COVID-19 UPDATES

March 20, 2020

Due to Governor Gavin Newsom’s order to “shelter in place” and conversations with the Diocese, the St. Therese of Carmel Parish Office is now closed. All of the employees will be working from home in order to continue to serve the community. Daily Adoration will be suspended effective immediately. We are so appreciative of everyone who volunteered their time in Adoration. Reconciliation, previously scheduled for Saturdays, has been suspended as well. We understand how difficult this is for many of you but we feel it is the best way to protect our community. The church will remain closed until the Governor’s order has been lifted.

Daily and Sunday Mass will continue to be recorded and posted on the website.

The Parish Office will also be creating online opportunities to meet through the application Zoom for spiritual teleconference, to pray together, and/or explore together various spiritual topics.

Message from Fr. Chris:

“Friends, we are living through some difficult times. I know that the cancellation of most of the activities in our daily lives has been a struggle, in a particular way, for our younger sisters and brothers. We, as adults and Christians, need to stay strong, responsible and positive.

For my part, I will continue to work with the staff to find new ways to connect our community to one and other and to the love of Jesus Christ. As we endure the difficult days ahead, the example of our patroness, St. Thérèse of Lisieux is both powerful and timely. Saint Thérèse of Lisieux is known as the Saint of the Little Ways, meaning she believed in doing the little things in life well and with great love. St. Thérèse was no stranger to struggles related to health and when her own illness prevented her from fulfilling her dream to become a missionary, she adopted the habit of praying for those in the missions, as her personal circumstances permitted.

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Our lives have changed for a time. Thérèse reminds us that it isn’t so much about what we’re doing, it’s about how we do it. There are people in our lives that still need us to love them. Will we choose to love each other through the next few weeks and find the rose that Thérèse has left for us. Let us not choose to withdraw because we were too focused on the thorns.”

The Parish Office is here to support the community. Do not hesitate to reach out to us with questions, concerns, or just the need to connect. You can still call our office number; it will be routed to one of our employees working from home. All staff has continued access to email during business hours and will be answering it when they are able. We want to thank you for your patience, prayers, and understanding during this time. Stay safe and healthy!

March 18, 2020

The Palm Sunday Concert has been postponed.

March 17, 2020

All Masses (daily and Sunday) have been canceled until further notice at the direction of the Diocese of San Diego.

The Lenten Penance service has been canceled.

Lenten Dinners and Stations of the Cross have been canceled as well due to the recent state directive to limit gatherings to less than 50 people.

Daily Mass is being presented online and will be posted each morning. The Sunday Mass will also be livestreamed. Please view our LiveStream link at the top right of the home page.

St. Therese of Carmel is offering Eucharistic Adoration from 8:00AM-4:00PM Monday through Friday. There will also be Adoration on Saturday afternoon from 3:00PM-6:00PM. Three priests will be hearing confessions from 3:30PM-5:00PM each Saturday during Adoration. If you would like to sign up for an hour during these times, please contact the Parish Office.

We will be posting more updates as we get them! Thank you for your continued patience. Please keep one another in prayer during this time.

NOTE: If you are a ministry leader, make sure your website info is updated. If you need the office to update something for you, please let us know! The Parish Office will be sending out email blasts with updates. Contact the office to add your email to the list if you aren’t receiving emails.