St. Gregory Armenian Catholic Church, Glendale

Its 2,500 families are from Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Iran

St. Gregory the Great Armenian Catholic Church, Glendale, California

Name of Church St. Gregory Armenian Catholic Church

Address 1510 E. Mountain Street, Glendale, CA 91207

Phone number (818) 243-8400

Mass times Sundays, 9:30 a.m. (English), 11 a.m. High Mass (Armenian), 1 p.m. (Arabic and English, 2nd Sunday of the month). There is also a 2 p.m. Mass at the church’s Glendora mission, 241 South Valley Center Ave., on the last Sunday of the month. There is an Armenian parish in downtown Los Angeles as well, Our Lady Queen of Martyrs. Parts of the Mass are like the Latin rite Mass, however, the priest faces the altar, vestments are bulkier and more ornate and Armenian hymns are sung.

Confessions Call for appointment.

Names of priests Bishop Mikael Mouradian, acting pastor. He was born in Lebanon, ordained a priest in Paris in 1987 and ordained a bishop in 2011. He oversees eight parishes, three missions and four schools in the eparchy. Listen to him preach: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w0ZlwQyeDmM.

St. Gregory the Great Armenian Catholic Church, Glendale, California

Special groups/activities Armenia Catholic Youth Group of Los Angeles, young adult group, family Bingo nights

Music The high Mass is sung.

School No, but there are religious education classes for children and adults.

Fellow parishioners Its 2,500 families are from the Middle East, or 1st or 2nd generation from the Middle East, including countries such as Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Iran, as well as Turkey and Armenia. There are 60,000 Armenian Catholics in the United States and Canada.

Parking There is parking behind the church and across the street from the church.

Additional observations St. Gregory’s is an Armenian Catholic Church, in union with Rome, and is the Episcopal seat of the Eparchy (diocese) of Our Lady of Nareg, which encompasses all of the United States and Canada. St. Gregory was built as a parish church in 2000, and in 2013, was raised to cathedral status when the bishop moved his Episcopal seat from New York to Glendale.

Comments

  1. Your Fellow Catholic says

    Sounds like a wonderful place. I can’t wait for people to complain about the fact that they don’t have TLM masses.

    • Also notice that the priest faces Christ over the altar when saying the Mass. It seems the Armenians do not mess with their Mass.

      But who knows? The Armenians might welcome a TLM there in the future. Stranger things have happened. (Laughter.)

    • Hi, I am a seminarian for the Armenian Catholic Eparchy. I grew up with the Latin Rite, and I especially adore the TLM. As Anne says, we adopted many liturgical traditions from the Old Latin Rite centuries ago, and we celebrate the Divine Liturgy the correct way: all the people of God lead by the priest in the same direction up the Holy Mountain. (Fr. Mike Schmitz). The Eucharist is the pinnacle of our Christian life, so we wouldn’t treat it like a picnic in the park.

      I recommend all of you to visit some time, all Catholics are welcome.

  2. This church is Catholic but not Latin Rite Most people who go to the Traditional Latin Mass would know that it has a non Latin rite of its own, unless they are converts or were lapsed Catholics until recently. The people who complain about no Traditional Latin Masses are referring to churches of the Latin Rite. Perhaps there are a few who do not know there are other rites, but not many.

  3. Armenians are good Catholics who survived the Trurkish 1914 genocide. Glendale is the second largest Armenian city outside of Yerevan, Armenia. We are lucky to have then in Southern California.

  4. Amen to that Gratias.

  5. helen wheels says

    they don’t call it Glendalian for nothing

  6. Thank you for posting this. There are more Armenian Catholics in the US than in Armenia. Most Armenians are members of the Armenian Apostolic Church which is Eastern Orthodox but uses the same rite as Armenian Catholics. Armenia was the first Christian state in the world.

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