Immac Heart Consecration


Saturday, September 23, and Sunday, October 8, 2017

“Jesus wishes to establish devotion to my Immaculate Heart in the world.”  -Our Lady of Fatima

INITIAL SESSION & FOLLOW-UP SESSION:   Join us in the Parish Hall on Saturday, September 23, AND Sunday, October 8, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., to learn how you can become CONSECRATED to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. You will learn how this simple CONSECRATION is a “short-cut” and the “quickest way” to Jesus through Mary. Begin where you are—either continue reading your own Consecration book as you prepare to renew your consecration OR come and learn how to become consecrated!

We will prayerfully ponder THE LADY OF THE ROSARY’s powerful message to not only the shepherd children (Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta), but also to the World!  We will meditate on a Rosary Mystery, ponder the devotion that the Saints have had to Mary, and learn from one another. Our Mission Focus is St. Therese Carmelite School.  As we prepare for the Consecration we will grow in LIVING by our CONSECRATION.  

These preparations will lead up to the Consecration Mass on Friday, October 13, the day in 1917 in Fatima that our Lady declared to the shepherd children, "I am the Lady of the Rosary."  

If you have any questions, please contact Angela Avila at (702) 373-1822. 



"Say the Rosary every day to obtain peace for the world.  Add after each decade the following prayer:    ‘O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially       those in most need of Thy mercy.’”


Avila Group


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


November 10 - 12 

El Carmelo Retreat House in Redlands, California  

This Young Adult Retreat (for those in their 20s and 30s—both  singles and couples) is sponsored by the Avila Groups from two of our Carmelite Parishes (St. Therese in Alhambra and Santa Cruz in Tucson, Arizona).  The retreat, which includes adoration, opportunities for spiritual direction/confession, Holy Mass, Lauds/Vespers, and Stations of the Cross, will begin and end with time for socializing, before entering into the Silence of God.  

It will be held from 2:00 p.m. Friday, November 10, through 1:00 p.m. Sunday, November 12. Conferences, based on the retreat theme, “Let Yourself Be Loved” (-St. Elizabeth of the Trinity), will be given by the Discalced Carmelite Friars, including Fr. Robert Elias Barcelos and Fr. Juan Elias Medina. 

ONLY TWENTY SPOTS ARE OPEN FOR THOSE FROM ST. THERESE, so sign up is on a “first come, first served” basis (there are also 20 spots for those from Tucson). The cost per person is $150 (room and all meals).

If interested in attending, please submit a $40 non-refundable deposit by SEPTEMBER 25 (the balance of $110 will be due October 23).  Make your check payable to “St. Therese Church” and mail it to or drop it off at the parish offices (510 N. El Molino Street). If you end up unable to attend after submitting your deposit, the money will be used to assist another retreatant. For questions, please contact Dalal Saied at (619) 333-9619 or dalalsaied@gmail.com.  

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).

Feast-Oct 1


Novena is from Friday, September 22, through Saturday, September 30


Please join us in praying the below Novena to our Patroness after all the Masses. Also, join us for the celebration of Mass on her Feast day, Sunday, October 1.  All the Masses will be in her honor: 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 5:00 p.m.  


O Glorious St. Therese, whom God raised up to aid and inspire us, you have been proclaimed the Greatest Saint of Modern Times. I fervently beseech you to answer my petition (pause to silently mention) and to carry out your promise of spending Heaven doing good upon earth and of letting fall from Heaven a Shower of Roses. Little Flower, give me your childlike faith to see the Face of God in other people and to love God with full confidence. St. Therese, I promise to spread devotion to you and to lead others to Jesus through you. Amen.



October 13, 2017

All are invited to a special celebration at 7:30 p.m., on Friday, October 13th, the 100th anniversary of the final appearance of Our Lady to the three shepherd children (Lucia Santos and Francisco and Jacinta Marto) in Fatima, Portugal on October 13, 1917. That final appearance included what came to be known as the "Miracle of the Sun,” when an estimated 70,000 people were in attendance at the site.  Mark your calendars to attend!   



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 October 5 and November 2.  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 October 28 and November 18 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.




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. 



REGISTRATION FOR ALL PROGRAMS: You may still register prior to the beginning of class.  Remember to bring a copy of your child’s baptism certificate. 

CONFIRMATION: The  next classes for Year 2 are Sunday, September 24, at 9:00 a.m.; and Tuesday, September 26, at 7:00 p.m.;

Next classes for Year 1 are Sunday, October 8, at 9:00 a.m., and Tuesday, October 10, at 7:00 p.m.



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! 

Right to Life Gala

The Right to Life League of Southern California (www.rtllsc.org) is excited to announce that Abby Johnson, former Planned Parenthood clinic director turned pro-life activist, will be the keynote speaker at our annual Gala Dinner on October 10.  We want to make sure you don't miss this chance to hear her pro-life story, AND to help us protect the lives of the most vulnerable among us:  the unborn.  This event is underwritten by our generous supporters, so there is no charge to attend.  100% of your donation will go to the League's life-affirming mission.  This Gala is our major fund-raiser of the year--so please join us on October 10 to help us build a stronger culture of LIFE.  For more info, email anne@righttolifeleague.org.  



We welcome Bro. Jason Parrott, O.C.D., as our 7th-Grade teacher and Deacon Bro. Matthias Lambrecht, O.C.D., as our Chaplain and Music teacher.  In addition, we welcome America Pasillas as our 1st-Grade teacher, Rosalie Simoneau as our 4th-Grade teacher, Megan Burke as our 5th-Grade teacher, Heidi Tittmann as our Geometry teacher, and Sarah Sandoval as our Art teacher.

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. 


For Elementary Grades

REGISTRATION FOR ALL PROGRAMS: You may still register prior to the beginning of class.  Remember to bring a copy of your child’s baptism certificate.

ELEMENTARY: The next classes will be Sundays, September 24, October 8, and October 22—at 9:00 a.m. each date.

SEEKING VOLUNTEER TEACHERS / CATECHISTS FOR 2017 / 2018:  If you enjoy teaching and have the ability to “connect” with children, 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. 

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! 


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. 

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 October 13 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, October 6, 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).   

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, Parable of the Ten Virgins and Modern Times," and will be held on Saturday, October 7, 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.




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.

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 will soon be moving to Fillmore, California).

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. 

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