Welcome to Saint Catherine of Alexandria Catholic Church on Santa Catalina Island.
Saint Catherine's is back to normal operation after COVID restrictions. Seating is available inside or in the outer courtyard during Masses. The Mass can be heard in the courtyard through our outdoor speakers.
** Father Danny is away from May 22 (Mon) to May 26 (Fri). No daily mass this week. **
Monday-Friday: 11:00am - 1:00pm
Office will be closed on May 22&24. Staff unavailability.
We are looking to hire a new administrative assistant to increase our office hours. Please see listing below.
Votive candles are available for purchase at the parish office for $10 each. (Price increased in January due to supply 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.
For safety reasons, please do not use votive candles from Vons or any other distributor inside our candle holders at the two indoor oratories. We have had problems with them shattering and creating a fire hazard. The candles we provide and use have proved trustworthy over the years for use in our beloved sanctuary.
Gluten-free hosts are available during communion. We prefer that you let the priest or Eucharistic minister know before Mass so they can have it ready.
Employment Opportunity >>
Office Administrative Assistant
Involved in the business operations of the parish and scheduling of special events.
- Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel
- Basic computer and internet skills (email, web browser, Windows OS)
- Basic troubleshooting of office hardware (printer, scanner, labelmaker, etc.)
- Good organizational skills
- Bilingual in conversational English and Spanish
- Honesty and integrity, and works well with other staff and volunteers
Interested persons may contact the parish office or speak with Father Danny for more information or to apply and schedule an interview. Our parish needs your help!
Father Dario Miranda starts July 1 as administrator
Every year, the Archdiocese makes changes to the assignment of pastors and administrators because of the changing needs of the Archdiocese. Pastors die, get sick, or retire, or complete their terms. Because of this, Father Danny has been assigned to a new parish. Starting on first of July 1st, he will be serving at St. Cyril of Jerusalem in Encino. Fr. Dario Miranda has been assigned to serve St. Catherine's. He will also start his term here on the first of July. He has been primary pastor at other parishes and brings his years of experience with him and is fully bilingual. If you would like to see and hear some of Father Dario's liturgies, visit his YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/@elpadrecitoADLA
Father Dario visited in the second week of May and is looking forward to beginning his ministry here!
> "Called to Renew" Campaign:
We have this wonderful opportunity to show how much we love our church by making a pledge to our capital campaign "Called to Renew". By pledging, you are saying "yes" to God, who needs our help in renewing and repairing the parish that offers him praise on our island home.
Father Danny held an important meeting on the 16th and there were less than 5 attendees. We are not giving up! We know it can be difficult to make a pledge, but we also know how much you all care about our church. There are now envelopes in the pews for "Called to Renew". Please take one home and pray about how you can make a pledge and participate in this great project. Completed forms can be given to Father Danny, or Father Dario after July 1st. If you need help, call the office and ask for Father Danny.
Without these funds, we will not be able to fund as many repair projects that are deperately needed around the church.
If you have any upcoming baptisms, funerals, or quinceñeras, please call or email the parish office to confirm that it is on our schedule. No one is allowed to use the church for special events without permission from the administrator (Father Danny). This is to make sure two events do not conflict with each other, and so that Father Danny is not caught by surprise by an unscheduled event.
Checks: If you write a check to our church for any purpose, please do not make any corrections. Please start a new check. Our bank (U.S. Bank) has been declining checks paid to us because of corrections.
Coming back to Church:
As we venture through the year, please invite people 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. They are free to reach out to Father Danny and he will be more than happy to speak with them about questions or concerns. We would like to see more of our community come back.
We are looking for more Mass 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 joining the following positions:
- Lectors (reading the liturgy of the word)
- Altar servers (at any age)
- Sacristans (preparing the linens and Eucharistic items before Mass)
- Eucharistic ministers of Holy Communion
- Musicians (will need to meet with Music Director)
[Both cantors (singers) and organists/pianists are welcome/needed.]
- Anyone good with I.T. and tech (possible paid position).
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. Prospective musicians or cantors/choristers may contact the Music Director directly.
~~ Religious education classes ~~
Click here to see the "Religious Ed. updates" page
Congradulations, confirmation graduates of 2023!
Information will be given throughout the summer about confirmation classes during Fall 2023-Spring 2024 for 2nd-year students and new 1st-year students.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION
Congradulations, First Communion recipients of 2023!
Information will be given throughout the summer about First Communion classes during Fall 2023-Spring 2024 for 2nd-year students and new 1st-year students.
Attending Mass with us:
We celebrate the Roman Catholic Mass in alignment with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. All of our Masses are held in Novus Ordo, which is most familiar to our community. We do not offer any traditional Latin Masses at this time.
> 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 on Beacon Street in front of the church, and in the back parking lot of the church. PLEASE do not block any exits, pathways, or driveways. The side parking lot is not available until further notice.
> 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.
> When you enter, feel free to pick up a copy of our Parish bulletin. During most weekend Masses, we have an usher who may offer you one. For those who may be "rusty" with the order of the Mass, the front entrance also has printed pamphlets for you to follow along, if needed. Please help us save paper and return them when finished.
> 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. If it is raining after Mass, the get-together is usually moved inside the Parish Hall.
Last update: 23 May 2023
P.O. Box 735
800 Beacon Street
Avalon CA. 90704