Saint Theresa Parish

A Roman Catholic Community
5045 E. Thomas Road
Phoenix, AZ 85018
(602) 840-0850 Parish Office
(602) 840-0871 Parish Fax  

Parish Email

Parish Office Hours
Monday through Thursday
9:00AM-Noon & 1:00PM-5:00PM
Friday 9:00AM-Noon          Sunday 8:30AM-12:30PM

Closed Saturdays
& most Federal Holidays.

Liturgy Schedule
Saturday Vigil Mass 4PM
Sunday Masses
9:00AM (Liturgy with Children)
11:00AM and
5:00PM (Teen and Young Adult)

Daily Masses
Monday through Friday
6:30AM and Saturday at 8:00AM
Holy Day Masses as announced in bulletin prior to the Holy Day.

Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday, 9:00AM to 10:00AM
Wednesday, 5:00PM to 6:00PM and by appointment


Rev. Charles G. Kieffer

Parochial Vicar 

(Associate Pastor)

Rev. Joachim Adeyemi

Rev. J.C. Ortiz

Assisting Priest

Rev. Paul Peri


Colin F. Campbell

Mark Kriese

Ralph Ulibarri


Saint Theresa Catholic School
5001 East Thomas Road
Phoenix, AZ 85018

(602) 840-0010 School Office
(602) 840-8323 School Fax



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Reflections - November 11, 2018

My Brothers and Sisters,

On the “eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month” of 1918 at Compiègne, France, an armistice (agreement of cessation of hostilities) was signed by the Allies of World War I and Germany. This initial armistice expired after a period of 36 days; and although the armistice brought an end to the actual fighting, a binding peace agreement ending the First World War (the Treaty of Versailles) wasn’t signed until 28 June 1919 – exactly five years from the day that Archduke Franz Ferdinand was assassinated in Sarajevo, sparking what came to be known as the Great War. The world’s first “official” observance of Armistice Day took place at Buckingham Palace, London, on 11 November 1919 under the direction of King George V – beginning the annual tradition of remembering and honoring all those British soldiers who had served in the war.  Soon, the tradition spread throughout the British Commonwealth, as well as to the United States, France, Belgium and other countries whose citizens had served the Allied cause. In our country, an Act of Congress in 1938 made November 11th a federal holiday each year, “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be thereafter celebrated and known as ‘Armistice Day.’” 

With the outbreak of the Second World War, countries observing the 11th day of November as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day also began honoring those who had served and were serving in World War II along with those who had served in World War I. Though the date remained the same, the name of the day shifted in many countries to be more inclusive of those serving in past, current or future conflicts.  In the United States, November 11th became known as “All Veterans Day.” In 1954, the day was renamed simply “Veterans Day,” but continued to focus on honoring of all U.S. military veterans. Veterans Day in the United States is distinct from Memorial Day, in that Memorial Day specifically honors those who died while in military service.  A third military remembrance day also occurs in May (like Memorial Day) – this is Armed Forces Day, commemorating and honoring those currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

By remembering – and praying for – all veterans on November 11th, we tap into a hundred year-old tradition that that began as the devastation of “the Great War” came to an end.  We ask God to bless all those who have served – and are serving – their country in the armed forces, and that God may be the strength of those young men and women who are coming home from Iraq, Afghanistan and other places of conflict with injured bodies and traumatized spirits. May God bring peace to the hearts of all veterans, and peace to those troubled regions of the world where they served… and may God give each of us the ability to envision a world that, grown weary of fighting, moves beyond war to affirming the life and dignity of every human being in all circumstances.  


Grace and peace in Christ,

Rev. Charles G. Kieffer