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Sacred Heart Chapel, Sacred Heart Retreat House, Alhambra
Chapel exterior

Chapel exterior

Name of Church Sacred Heart Chapel, Sacred Heart Retreat House

Address 920 E. Alhambra Road, Alhambra, CA 91801

Phone number 626-289-1353

Mass times Open to the public for Mass most Sundays at 11:30 a.m.

Confessions None scheduled, but visitors can ask priests leading retreats to hear their confessions before or after Mass.

Chapel interior

Chapel interior

Names of priests Varies, visiting priests lead retreats.

School No school.

Special events Visitors are welcome to make a visit to the Blessed Sacrament at any time during the week. However, visitors are requested to stop by the front office for a visitor’s badge. The smaller St. Joseph Campus, located across the street, offers daytime and early evening events, including workshops, days of prayer, youth groups, prayer groups, one-day retreats, seminars and special programs. Priests are welcome to the grounds for visits, retreats or vacations.

Liturgy English.

Music Organ. The sisters tend to do a lot of singing.

Homilies The homilies are delivered by the visiting priests leading retreats and are targeted towards those on retreat. The sisters always welcome quality, orthodox priests who deliver solid homilies. If you check the website, www.sacredheartretreathouse.com, under the “Retreats” tab, you can see who is coming up.

Fellow parishioners Those who visit are pious Catholics of all ages. Most retreats are for women, but there are a few married couples and men’s retreats. The sisters are very friendly, but are often busy attending to things at the Center.

Outside one of the retreats

Outside one of the retreats

Parking There is a parking lot behind the center or you can park on the street.

Acoustics Good.

Cry room No.

Additional observations The Carmelite Sisters are orthodox, cheerful and welcoming. The retreat house offers overnight and weekend retreats, and days and evenings of recollection. The grounds are beautifully maintained, with many statues and places for outdoor prayer and reflection. The Retreat House borders the upscale neighborhood of San Marino. Visitors can purchase religious items at the Sacred Heart gift shop before the 11:30 a.m. Sunday Masses.

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  1. The church it would appear is unscathed by Vatican II, high altar and communion rail intact, statues, tabernacle, central crucifix and six candles all in place! Fantastic to say the least, now the only thing the good sisters and yes they are in full habits another plus, is missing is: YES my friends the TLM!!!

  2. St. Christopher says:

    Lot’s of Traditional Latin Masses are said there, are they? These sisters are lucky to have maintained their habits and the accidentals of orthodoxy, but they need to also embrace the corps of Faith, use of the Traditional sacraments.

  3. Terry Seidler says:

    Our Archdiocese, and San Gabriel Valley communities, are blessed to be near the Carmelite Sisters and be inspired by their Faith-filled mercy mission in retreats, schools, care for the elderly, prayer life – and increasing vocations ! Thanks too to the California Catholic Daily – for your joyful April 15 article.
    Terry Seidler

  4. Come on sisters get those TLM’s up and going at your lovely church.

  5. I continue to be confused by the request that churches use the traditional sacraments: Baptism, Confession/Reconciliation, Eucharist, Confirmation, Matrimony/Marriage, Holy Orders, Extreme Unction/Anointing of the sick, What am I missing? Aren’t these the same sacraments we have always had? St. C, perhaps you could explain.

    • Canisius says:

      Uh no Bob One…like the scoundrels who changed the Mass, they changed the other Sacraments as well

      • Canisius, how did they change the Sacraments? Was it the meaning of the Sacraments? Was it some of the words? Was it the ritual? What did they change that makes the current Sacraments so bad? No one wants to tell me what changed.

        • Catherine says:

          Taken from Church Militant… “No doctrine has changed”……
          Written by an Anonymous priest in good standing

          When they ripped out the Communion rails throughout our Churches, we were comforted by our shepherds and leaders, who assured us: “No doctrine has changed…”

          When they turned Communion in the hand into the “norm” for the Church, we were comforted by our shepherds and leaders, who assured us: “No doctrine has changed…”

          continued…

        • Canisius says:

          Rituals and words have been changed, what made it made is that they once again stripped away Catholic identity

          • As usual, Canisius, I find your comments and those of similar thinking, interesting. What I’m hearing/reading is that Catholic identity is the ritual, the vestments, the specific words used in Sacraments, etc. I see our identity more in the Eucharist, in our outreach to the poor, to our Christian Community, to our prayer life, etc. Communion on the tongue or in the hand is still the Eucharist, facing East or any other direction is still the Mass, two candles or six doesn’t make any difference to me. I just like the new way better and more Catholic.

        • Catherine says:

          continued…

          When all of the “extraordinary” ministers of Holy Communion were given the go-ahead to distribute Communion, even in “ordinary” circumstances, we were comforted by our shepherds and leaders, who assured us: “No doctrine has changed…”

          When the Tabernacles were removed from the altars and placed somewhere off in corners and alcoves and little rooms distanced from the sanctuary, we were comforted by our shepherds and leaders, who assured us: “No doctrine has changed….”

          continued…

        • Catherine says:

          continued..

          When the priests were told to turn around and face the people at Mass, rather than remaining turned toward God, Ad Orientem, we were comforted by our shepherds and leaders, who assured us: “No doctrine has changed…”

          When altar girls and altar women became more common than altar boys, we were comforted by our shepherds and leaders, who assured us: “No doctrine has changed…”

          continued…

        • Catherine says:

          continued..

          No doctrine has changed…
          So, let us ask ourselves just what has changed? And more importantly, how did that change take place in spite of the fact that “no doctrine has changed?”

          This, of course, is what we are up against, isn’t it? No doctrine has changed–and yet….

          continued…..

        • Catherine says:

          continued…

          No doctrine has changed….as blustering, pro-abortion Catholic politicians continue to receive Holy Communion at the Holy Mass.

          No doctrine has changed…as contracepting Catholic couples continue to receive Holy Communion at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

          No doctrine has changed…as homosexuality and sexual misconduct in general, in the priesthood multiplied in number and misdeeds over the last 50 years. No doctrine has changed–and yet….

          continued….

        • Catherine says:

          continued..

          Yes indeed, no doctrine has changed. Are we all feeling better about it all now? And yet, an awful lot HAS, very unfortunately and very negatively, changed–but then, how could that have happened?

          Because as we all know: “No doctrine has changed….”

          Written by ~Anonymous Priest in Good Standing

  6. Bob One stop, you know why we continue to request these, we believe in the True Mass of All Times, not the “man-made” Novus Ordo.

  7. Although I do not always comment, thank you CCD for posting about such lovely churches as these. It most certainly helps people make good decisions about church attendance when they must go out of town.

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