Name of Church Church of the Good Shepherd
Address 504 North Roxbury Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210
Phone number 310-285-5425
Mass times Saturday vigil, 5:30 p.m. Sunday, 8:30, 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. & 5:30 p.m. Monday – Friday, 6:30 a.m. & 12:05 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. Wednesday nights: 6:30 p.m.
Confessions Wednesdays, 7 – 8 p.m.; Fridays, 11:40 a.m. and noon; Saturdays, 4-5 p.m.
Names of priests Fr. Ed Benioff, pastor. Fr. Benioff is a convert, with a Jewish father and Catholic mother, and attended St. John’s Seminary.. Colm O’Ryan, pastor emeritus. Fr. George O’Brien, in residence (he’s a Englsih professor at Mt. St. Mary’s University, Los Angeles).
School Yes, preschool through grade 8. The school is not located alongside the parish, but is a few blocks away.
Special parish groups Various prayer and meditation groups, Martha’s ministry (feeds the poor), St. Vincent de Paul Society, Prayer Shawl Ministry
Devotional activities Eucharistic devotion, Wednesday 7-8 p.m., 1st Fridays, 12:30 – 1:30 p.m., 1st Saturday of the month (Fatima) and devotion after 8 a.m. Mass.
Music Music depends on the Mass; cantors, choirs, accompanied by organ.
Fellow parishioners English-speaking, largely Anglo community.
Parking The church does have a small lot, or you can park on the street. Santa Monica Blvd. is always filled with traffic and has no parking, but you can park in the side streets in front of the nice homes. Check the street signs to see if you can park for only an hour or two.
Cry room No.
Additional observations Good Shepherd is part of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. It was founded in 1923. It’s located off busy Santa Monica Blvd.; behind are swanky Beverly Hills homes, across and down the street are high rise hotels and businesses. The famous shopping mecca Rodeo Drive is two blocks away. Inside, the church is quaint and neat. It has a large crucifix, an ideal aid for prayer, and colorful stained glass windows. Its exterior includes twin towers topped by golden crosses, and a nice statue of Jesus holding a lamb. It is a historic church, and has been the site of numerous celebrity weddings (Elizabeth Taylor [her first wedding], Loretta Young, Rod Stewart, Mark Wahlberg) and funerals (Gary Cooper, Frank Sinatra, Danny Thomas, Carmen Miranda, Eva Gabor, William Frawley, Alfred Hitchcock, Don Adams, Merv Griffin). Bing Crosby, Bob Newhart, Jimmy Durante, Gene Kelly, Ricardo Montalban and Rudolph Valentino were parishioners. If you’ve seen the 1954 Judy Garland movie A Star is Born, you’ll see it in the funeral scene.