Churches worth driving to

Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery chapel, St. Helena

Name of Church Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery chapel

Address 2121 Spring Street, St. Helena CA 94574-2349

Phone number (707) 963-1703

Mass times Services are scheduled through the cemetery office.  Call if you wish to tour the church.

Famous people interred in the cemetery If you tour the cemetery grounds, you’ll find the graves of prominent winery families from the Napa Valley buried over the past century.  One of the most prominent members of the clergy buried there is Father Patrick Blake, pastor of St. Helena 1892-1921.  A century and more ago he was known for establishing many parishes in the Napa Valley, including Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Calistoga and Holy Family in Rutherford, and charities as well.  He also led the efforts to rebuild St. Helena Parish after a fire.  He is buried in front of the chapel.

Parking No problem.

Additional observations  Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery in St. Helena was established in 1901.  It is located in northern California, in the diocese of Santa Rosa.  Upon purchase of the land, palms, trees and native plants were added, and construction of the chapel began.  It was completed in 1904, and was refurbished in 2005-06.  Its features include original flooring and stained glass windows.  The refurbishment included a re-leading of the windows, and new pews were purchased from a small church in Germany.  (The refurbishment was paid for by parishioners of nearby St. Helena parish.)  It is located in the center of the cemetery.

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  1. There was a daily Latin Mass offered by Father Peter Talcott for a period at this chapel fairly recently.

  2. Before scheduling a trip, was it a true refurbishment or was it brought into conformity with the chimeric “spirit” of VII?

  3. In small communities I find similar churches, no residents, only one Mass which is Sundays.

  4. True, Sieber I for one would make sure its not a Novus Ordo “wreckavation” and maybe they still have a TLM. This reminds me of the years spent attending Holy Cross mausoleum in San Diego for the TLM there during the dark years before they found a home at St. Anne church staffed by the F.S.S.P. I have long since left San Diego but here in Las Vegas the dark times continue with Bishop Joseph Pepe, a strong opponent of Traditional Latin Mass, aint gonna change here soon thank God for the S.S.P.X. here in Las Vegas if not for them it would be altar girls, hand holding, kiss of peace, drums, guitars, dancing girls, Life Teen, ghastly music from the 70′s, polyester vestments, felt banners, peoples table, the Novus Ordo list could go on forever!!! Pray that our Holy Father will say the TLM in St. Peters Basilica soon it has been to long in waiting since Summorum Pontificum.

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