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 - January 20, 2019

My Brothers and Sisters,

Thank you for your patience with today’s “alternate” Mass schedule to accommodate the Sunday morning street closures in our neighborhood, due to the running of the Rock ‘n Roll Marathon. Some of you who have been with us for several years recall a time that we had worked with the City and the marathon organizers to figure out ways to allow members of our community to be allowed to cross the barriers on their way to and from church on Sunday morning. We tried special passes – but inevitably some of the police guarding the barriers didn’t receive word about the passes, so parishioners weren’t allowed to cross as they had been promised.  Other parishioners who were aware that there would be challenges in attempting to drive to St. Theresa on the morning of the marathon simply stayed home or went elsewhere to Mass.  So finally, we decided simply to change Mass times on the day of the marathon – a less-than-optimal solution (as it does cause confusion), but at least it prevents frustration on the part of our community members.

The very first year of what was then known as the PF Chang Rock ‘n Roll Marathon, the marathon course was set to be run along McDowell Road through Phoenix and Scottsdale. The many car dealerships that were at one time situated on McDowell Road were apoplectic because their businesses were affected by the closure of McDowell. So, after the auto dealers voiced their complaints, the marathon course was changed to what it is today. Evidently there was no consideration given to the several churches that are adversely affected by the Sunday road closures (one of which is The Bridge United Methodist Church just west of us along Thomas Road) and the small businesses (e.g., Ingleside Animal Hospital, also just west of us) that serve our community on Sundays.

The major auto dealerships along McDowell Road in Scottsdale have largely relocated or closed altogether. Other cities will accommodate marathons by closing down one side of a freeway for the runners, and change the other side temporarily to accommodate 2-way traffic (or, close the freeway altogether and divert the traffic to other freeways or city streets) –    either option allows runners and drivers to peacefully co-exist, while allowing neighborhood residents to have access to their places of worship and those businesses that serve the local community.  

Perhaps the time has come for our community to again petition city and marathon leadership for a change that will “free” our neighborhoods on the Lord’s Day. Phoenix residents can contact Mayor Williams at or by phone at 602.262.7111; Scottsdale parishioners can contact Mayor Lane by phone at 480.312.2433 or e-mail him at Community relations contact for the marathon is Sage Melley ( or 623.252.2485). The local representative for our parish on the Phoenix City Council is Councilman Sal DiCiccio (

Who knows? If a sufficient number of local residents make their feelings known, maybe we can return to a regular Sunday schedule on future “marathon Sundays!”


Peace in Christ,

Rev. Charles G. Kieffer