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 - May 5, 2019

My Brothers and Sisters,

Many of us fondly remember Father Frank Fernandez, a priest who served our community of St. Theresa Parish a few years ago and who was called to the Lord on April 8th at the age of 80. He was a unique and wonderful character: he loved God, he loved people and he loved animals of all sorts. His homilies were most insightful, often bringing together his spirituality, his amazing life experiences and his ongoing Twelve Step journey of recovery in Alcoholics Anonymous. We were blest with Fr. Frank’s presence in our community and the love he freely gave – so I wanted to share with you a “gift of inspiration” that appeared on the worship aid at his funeral, which was celebrated at St. Joseph’s Parish. A friend of Fr. Frank’s, Larry Yee, captured these paraphrased gems from Fr. Frank’s homilies over the years:


“God truly and profoundly loves us unconditionally and finds us irresistible in his eyes. God wants to be part of our lives to help us with the decisions that we constantly make.”

“Each of us is asked to do God’s work here on earth, by our service to others. Pray for wisdom and strength from the Holy Spirit to serve and to be a proper instrument of God. Pray also to open your awareness to see the presence of God in others and in yourself.”

“We are created to be relational. The greatest human need is the feeling of connectedness; the greatest tragedy is when a person is alone not loved or not giving love.”

“The opposite of love is not hate, but rather indifference. Treating others as if they do not exist is the harshest act in dealing with others.”

“One of the greatest sins a person commits is when one gossips and destroys a person’s reputation.  We need to appreciate the power of the spoken word and how we can unintentionally harm a person or their reputation if we are not careful with what is said. Our tongue can be a dangerous weapon.”

“On Judgement Day, we are all judged by how we handled four key relationships in this life: with God, with ourselves, with others and with all of God’s creation.”

“Instead of growing old, the spirit matures. The more we as individuals let go and let God take control of our life, the more our spirit matures.”

“In times of difficulty or indecision, look to the Cross – for everything else is smoke.”


Lord, you chose our brother Frank to serve your people as a priest and to share the joys and burdens of their lives. Look with mercy on him and give him the reward of his labors, the fullness of life promised to those who preach your holy Gospel. Amen!


Joy and peace in the Risen Christ,

Rev. Charles G. Kieffer