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




Reflections - January 15, 2012

No Reflections - Marathon Route Map Insert


Reflections - January 8, 2012

My Brothers and Sisters,

We’ve had a rather abbreviated experience of the Christmas Season this year, since Christmas fell on a Sunday – as did the Octave Day of Christmas, the Solemnity of Mary the Holy Mother of God – New Year’s Day.  As a result, feasts of the Christmas Season which typically occur on Sunday landed on weekdays this year: the Feast of the Holy Family was celebrated on Friday December 30th and the final day of the Christmas Season, the Baptism of the Lord, falls on Monday January 9th.

Today’s Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord, then, is our final weekend celebration of the Christmas Season.  (In years past, Epiphany would always be celebrated on January 6th as the final of the “twelve days of Christmas” – so the idea of Epiphany being the last “big” feast of this season is nothing new!) 

The word “epiphany” has its roots in the Greek word ἐπιφάνεια, which means “to show, make known or reveal.” In the context of the Church’s celebration, Epiphany signifies the manifestation or revealing of Jesus Christ as Messiah and Savior – not just of the Jewish people, but Savior of the World. 

The concept of the universality of salvation brought about by the Messiah was unprecedented in the Hebrew Scriptures. The long-expected Messiah was coming to save the Chosen People, the Jews – to set them free.  And yet, as we celebrate Epiphany, we hear the Gospel story of the magi (wise men, likely astrologers) arriving “from the east” – i.e., Gentile (or pagan) territory to pay homage to the newborn king of the Jews. They are guided by the light of a star to find the Light of the World. After paying the newborn Christ Child homage, they elude Herod and return to their own land – bringing the light of Christ with them: a Light which has spread to all nations.

Our tradition of decorating with lights at Christmas – and keeping them lit at least though Epiphany – symbolizes this same Light of Christ which has gone forth to all nations, which has come into our hearts twenty centuries after the light of the star guided the magi to the newborn King. As we drink in the beauty of the lights on the Christmas tree, at the crèche and around the church – both inside and out – may we be reminded that we too – like the magi – bear the Light of Christ to a world that is still in need of the full manifestation of that Light!


Grace and peace in Christ,

Rev. Charles G. Kieffer, V.F.






Next Weekend’s Masses, to accommodate the PF Chang Marathon road closures:


Saturday 14 January at 4:00PM and 5:30PM

Sunday 15 January at 7:00AM and 6:00PM


Confessions on Saturday from 3:00 – 4:00 PM (half hour earlier than usual).



Reflections - January 1, 2012

My Brothers and Sisters,

Happy New Year!  As we enter 2012, may we follow the example of Mary, the Mother of God as we heard in today’s Gospel: “And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart” (Luke 2: 19). All what “things?” we might ask. I suspect that what Mary was caught up in pondering was how God had blessed her in so many ways!

The New Year is a great opportunity to reflect… to ponder the events of the past year, and to look forward to what’s to come in the New Year. Maybe we can take some time in the coming days to do this reflecting and pondering specifically in light of how God has been – and continues to be – so very active in our lives. God has blest each of us incredibly… in subtle and not-so-subtle ways. We have so much to be grateful for, and to rejoice in, as we begin 2012.

On a slightly different note… the annual P.F. Chang Marathon is just two weeks away (Sunday 15 January). Those of you who have been parishioners for a while can recall the ways in which the Marathon road closures make coming and going to Sunday Mass extremely challenging on the day of the run. We have been informed that this year, traffic will be even more restricted than in the past on Sunday the 15th from 7:30AM to 2:00PM. So, rather than having parishioners “run the gauntlet” to try to get to Mass on the morning of Marathon Sunday, we are going to “experimentally” change the Mass schedule for January 14th and 15th, to make it easier for St. Theresa Parishioners to make it to Mass. The adjusted schedule will be as follows:

· Saturday 14 Januarytwo Vigil Masses will be celebrated, one at 4:00PM and the other at 5:30 PM (note: there will be no 5PM Mass that day).


· Sunday 15 January:  only two Masses will be celebrated, one at 7:00AM and the other at 6:00PM (note: those coming to 7AM Mass will be given specific instructions how to navigate home after Mass, avoiding the road closures).


· Confessions on Saturday 14 January will be offered from 3:00 to 4:00PM (one half hour earlier than usual).


We will return to our usual Mass and Confession schedule the following weekend, January 21st and 22nd.

My hope is that all of our parishioners will be able to adjust their schedule so as to be able to participate in one of the four Masses offered at St. Theresa on “Marathon Weekend.” If you have friends or neighbors who normally try to make it to another church on the morning of the Marathon and have been frustrated by the traffic detours, please feel free to invite them to come to one of our special Masses on January 14th or 15th. All are welcome, including runners!  

May God, the source and origin of all blessing, grant you grace, pour out his blessings in abundance, and keep you safe from harm throughout the (new) year! *


Grace and peace in Christ,

Rev. Charles G. Kieffer, V.F.



(* from the Blessing for the Beginning of the Year, Third Edition of the Roman Missal)

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