Worth driving to: St. Peter Eastern Catholic Church, Ukiah

Fr. David is knowledgeable on the Fathers of the Church, both East and West

Interior of St. Peter in Ukiah

Name of Church St. Peter Eastern Catholic Church

Address 190 Orr Street, Ukiah, CA 95482

Phone number (707) 468-4348

St. Peter Ukiah, exterior

Website www.saintpeterukiah.com

Facebook www.facebook.com/saintpeterukiah/

Mass times Divine Liturgy is Saturday at 8 a.m. with Great Vespers at 5:30 p.m. Sundays at 9 a.m. with Matins at 7:30 a.m. (with potluck). Daily and festal services vary; see the service schedule on the website. For a sample of the Divine Liturgy, watch the 2018 Matins, Procession and Divine Liturgy of Pascha (Easter) here. Also view Great Vespers with Bishop Benedict here. For other St. Peter videos, visit https://saintpeterukiah.com/home/media/.

Confessions following Great Vespers on Saturday evenings

Names of priests Fr. David Anderson

Interior of St. Peter Eastern Catholic Church

School The church is too small for a school. Religious education classes are offered as needed, but none are regularly scheduled. Many in the church homeschool their children or have them attend Latin rite parish schools.

Homilies Fr. David is a gifted speaker, a great teacher, a Scripture scholar, knowledgeable on the Fathers of the Church, both East and West, on the history of the Church and the development of the liturgy. Listen to his What We Believe series here.

Fellow parishioners A wide mix of ethnicities and ages who drive in from four counties in the Northern California area. The parish is small, with many children.

Parking Plenty

Acoustics Fine

Additional observations The church began in 1999, when many of the laity were coming to the nearby Mount Tabor Monastery in Redwood Valley (visit https://www.monksofmttabor.com/) for Divine Liturgy. (Redwood Valley is perhaps best known as the location where Jim Jones developed his People’s Temple, 1965-74, before re-locating to South America and engaging in mass suicide. Purpose Driven pastor Rick Warren also grew up in Ukiah.) It was decided that the community was large enough to establish a church. It is a parish in the Ukrainian Catholic Eparchy of St. Nicholas of Chicago, which is in union with Rome. The liturgy is in English, and is sung. All baptized persons may receive Communion, even babies. Communion is by tincture, or dipping the prosphoron (leavened bread) into the chalice and administering it to the faithful with a small spoon. There are many icons, which are considered windows to heaven, throughout the church.

Comments

  1. James King says

    Unfortunately, St Peter Church will be closing by mid-summer this year. Fr adavid has accepted a position at Wyoming Catholic College, and the Eparch is no longer able to support this small mission. There is one inaccuracy in your report. The Byzantine Catholic Churches follow the Orthodox practice. The bread for communion is not a “host.” It is leavened bread. Pieces of the consecrated leavened bread are placed in the chalice with the precious blood. Communicants receive both species from the priest on a spoon, including infants and children who have been baptised and chrismated.

  2. James King says

    Those wishing to visit our church should do so soon — up through Pentecost Sunday. Services will continue for most of June, but the process of dismantling will have begun. It is a bitter sweet time for us, as we have been graced with Fr. David as our pastor for 20 years.

  3. Deacon Craig Anderson says

    That is sad news. For those looking for Eastern Catholic Divine Liturgy (Mass), there are two churches in Sacramento: Saint Philip Byzantine Catholic Church and Saint George Melkite Greek-Catholic Church. Both have reverent worship and fine priests. All Catholics, and others for that matter, are welcome.

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