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 info@sttheresaphx.org

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
7:30AM
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
(Confession)
Saturday, 9:00AM to 10:00AM
Wednesday, 5:00PM to 6:00PM and by appointment

Pastor

Rev. Charles G. Kieffer

Parochial Vicar 

(Associate Pastor)

Rev. Joachim Adeyemi

Rev. J.C. Ortiz

Assisting Priest

Rev. Paul Peri

Deacons

Colin F. Campbell

Mark Kriese

Ralph Ulibarri

 

Saint Theresa Catholic School
5001 East Thomas Road
Phoenix, AZ 85018

www.stcs.us

(602) 840-0010 School Office
(602) 840-8323 School Fax

 

 

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Reflections - April 28, 2019

My Brothers and Sisters,

Today we celebrate the Second Sunday of Easter. Interestingly this Sunday is not known as the “Second Sunday after Easter” but “…of Easter.” The Church is subtly reminding us that Easter is not just a single Sunday (that we celebrated a week ago) but a feast of such magnitude that it requires a full fifty days to celebrate: the period from Easter Sunday (or one could say “The First Sunday of Easter”) through Pentecost Sunday, this year to be celebrated on June 9th. These Fifty Days of Easter are sometimes referred to as “The Great Sunday,” because we continue to celebrate the intensity and the joy of the Lord’s Resurrection throughout these days. One might think that this extended time of celebrating our Easter joy might be a bit of an overkill; after all, doesn’t it become a bit redundant or boring to be celebrating essentially the same thing for practically two months straight?  Actually, no. The wonder and the mystery of Jesus’ resurrection after laying in the tomb for three days; the paradox of death giving way to new life, the invitation that each one of us has to follow Jesus from this life on earth through death to a new, glorified and eternal life in the Kingdom of God are all mysteries that take most of us a protracted period of time to absorb and integrate into our own lives of faith as Christ’s disciples. It’s truly a blessing to repeat these Fifty Day of the Great Sunday each year so that we can be reminded on an annual basis of these central, most hopeful and joy-filled mysteries of our faith!

The Second Sunday of Easter is also known as the Sunday of Divine Mercy, as designated by Pope St. John Paul II in 2000 after canonizing Sister Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938) as a saint of our Church.  In 1931, when the world was in the midst of the Great Depression and memories of the horrors of World War I were still very much alive in the minds of Europeans, Sister Faustina is said to have been personally visited by Jesus. According to her diary, an image was revealed to her of the Risen Lord, from whose heart shone two rays, one red (representing blood) and the other “pale” (symbolizing water), with the words “Jesus, I trust in you” at the bottom. (Many of you are aware that this image is displayed in our church, on the paneling just to the left of the tabernacle).   Faustina wrote in her diary that Jesus told her, “I promise that the soul that will venerate this image will not perish.” The entries of Sister Faustina’s diary focus on God’s mercy, the call to accept God’s mercy and to be merciful, the need for conversion, and the call to trust in Jesus.  The celebration of Divine Mercy Sunday on the Second Sunday of Easter, then, gives us an opportunity to reflect on the theme of how God’s mercy can overcome sin and, as the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments states, “a perennial invitation to the Christian world to face, with confidence in divine benevolence, the difficulties and trials that men and women will experience in the years to come.” 

The theme of tender compassion and Divine Mercy is certainly echoed by the Gospel passage (John 20: 19-31) that we hear on this Second Sunday of Easter in which the Risen Christ, appearing to the disciples who were huddled behind locked doors for fear of the angry crowds, gently encouraged the skeptical Thomas to touch his wounds “and do not be unbelieving, but believe.” The understanding, mercy and encouraging love of Jesus is so evident in that moment.

As we continue to celebrate the victory of the Risen Christ over the powers of sin and death, may we always be confident of the boundless mercy offered us by our loving God.

 

Joy and peace in the Risen Christ,

Rev. Charles G. Kieffer

Pastor 

 

A (final) message from a Junior High Student of St. Theresa Catholic School’s Class of 2019

As I write my last bulletin article, I reflect on all of my years at St. Theresa and all of the school and parish Masses.  Graduating from St. Theresa Catholic School this May really brings to mind all of the school Masses and how important they have been to developing my deep faith.  Every week, every year, every priest encouraged us as students to grow in our faith by growing closer to God, Christ, and our communities.  I didn't just sit in Mass, I really participated by listening and praying.  I think we have to do both.  If we just pray, I think we are focused on what we want or need to say to God.  If we also listen, we can open our hearts and minds to what God wants to say to each of us.  This is why I have left every Mass with some new thought, and it's also why I asked to write these bulletin articles.  I believe it's so important to share how important our faith is, no matter if we are celebrating life or struggling in it.  Faith is how I have gotten through everything I have up until now.  During my nightly prayers, by giving thanks, asking for forgiveness, or asking for God to help me or others, I have taken what I have learned in Catholic school Mass outside of the "classroom" into my everyday life.  I have faith that this will help me through the rest of my life, through all of the ups and downs.  I hope you have also found deep faith and that it carries you through your journeys.  I am grateful to Father Chuck, all of the priests and teachers at St. Theresa, and most of all, to God and Jesus Christ.  May God bless you.

What a wonderful gift this student of our parish school has given us by sharing his spiritual insights with the parish community over the course of these past two years! We wish him – and all the members of the STCS Class of 2019 – God’s blessings and continued guidance as they prepare to go forth to the high school of their choice.