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 6, 2019

My Brothers and Sisters,

Today we celebrate that Solemnity of the Christmas Season that has the odd name: Epiphany. As I’ve mentioned in past years, this word comes from the Greek θεοφάνεια, meaning “a manifestation” or “revealing.” In some of the Eastern Churches, this feast of the Epiphany of the Lord is sometimes called the Theophany – or the revealing of God in Christ.

In the Roman Catholic calendar, we have situated the celebration of this Solemnity on the second Sunday after Christmas – since it’s such a significant feast in our salvation history, the traditional date of Epiphany is “moved” to a Sunday so that more people are able to take part in the celebration than would be able to participate if the Solemnity fell during the week.

This year, though, by the “accident” of the overlapping of the civil calendar with the Church’s calendar, we have the opportunity to celebrate the Epiphany on its traditional date of January 6th, since the 6th is the second Sunday after Christmas. In 2019, the celebration of the Epiphany actually occurs on the twelfth day of Christmas – (for centuries, the January 6th Epiphany of the Lord was considered to be the final day of the Christmas Season… this 12-day period is the origin of that famous English carol, “The Twelve Days of Christmas”). 

Aside from being a touchpoint for a popular carol, Epiphany has a profound meaning for us as Christians. In those Gospel verses considered to be part of the “Infancy Narratives” explaining the events surrounding the birth of our Savior, it is on the Epiphany that non-Jews (Gentiles) first behold and reverence Christ as the “Newborn King.”  The Magi come from the East – outside the Jewish territory – to pay homage to the Infant in the manger. The “wise men” are from outside the Jewish community; they had no expectation of or longing for the Messiah… yet they knelt in wonder in the presence of Jesus, having been drawn by a star to bring gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh to this Child. They open their coffers – and their hearts – to the wonder of God-made-Flesh.

This Solemnity proclaims to us that God’s salvation, promised through the prophets to the Chosen People of Israel, has been poured out upon all people: Jews and Gentiles alike. In the visit of the Magi to the Manger of Bethlehem, and in their return to their own lands, Christ is symbolically revealed as Savior of the world. God’s love has become enfleshed in Jesus Christ in order to welcome every man and woman into loving intimacy with our Creator; God’s offer of salvation in Christ is a universal offer, not something restricted to a particular group, or to those of a certain ethnic and religious origin... but to all who have been created in God’s image and likeness.

What an awesome message this twelfth day of Christmas brings to us!


Peace and joy in the Newborn King,

Rev. Charles G. Kieffer