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Welcome to the Saint Therese Catholic Church, located at 5276 East 105th in Garfield Heights, Ohio. Saint Therese is part of the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland under the direction of Bishop Richard Lennon.

Mass Times
Saturday 4:30 PM
Sunday 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM
Holy Days See Bulletin for Holy Day Mass Schedule
Weekdays Monday, 6:30pm -- Thursday, 7:00am
Every Saturday - 3:00-4:00 PM - Other times available by request
Every Thursday - 6:45 PM Early Bird
Phone Numbers
Rectory 216-581-2852
Religious Education 216-581-3840
Youth Ministry 216-662-8685 x123
Credit Union 216-587-0631
Click here to get Directions to St. Therse Parish

Mission Statement
We, the people of St. Therese Parish,
are disciples of Jesus, led by the Holy Spirit
and made one in our celebration of the Eucharist.
Nourished by our faith and with a desire to serve others,
we are to hear the word of God, keep it,
and share the Good News

Click above for a downloadable parishioner registration form. There are three options for returning the completed form:
1. Mail the completed, printed form to the rectory.
2. Drop the completed, printed form in the rectory.
3. Drop the completed, printed form in the collection basket.
Parish Newsletter

2016 March Parish Newsletter

Year of Mercy

Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy December 8, 2015 to November 20, 2016

Year of Mercy Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father, and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him. Show us your face and we will be saved. Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money; the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things; made Peter weep after his betrayal, and assured Paradise to the repentant thief. Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman: "If you knew the gift of God!"

You are the visible face of the invisible Father, of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy: let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified. You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in Weakness in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error: let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.

Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with His anointing, so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord, and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor, proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed, and restore sight to the blind.

We ask this of you, Lord Jesus, through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy; you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.


Additional links:

USCCB Website for the Year of Mercy

This includes descriptions of the Corporal & Spiritual Works of Mercy, as well as monthly suggestions of ways to work mercy into your daily life.  There are also monthly scripture reflections on mercy to use within your families & parishes.

Vatican Website for the Year of Mercy

Here you will find resources for how the Holy Father is asking the faithful to celebrate this Holy Jubilee Year of Mercy – including the prayer, hymn, pastoral resources, and ways to get involved even in Rome.

Pope Francis Announces Year of Mercy

Pope Francis' Letter to the Faithful

Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy

The Jubilee of Mercy was announced by Pope Francis as a year to be lived intensely in each particular Church, allowing every person to encounter the mercy of God the Father through diligent labor for the Church's mission there.


Pastor Rev. John Schneider
Deacon Rev. Mr. Robert Bugaj 216-581-2852
Pastor Emeritus Rev. Norman Gajdzinski
D.R.E Sister DeAnne Zawadzki SSJTOSF 216-581-3840
Youth Minister Mrs. Nancy Heineke 216-662-8685 x123
Music Director Mr. Frank Kozuch 216-581-2852
Click to Contact St. Therse Parish Staff

Prayer to Saint Therese

Saint Therese O glorious Saint Therese, whom Almighty God has raised up to aid and counsel mankind,
I implore your Miraculous Intercession.
So powerful are you in obtaining every need of body and soul our Holy Mother Church
Proclaims you a "Prodigy of Miracles...the Greatest Saint of Modern Times."
Now I fervently beseech you to answer my petition; and to carry out your promises of spending
Heaven doing good upon the earth...of letting fall from Heaven a Shower of Roses.
Henceforth, dear Little Flower, I will fulfill your plea "to be made known everywhere"
And I will never cease to lead others to Jesus through you.

In 1927 Garfield Heights was a fast-growing suburb, and Bishop Joseph Schrembs recognized that the time had come to establish a new parish for the burgeoning Catholic population there. On February 1, 1927, he created St. Therese Church, named for St. Therese of Lisieux, whom Pope Pius XI had canonized two years earlier. Named as the first pastor, Fr. Richard P. Gibbons shouldered the task of organizing this new faith community. The choice was made to erect a building that would house both a school and a worship space, and on October 20, 1927, the first Mass was celebrated there, with the first classes convening a month later. Under the next pastor, Fr. Thaddeus T. Marchant, more classrooms were added to the school in 1942 and 1949, the parish gained a convent, and a new rectory was built. The parish's unabated growth moved Fr. James H. Smith, who succeeded Fr. Marchant, to propose erecting a new church building. This new structure was dedicated on October 3, 1960, capping a five-year building campaign.

Throughout their history, the people of St. Therese have lived as a vibrant, faith-filled community that strives to carry on Jesus' mission of proclaiming the Father's love, strengthened in this by the sacraments and Scripture. God has given us a mission through baptism. Like those who went before us, we will be faithful to it, ministering in Garfield Heights and wherever we go.