Little Way Dinner and Auction

Saint Therese Carmelite School will be holding its annual Little Way Dinner and Benefit Auction at the recently renovated Almansor Court, 700 S. Almansor St. on Friday, February 21st at 5:30 pm. The proceeds will go toward educational programs and the scholarship fund. The night will begin in the beautiful Palm Court with happy hour and a chance to browse some highly coveted silent auction items while being serenaded by live musicians.  You can also try your luck at the annual Winter Raffle Drawing for a cash prize!  Travel through the scenic Greenhouse to have your photo snapped before entering the lovely Lakeview Room for the evening’s elegant program.   Savor a gourmet three course dinner followed by a live auction with professional auctioneer.  It will surely be an exciting evening with lively bidding on many items such as an authentic, signed  Lladro; dinner for 12 hosted by our Carmelite Friars; A Night on the Town including tickets to Hamilton and even a romantic Hawaiian vacation!  We’d love for you to join us in celebrating 95 years of service to the Alhambra community. The night will continue with live music and dancing.  Join us this evening to be socially and spiritually charged, all while supporting our school. Tickets are $95 per person if purchased by February 12 or $125 after February 12. If you’re looking to invite some friends, consider supporting the school through a table sponsorship. Gold, Silver, and Bronze sponsorships include a table for ten, wine service, sponsor recognition, and more. To purchase sponsorships and tickets online, visit or purchase tickets in person by visiting the school at 1106 E Alhambra Rd.

Open House

Come and see what our program is about at our Open House Sunday, January 12, 2020 10am-3pm!  At Saint Therese Carmelite School you find a strong Catholic identity, promotion of virtues and a solid academic foundation.  Saint Therese educates students through the Catholic Classical model of education to equip our students with the logic, critical thinking, and language skills necessary to succeed throughout their lives.  Some of the key features of our school include Classical Curriculum, weekly Mass, monthly confession, Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Carmelites teaching in the classroom, access to a chapel and a church on site, Latin starting in 3rd grade, Euclidean geometry, all-school choir, fine arts, CYO sports, and after-school daycare. Give your children the necessary skills for high school and beyond by giving them an education at Saint Therese Carmelite School!  Saint Therese Carmelite School is truly a hidden gem. To learn more about what makes our school unique, we invite you to watch our school video.

Become an Underwriter

Saint Therese Carmelite School invites you to become an underwriter.  Help us make a difference in the lives of our students.  Your contributions allow us to continue with our mission of forming students in faith, academics, and virtue through a classical education.

Little things…BIG difference!

Saint Therese Carmelite School is truly a hidden gem. To learn more about what makes our school unique, we invite you to watch our school video.

Welcome Back

Welcome back parents, faculty, and students!  It is truly a joy to see all our students’ enthusiasm.  With diligence, patience, and perseverance, our students will have a great year!

The staff started off by attending a retreat at El Carmelo Retreat House.  Our chaplain, Fr. Matthias, entrusted our school to Our Blessed Mother.  May we flourish under her protection.

We welcome Mrs. Karnis as our 1st and 2nd grade teacher, Miss Marybeth as our Tk/K aide, and Miss Charlotte as Choir Director.

Let’s do the little things well Saints!

Open Enrollment

We seek to form students in faith, academics, and virtue through a Classical Education that is 100% Uncommon Core.

What makes our school unique?  Classical curriculum, Carmelites teaching in the classrooms, weekly Mass and monthly confessions, all-school choir, the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, trained faculty, and great families are some of the aspects of our school that make us unique.  We are the only school in the Archdiocese to offer the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, a Montessori based approach to religious formation, to students in TK-2nd grade.

See for yourself the rich curriculum we offer and meet our teachers, staff, parents, and students!

Finally a school you can trust!  TK through 8th grade! Small class sizes! Call for a personalized tour.

Little Things…Big Difference

Saint Therese Carmelite School is truly a hidden gem.  To learn more about what makes our school unique, we invite you to watch this video by clicking on our video below



Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd now accepting applications!

With great joy, we are blessed to announce the second year of the Saint Therese Carmelite School “Little Flower Atrium” and we are grateful for the opportunity to offer this program to our Parish families. The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is a Montessori-based form of Catholic religious education.  Please register early.   Space is limited!
For more information and to apply, visit:

Father’s Dream of a Truly Catholic Classical Carmelite Education

Dear Friends,

In my homily I gave on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, I quoted Fulton Sheen from his book: The World’s First Love: Mary, Mother of God. Venerable Fulton Sheen suggested that God “dreamed” His mother perfect: “She existed in the Divine Mind as an Eternal Thought before there were any mothers. She is the Mother of mothers—she is the world’s first love.” God dreams and amazing things happen! What happens when you dream?

We often use the word “dream” to mean: fulfilling our desires and ambitions in life. To get accepted to Notre Dame or to achieve professional success could be a dream come true for some. Have you ever imagined the perfect “dream home”? There is the American Dream, pipe dreams, daydreams, field of dreams, dream boat, and lets not forget Martin Luther King’s dream that one day there will be an end to the culture of racism in America. Fulfilling our dreams are important. But if our goals in this life are anything other than getting to heaven, our dreams will surely turn into nightmares!

While my dreams are different today than from the days of my youth, I still dream and I dream BIG! I dreamt of a thriving school that is authentically Catholic, Orthodox, and Carmelite, trustworthy from textbooks to teachers. I dreamt of a perfect principal who could courageously lead and govern with a thirst to save souls for Christ! I dreamt of a perfect curriculum that will teach our children to learn, think, and hunger for knowledge without Google spoiling the fun! I Dreamt of a school that is perfectly harmonious with the mission of the Parish. I dreamt of a school that is affordable to growing families who otherwise could not financially consider Catholic education. I dreamt of a school whose main objective was to create an environment wherein the student can BECOME A SAINT! And lets not forget our formation does not subscribe in any way to Common Core. Yes, I still dream and I dream BIG!

I want to thank my parishioners for all of your prayers, encouragement, and financial support for our parish school. Come and see for yourself my dream come true! Call and schedule a personalized tour of our school.  I also want to take this opportunity to invite you to attend our Golf Tournament Friday, May 19 from 2pm to 10pm at the Brookside Golf and Country Club in Pasadena.  ALL ARE WELCOME!  Although St. Therese Parish may be the only parish in the entire Archdiocese of Los Angeles with a school like ours, we are confident and hopeful that the yeast is rising and Catholic education will be restored one parish at a time!  We should never doubt that a small group of committed and faithful Catholics can change the world; indeed, it is the only way it ever has. Take to heart these words from Thomas Jefferson: “One man with courage is a majority.” Come and see my dream come true!

God bless you,

Fr. Philip Sullivan, OCD