Name of Church Holy Innocents

Address 425 E. 20th Street, Long Beach CA 90806

Phone number (562) 591-6924


Mass times Saturday vigil, 5 p.m. Sunday, 7 a.m. (Spanish), 9 a.m. (on the 4th Sunday this Mass is offered in the Extraordinary form), 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. (Spanish), 2 p.m. (Spanish). Tuesdays & Thursdays at 6:30 a.m. in English; Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays at 6:30 p.m. in Spanish.

Confessions Fridays, 7:30 p.m. Sundays, 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and after the 2 p.m. Mass.

Names of priests Father Peter Irving, pastor. Father Irving, age 61, is a faithful pastor, strongly pro-life and traditional. He has a history of working in rougher, inner city parishes and reviving them.   He is assisted on weekends by a Norbertine priest, and Claretian Father Robert Bishop comes monthly to celebrate the parish’s Tridentine Mass.

School Yes, K-8, administered by the traditional Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart whose motherhouse is in Alhambra. Former parishioners at Holy Innocents include Venerable Mother Luisita (1866-1937), who fled anti-Catholic persecution in Mexico and founded the Carmelite community whose

sisters today serve at the school. Teachers are both nuns and lay people; the school is located a few blocks from the parish.

Devotional activities Holy Hour Fridays 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. (with confession)

Liturgy Father Irving has renovated the church interior, returning it to a more traditional style. The altar is against the wall, and Masses are ad orientem (facing East, away from the people). There are altar rails, so Holy Communion can be received kneeling and on the tongue.

Fellow parishioners The parish is part of the archdiocese of Los Angeles, in a poor neighborhood in the north end of Long Beach. It has a significant Hispanic community and many blacks in the area.

Parking There is a small parish lot. On weekends, park a block away at nearby at Stricklin-Snively Mortuary and walk over.

Acoustics Fine.

Additional observations Holy Innocents is a historic church, founded in 1923. It is very traditional, and small. Former parishioners include one cardinal, William Levada, who attended as a boy. The parish wages spiritual war against the local Family Planning Associates (an abortion clinic), sending sidewalk counselors to pray and encourage women to choose life; as of this writing (January) three babies have been saved from abortion in 2015 and a total 878 since 2008. In the late 1980s and 90s, Father Irving served jail time for Operation Rescue, which used civil disobedience to close abortion clinics. Today, he preaches about defending life and inspires many of his parishioners to the pro-life cause. He can still be found praying and counseling women outside the nearby abortion clinic.