Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Wilmington, California

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Ss. Peter and Paul, Wilmington, interior

Name of Church Ss. Peter and Paul

Address 515 West Opp Street, Wilmington, CA 90744

Phone number 310-834-5215

Website www.sppc.us

Exterior of Ss. Peter and Paul, Wilmington.

Mass times Saturday vigil, 5 p.m. (English); Sunday, 6:30 a.m. (Latin Tridentine), 8 a.m. (Spanish), 9:30 a.m. (English; Latin Tridentine High Mass on 3rd Sundays), 11 a.m. (English), 12:30 p.m. (Spanish), 2 p.m. (Spanish), 5 p.m. (English), 7 p.m. (Spanish); Monday – Friday, 6:45 & 8 a.m. (English); Saturday, 8 a.m. (English)

Confessions Fridays, 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 4 p.m.; and during the Sunday Masses, 8, 9:30 & 11 a.m., 12:30, 2 & 5 p.m.

Names of priests Norbertine Fathers Hildebrand Garceau (pastor), Adrian Sanchez (parochial vicar), Brendan Hankins (parochial vicar), Claude Williams (school rector). The Norbertines are reliably orthodox and deliver good homilies. There is also a Norbertine Sisters Convent across the street from the church, with three professed nuns and a group of postulants: https://www.sppc.us/norbertine-sisters. The sisters work at the parish school and are involved in a variety of activities at the parish.

Altar inside Ss. Peter and Paul, Wilmington

School Founded in 1944 by the Franciscan Sisters of Charity and Penance. Today, it serves grades pre-K through 8th grade and is under lay leadership. Nancy Kuria serves as principal and Fr. Claude Williams as rector.

Special parish groups and activities Perpetual Adoration Chapel, Pro-Life Ministry, Poverty Program, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Legion of Mary, Knights of Columbus, Third Order Norbertines, Home School group and many others.

Liturgy Reverent and traditional

Music Cantors and choirs

Fellow parishioners The surrounding community is mostly Hispanic and Spanish-speaking, although many Anglos from further away are drawn to the parish because of its traditional character.

Stained glass window inside Ss. Peter and Paul

Parking The parking lot fills up for the Sunday Masses, so come early. There is parking on the street when the lot is full.

Acoustics Good.

Cry room No.

Literature Visit the St. Joseph’s Bookstore to purchase religious books and other items.

Additional observations Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Wilmington was founded in 1865, making it the second oldest church in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Its first pastor was Franciscan Father Antonio Ubach, the last of the Franciscan padres in the line of Blessed Junipero Serra. In the Great Jubliee Year 2000, Ss. Peter and Paul Church was designated one of 20 pilgrimage churches in the Archdiocese. In 2006, the Norbertine Fathers of St. Michael’s Abbey in Silverado were assigned to the parish. The church is beautiful and well-maintained, and the priests foster an environment well suited to prayer.

Comments

  1. Beautiful church and the Norbertines that care for it are incredibly good.

  2. Anonymous says

    Good commitment to the Tridentine Liturgy, though not so many want to get up for 6:30 AM

    • Well, then, if many won’t want to get up at 6:30am, they can go Mass in the Ordinary Form at 9:30am on Sundays which is just as valid and licit–and I am sure–is just as beautiful the way the Norbertines celebrate it.

      • St. Christopher says

        “Jon” you just won’t relent. The NO is a jury-rigged “assembly” meant to appease Protestants (and to get away from all that embarrassing “Medieval” old stuff). Yes, under the Doctrine of Indefectibility we can rely on the Church’s promise that the NO meets our minimum Sunday obligation. Your answer though is, in effect, what the Church VII implementers have given to all Catholics: “Well, if you don’t like the very limited access you have the Mass of All Time, then you have to go to the NO.” Yes, St. Athanasius faced this same argument when he said (by tradition): “You may have the buildings, but we have the Faith.”

        • Dear SC, resident apologist for the religion called traditionalism: no, indeed I will not relent in defending ALL of the sacraments of the Church, whether it be the Ordinary or the Extraordinary Form.

  3. Anonymous says

    With all due respect to St. Peter & Paul, I find the practice of confession during mass a distraction and an abuse. I know it’s approved and OK from the higher ups, but it takes away from the Holy Sacrifice taking place in front of us. It makes the Mass about US instead of about Jesus.

    Instead, the notion of communal recognition of sin, where we are called to specifically contemplate our sin and where individual Confession and Forgiveness are offerred, a much more effective way to accomplish the same goals: https://www.nytimes.com/1974/02/07/archives/vatican-revises-sacrament-of-penance-vatican-revises-sacrament-of.html

  4. Anonymous says

    Every third Sunday, the 9:30 Am Mass becomes a Tridentine Sung Mass. Additionally we offer Solemn High Masses althrougout the year, the last one being the Feastday of St. Joseph and the next one is on May 30th, the Feast of the Ascension.

  5. Every third Sunday, the 9:30 Am Mass becomes a Tridentine Sung Mass. Additionally we offer Solemn High Masses althrougout the year, the last one being the Feastday of St. Joseph and the next one is on May 30th, the Feast of the Ascension.

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