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 - December 30, 2018

My Brothers and Sisters,

As we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph this weekend, the Church gives us the choice of choosing between one of two different epistles to use as our second reading for Mass: 1 John 3:1-2, 21-24 and Colossians 3:12-21. The ability to choose from among various options for liturgical readings is only given to us a few times per year.  In this particular case, I wish we could hear both readings as we celebrate the Holy Family… as both contain wonderful messages for us!

In the First Letter of John, we hear these words: “Beloved: See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. And so we are… we are God’s children now; what we shall be has not been revealed.”  What an encouraging message this is for us – we are, right now, part of God’s family. God has filled us with love beyond imagining so that we can be God’s daughters and sons. That in itself could give us hours of meditation on the Feast of the Holy Family!

St. Paul, in his Letter to the Colossians, gives us some marvelous advice for achieving and maintaining family harmony – and indeed, harmony amongst all people: “Put on (clothe yourselves) as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience; bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if one has a grievance against another; as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do. And, over all these things, put on love, that is the bond of perfection. Let the peace of Christ control your hearts… and be thankful.” No matter what our particular configuration of “family” might be, can you imagine what the results would be in our family life if we were to take these words to heart? If this approach to life were to be extended to our workplace, our schools, our American society and politics, and ultimately to relationships among nations… what could the potential be? Perhaps bullying and put-downs would become extinct. Civility would return to human discourse. Respect, tolerance and the dignity of all human life “from the womb to the tomb” would flourish. We would be able to recognize all people – regardless of religion, gender, race, national origin, politics, legal status, sexual orientation, language… as truly being children of God. 

It’s wonderful to imagine such a world, isn’t it?

Friends, we don’t have to simply “imagine” such a world.  We can begin to make it happen – first, by recognizing our own family (whatever form that might take) as a “holy family” of God’s sons and daughters. We can begin to put into action those qualities that St. Paul encourages the Colossians to embrace… and then, little by little, we can allow those qualities to guide us in all of our relationships – trusting that nothing is impossible for God.      

We are about to begin a new calendar year, 2019. May God’s grace sustain us in the year ahead… and may the Holy Spirit always empower us to live out our Christian discipleship as members of God’s Holy Family.


With love and prayers,

Rev. Charles G. Kieffer