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 - August 11, 2019


I had just returned from Target Monday night. I only went to pick up a couple of composition notebooks in which to make lists in an effort to be more organized. The place was packed. Literally, it was crowded at 9:00 at night. The school supply aisles were unnavigable, filled with exhausted moms & dads with their children. I came home and thought I had better lie down & “veg” in the cool house and read the scriptures for the week. Then, I was hit with the Sunday Gospel! This weekend’s Gospel periscope always makes me squirm whenever it is proclaimed or I read it. I can feel eyes staring through me.

It is August. It is hot! We are getting tired of the heat (don’t get me wrong; I would much rather put up with the heat than the cold!). Nevertheless, the heat along with the humidity makes many of us weary if not downright lethargic. Many of our Saint Theresa Catholic School parents are rushing home from vacations and trying to get their children ready for a new school year (Some of them were at Target!). All we want is to rest a bit from the heat and all the activity that is being demanded of us at this time of year. Then, to top it off,  we hear that line, “Much will be required of the person entrusted with much...”  

I was in seminary, and I was called in by Fr. Richard M. Gulla to his office. Yes, that Fr. Gulla—Reverend Richard M. Gulla, SS, PhD, Professor of Moral Theology. Fr. Gulla, the  author of “Just Ministry: Professional Ethics for Pastoral Ministers”, “Reason Informed by Faith”, Moral Discernment: Moral Discernment Guide”, “The Way of Goodness and Holiness: A Spirituality for Pastoral Ministers” just to name a few of his many books. He taught in the seminary I attended and he called me to his office one hot August. “JC, I do not see your name on the list for students taking the Masters Program.” “Ummm, no Father. It’s just too hot,  too hot here and, well, why? I mean with all my other courses & activities, all the responsibilities I have...” Then those words came, “Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more.” Those eyes... He stared right through me. “JC, in our tradition, when we don’t use our God given talents, we call that sin. You may go.”

We are blessed with talents, wealth, knowledge, time, and the like, and  it is expected that we use these well to glorify God and benefit others. We have been entrusted with certain things, and faithfulness requires that we manage those things wisely and unselfishly, even if it is hot and we are tired. The basic truth is we have all been given much. We have been granted the abundant grace of God, the Word of God, and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Each of us should use whatever gift we  have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. God gives us resources such as finances and time, talents such as culinary skills, athletic or musical ability, and spiritual gifts such as encouragement or teaching, and great gift of the ministry of parenthood. We should ask God for wisdom on how to use those resources and commit ourselves to expending them according to His will so that He may be glorified and we continue to build His kingdom. 

All I’m saying, is, yep it’s hot, yes we can get weary, but together we can keep building the kingdom. Together it seems easier. Together we can keep supporting each other. Together, together, together…


-Fr. JC