May 25 dedication planned for new church in Perris

$7 million, 1500-seat St. James the Less Church has received certificate of occupancy from Riverside County

St. James the Less Church in Perris, California (image from Inland Catholic Byte)

Two years after breaking ground, the parish community of St. James the Less in Perris will celebrate the opening of its new 1,500 seat church with a dedication and Mass celebrated by Bishop Gerald Barnes on May 25.

St. James cleared its final land use entitlement hurdle on April 4 when it received a certificate of occupancy from Riverside County. The church is built on a 12-acre property on Dunlap Drive in unincorporated Riverside County land near Perris.

The construction, which cost about $7 million, moved fairly quickly. The drive to build the church, which replaces a small, 300 seat church, began back in 1981, however. The Dunlap Drive property was purchased in 1996.

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“To the parishioners who labored so hard and contributed their time, talent and treasure to make this dream a reality, words of thanks are not enough,” said Father Eliseo Napiere, M.S.P., parish pastor.

Full story at Inland Catholic Byte.

Comments

  1. Tony de New York says

    GOD bless them.

  2. The old, small church was quaint but had 8+ Masses on a weekend–packed to the gills despite poor AC system. With the growth of Perris, I have to think this will help attract a flock from a wider geographic area within the Perris Valley. I don’t think people realize this is one of the poorest towns in the Inland Empire, so the fundraising accomplishment is a significant feat for this community.

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