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

Parish Background/History

Saint Catherine of Alexandria Catholic Church is located on Santa Catalina Island, 20 miles off the coast of Los Angeles, California. The church building has been serving the city of Avalon since 1950, but our catholic history on the island begins much earlier when the first Catholic Mass was said on the island in the year 1602 by an Augustinian friar accompanying Spanish explorer, Sebastian Viscaino.

The first Catholic Church building on the island was dedicated in 1902 as “St. Mary, Star of the Sea” on Vieudelou Avenue, with Fr. P. F. Byrne as the first celebrant. When a larger property became available, a new sanctuary was built in 1950 on Beacon Avenue, where we stand to this day.

The main building and rectory were built first, and around a decade later, the parish hall and other auxiliary rooms were built to support and expand the parish.

Former Catholic church "St. Mary, Star of the Sea" on Vieudelou Avenue. The location is currently a private residence.

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: Call Parish Office to schedule.                                                                                                      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
Fax: 310-510-8360