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 - June 11, 2017

My Brothers and Sisters,

The Most Holy Trinity.  One God, comprised of Three Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  In the words of the Preface of the Holy Trinity in the Second Edition of the Roman Missal, “You, Father, have revealed your glory as the glory also of your Son and of the Holy Spirit: three Persons equal in majesty, undivided in splendor, yet one Lord, one God, ever to be adored in your everlasting glory.”

Ever since my ordination as a priest, those words – from the prayer of our Church – have given me fruitful contemplation about the nature of our God.  No matter how much one contemplates, though, the idea of “the one being three and the three being one” is impossible to completely grasp through human logic.  The Trinity is essentially a mystery that will not become clear to us until we reach the Kingdom of God.

Even though Christians have, for two thousand years, acknowledged the Trinity as a mystery of faith… it hasn’t stopped us from at least trying to understand something about the Triune nature of our one God – who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  Different analogies have been employed to help us understand – for instance, the three-leafed shamrock was reputedly employed by St. Patrick to help him explain the idea of a God who is One yet at the same time Three.

Probably the most helpful “explanation” of the Trinity I’ve ever heard was one that drew upon the Greek theatre of pre-Christian times.  An actor in Greek drama would often use masks in his portrayal of a character – and a particularly skilled actor, by using different masks, could appear and re-appear in several different roles during the course of a single drama, thus preventing the audience from identifying the actor to one specific character.  Effectively, the mask transformed the actor as much as the memorization of lines. These masks were called “persona” (πρόσωπον); they would convey to the audience the personality traits of particular character being portrayed – for example, a king, soldier, wise old man, young girl, etc.  Yet, it was the same actor behind the mask. 

So, like a single actor of ancient Greece would covey different personality traits or character identities to the audience through the use of “persona,” so the One True God in an analogous way manifests Godself to us in three different Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  One God, three “identities” so to speak.  Three ways of our God revealing Godself to us… as Father/Creator, Son/Redeemer and Holy Spirit/Sanctifier. 

What an amazing God we have: God so desires relationship and intimacy with us that God comes to us in/as three distinct Persons – in order to show us the fullness of God’s love and to invite us to reciprocate by loving God in return.  This is what we celebrate today!


Blessings and peace,

Rev. Charles G. Kieffer