Teens & Family Holy Hour


"...keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the leader and perfector of faith. Hebrews 12:2

The next High School Teen-Focused Holy Hour, led by Deacon Matthias, will be Thursday, November 16, at 7:00 p.m., followed by a TEEN-LED SOCIAL in the Avila Courtyard from 8:00 to 8:45 p.m. The families of the teens are encouraged to come as well. Of course, all parishioners are welcomed to continue attending the Holy Hour.

Vox Vitae Day



A One-Day Pro-Life Workshop

All teens and adults are invited to attend this special one-day event presented by VOX VITAE.  It will be held NEXT Saturday, November 18, from 9:00 to 5:00 p.m., in the Mt. Carmel Room in the Parish Offices (510 North El Molino Street).  The day will include:

· Training for Sidewalk Counseling (includes Sidewalk Advocates For Life workbook)

· Talks on “First Amendment Rights: What You Can and Cannot Do” AND “California Anti-Life Bills”

· Info about OneLife LA (given by an Archdiocesan representative)

· Lunch

· 5:00 p.m. Mass 

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.

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Collection on Sunday, November 19 

We are seeking donations of non-perishable food items in order to prepare THANKSGIVING BASKETS for those in need in our area. Please bring these items DIRECTLY TO THE PARISH HALL on Sunday, November 19, where they will be packaged and distributed.  Your donations of TURKEYS  are also welcome! 


Remember... God will not be outdone  in generosity!  

 “When I was hungry, you gave me to eat.” —Matthew 25:35


Happy Thanksgiving!


We will have only ONE Mass on Thanksgiving, November 23; it will be at 10:00 a.m. (no 6:00 or 8:00 a.m. Masses that day). 

Please come to start your day by giving thanks to God for all your blessings. Remember, the word “Eucharist,” comes from the Greek word, "Eukharistia," which means  “Thanksgiving”.  



O Heavenly Father, 

We thank you for food and drink, and we pray for the hungry and thirsty.

We thank you for health, and we pray for the sick.

We thank you for friends, and we pray for the lonely.

We thank you for freedom, and we pray for the enslaved. 

May these remembrances stir us to service, that your gifts to us may be used for others. Amen.

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Please support our Parish Religious Education Programs by ordering See's candy for the holidays. Order forms are on the tables by the doors. All proceeds go to assist those who cannot afford the program fees as well as towards retreat and speaker fees. Thank you for your generosity. 

All orders and money must be turned in to the offices by November 27.  Candy will be available for pick-up by December 13 or the week before Christmas.

Youth & Family




The first “Family Catechesis Night” in October was a great success! The families who attended really enjoyed the topic of “Prayer in the Family.”  

Please join us for the NEXT “Family Catechesis Night” on  Friday, December 1, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m., in the Guadalupe Courtyard. There will once again be fire pits, a POTLUCK DINNER, and a break-out session for the teens.  The theme will be “Advent: Preparing for Christmas.”  This group is open to all St. Therese’s families. For more info, contact Rhonda Storey at 284-0024 (1).  BRING YOUR FAVORITE DISH TO SHARE!


ABOUT THE PROGRAM:  This Parish-supported “Education in the Faith,” which should begin from a child's earliest age, is when the members of a family 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. This catechesis is more incisive when, 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. 

First Friday



The next First Friday Mass will be Friday, December 1, 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).   

Immac. Concep


Friday, December 8   

O, Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary is on Friday, December 8, and is a holy day of obligation to attend MassMass times will be in the morning at 6:00, 8:00, and 10:00  and in the evening at 7:30.

The dogma of the Immaculate Conception confesses, as Pope Pius IX proclaimed in 1854: “The most Blessed Virgin Mary was, from the first moment of her conception, by a singular grace and privilege of Almighty God and by virtue of the merits of Jesus Christ, Savior of the human race, preserved immune from all stain of original sin.”  The Catechism of the Church says, “The Father chose Mary ‘in Christ before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless before Him in love.’”

NOTE:  The words "Immaculate Conception" are often perceived by the world to mean a virginal conception (such as the conception of Jesus).  You will normally hear reference made to it in a joking manner, such as "well, her pregnancy must have been an immaculate conception"--meaning the woman in question had not been intimate with a man.  Unfortunately, some Catholics are under the same false perception.  

The next time you hear someone making such a joke, tactfully let the person know that the words "Immaculate Conception" refer to the conception (by the nornal method) of the Blessed Mother in the womb of her mother St. Anne without the stain of original sin on her soul--our "tainted nature's solitary boast" (William Wordsworth).  


St. Therese Church Combines Adult Choirs with Children’s Choir for a Special Advent Program


DECEMBER 15 AT 7:00 P.M.

The  Contemporary Adult Choir will join with the Sacred Music Adult Choir, along with the students of Saint Therese Carmelite School, to present a program of “Lessons and Carols” at 7:00 p.m., on Friday, December 15, in the church.

The Choirs are directed by Charlotte Lansberg and Marcia Bateman; the children are also led by Principal Alma Cornejo. The Transitional Kindergarten, along with the Kindergarten, First and Second Grades, will be featured in a Nativity tableau. The School, which focuses on classical curriculum, is steeped in Carmelite spirituality. ALL ARE INVITED!

All are welcome to attend. There will be Advent and Christmas readings as well as congregational singing of traditional carols. The one-hour program will include special motets and hymns.

Father Philip will lead the congregation in an opening prayer.



Upcoming events:

· November 22, Wednesday:  Mass at 8:00 a.m.

· November 23-24 (Thursday / Friday):  No School for Thanksgiving Holiday

· December 1, Friday:  First Friday Mass at 8:00 a.m.

· December 8, Friday:  Mass at 10:00 a.m. Feast of the Immaculate Conception

· December 9, Saturday:  Our Lady of Guadalupe Fiesta at 6:30 p.m.

· December 10, Sunday:  Family Mass at 9:00 a.m., followed by Knights of Columbus

                                              Pancake Breakfast

· December 12, Tuesday:  Procession & Mass at 8:00 a.m. for Feast of Our Lady

                                               of Guadalupe

· December 14, Thursday:  Mass at 8:00 a.m. Feast of St. John of the Cross

· December 15, Friday:  Christmas Concert at 6:30 p.m.

· December 20, Wednesday:  Las Posadas at 11:30 a.m.

· December 21 - January 2:  No School for Christmas Holidays

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. 




The St. Therese Contemporary Choir (for the 9:00 a.m. Mass) has its rehearsals on Thursdays from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m., and at 8:30 a.m. on Sundays (prior to the Mass).  For more information, contact Marcia Bateman by phone at (775) 771-4992 or by email at mabateman1@gmail.com. 


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.




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. 

Bible Study




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. 



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 dates are November 2 and December 7).  The fee is $100 per child OR $25 for the class only.  Your child will then be baptized on a Saturday (next open Baptisms are November 18 and December 23 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.

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


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.



The Catholic Tradition Talk meets on the second Friday evening of each month (next is on November 10 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! 

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.

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

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.  Our next topic will be, “Sins of Sacrilege," and will be held on Saturday, November 4, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., in the Parish Library. 

Learn to Defend the Catholic Faith through Mary.  Just listen or add to the conversation.  Bring a friend or meet new people.  Refreshments served.  For more information, call 457-1564 or email placenci@sbcglobal.net

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.

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.

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!




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.

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. 

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