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 info@sttheresaphx.org

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
7:30AM
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
(Confession)
Saturday, 9:00AM to 10:00AM
Wednesday, 5:00PM to 6:00PM and by appointment

Pastor

Rev. Charles G. Kieffer

Parochial Vicar 

(Associate Pastor)

Rev. Joachim Adeyemi

Rev. J.C. Ortiz

Assisting Priest

Rev. Paul Peri

Deacons

Colin F. Campbell

Mark Kriese

Ralph Ulibarri

 

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

www.stcs.us

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

 

 

Administration
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Reflections - December 16, 2018

My Brothers and Sisters,

We are at that point of our Season of Advent when the Church “shifts gears” from encouraging our preparation and readiness to meet the Lord when he returns in glory at his Second Coming… to an emphasis on our preparations to celebrate the Lord’s First Coming at Christmas. This Advent change of direction occurs gradually each year, culminating on December 17th – beginning this week, you will notice a change in the nature of our scripture readings at Mass as well as the prayers that we use in our liturgies. For instance, the opening prayer for this Third Sunday of Advent brings together both themes of awaiting the future fullness of salvation’s joy as we prepare for the celebration Christmas: ”O God, who see how your people faithfully await the feast of the Lord’s Nativity, enable us, we pray, to attain the joys of so great a salvation and to celebrate them always with solemn worship and glad rejoicing…”

So, as we move into this second part of Advent, it’s good to take a look at how we are preparing ourselves to celebrate Christmas, the First Coming of Jesus in history. Sure, there are the typical seasonal festivities and activities – the decorating, the parties, the shopping for gifts.  But is that all? Would it be possible to work a bit of extra prayer time into our already-hectic schedules, just to give thanks to God for the gift of his Son and all God’s graces and blessings in our lives? Perhaps we can take a little “break” from our typically seasonal preparations and craziness to visit a friend in hospital, or to make a phone call to someone we know finds this time of year difficult for one reason or another.  If we have the requisite talent (and don’t turn cookies into hockey pucks like I do), maybe baking a batch for a neighbor, co-worker or friend who isn’t on our regular gift-giving list, simply to thank them for their presence in our lives.

May these upcoming days of Advent be an opportunity to prepare for the celebration of Christ’s coming in time by exercising the gifts of our discipleship – along with the lights, the tinsel and all the other traditions that make this such a beautiful time of year!

 

Advent grace and peace,   

Rev. Charles G. Kieffer

Pastor

 

Advent thoughts from a Junior High student of St. Theresa Catholic School…

During this Advent, we are all preparing for the birth of Christ on Christmas.  It's important for us to focus on light, which is a main theme of Advent.  Christ is the light of the world and guides us through darkness.  During the Christmas season, there are many examples of this.  We light the candles on our Advent wreaths to symbolize our preparation for His birth and for the flame of eternal life.  There are Christmas lights everywhere, reminding us of God's presence in our lives which brings us joy, peace, hope, and faith.  During our last school Mass, we were reminded to be the best people we can be by using Catholic values when we act.  Even though we receive presents at Christmas, the light is the most important thing, the light of Christ, the greatest gift God gave to the world.  May you enjoy all the gifts of Advent and Christmas and may your holiday season be bright with His light.