800 Beacon St. Avalon, CA. Santa Catalina Island
800 Beacon St. Avalon, CA. Santa Catalina Island 

Sacraments & Special Events

Most special events have a standard donation. This covers the use of the church, and if desired, the parish priest to preside over your event/sacrament. If a clergy from another Catholic church will be presiding, it is required that the clergy, family, or event planner contact our church priest to organize having the church unlocked, necesary vestments, and any other details. Lectors, musicians, eucharistic ministers of Holy Communion, and altar servers are not provided as a part of the donation or church reservation. If desired, you will have to organize those duties and hire/contract people to provide those services. If you are not a resident on the island with local contacts, our first recommendation is to hire from the mainland for services like musicians. We have limited options on the island and most of our staff is volunteer and work full-time jobs outside the church.


Weddings, Funerals, and Quinceñeras are not available to schedule on Sundays due to our weekend Mass schedule, priest availability, and local custom. We encourage any other day of the week, in coordination with our office and Pastor, Father Dario.



Given by appointment with the parish priest. Call, email, or contact before or after Mass to schedule. 



Annointing of the Sick

Contact the parish office or priest. Advanced notice is appreciated.




Contact Parish Office at least SIX months before the desired wedding date. At least one person in the marriage must be Catholic. If St. Catherine's is not your home parish, you must receive signed permission from your home parish pastor to have the marriage ceremony elsewhere. This is in the forms. If you would like to receive physical copies of the marriage forms, our office staff will need your mailing address to mail you forms to fill out. 

Marriage Forms for Saint Catherine's Church in Avalon
Each document must be completed. Once completed, you may re-scan them in PDF form and send to our parish email (stcatherineofavalon@gmail.com) or mail to Saint Catherine Catholic Church, PO Box 735, Avalon, CA 90704.
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Contact the parish office as soon as possible. We understand the loss of a family member can be a challenging time, so please contact us wih an idea of dates and times so our office staff can plan your event into the church schedule. Lectors, musicians, and altar servers are not provided by the church. You will have to make arrangements for those duties as a part of the funeral Mass. Visiting musicians and hired musicians are welcome to use the church instruments, but must contact our parish Music Director to have them unlocked and organize use of any microphones, etc.

Note for cemetery services from the City of Avalon:

The Administration Dept. oversees and maintains the City of Avalon Memorial Cemetery.  Please consider the following when scheduling a funeral mass that involves the City of Avalon Memorial Cemetery: 

> The latest start time at the cemetery is 12:00 noon for a full body burial or a burial of cremains.

> The latest start time at the cemetery is 12:30 p.m. for a niche internment.

The City of Avalon performs cemetery services only on Thursdays and Fridays.

Funeral Forms for Saint Catherine's Church in Avalon
Please complete both forms. You may submit them in person to our office, or scan and email to the church, or mail them to PO Box 735 in Avalon, CA 90704.
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Contact Parish Office at least TWO months before the desired baptism date. Some of our documents say "one" month, but the sooner you notify us, the better. The office will inform you of paperwork needed and any classes necessary. Our parish does not currently offer pre-baptism classes, but we can refer you to those resources that are available on the mainland, through the Archdiocese.

Introduction - Baptismal Guidelines.
Please read this document first.
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Baptism Forms for Saint Catherine's Church in Avalon
Each form must be completed. These baptism forms are *essential* since baptism is your entry into the Christian faith. Most sacraments you receive in the future will ask for a copy of your baptismal certificate. (Marriage, first communion, confirmation, etc.) Once you receive this certificate (or for your child), KEEP IT SAFE just like a birth certificate.
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Contact the Parish Office at least ONE MONTH before desired date. Do not decide on a date until speaking with our priest. You must receive permission to use the church for a ceremony. Only the priest can give the final permission.

Comuníquese con la oficina al menos UN MES antes de la fecha deseada. No decidas una fecha hasta hablar con nuestro párroco. Debe recibir permiso para usar la iglesia para una ceremonia. Sólo el sacerdote puede dar el permiso final.

Quinceañera forms for Saint Catherine's Church in Avalon
Por favor complete este documento. Entréguelo a la oficina de la iglesia y espere a obtener el permiso del sacerdote de la iglesia. Si está contratando a un sacerdote de otra iglesia, el sacerdote de Santa Catalina debe aprobar su fecha.
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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: 8:00AM                            No Mass Wednesday, unless Holy day.  Saturday: 5:15 p.m.      Sunday: 9:00 a.m. & 11:00 a.m., 6:30 p.m. (Spanish).                                                              CONFESSIONS: By Appointment.                                            BAPTISM: Contact Parish Office at least TWO months 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