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.

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

St. Vitus Dance


Attention: Students in Grades 5 through 12 (beginner and intermediate): 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: February 7, 14, 21, and 28. Cost is $20 per month or $5 per week. 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. 


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.


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).


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, 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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