The Catholic Tradition Talk meets on the second Friday evening of each month (next is on April 21 at 7:30 p.m., as the second Friday is Good Friday), in the Parish Meeting Room of the Parish Center (2nd floor). Join us and bring your friends and family members!
MICHAEL VORIS COMING TO ST. THERESE
He Will Give Two Talks on Saturday, April 22
We are happy to announce that Michael Voris will be a guest speaker at St. Therese on Saturday, April 22 (in the Parish Hall). Suggested donation is $25 per person. To reserve your space, click here X. Then just check in at the registration table on the evening of the event. WALK-INS also welcome!The schedule is as follows:
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.: Registration
7:00 to 7:50 p.m.: Talk on "The Great Protestant Danger"
8:00 to 8:50 p.m.: Talk on "No Exceptions, No Compromise"
9:00 to 9:30 p.m.: Question and Answer Period
9:30 to10:30 p.m.: Book purchases and signings
ABOUT MICHAEL VORIS: Michael, born in 1961, is the founder and President of St. Michael's Media and the Senior Executive Producer of www.ChurchMilitant.com—two media enterprises established to address the erosion of the Catholic faith in the last 50 years. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1983 with a degree in Communications and moved into a career as television news reporter, anchor and producer, mainly with CBS News, where he received four Emmy Awards for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism. During the early years of St. Michael's Media, Michael received his Sacred Theology Baccalaureate (an ecclesiastical post-graduate degree) and graduated Magna cum laude. Michael has spoken at hundreds of events both nationally and internationally. He carries a message of the need for a stalwart defense and promotion of Catholic doctrine and Catholic in hopes of reinforcing the faithful.
DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY
Sunday, April 23
“For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY is on April 23. The schedule is as follows:
3:00 to 4:00 pm: Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament with Holy Hour and Chaplet of Divine Mercy
3:00 to 5:00 pm: Confessions
4:45 pm: Benediction
5:00 pm: Holy Mass
WHAT IS DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY: Beginning in February 1931, St. Faustina Kowalski, a Polish nun reported receiving visitations from Jesus. One of the things He asked her for was that a painting be made of the vision of His Merciful Heart and that a Feast of Divine Mercy be established on the first Sunday after Easter. When Pope John Paul canonized her in 2000, he proclaimed that the Second Sunday of Easter would be known as Divine Mercy Sunday, thereby widely promoting the devotions associated with Faustina’s visions.
PLENARY INDULGENCE: Our Lord promised that all those would attend Mass and receive Holy Communion on Divine Mercy Sunday, as well as go to Confession and pray for the intentions of the Holy Father would obtain “complete forgiveness of their sins and punishment.” Alternatively, the promise extends to those who, in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, recite the Our Father and the Creed, adding a devout prayer to the merciful Lord Jesus (e.g. Merciful Jesus, I trust in you!") and go to Confession and pray for the intentions of the Holy Father. In 2002, Pope John Paul extended the promise so that Confession can be made up to 20 days before or after Divine Mercy Sunday.
Immac Heart Consecration
FOLLOW-UP CLASSES ON CONSECRATION TO THE IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY
April 23 and May 10, 2017 - 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall
“Jesus wishes to establish devotion to my Immaculate Heart in the world.” -Our Lady of Fatima
Join us in attending follow-up sessions (first was April 8) to the Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary! The first will be held in the Hall on the evening of Divine Mercy Sunday, April 23, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., and the final follow-up session will be on May 10, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., in the Parish Library. You will gain significant insights from the first weeks of teachings by St. Louis de Montfort and St. Maximilian Kolbe (from the 33-days meditation book). In addition, you will continue to learn about the importance of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima.
Then, on the Day of Consecration on May 13, Bishop O'Connell will celebrate the 5:00 p.m. Mass at St. Therese, followed by a reception in our Parish Hall. At this Consecration Mass will be a relic of St. John Paul.
For more information, call Angela at (702) 373-1822. (This event is sponsored by Totus Tuus of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.)
April 29 and 30, 2017
WE NEED YOUR DONATIONS!
WHAT TO DONATE: All your unwanted Knick-knacks, Appliances, Baby items, Books, CDs/videos, Clothes (Ladies', Men's, Children's), Costume jewelry, Dishes, Electronics, Furniture, Home Decor and Housewares, Shoes, Toys, etc.—anything that will sell!
WHERE & WHEN TO DONATE: You may take them directly to the Parish Hall on the following dates/times: Thursday, April 27, until 3:00 p.m. and Friday, April 28, between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. During school hours, please use the parking lot's side entrance on Vega.
VOLUNTEERS! We need volunteers from our School families, as well as from the parish—before, during and after the sale—to receive, sort, and price all the donated items. We also need volunteers after the sale to help box any leftover items for pick up Monday morning by St. Vincent de Paul and to CLEAN THE HALL!
DONATE YOUR DELICIOUS TREATS! Sweet treats and beverages will be available for purchase during the sale. Help us by donating items for this sale (cookies, cakes, pies, cupcakes, brownies, etc.—homemade preferred!)
SHOPPING HOURS for both days are from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
CONTACT: For more info or to volunteer, contact Denise Clark at the School at (626) 289-3364, ext. 669.
ST. THERESE CARMELITE SCHOOL GOLF TOURNAMENT
Friday, May 19, 2017
RAFFLE OF LLADRO FIGURINE TO BENEFIT THE CLOISTERED CARMELITE NUNS
Fr. Philip has generously given the Cloistered Carmelite Auxiliary a beautiful vintage Lladro figurine, “Holy Night,” in mint condition in the original box with all the documentation (the current minimum retail is $495). We will raffle this off to benefit the Carmel of St. Teresa. Raffle tickets are on sale in the Gift Shoppe after all the weekend Masses. Drawing to be held on Mother’s Day.
ADULT BIBLE STUDY
At the heart of the Bible are the Psalms, prayers from God that help us learn to pray. The Holy Spirit inspired them. Israel sang them. Christ Himself prayed them, as did our Blessed Mother. These sacred hymns become our heartfelt response to God’s loving and wondrous deeds for us. Their words captivate the imagination and draw us into a deeply personal encounter with God. Join Jeff Cavins, Sarah Christmyer, and Dr. Tim Gray as they show you how to establish a deeply personal dialogue with God through the Psalms. This study includes DVD presentations, a workbook, and group discussions to foster understanding and spiritual growth.
Join us in the Parish Meeting Room every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m., for PSALMS: THE SCHOOL OF PRAYER. Classes began on March 29 and will continue for 11 weeks through June 14. The program fee, which includes a study guide, is $25. For more information or to register, contact Debbie Robles at (626) 679-6370 or email@example.com.
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 and the Youth Day Camp and Adult Evening Camp, go to the website at www.voxvitae.org.
RACHEL’S VINEYARD RETREATS—For 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
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 theFaith
This class is for all those who are unbaptized or who were baptized in another Christian faith and desire to begin the journey towards becoming a Catholic; it is also for those baptized Catholic but who never received the other sacraments of initiation (First Communion and/or Confirmation). Classes meet on most Thursday evenings of each month from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the Parish Meeting Room. Check the calendar for dates.
For more information, call Rhonda Storey at (626) 284-0020 (1).
ST. THERESE CARMELITE SCHOOL
School resumes on Monday, April 24
· Friday, April 28: Mass at 8:00 a.m.
· Tuesday, May 2: Walk Through California
· Thursday, May 4: Confessions at 12:30 p.m.
· Friday, May 5: First Friday Mass at 8 :00 a.m.
· May 8 - May 12: Spirit Week
· Thursday, May 11: Walk Through the American Revolution
· Saturday, May 13: First Holy Communion at 10:00 a.m.
· Friday, May 19: Mass at 8:00 a.m.
Friday, May 19: Golf Tournament at Brookside Golf Course at 2:00 p.m
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
FIRST FRIDAY MASS
The next First Friday Mass will be Friday, May 5, 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).
"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.
WEEKLY ADULT EDUCATION SERIES
Presented by Author/Parishioner Leo Severino
Is there logical proof that God exists?
Can we know the purpose of human life?
You are invited to this weekly series that attempts to answer questions like those above. “Going Deeper,” presented by parishioner Leo Severino (known for his films "Bella" and "Little Boy"), a series of talks Leo gave on the radio which are being published as a set of books by Ignatius Press. The class meets each Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., in the Parish Hall.
You should attend this series if you want to enhance your understanding of the Faith by learning more about:
· God, His purposes and designs
· Jesus and his fulfillment of the great covenants to accomplish humanity's salvation
· The original Church founded by Christ upon the apostles and guided by the Holy Spirit
· The Bible and its centrality to Christian and Catholic life and liturgy
· Mary and the saints in the ongoing pilgrimage of God's people
· The sacraments of Eucharist and reconciliation
· The Ordained priesthood
· Making moral decisions in one's daily life.
For any questions, please call the office at (626) 282-2744.
Legion of Mary Discussion
LEGION OF MARY DISCUSSION GROUP
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 April 6 and May 4--no classes/baptisms in March). 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 April 29 and May 27) 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.
There is no need to pre-register. Just come to the class and register there. For more information, contact the DRE, Rhonda Storey, at (626) 284-0020, ext. 225.
THE AVILA GROUP
For Adults in Their 20's & 30's (Single & Couples)
All Young Adults--singles and couples--are invited to join The AVILA GROUP! Their mission is to strengthen the faith of young adults through friendship with like-minded individuals.
Events include meetings at 6:00 p.m. on the first Saturdays of MOST months (we will post here if a particular month will have no meeting) in the Guadalupe Courtyard of the Parish Offices. These gatherings include prayer, a guest speaker, discussion, and a potluck. Next get together will be Saturday, April 1.
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.
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 STEP-DANCING CLASSES
Classes are held at 3:15 p.m. in the parish hall on Tuesdays. Classes are 45 minutes to one hour long and are for both kids (four years of age and over) AND for adults (taught by Mrs. Kelly Mohun).
For more information, please contact Kelly at (805) 421-7548 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
LATIN MASS ATTENDEES!
COME FOR FELLOWSHIP AFTER THE 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!
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.
CHILDREN'S RELIGIOUS BOOKS NEEDED!
If you have religious children's books in GOOD condition, please consider donating them for use in the "crying room" of the church (located on the west side of the altar).. Just leave them there! Thank you!
EXTRAORDINARY EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS OF HOLY COMMUNION TO THE HOMEBOUND
Would you like to minister as an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion to our sick and homebound parishioners? You would visit them either on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday every other month—only six times a year. Remember . . . at some time in the future, YOU may need this help, too! If interested, please call the coordinators, Fred or Margaret Padilla, at (626) 282-0943. Thank you in advance!
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.
KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUSld-id
FIVE REASONS TO JOIN THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS: If you are a Catholic male over the age of 18, here are five reasons that will encourage you to join this great fraternal organization of the Catholic Church—founded on the principles of Charity, Unity, Fraternity, and Patriotism: 1) The Heartbeat of the Knights of the Columbus is Service; 2) the Knights Support the Catholic Church; 3) the Knights support the Catholic Church; 4) the Knights are strongly and devoutly Pro-Life; and 5) the Knights are Faithful to the Catholic Church.
For more information, call Thomas Quintana, the Grand Knight for the Alhambra Council, at (626) 863-7061. He will answer any questions you may have!
Offertory Pledge Program
OFFERTORY PLEDGE PROGRAM
Dear Parishioners, We are asking each of our parish households to pledge an amount that each wishes give to our Parish every week. If you haven't already done so, please fill out the form below and return it in either the collection basket or drop off or send it to the Parish Offices at 510 North El Molino Street.
Please carefully consider the gifts that God has given to you and then contribute part of them to help with the work of the Parish. As part of your discernment, consider what you spend on other items, such as fast food, movies, etc. Please reflect upon the ratio of these expenditures to your support of our parish. At the minimum, please make a donation of at least one hour of your gross income per week.
In supporting the Parish, you are supporting the Mission of the Church to proclaim the Gospel. Without receiving a commitment card from you, we have no way to predict our annual income and create a budget. It is our firm belief that through sound planning, we can avoid any financial crisis and preserve our parish’s well-being now and in the years to come.
God bless you, —Fr. Philip Sullivan, OCD (Pastor)
ST. THERESE CHURCH PARISH OFFERTORY PROGRAM
“Give to the Most High as He has given to you, generously, according
to your means. For the Lord is One who always repays, and He
will give back to you sevenfold.” Sirach 35:9-10
I understand that St. Therese Church is making a parish-wide effort to increase the offertory. Please count on my/our support. My/Our new average commitment per: ____WEEK OR per: ____MONTH will be: ( ) $20.00 ( ) $25.00 ( ) $35.00 ( ) $50.00 ( ) $75.00 ( ) $100.00 ( ) $_______
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!