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St. Sebastian Church, Santa Paula

San Sebastian, Santa Paula

Name of Church St. Sebastian

Address 235 N. Ninth Street, Santa Paula, CA 93060

Phone number (805) 525-2149

Website www.stsebastiansp.com

Mass times Saturday vigil, 5:30 p.m. Sunday, 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 5:30 p.m. Weekdays: 8:30 a.m. Confession Saturday, 4 – 5 p.m. and 7:30 – 8 p.m., and by appointment

Names of priests Staffed by the Canons Regular of the Immaculate Conception (CRIC). Visit http://www.cricusa.com/. Pastor: Fr. Pasquale Vuoso. Fr. Thomas Dome, assistant.

School Yes, grades K-8. Visit http://spsaints.weebly.com/. There are also religious education classes at the parish.

Special groups & events Knights of Columbus, Legion of Mary, Blue Army, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Respect Life, YLI, various prayer groups; adoration, 9 a.m. Friday to 8 a.m. Saturday.

Homilies/Priests The priests very good. The community stresses, among other things, its fidelity to the Magisterium and Holy Father. The homilies are solid; priests are orthodox and not afraid to preach the truth on any topic. Fr. Pasquale loves golf, so don’t be surprised if you hear a golf story in his homilies.

Liturgies/Music Liturgies are reverent. Music depends on the Mass; cantors, organ and choirs. The music program is good, featuring traditional hymns and chant, with an occasional new song written in the tradition of the old.

Fellow parishioners Anglo, all Masses are in English. (The nearby Our Lady of Guadalupe Church serves the Hispanic community.) There are many large families at the parish, as attending are many of the tutors at nearby Thomas Aquinas College, where large families are considered a blessing.

Parking No problem

Acoustics Fine

Cry room Yes, in the back.

Additional observations St. Sebastian began as a mission in 1889, and was established as a parish in 1896. The current church building was dedicated in 1956. It is located in Ventura County and is part of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Much of the area is agricultural; there is also still oil pumped in the region.

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