Ext. Euch Ministers to Homebound


 Our Lord needs YOU for this special ministry which brings Holy Communion to those unable to come to Mass!  You will be trained and commissioned for this holy work. You would need to go to the homes of parishioners ONLY once a month to once every two months. If you are interested, please contact Fred Padilla at 282-0943.




LENT 2020

  Soup Nights and Stations of the Cross 

SOUP NITES and STATIONS are held on all the Fridays of Lent (February 28 through April 3). 

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 in the church at 7:00 p.m. each Friday of Lent.  

The scheduled Soup Nite sponsors are:  

February 28: Saint Therese Carmelite School

March 6:  Parish Staff & Rosary Makers

March 13: Cor Jesu Youth Ministry / Religious Ed. 

March 20: Knights of Columbus 

March 27: Bible Study

April 3: Retrouvaille Marriage Ministry

Abstinence from meat on all the Fridays of Lent is to be observed by every Catholic who is age 14 and over. On Ash Wednesday (and on Good Friday), Catholics (from ages 18 through 59) also FAST, which is defined as eating only one full meal per day, along with two small snacks that don't add up to a full meal. Fasting is a way to unite us with Christ's ultimate sacrifice on the Cross. Fasting and abstaining from meat are the perfect ways to begin the celebration of Lent. See more details below.


Abstinence: The law of abstinence requires Catholics 14 years of age and over to abstain from eating meat on all the Fridays of Lent (including Good Friday) 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 through 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.

St. Patrick's Day Party


The Knights of Columbus invite you to a St. Patrick’s Day Dinner on Saturday evening, March 14, in the Parish Hall, after the 5:00 p.m. Mass (around 6:00 p.m.). 

There will be two dinner choices:

1) Corned Beef and Cabbage 


2) Irish Stew



· $10 per adult 

· $3 per child (under 12)

Ask about the DISCOUNTS for Couples and Families 

For more information, call the Grand Knight, Frank Bodeman, at (626) 943-9941.

St. Vitus Dance Academy


Attention: Students in Grades 5 through 12—beginning and intermediate levels! Want to learn to dance? This class is perfect for beginners and experienced dancers alike! Ballroom styles will be covered, with a primary focus on East Coast Swing. Through interactive lessons, students will learn how to connect rhythms from the music to their steps. At the completion of the classes, students will have learned a wide variety of dance steps, preparing them to confidently approach the dance floor on any occasion.  


During March, classes will be held in the Hall from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m., due to Soup Nights. Next dates are March 13, 20, and 27, and April 3. Cost is a $20 flat fee for four lessons. Questions? Contact Jessica Standage at jcpianjo@yahoo.com or Michelle Sandberg at (323) 346-5012 (call or text).

Women's Retreat



March 13, 14, and 15, 2020

Join the women from St. Therese Church on March 13-15 for the annual silent retreat by our Carmelite Friars in Redlands (Fr. Thomas Reeves, Fr. Bernard Perkins and Bro. Juan de la Cruz). This year's theme is, "Being Transformed by the Eucharist" ("Do this in memory of me" -Luke 22:19). Rates are $175 per person (shared room) or $200 (single room). The retreat includes private bath, buffet dining (staffed by the Oblatas de Santa Marta), conference talks, Holy Mass, reconciliation, and more. All this in an atmosphere of tranquility on the beautiful grounds of El Carmelo Retreat House.  

Applications are available at the church entrances. Mail your $50 nonrefundable deposit (check or money order made out to El Carmelo Retreat House) to Retreat Captain, Louisa Day 600 W. Gleason St., Monterey Park, CA 91754. Contact Louisa for more information at (323) 360-5186 or louisaeday@yahoo.com. 

Agape Love


Join our ongoing spiritual reading group, AGAPE LOVE, as we read through the book by Brant Pitre called, “Jesus and the Jewish Roots of Mary”. Our reading has helped us discover many important truths about Mary’s role in God’s great plan for our salvation. Extra books are available for you when we meet. For your convenience, there are TWO scheduled choices to choose from: Tuesday MORNINGS from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. OR Tuesday EVENINGS from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

For more information, contact Maria Alejandra de Jesus by email at ale3767@yahoo.com or by phone at (626) 993-4236.

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.

The Avila Young Adults invite you to join them for “MEDITATION MONDAYS” every first Monday of the Month  at 7:00 p.m.  Fr. Matthias will lead the prayer service. We hope to see you next time!

For questions, contact Blake Taylor at (626) 644-1436 or AvilaYoungAdults@gmail.com.  You can also visit the Avila Group at their Facebook page (Click here X to go there).

Bible Study



Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.

Discover the “Epic” Story of the Catholic Church!  Experience Church History from a Catholic Perspective!

As Catholics, we are heirs to a remarkable heritage. The history of our Faith is so much more than a list of facts and dates. It is a fascinating story of adventure, rebellion, tragedy, and triumph. A story 2,000 years in the making is described best by one word: Epic. 

“Epic: A Journey through Church History” is a captivating and fast-paced look at the story of the Catholic Church. Beginning with the lives of the apostles all the way up to almost-present day, Epic takes the immense history of the Church and simplifies it into twelve, color-coded time periods. In the course of twenty sessions, participants learn about the major people, places, and events
that comprise the captivating story of Christianity. This Study provides participants with an understanding of Church history that enables them to have a greater sense of meaning and identity as Catholics.

Join us for  “Epic: A Journey through Church History” in the Parish Meeting Room beginning on January 29, at 7:00 p.m., and continuing every Wednesday. Program fee is $30.00. For more information or to register for the study, contact Debbie Robles at 679-6370 or debrobles@me.com. 

          "Seek in reading and you will find in meditating; knock in mental prayer and it will be opened to you by contemplation.                                -Guido the Cathusian, 12th century

Catholic Karate



Self-defense is about learning the value of the human person as given by God and applying mutual respect to yourself as well as any bully or offender. Knowing both how and why to protect that worth, and that of those around you, is important to a healthy lifestyle, great relationships, and providing a safer community.  For more information, contact          John Wrot at SenseiJohnWrot@gmail.com.

The following KARATE CLASSES are held in the Hall from 6:45 to 7:45 p.m.:

New Youth (Boys & Girls from 7 to 17)—Learn to defend yourself; understand why you’re worth protecting; and earn your black belt. Meet from 5:15 to 5:55 p.m.

Yellow & Orange Belts meet from 6:00 to 6:40 p.m.

Men’s Classes (18-60)—Learn to protect yourself and your family. Meet 6:45 to 7:45 p.m. 

Classes are held in the Parish Hall; register on site. Please arrive 15 minutes early! 



§ 1st Youth: $10 per week; 2nd Youth: +$7 per week; 3rd Youth: +$7 per week; Additional Youths: +$5 per week. Pay in full to save $1 per week, per kid!

§ Men: $10 per week, plus a $5 registration fee.



For any questions, e-mail John at SenseiJohnWrot@gmail.com. 


*Please arrive 15 minutes before every class to REGISTER.



· Self-defense and


· Increased discipline

· Confidence 

...and have lots of fun!


Attire: Come in sweats;

uniforms are available for purchase in class.



· How to protect your wives and children

· Increased self-control & stress outlet

· Confidence and leadership 

...all while getting a little more fit.

Attire: Your work or play clothes; no uniforms. 

No prior experience required!  

Good news: You do not need to be “fit”!



 · 1st Youth: $10 per week

· 2nd Youth: $7 per week

· 3rd Youth: $7 per week

· Additional Youths:

$5 per week

·  Dads & Young Men:

$10 per week

Registration Fee:

$5 per student




Watch A Short Film: "THE VEIL REMOVED"

When Heaven Meets Earth

Check out this short film (produced by one of our school parents, R. D. Degado) about the unseen things that happen at Mass.  To watch, click on the picture below.


First Friday



The next First Friday Mass will be Friday, March 6,  and will take place immediately after the Stations of the Cross, which begin at 7:00 p.m.  Benediction will follow the Mass. (Note: If we have an available priest, he will also hear confessions during the Mass.) You are also invited to continue praying in our Adoration Chapel following the Mass (open 24 hours a day). 


FORMED: The Catholic Faith on Demand


St. Therese Church has purchased a subscription to the Catholic media website, FORMED.ORG, and is making it available to ALL our parishioners!  Discover all the best Catholic content in one place:  Entertaining movies, enlightening programs, inspiring talks, audio dramas, and a great selection of popular e-books--all just a link away!  To register, click on the image below.  Simply enter your name, your email address, and your zip code--and get started enjoying all they have to offer!


STRE - Ongoing


(For Elementary and High School Students and for Adults)

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION: See the bulletin or the website calendar for upcoming class dates.

* STRE (Kindergarten through 8th Grade, including Eucharist Preparation): Classes are held twice on month on Sundays--from 9:00 a.m. to Noon, incuding the 11:00 a.m. Mass. 

* CONFIRMATION (High School): Classes are divided into Year One and Year Two.  Students attend one Sunday a month (9:00 a.m. to Noon, including the 11:00 a.m. Mass) and one Tuesday evening a month (7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the Parish Library).

* RCIA: Anyone wishing to become Catholic or to complete their Sacraments is welcome to join us! Classes are held in the Parish Meeting Room on most Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. 



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 $25.  Your child will then be baptized on a Saturday (normally at 11:00 a.m. but subject to change). 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.

UPCOMING CLASS / BAPTISM DATES: To see the dates of the next classes and baptisms, click here X for the 2018/2019 schedule. 

YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER!  To do so, either call the office at (626) 282-2744, ext. 232, OR  click here (X) to download the REGISTRATION FORM.  After filling it out, return it to us with your check for $25 for the class. We must receive your RSVP or the registration form 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).  

LATIN RITE (EXTRAORDINARY FORM) BAPTISM:  If you attend the Latin Mass and would like your child to be baptized in the extraordinary form, click here (X) to download the Latin REGISTRATION FORM.

For more information, contact Fr. David Guzman at (626) 282-2744, ext. 232.

Brigittine Rosary


Prayed After the 8:00 a.m. Mass

The Rosary is prayed Monday through Saturday after our 8:00 a.m. Mass. We have recently begun using the Brigittine Carmelite Rosary instead of the regular Dominican Rosary. This Rosary came to the Discalced Carmelite Order through the travels of St. Teresa of Avila. While she was visiting a Brigittine Monastery in Spain (the Brigittine Nuns were founded by St. Bridget of Sweden) and there she learned to say their six-decade Rosary. It was later adopted as the Rosary of the Discalced Carmelite Order, with an added medal of Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Each Mystery in the Brigittine Rosary has an extra decade for an additional mystery. It has a total of twenty-four decades instead of the usual twenty.

The additional decades in each Mystery, all related to Mary, are inserted chronologically and are as follows: 

  • Joyful: The Immaculate Conception of Mary (prayed immediately before the Annunciation);

  • Luminous: The Obedience of Jesus to Mary and Joseph (prayed first, before the Baptism of the Lord); 

  • Sorrowful: The Pieta (when the Body of the Lord was placed in the arms of His Sorrowful Mother (prayed last—immediately after the Crucifixion); and

  • Glorious: The Patronage of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel (prayed immediately after the Coronation). The other mysteries remain the same as in the Dominican Rosary. 

If you would like to obtain a Brigittine Rosary and a pamphlet showing the extra mysteries, you may pick one up at the Religious Goods counter in the back of the church for a free-will offering.  You may also download the pamphlet by clicking here X.



The School is closed until further notice due to the Corona Virus.


"LITTLE THINGS"! X  Click on the link "Videos" (from the panel to the left).

Please contact the office at (626) 289-3364 or admin@sttheresecarmeliteschool for more info!  


Saint Therese Carmelite School (School), mindful of its mission to be a witness to the love of Christ for all, admits students regardless of race, color, national origin, and/or ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the School. The School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, disability, medical condition, sex, or national and/or ethnic origin in the administration of educational policies and practices, scholarship programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs, although certain athletic leagues and other programs may limit participation and some archdiocesan schools operate as single-sex schools. While the School does not discriminate against students with special needs, a full range of services may not always be available to them. Decisions concerning the admission and continued enrollment of a student in the School are based upon the student's emotional, academic, and physical abilities and the resources available to the School in meeting the student's needs.

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.

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 the upcoming Pro-Life Youth Camp and Pro-Life Adult Camp (both in July), 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 11:00 Choir rehearses at 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday in the choir room. For more information, contact the Director, Charlotte Lansberg, at cjlansberg@choochoorecords.com or (626) 807-8611.




Thursday, December 5, at 7:30 p.m.

You are invited to attend a special Christmas concert here at St. Therese: EMMET CAHILL’S CHRISTMAS IN IRELAND, WITH THE ST. THERESE CHOIR AND CREDO CATHOLIC CHOIRIt will be held on THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, at 7:30 p.m., in the church.

Tickets are $35 general admission or $50 for a “Meet & Greet” + Concert

Get yours by clicking here X

You may also purchase tickets in our Office during open hours.

To receive a 15% DISCOUNT, enter THERESE in the DISCOUNT CODE online or say THERESE if you purchase tickets in the office. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Consecration Group



Join us for Saint Louis de Montfort’s Classic Preparation for Consecration, “TRUE DEVOTION TO MARY: TOTAL CONSECRATION TO JESUS”. Make your first act of consecration OR renew your consecration to Jesus by true devotion to Mary, whom we will be honoring under her title of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Your Consecration Day will be at a special Mass in December. 

To prepare for this, attend five classes for the 33-day preparation for Consecration, which will meet in the Parish Library from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., on the following SUNDAYS: November 10, November 17, November 24, December 1, and December 8. COME AS YOU ARE! All materials will be provided. We will: 

· Pray the Rosary together at the classes.

· Ponder the spiritual teachings and consecration formula of St. Louis de Montfort.

· Reflect on Scripture and The Imitation of Christ by Thomas a` Kempis. 

For more information, contact Angela at (310) 701-8386.

K of C - misc



The Alhambra Knights of Columbus invite everyone to join them for these upcoming family activities: 

· Shakey's Pizza Family Night on WEDNESDAY, August 21, at Shakey’s Pizza (2234 W. Valley Blvd, Alhambra). Just go there and enjoy a meal anytime between 6:00 and 9:00 p.m. that evening! Drop your receipt in the designated box at Shakey's and the Knights will get a percentage! 

· Frisbee Golf at Whittier Narrows on Saturday, August 24, from 10:00 am to 3:00 p.m. The Knights will show you how to play and will provide Frisbees and drinks. Please pack your own lunch and bring sunscreen! To caravan and/or carpool, meet in the church lot at 8:30 a.m. that day and we’ll take off at 9:15 a.m.—OR meet at 750 Santa Anita, South El Monte, Area D Parking (parking fee of $6). RSVP to Frank at 943-9941 by August 20!

Paint 'N Pinot


With Fr. Philip

ALL ADULTS 21 and over--single or married--are invited to join the Avila Young Adults for a VALENTINE'S PAINT & PINOT WITH FR. PHILIP (as our artist/instructor). 

Come to the Parish Meeting Room on Saturday, February 15, to sip on wine and have a good time with friends—or bring a date—while you paint and let your creativity flow.  Fr. Philip will lead us and give instruction.

The fee includes:  Art Supplies, Wine (but feel free to BYOB), Hors D'oeuvres, and Fellowship


7:00 pm — Doors Open (Parish Meeting Room)

9:00 pm — Event Ends

To purchase your ticket(s), click here X ($30 for one or $55 for two). For any questions, please contact Blake Taylor at AvilaYoungAdults@gmail.com.  See you there!



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 start at $90 for two (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.  

Mission - Fr. Wolfgang


With Fr. Wolfgang Seitz, O.R.C.

We welcome Fr. Wolfgang Seitz, ORC, to St. Therese for a special Parish Mission on the Angels and St. Therese--from September 30 through October 2. Fr. Wolfgang will give three conferences, the dates, times, and topics of which are below:  

Friday, September 30 

6:30 p.m.: Adoration 

7:30 p.m. Conference:  “The Trial of the Angels and the Battle over the Human Family” (in honor of St. Michael)   

Saturday, October 1: Solemnity of St. Therese of Lisieux 

3:30 p.m.: Confessions 

5:00 p.m.: Solemnity Mass for St. Therese 

6:30 p.m. Conference: “St. Therese and the Angels”

              Sunday, October 2: Feast of the Guardian Angels 

9:00 & 11:00 a.m. & 5:00 p.m.: Masses celebrated by Fr. Wolfgang 

6:30 p.m. Conference: “Our Guardian Angels, Messengers of God’s Mercy”

ABOUT OUR MISSION DIRECTOR: Fr. Wolfgang is originally from Germany and  is now living in Ohio.  He is a member of the Order of Canons Regular of the Holy Cross, an international order with its Mother House in Austria.  After studying at the Order's seminary in Brazil, he was ordained a priest in 2002.  Fr. Wolfgang, a great devotee of the Little Flower, gives retreats and conferences throughout the United States.

Silent Auction

"The Little Way" Dinner, Dance, and Silent & Live Auctions to Benefit Saint Therese Carmelite School

 SPONSOR A FRIAR! If you would like sponsor a friar to attend the Gala, please call the School and let them know ($125 each).

We hope you will join us for our School’s Annual Gala on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22ND, from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m., at the Lakeview Room of Almansor Court in Alhambra. The evening will include a happy hour, a delicious dinner and dessert, SILENT & LIVE AUCTIONS, and dancing!  

This year’s recipient of the *Lantry Award will be Fr. Matthias Lambrecht, OCD, one of the Associate Pastors of St. Therese Church and the Chaplain of our School. Fr. Matthias also teaches Music and Religion at our School, as well as coordinates our Youth Ministry Program, COR JESU. 

The Lantry Award is awarded every year to someone who stands out as a role model for our School families and parishioners. It was first awarded in the year 2017 to Fr. Albert Bunsic, who celebrated his 50th year of priesthood that same year. 

Tickets are now $125 each. Become a sponsor for as low as $1,500!  Click here X to go to the purchase website. 

 *The Lantry Award is named after another of our Carmelite Friars, Fr. Jerome Lantry, OCD (2/7/1920--4/16/2013), who was assigned to St. Therese from September of 1994 until his death.   Fr. Jerome, from County Offaly, Ireland, entered the Anglo-Irish Province of the Discalced Carmelites as a teen and was ordained on July 14, 1946.  Fr. Jerome held many positions of responsibility during his 66+ years as a priest, including Provincial of both the Anglo-Irish Province and the California-Arizona Province. His life was marked by an overall devotion to the whole of the Discalced Carmelite family. The award is named after him as his life was marked by intelligence, common sense, fortitude, and holiness—some of the qualities which we strive to instill in our students.

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