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 10, 2019

My Brothers and Sisters,

Back in 1978 when I was in graduate school/seminary, as I was discerning the question of being ordained a deacon (in preparation for my ordination as a priest), I struggled with the logic of moving forward on the path to priesthood.  The other “pull” in my life was to transfer to med school in order to become a physician.  Well, to be completely candid, I had also come to know a young lady – also in a grad program at Catholic University, working toward her Masters in Social Work – and there certainly was the opportunity to pursue a deeper relationship with her. Against these “odds,” I questioned how it made sense for me to continue studying for the priesthood as opposed to going in the direction of medicine and marriage.  But somehow, I just couldn’t get the idea of priestly ministry out of my mind… even though it didn’t make much logical sense as compared to the alternatives. Now, 40-plus years later (and nearly 39 years into the priesthood) I can honestly say that I made the right choice in the end.  Don’t get me wrong, becoming a priest certainly does defy all sorts of human logic (no one could have ever told me how these past 39 years would have turned out!) – but I can’t imagine being as fulfilled doing anything else.  I can relate to what a now-deceased friend who practiced as a cardiologist most of his life before becoming a priest after his wife had passed away told me: “We are soul-doctors.”  I agree… even though to an outside observer this way of life might seem not to make sense when compared to other options.        

As I read our Gospel passage for this Sunday (Luke 5: 1-11), I was reminded of this story of my own journey.  Jesus asks a professional fisherman Simon (Peter) to drop his nets into the water “for a catch” after the fisherman had been hard at work all night and had caught nothing.  A completely illogical request (one that the fisherman could have scoffed at and refused outright).  But what happened?  We hear how, after Simon explains how they have had no luck catching fish, he says to Jesus “… but at your command, we will lower the nets.”  The next sentence of the Gospel pretty well vindicates the logic of the illogic: “When they did this, they caught a great number of fish and their nets were tearing.”  It made no sense, in the opinion of the professional fisherman, to drop the nets once more after they had had hours of catching no fish – but because Jesus called them to do so, they went ahead… and were completely astounded at what happened. Two boats were filled with fish to the point of sinking. A fisherman’s reward beyond all imagining… just because Simon placed his response to Jesus above everything that told him that response was completely illogical and made no sense whatsoever.  

Doing what we know to be God’s will in our lives oftentimes involves going against what we think would be the “logical” thing to do.  Yet, haven’t we all had that experience of finding that – when we act in accord with what we discern God’s will to be – the rewards turn out to be far greater than we would have ever imagined?  This is part of the paradox, or the seemingly contradictory nature, of life as a disciple of Jesus Christ. We find reward by giving; we find true satisfaction when we put God and the needs of others before our own interests; we find the fullness of eternal life only by dying to this life.

Luke himself was a physician who decided to become a follower of Jesus – and ultimately became a great evangelist, noted not only for the Gospel that bears his name – but also as the author of the Acts of the Apostles. I don’t doubt that his “yes” to the call of Jesus also seemed illogical to him at the time!


Blessings and peace,

Rev. Charles G. Kieffer