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St. Mary Coptic Catholic Church, Los Angeles

St. Mary's Coptic Catholic Church, Los Angeles, exteriorName of Church St. Mary Coptic Catholic Church

Address 2701 Newell Street, Los Angeles, CA 90039

Phone number (323) 669-2822

Website www.stmaryccc.com

Mass times Sundays, 10:30 a.m. (Arabic/English/Coptic).  First Fridays, 7 p.m. (Arabic/English).  Fridays, noon.  Last Saturday of the month, 6 p.m.  Holidays and feasts, as announced.

Music St. Mary Arabic Choir (listen to them on the parish website)

Confessions  Sundays, 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.

Names of priests Father Morcos Kheir, pastor.

Father Kheir

Father Kheir

Special groups/activities Youth & young adult group (for high school & college), Legion of Mary (1st Sundays), St. Vincent de Paul Society (1st Sundays), Knights of the Holy Family (3rd & 4th Sundays)

School Sunday school for all grades, 1:15 p.m.

Fellow parishioners Attendance at the parish is open to all.  Most Coptic Catholics are Egyptian, who have begun in recent years to emigrate to the United States and Europe.  The situation for Coptic Catholics in Egypt has become increasingly hazardous since the 2011 fall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak.  Coptic Christians are a minority in Egypt (about a tenth of the population).  The Coptic Catholic patriarch, Cardinal Antonios Naguib, has complained that Muslim attacks on Christians have increased in recent months, with Christians being killed and persecuted, and churches burned.

Parking There’s a small lot beside the church or park on the street.

Additional observations Today, the Coptic Catholic church is in communion with Rome.  Originally part of the schismatic Orthodox Church, the Coptic church reunified initially with Rome in 1442, and then again in the 1700s. Its patriarch, the Patriarch of Alexandria of the Catholic Copts, is headquartered in Cairo.  In addition to the Middle East, it has parishes in North America, Europe, and Australia.  St. Mary’s is the only Coptic Catholic Church in California, and is under the authority of the Archbishop of Los Angeles.  It’s located in an older Los Angeles neighborhood, near the intersection of the 5 & 2 freeways (near Dodger Stadium and Silver Lake).

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  1. Hieromonk Arsenius says:

    “The Coptic Catholic patriarch, Cardinal Antonios Naguib, has complained that…”

    His Beatitude, Patriarch Antonios, is retired. His Beatitude, Ibrahim Isaac Sidrak, is now Coptic Catholic Patriarch of Alexandria.

  2. And we American Catholics go on and on about the “persecution” WE face, claiming we will be thrown into prison camps and such nonsense.

    We are spoiled rotten in this country, wailing loudly, while the faithful in so many OTHER countries are suffering genuine persecution, death, burning of business and churches, etc.

    • Amen!

    • Yes, Mackz, we are spoiled all right. as our supposedly Christian President sends planes and military equipment to the Muslim leadership in Egypt while they persecute the Coptic Christians over there. When will the American people wise up to the duplicity of this man.

  3. Pray for our Coptic brothers and sisters, suffering under the Caliphate in Egypt!

  4. Does anyone know if the Coptic Catholic Church still puts a miniature copy of the Ark from the Old Testament on their altars as the Coptic Church did in the past? I thought it was an interesting and beautiful tradition. I know the Coptic Catholics consider the Virgin Mary the Ark of the New Covenant as all Catholics do, but do they still use a copy of the Old Ark?

  5. I had mistakenly put my question under another website previously, but a member of an Eastern Catholic Church most kindly answered it anyway. In their Eastern Church there is an icon of the Dormition of Our Lady, who is the New Testament Ark, instead of a copy of an Old testament Ark. I am not sure if that is the case in all Coptic Catholic churches though. I will look it up on line.

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