Address 475 East I Street (corner of East 5th and East I), Benicia CA 94510
Phone number (707) 747-7220
Mass times Saturday vigil, 5:30 p.m.; Sunday 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. (Spanish-English), 5:30 p.m. First Sunday, 3 p.m. (Vietnamese). Monday – Friday, 7 a.m., Monday – Saturday, 8:15 a.m. (preceded by prayers from the Dominican community).
Confessions Saturday, 4-5 p.m. or by appointment
Names of priests All Dominican Fathers of the Western Province: Michael Hurley, pastor. John Marie Bingham, parochial vicar. LaSalle Hallissey, parochial vicar. Victor Cavalli, in residence.
School Yes, pre-K through 8th grade.
Special activities/parish groups Rosary before the weekday Mass and after the 7:30 a.m. Sunday Mass; 24-hour adoration in adoration chapel; Grief Support Group; Legion of Mary; Life Abortion Alternative Ministries; Singles Ministry; Lazarus Ministry; St. Vincent de Paul Society; Knights of Columbus.
Music Lots of singing and music at the parish. They have something for everyone, depending on your taste. If you like more traditional music, attend the 9 a.m. and listen to the choir. The 7:30 a.m. has piano and flute, and the 11 a.m. organ. The 12:30 p.m. has a Spanish choir and the 5:30 p.m. is the youth Mass, so you’ll hear guitar and drums.
Parking No problem. The church has two lots on I and J streets, plus there is street parking.
Acoustics Good, backed up by a good sound system.
Cry room Yes, in the rear of the church.
Parish bulletin View on the parish website.
Additional observations While the Western Province Dominicans are a mixed bag when it comes to orthodoxy, St. Dominic’s is a beautiful old church near the northern end of San Francisco Bay. It was established by the Dominican Fathers in 1854; the current church was built in 1890. It was once the site where Dominicans in the novitiate studied for the priesthood, but the novitiate was re-located to St. Albert’s Priory in Oakland, where it remains today. You’ll enjoy a traditional interior; one of the striking features of this church’s interior is the row of white column along either side. It’s currently undergoing a restoration. Work is being performed on the front façade so you’ll see scaffolding in front through the end of this year (no work being done during Masses on weekends, though).