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!

Bible Study



Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m.

Study Guide books for our current Bible study, “The Prophets: Messengers of God's Mercy,” are available now for any persons wishing to watch lecture presentations online and do individual studies at their own pace. If interested, call Debbie Robles at 679-6370 to register, drop off a $30 book fee (checks payable to St. Therese Church), then pick up your Guide from the Parish Office at 510 North El Molino Street. For more information, visit www.ascensionpress.com or contact Debbie at 679-6370 or debrobles@me.com. 

You may still join us on Wednesday nights at 7:00 p.m., in the Parish Meeting Room for our weekly Bible study.. 

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

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 resume Thursday, November 14, 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



First Friday



The next First Friday Mass will be Friday, December 6, beginning with Mass at 7:30 p.m., followed by benediction (this date if, of course, also All Saints Day). (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, a password, 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. 



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.



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.

Chess Results


For Tournament in October of 2019

Congratulations to all the participants who competed in last month’s highly-successful Chess Tournament (there were over 40 participants of all ages, many of whom were our parishioners and STCS students). This first Tournament of the school year consisted of four 60-minute rounds based on the Swiss scoring system (win = 1 point, draw = 1/2 point, Loss = 0 points). A very special THANK YOU to all the parent-volunteers for their hard work to support our event and to our STCS students for their outstanding efforts representing our school and community with honor, professionalism, and respect. 


1) Open Section (Adults and everyone): 1st: Bennie Teng, STCS 6th Grade; 2nd: Jacob Wang, Longden Elementary 1st Grade; and 3rd: Dennis Wood, Parishioner 

2) K-5 Boys/Girls Section: 1st: Felix Pribe, STCS 4th Grade; 2nd: Isabella Ramos, STCS 4th Grade; 3rd: Violet Malone, STCS 4th Grade 

3) K-12 Boys Section: 1st: Lawrence Cha, Marguerita Elementary 3rd Grade; 2nd: Lucas Liu, Emperor Elementary 4th Grade; 3rd: Bishop Avila, STCS 8th Grade 

4) K-12 Girls Section: 1st: Jasmine Wong, STCS 8th Grade; 2nd: Paloma Velasquez, STCS 7th Grade; 3rd: Princess Angelina Henry, San Rafael Elementary 4th Grade 

Thank you for your support! Our next tournament will be in February 2020. 


~   “St. Teresa of Avila (Patron Saint of Chess), pray for us!”   ~





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

Please contact the office at (626) 289-3364 or admin@sttheresecarmeliteschool to arrange a SHADOW DAY for your child. See the school'swebsite for more info! 

We encourage you to visit the school office to learn more about our wonderful school. Please feel free to contact us at (626) 289-3364 or by email at admin@sainttheresecarmeliteschool.com. 


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.

Vox Vitae Events



40 Days for Life (September 25 – November 3): 40 Days for Life is the largest internationally-coordinated pro-life mobilization in history, helping people in local communities end the injustice of abortion through PRAYER & FASTING. Knowing that “with God, all things are possible,” people of faith and conscience unite internationally in 40 days of prayer and fasting.  Come join us in this focused, 40-day prayer vigil held outside Pasadena’s PP, 1045 N Lake Ave, any day through November 3. 

For more info OR if you would like to volunteer, contact Catherine Contreras at (213) 395-8977 or Catherine@VoxVitae.org or go to www.VoxVitae.org. 

Sacramental Cert/Photos


If you or your child received one of the Sacraments this past Spring (First Communion, Confirmation, or the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil), please come to pick up your photo and/or your Certificate from the Parish Office.   

Cor Jesu


Cor Jesu Youth Ministry has its own link (see the links at the top of our web page).



Donations for Upgrading our School and Parish Hall Restrooms 

We are seeking donations to upgrade both our School restrooms and the Parish Hall restrooms.  These restrooms are almost 60 years old…which is…VERY OLD in restroom years.  Please make it clear on your check that you are donating towards the restrooms.  Thank you in advance!

Women's Self Defense


(Ages 16-60)

Learn to block, escape, and get home safe. Program is for five Thursday evenings (Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, and Nov. 7) from 6:45 to 7:30 p.m. each night.

FEE: $60 for the five weeks, plus a $5 registration fee (total of $65).  No need to pre-register.  Just come to the Parish Hall for the first class (about 15 minutes before class--6:30 p.m.

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.

Pro Life March



Pro Life Pilgrims from across the Nation descended on San Francisco in January 2019 for the annual Pro Life March (click on the logo above to see the video, which was filmed and produced by Gobi Entertainment Productions on behalf of St. Therese Church). Catherine Contreras, the President of Vox Vitae at St. Therese, chartered two buses for our parishioners to attend (both were filled!). It was a wonderful life-affirming event.  Stay tuned towards the end of the year for announcements about the 2020 Walk for Life! (Note: You can see Catherine in the video at 6:35 and 46:40.)

Bull. Bds


The bulletin boards in the vestibules of the church (front of the church and the two sides, as well as the bulletin boards in the sacristy AND at the bottom of the stairs leading to the sacristy, etc.) are FOR THE USE OF THE CHURCH STAFF ONLY.

Please do NOT put any flyers, photos, announcements, etc., on these boards. Again, it is only for the hired staff to put things there. You MAY put these types of things in the little pamphlet/flyer boxes located in the main vestibule—on the walls on either side of the main church doors. We thank you for your cooperation and your understanding. 

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 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.  



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 the current Grand Knight, Frank Bodeman, at (888) 869-3124. Frank 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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