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 - February 3, 2019

My Brothers and Sisters,

We’ve just concluded our annual celebration of Catholic Schools Week across the United States, a week in which we have been able to rejoice in some very encouraging statistics about the state of Catholic education today – such as: 99% of all students in Catholic schools graduate high school; 97% of those graduates go on to post-secondary education or enter the armed forces – and, graduates of Catholic schools, as a group, rank among the foremost groups awarded university scholarships. We can indeed be proud to be part of a Church that takes education seriously – from preschool through graduate school – continuing a tradition of educating students stretching back more than 1500 years!    

Here at St. Theresa Parish, we are blest to have sponsored St. Theresa Catholic School since it was founded in 1957. In the beginning, the teachers in our school were all Sisters of Charity who lived in the parish convent and dedicated their lives to the instruction of our young people. Back in those days, it was very inexpensive to provide Catholic schooling in the parish – the sisters worked practically free of charge, the school buildings had been newly-built by parish families and the purchase of supplies like books and desks was frequently underwritten by donors. Tuition, then, was next to nothing.

Times have changed. We now have a staff of certified lay men and women teaching at St. Theresa Catholic School... all earning salaries and receiving benefits. Much of the school facility is nearly as old as I am (!) and requires regular “tender loving care.” School supplies are now radically different than they were “back in the day” – tablet computers, “smartboards” and a wi-fi, technological infrastructure that was unheard of even twenty years ago. The total operating budget for our parish school this year is right around three million dollars; tuition nearly $6500/year per student (and that’s the rate with an active parishioner discount!) Families are increasingly challenged to afford a Catholic education.

Many people don’t realize that Arizona was the first state in the USA to allow families to re-direct their state income tax liability (or a portion thereof) to help fund Catholic School students. This is in keeping with Arizona’s commitment to provide funds for whatever type of schooling a student’s family feels is most appropriate for the student. Arizona’s families can choose among public, public/charter, private or Catholic schools… and a certain amount of state funding will “follow” that student to their school of choice. The Arizona Tuition Tax Credit provides the means by with a taxpayer can designate a portion of their state income tax liability (for the 2018 tax year, up to $1107 per individual taxpayer and up to $2213 for a married couple filing jointly) to a Catholic School of their choice – such as St. Theresa Catholic School. AND THIS IS AT NO COST to the taxpayer – every dollar designated to St. Theresa Catholic School to help families afford their tuition is taken off the bottom line of the state tax owed by the taxpayer. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.  

If every St. Theresa parishioner took advantage of redirecting a portion of their state income tax liability to our parish school, we could offer a tuition-free Catholic education to all of our students! 

Please check with your tax professional to see how you can participate in taking a Tuition Tax Credit for the benefit of St. Theresa Catholic School. You can also go to the website of Catholic Education Arizona ( ) to learn more.


Grace and wisdom in Christ,

Rev. Charles G. Kieffer