800 Beacon Street Avalon, California Santa Catalina Island
      800 Beacon Street Avalon, CaliforniaSanta Catalina Island  

Welcome to Saint Catherine of Alexandria Catholic Church on Santa Catalina Island.

 

Saint Catherine's is back to normal operation. Seating is available inside or in the courtyard during Masses. The Mass can be heard in the courtyard through our outdoor speakers.

 

Office Hours

Monday-Friday: 9:00am - 1:00pm

 

Votive candles are available for purchase at the parish office for $5. (Price increases to $10 in 2023 due to materials and shipping costs.)

You can also buy candles before or after any Mass directly at the sacristy. Place your donation in the money slot, then take a candle from the cupboard below. Please only take the amount you have donated for.

 

Gluten-free hosts are now available during communion. As you approach, let the priest or eucharistic minister know that you would like a gluten free sacrament.

Parish Announcements:

 

Feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8th, Thursday 

(Holy day of obligation)

Mass times:

8:00am - English

6:30pm - Spanish

 

Our Lady of Guadalupe Procession:

On December 12 (Monday), we celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Here is the schedule of events for that day:

6:00am: Las Mañanitas

8:00am: Daily Mass (English - regular)

5:00pm: Procession/parade

    > Start at "Big Antonios" on Crescent Ave.

    > Down front street

    > Right onto Catalina Ave.

    > Left onto Tremont St.

    > Left onto Clemente Ave.

    > Right onto Beacon St. -- Ending at the church.

The procession must follow this route per our permit with the City.

~6:00pm: Mass in Spanish after the procession.

~7:00pm: Tamales will be sold by the community at the church after Mass.

 

Volunteers for the event are always welcome. Please contact the parish office or Father Danny and they will put you in contact with the other volunteers and procession leaders.

 

New Liturgical Year - New resolutions

With Advent and Christmas close approching, please invite Catholics back to church. If you know someone who has been unsure about returning to church and attending Mass, please welcome them back to celebrate with us. If they have questions or concers, Father Danny will be available in the confessional/sanctuary on Saturdays at 4:00pm until around 5pm to answer questions or speak with anyone about coming back to Mass.

 

Loyola Marymount Choir is returning this December!

We are pleased to welcome the Loyola Marymount University choir again this year. They will be joining us during the 9:00am and 11:00am Masses.

The choir is in need of housing. 17 of the 39 people in the University group have a place to stay, courtesy of the Edgewater Hotel. That leaves 22 persons. If you know someone who is willing to donate a hotel room, or multiple, please let us know. Private homes would be okay also, just as last year. Send any choir-related correspondence to our Music Director at music@stcatherineoncatalinaisland.org.

 

Christmas Decorations!

- If you want to donate flowers for our church, like poinsettias, now is the time. You can bring any flowers to the church before Christmas and place them near the altar and our staff/volunteers will organize them later. (Be sure not to order them too early, or they may start to wilt and die before Christmas.)

- Our church has lights that are available to put up for Christmas, but unfortunately no one to do the work. We would love if some volunteers could help us decorate the property before Christmas and put up the lights. Contact Father Danny if you would like to help.

- Christmas tree will be taken care of by the Knights of Columbus. It will spend the 4th Sunday of Advent in the Parish Hall, then be moved to the sanctuary for Christmas.

 

Parish Hall cleanup 

We will be cleaning out the Parish Hall in January. If you have any personal belongings in the Hall, please claim them as soon as possible. Any items left in the hall during our cleanup will be included in the "yard sale" (free) and be given away. Left over items will be trashed later on. We need to have the hall cleaned up for our St Patricks Day dinner as well as just general safety.

 

"Called to Renew" Campaign

In January, we will begin an archdiocese-wide capital campaign to raise money for the church. If you didn't have the opportunity to fill out a contact-card with the church, please stop by the office or talk to Father Danny about filling out the card so the church can reach you about this campaign.

Your information we get will not be shared or given to any organization except with authorized parish staff and our archdiocese. It will be very confidential. 

Now recruiting Parish volunteers!

We need more dedicated volunteers! We would like to expand our roster of volunteers so that our celebrations of Mass always have the full support the Lord deserves. We invite you to consider volunteering for the following positions:

- Lectors (reading the liturgy of the word)

- Altar servers (at any age)

- Sacristans (preparing the linens and liturgical items before Mass)

- Eucharistic ministers

- Musicians (will need to have short meeting with Music Director)

   [Both cantors (singers) and organists/pianists are welcome/needed.]

- Ushers

- Greeters

If you would like to volunteer in any capacity, please contact the parish office or speak with Father Danny after Mass, or whenever you see him.

 

Religious education classes:

Click here to see the "Religious Ed. updates" page

TEEN CONFIRMATION

Students are encouraged to attend the 11:00am Mass, but may attend any other Mass during the weekend if necessary. Students were given copies of "weekly message" assignments, and should write down the title of the first reading, second reading, gospel, and homily. Then, they must write down a personal reflection about what they think is the message of each reading and the homily.

 

 

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

No new announcements. Please attend class. 

 

 

Help with Religious Education:

We are in need of teachers and aids who can provide their time and faith to teaching the next generation about the love of Jesus and the importance of faith in their lives. Please contact the parish office or Fr. Danny if you would like to sign-up to teach, -or- sign up your child for classes.

Father Danny also would like some input and advice on how the program has been run in the past, and how it can be run going forward to increase its success and better benefit the students and community. Thank you!

 

Attending Mass with us:

 

> We encourage walking and car-pooling as much as possible due to limited parking at and around the church. Please be mindful of nearby residents and city regulations about vehicle parking.

> Parking is available at the curbs around the church and in the church parking lots on Lower Terrace Road and in the back parking lot of the church. PLEASE do not block any exits, pathways, or driveways.

> We request members of the congregation to turn their cell phones on silent mode or off while attending Mass. During visits outside of Mass, please maintain reverence and be mindful of other visitors using the peace and quiet for prayer and reflection.

> Lost and found items are usually turned in to the sacristy. Please contact the parish priest or a parish volunteer to retrieve a lost item. If you return outside of Mass times, please call the church phone number to get access to the lost & found.

> After the 9:00AM Sunday Mass, we welcome you to join us for coffee, juice, and light snacks in the courtyard provided by our volunteers. A donation jar is usually set up and all monies go directly to supporting parish operations.

 

Last update: 04 Dec 2022 - G.S.

MISSION STATEMENT: We, the people of St. Catherine Church located on Santa Catalina Island, California, are called to be members of the body of Christ. Gathering around the Table of Word, Eucharist, and Sacraments, we commit ourselves to love and support one another in faith, hope, and charity. We are sent forth as disciples, in the power of the Holy Spirit to make the Good News of Jesus Christ present and alive in our world through outreach and hospitality, healing and service, education and the establishment of justice on this beautiful island of Santa Catalina. 

WEEKLY MASS SCHEDULE:              Monday-Tuesday, Thursday-Friday: 8:00 a.m.                                                          No Mass Wednesday                        Saturday: 5:15 p.m.                      Sunday: 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m.        6:30 p.m. (Spanish) .                                                                                    CONFESSIONS: Saturday 4:00-5:00pm, and by appointment.                  BAPTISM: Contact Parish Office at least ONE month before the desired baptism date.                                                        MARRIAGES: Contact Parish Office at least SIX months before the desired wedding date. At least one person in the marriage must be Catholic.                      ANOINTING OF THE SICK: Contact the Parish Office

P.O. Box 735

800 Beacon Street

Avalon CA. 90704

Tel: 310-510-0192          

stcatherineofavalon@gmail.com