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 25, 2017

My Brothers and Sisters,

Recently, I had an experience that completely shattered all my “expectations” (in a most positive way).  It all began a few months ago, when a two of our recent St. Theresa Catholic School alumni, Katie Coury and Gregory Abbott, approached me – armed with a PowerPoint presentation – to make a request: that they be allowed to gather a group of fellow STCS alumni together to stage a summer production of Les Misérables to benefit Catholic education (the beneficiaries being our own school and the University of Notre Dame’s ACE Program, which prepares teachers for the vocation of serving Catholic schools in underprivileged areas).  Katie and Gregory (then-sophomores at Xavier and Brophy College Preps, respectively) quite honestly stunned me with their altruistic, community-building and yes – ambitious – plan.  How could I say no?  Katie and Gregory, who had both been involved in student theatre as STCS students, had reached out to our other alumni who had been involved in our school’s spring musicals of the past – and had already enlisted the support of Mr. Terry Temple, founder of Temple Music and Performing Arts, who has directed past St. Theresa musicals and who privately instructs a number of our students in music and the performing arts.  The work began… Terry, his wife Ginny and their college-age daughter Emily along with 33 cast members and stage crew and “techies” embarked on a mad-dash effort to pull together a complicated Broadway hit in 13 weeks’ time.

Along the way, a 34th member was added to the cast when Katie and Gregory came to me and asked if I would play the role of “the Bishop” in the play.  Since Fr. JC had played “the Wizard” in our spring musical The Wizard of Oz, my response was “sure… why not?”

I had no idea what I was getting myself into.  Yes, there was a lot of hard work (I think that the younger brain is far more adept than the older brain is when it comes to memorizing lines, cues and music) – but what was truly unexpected was the sense of awe on my part as I became part of this team of young people, bonding together to tell a story of mercy, redemption and God’s love overcoming anger, bitterness and strife.  It was honestly one of the most powerful and joyful experiences of my time as Pastor of St. Theresa.  There were moments when tears welled up in my eyes as I witnessed young actors passionately sing lines like “to love another person is to see the face of God” and an overarching sense of gratitude and pride in these young people whom I have the privilege to serve as priest and Pastor.  Of course, none of the cast could have been involved without the support of their loving families who did so much to “make it all happen” though their encouragement of the young performers, a lot of behind-the-scenes efforts as well as underwriting a significant amount of production expense.

Following “closing night” last Saturday, I was humbled by the talents of so many who had given of their time to make possible an incredible experience to benefit Catholic education. I “had a blast” being part of Les Misérables, feeling the teamwork and bond of being part of something magical, and confess that I felt a sense of letdown once it was all over!

Special thanks to the parishioners and friends who attended one of the three performances in our Msgr. McMahon Center – your affirmation of the efforts of our young performers and your support of the Church in its timeless role as Patron of the Arts is greatly appreciated.


Grace and peace in Christ,

Rev. Charles G. Kieffer