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 - March 24, 2019

My Brothers and Sisters,

Our journey through the holy and joyful Season of Lent continues – and, as we’re a little more than halfway through these forty days of transformation and spiritual growth as we prepare to celebrate the Paschal Mystery in Holy Week and Easter, it may be a good time to ask ourselves the question “How well am I doing with that Ash Wednesday invitation to turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel?” Maybe I’ve been diligent with certain Lenten practices (abstaining from meat on Fridays, taking on some extra devotions and prayers, being more generous than usual in giving alms and feeding the poor) – but – is my behavior changing at all?  Am I deepening my relationship with God, becoming any less “self-referential” or self-centered?  Are the changes that I’m experiencing during Lent the sort of change and spiritual improvement that can continue beyond Lent and through the remainder of the year?

Recently, I came across a posting online that “struck me” as a few very practical suggestions that can lead us to experience a more fruitful Lent and are practices that could easily be sustained during the Easter Season and beyond. These “Take 5 for Lent!” suggestions are simple, yet potent daily aids in our journey of discipleship in Jesus Christ:

1) Read Scripture for 5 minutes

2) Name 5 things that you are grateful for

3) Smile at 5 people today

4) Take 5 minutes for silence

5) Pray for 5 people.

Also, as we continue our Lenten journey, it’s natural for Catholics to use this forty day time of “turning away from sin and being faithful to the Gospel” to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation as we approach Holy Week and Easter. Now may be a good time to note this on your calendar:

  • · Our Lenten Evening of Reconciliation will take place in just over two weeks on Monday April 8th from 6:30 until 8:30PM


  • · Our . Please note that Confessions are NOT offered on Holy Saturday (April 20th), the day before Easter – as “the Church waits at the Lord’s tomb in prayer and fasting, meditating on his Passion and Death and his Descent into Hell, and awaiting his Resurrection” (from the Roman Missal   


May this Lent be a time of fruitful spiritual growth and an increase in works of mercy for each of us!


Grace and peace in Christ,

Rev. Charles G. Kieffer