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 here X now!


St. Vitus Dance


Attention: Students in Grades 5 through 12! 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. In addition, students will be introduced to folk styles, such as Square, Contra, and English Country dancing. 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. As this class is cumulative, weekly attendance is recommended for the best class experience.  

Classes will be held in the Parish Hall from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m., on the following Fridays: January 10, 17, 24, and 31. Cost is $5 per lesson (paid monthly. That's four lessons for $20! Questions?  Contact Jessica Standage at jcpianjo@yahoo.com or Michelle Sandberg at (323) 346-5012 (call or text).


Catholic Tradition Talk


The Catholic Tradition Talk will be back for the night of Friday, January 17, at 7:30 p.m., in the Parish Meeting room.  The guest speaker will be Charles Coulombe.  All are welcome to join us.

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Saturday, January 18, 20120


The Youth & Young Adult Kick-Off Rally will begin at 11:00 a.m. at the La Placita Gazebo. The Walk will begin at 12:30 p.m.! 

TO VOX VITAE TEENS & OTHER VOLUNTEERSVox Vitae Teens will be in charge of greeting all the OneLifeLA participants as they arrive, along with handing out placards to walk participants.  Teens and Volunteers should arrive by 10:00 a.m. for instructions (meet at the La Placita Gazebo). 

PARKING is available at Union Station for $8 or take the GoldLine into Union Station from Pasadena or from your closest GoldLine Station (cross Alameda Street in front of Union Station to get to La Placita). 

REMINDER!  Bring water bottles! Food trucks will be available to buy your lunch after the Walk. You may also bring your own.

FOR MORE INFO, contact Catherine at (213) 395-8977 or go to the OneLifeLA website (www.onelifela.org).

Complete Schedule for OneLife LA:

La Placita/Olvera Street

11:00 am: Youth/Young Adult Rally

12:30 pm: Walk Begins


LA State Historic Park

2:00 pm: Festival

4:00 pm: Program Concludes


Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

5:00 pm: Requiem Mass for the Unborn


Imperial Western at Union Station, Downtown LA

7:00 pm Young Adult After Party


For more information, call Catherine of Vox Vitae at (213) 395-8977 or go online to www.onelifela.org/event.


Vox Vitae Events




Vox Vitae invites YOU to join them for the Walk for Life in San Francisco on January 25th! The Walk and its counterpart, the March for Life in Washington, DC, commemorate the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that stripped legal protection from unborn children on January 22, 1973. Since then, more than 60 million babies have been aborted in the United States. The Walk for Life is not a party. Rather, over 60,000 people gather together to remember the dead and resolve anew to work to end abortion. We remember also the wounded mothers, fathers, and other family members of the babies. 


REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN to go to the 2020 Walk for Life (we’ll have TWO buses!). Join us! You can register at VoxVitae.org at the Events page. Our tentative schedule on Saturday, January 25, is: 

  • Midnight - Check-in at St. Therese Church
  • 1:00 a.m.—Depart; 7:00 a.m.—Arrive in San Francisco
  • 7:30 a.m.—Continental breakfast;
  • 9:30 a.m.—Mass at Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption
  • 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.—Info Faire (Lunch can be purchased; bring your own lunch money!)
  • 12:30-1:30 p.m.—Speakers and rally
  • 1:30 p.m.—Walk for Life
  • 4:30 p.m.—Bus pick-up at Pier 1
  • 5:00 p.m.—Protest at UCSF, the nation’s abortion training headquarters and where they harvest organs from late-term babies
  • 5:30 p.m.—Bus pick-up at UCSF
  • 6:00 p.m.—FREE BBQ dinner at Our Lady Star of the Sea
  • 7:30 p.m.—Bus pick-up at Our Lady Star of the Sea
  • 1:30 a.m.—Arrive back at St. Therese Church on January 26 

The anniversary of Roe vs. Wade is an especially important time to demand legal protection for unborn babies.

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. 

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.  

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.

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 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



First Friday



The next First Friday Mass will be Friday, February 7, beginning with Mass at 7:30 p.m., followed by benediction. (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. 



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.




"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.

Cor Jesu


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

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.

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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