968: Assigned to Oakville, California
  • November 30, 1968, to September 12, 1969: Assigned to Santa Cruz Parish in Tucson, Arizona
  • September 12, 1969, to July 6, 1974: Assigned to Oakville, California, as Chaplain at the Christian Brothers  Retreat House for Students
  • July 6, 1974, to June 8, 1980: Assigned to El Carmelo Retreat House in Redlands, California (had a heart attack on July 20, 1979)
  • June 8, 1980, to July 6, 1984: Assigned to St. Therese Church in Alhambra, California (I was among the first non-Irish friars to be assigned to St. Therese, along with Fr. Nacho Bach and Fr. Stanley Poltorak.)
  • 1982: Conducted "Parish Renewal Weekends" to honor the death of St. Teresa of Avila
  • July 6, 1984, to August 1, 1990: Appointed the Superior of Oakville, California
  • August 1, 1990, to July 3, 1991: Took a Sabbatical in Washington, D.C. (supervised a ministry course in "spiritual direction")
  • July 3,1991, to August 3, 1991: Went on a 30-day Retreat in Gran Cau Au, Louisiana
  • August 12, 1991, to July 6, 1996: Appointed to St. Margaret Mary Parish in Tucson, Arizona (Fr. Anastasio Font was diagnosed with terminal cancer)
  • July 6, 1996, to August 12, 1999: Appointed Superior of Mount Saint Joseph Novitiate
  • August 12, 1991, to June 1, 2002: Assigned to El Carmelo Retreat House
  • June 1, 2002, to August 1, 2008: Appointed to St. Therese Church, Alhambra, California
  • August 1, 2008, to July 14, 2013: Appointed to St. Margaret Mary Parish in Tucson, Arizona (Fr. Philip Sullivan was the Pastor there at that time; Fr. Robert Barcelos and I were there when the Carmelites transferred St. Margaret Mary back to the Diocese of Tucson after 77 years of being run by the Discalced Carmelite Order)
  • July 14, 2013, to present: Transferred back to St. Therese Church

And I hope to remain at St. Therese until the end of my Journey!

Thank you and God bless you all!

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.


For Elementary Religious Ed, Youth Confirmation, and RCIA 

PRE-REGISTRATION FOR ALL RELIGIOUS ED PROGRAMS will take place on August 20 after the 9:00 and 11:00 a.m. Masses at the lunch benches

ORIENTATION  (and REGISTRATION) will be held on Sunday, August 27, as follows: 

* STRE (Kindergarten through 8th Grade, including Eucharist Preparation):  At 10:00 a.m. in the Parish Hall.  The first classes will begin on September 10 at 9:00 a.m. 

* CONFIRMATION (High School):  At Noon, in the following locations:

  • First Year (C1) will meet in the Library, and
  • Second Year (C2) will meet in the Parish Meeting Room. 

The first class for C1 will be on September 10 at 9:00 a.m.; the first class for C2 will be on September 24 at 9:00 a.m.

SEEKING VOLUNTEER TEACHERS / CATECHISTS FOR 2017 / 2018:  If you enjoy teaching and have the ability to “connect” with children or teens, we are looking for you! For more information about teaching IN THE ELEMENTARY RELIGIOUS ED DEPARTMENT,  contact Rhonda Storey, Director of Religious Education, at 284-0020 (225) OR rhondalstorey@gmail.com. 

For more information about teaching CONFIRMATION PREPARATION CLASSES FOR HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH, contact Ruben Beltran, the Confirmation Coordinator, at 284-0020 (235) OR rubenconfirmation@yahoo.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.

Elementary Catechesis (STRE)

for Pre-K through 8th grade (Includes Eucharist Preparation classes) 

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! 



High School Teens (9th Grade through 12th Grade) in public and Catholic High Schools! 

Classes are held on Sunday mornings (check the calendar for dates) from 9:00 to 10:45 a.m., including the 11:00 a.m. Year One and Year Two meet on different Sundays.  Each Year also meets from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m., on the Tuesday evening following their Sunday class date. 

Classes start at 9:00 a.m. and conclude with attendance at the 11:00 a.m. Mass.  For any questions, please contact Ruben Beletran at (626) 284-0020 (2).  

RCIA—New Inquiries to the Faith

If you are interested in becoming a Catholic or completing your sacraments in the Catholic Church, please come to our WELCOME / ORIENTION CLASS in the Parish Meeting Room on Thursday, August 31, at 7:00 p.m. Subsequent classes will be on Thursdays from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. (next will be on September 7, 14, and 28).   For questions, please contact the DRE, Rhonda Storey, at 284-0020 (1).



Congratulations to our students for completing another successful year building their knowledge in core subjects and strengthening their faith.  Have a blessed Summer! 

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.

Early Registration for the 2017-2018 school year is ongoing. Reserve your child’s spot as soon as possible!  

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. 



The Catholic Tradition Talk meets on the second Friday evening of each month (next is on July 14 at 7:30  p.m., in the Parish Meeting Room of the Parish Center--2nd floor).  Join us and bring your friends and family members! 

First Friday



The next First Friday Mass will be Friday, August 4, 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).   

Silver Legacy

"THE SILVER LEGACY," A Group for Grandparents

"It Takes a Village to Raise a Child..." -African Proverb

All grandparents are invited join this new group to discover how to support and assist our children with their own families.  The group meets on the first Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the School's St. Joseph Workshop (the last room of the school classrooms on the lower level (across from the south side of the Parish Hall).  

For more information or for questions, call Susana Martinez at (626) 289-9362.



Thank You and Congratulations!

Thank you to all of those who supported and participated in our first annual The Little Way Golf Tournament.

Congratulations to our First Place Winners, Alex Lessard, Dean Tweedy, and BJ Ocampo, who had a combined score of 11 under par! 

Congratulations to our other big winners of golf clubs, a 32" TV, golf lessons, a travel voucher, various gift cards, golf apparel, golf balls, and numerous other raffle and door prizes.  Thank you to our sponsors, donors, and volunteers for your part in making our event so successful! 

Legion of Mary Discussion



LEARN AND DEFEND THE CATHOLIC FAITH THROUGH MARY!  The Discussion Group meets on the first Saturdays of each month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in the Parish Library.  “Makers of the Modern Crisis of Faith and Morals" will be the topic for the next session, held on Saturday, August 5 

Just listen or add to the conversation.  Bring a friend or meet new people.  Refreshments served.  For more information, call (626) 457-1564 or email placenci@sbcglobal.net.



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 (next date is September 7--no classes/baptisms in August).  The fee is $100 per child OR $25 for the class only.  Your child will then be baptized on a Saturday (next open Baptism is September 30, at 11:00 a.m.).  

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.

TO REGISTER, call the office at 284-0020(1).  You will need to bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate to the class.  For more information, contact the DRE, Rhonda Storey, at (626) 284-0020, ext. 225.

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).

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.

Irish Dancing


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 (taught by Mrs. Kelly Mohun).

For more information, please contact Kelly at (805) 421-7548 or 1stkdoc@gmail.com.

Latin Mass



All those attending the 1:00 p.m. Tridentine Mass on the second Sunday of each month are welcomed to come to the Guadalupe Courtyard (behind the church) immediately after the Mass. Please bring some bottled water or other drinks, and cookies or chips to share. Help us build fellowship amongst the Latin Mass community here at St. Therese!

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.   



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! 



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.  



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!



“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. 



Confirmation The Sacrament of Confirmation  will be celebrated by Bishop O’Connell on SUNDAY, JUNE 4, at the 5:00 p.m. Mass.  Being confirmed will be students from St. Therese, St. Monica, and our RCIA program.  


REGISTRATION & ORIENTATION for  next year’s elementary and high school classes will be held on Sunday, August 27.  Watch the bulletin in July for more information. 

YOUTH CONFIRMATION is a two-year program for high-school aged youth.   Classes are held in the Parish Center from 9:00 to 10:45 a.m., followed by mandatory attendance as a class at the 11:00 a.m. Mass, along with the sponsor of each student.   C2 Students: Please bring your bibles to every class!