Churches Worth Driving To

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Name of Church St. Peter and St. Paul Church

Address  9135 Banyan Street, Alta Loma CA 91737

Phone number  (909) 987-9312

Website  www.stpeterstpaul.com

Mass times  Saturday vigil, 4 p.m.  Sundays, 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. (Spanish) & 5 p.m.  Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m.  1st Saturday Mass, 7:30 a.m.

Confessions   Saturday, 8 a.m. or by appointment.

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Names of priests  Father Patrick Kirsch, outgoing pastor.  Father Kirsch is a solid pastor who, after serving the community for a decade, is leaving the parish for another assignment.  Due to the priest shortage in the area, he will not be replaced with a pastor, but by a lay pastoral coordinator (the layman coming in, Michael Donaldson, is known to be prayerful and orthodox); two priests in residence will celebrate Mass and hear confessions, Father Jose Jaramillo and Father Cyriacus Ogu, a Nigerian priest.

Special groups/activities  Adoration Wednesdays, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. and on Fridays, Respect Life Ministry, St. Joseph’s Covenant Keepers, various Bible studies, Rosary prayer group, Catholic daughters, World Apostolate of Fatima, Edge (a youth ministry)

Music  Cantors and choirs, depends on the Mass.

School  Yes, currently pre-K through 4th grade.  The school grows as the student body does.

Fellow parishioners  Anglo, Hispanic, some Filipinos.

Parking  Ample space.

Acoustics  You’ll hear best if you arrive early and sit in the front.

Additional observations   St. Peter and St. Paul is a parish of the diocese of San Bernardino established in 1970.  It’s a solid parish, orthodox and prayerful.  Like many of the parishes in the diocese, however, it is losing its resident pastor due to a lack of priests.  The incoming lay coordinator will help keep the parish functioning, as the community prays for more priests.  The building itself is of a more modern design and has some nice elements, such as its artwork.

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