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 - July 2, 2017

My Brothers and Sisters,

As we celebrate Independence Day this week, we can – as always – take some time to reflect on the abundant blessings that we enjoy as Americans.  We are free to worship, free to speak out, free to associate with those whom we please… so many of us have countless material goods at our disposal, the foods we like, shelter that cools us in the desert heat, the ability to travel for vacation. The list of blessings for the majority of us is literally endless.  God is so good to give us a wonderful land in which to live! 

Yet with abundance comes responsibility. As Jesus reminds us: “Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more” (Luke 12:48).  Of all the gifts that have been entrusted to us, few are as great as the environment in which we live.  God has created beauty and purpose everywhere we look… from “sea to shining sea” in these United States of America.  And this is only one nation in the whole world that God has fashioned for us.  Yet we can take the created world, the environment, so much for granted.

Perhaps, as we celebrate our nation’s independence this July Fourth, we can set aside a little time to give thanks to God for the beauty and abundance of this world that God has entrusted to us.  Whether we spend the Fourth here in the desert, or in the mountains, or at the shore… we can ask God to give us the grace to be good stewards of the creation with which he has gifted us.  We can ask God for the strength to care for our world… as we give thanks to God for all the beauty and bounty that is given to us by our loving Creator.

 God of love, show us our place

in this world

as channels of your love

for all the creatures of this earth.


God of mercy, may we receive

your forgiveness


and convey your mercy

throughout our common home.


Praise be to you!

-From Pope Francis’ World Day of Prayer

            for the Care of Creation, Sept. 1, 2016



In Christ’s peace,

Rev. Charles G. Kieffer