Name of Church Blessed John Henry Newman Catholic Church

Address Currently meets for Mass at St. Joseph Church, 727 North Minter Street, Santa Ana CA 92701


Mass times Sundays, 3 p.m.  Sung Mass according to the Anglican Use (Missa Cantata)

Confessions 2 – 2:30 p.m., or by appointment.

Names of priests  Father Andrew Bartus.   Father Bartus was once a Baptist, became an Anglican priest and served at St. Mary of the Angels Anglican Church in Hollywood.  On July 3, Bishop of Orange Tod Brown ordained him a Catholic priest.  He is one of many Anglicans who have looked to Rome after the liberalization of the Anglican/Episcopalian church (e.g. the election of the openly homosexual Episcopal bishop of New Hampshire Gene Robinson).   Father Bartus is orthodox and pious, and delivers a good homily.  He is married, and has a baby girl.  His “day job” will be teaching high school at St. Michael’s Abbey.

Special parish groups/activities Many of the parish’s activities and groups are in the formation stage.  Groups developing include: St. Martha’s Altar Guild, Blessed Dominic Barberi Acolyte Guild (for men and boys who are altar servers), St. Cecilia’s Choir, Tallis Chapel Society, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Knights of Columbus, St. Francis de Sales Guild.  Also in the planning stages is a Wednesday, 6 p.m. parish dinner followed by an Adult Forum and Youth and Children’s Classes.

Liturgy/Music It’s a high liturgy (“smells and bells”), with traditional English chant and hymns, accompanied by an organ.

Parking This can be a challenge.  St. Joseph’s has two lots, a small one by the church and a larger one across the street, and also rents parking space from the nearby Ebell Club.  Street parking is limited, and much of the street parking nearby the church is reserved for the handicapped.

Acoustics Fine.  New sound system.

Cry room No.

Additional observations  Blessed John’s is a mission church of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.  On January 1, 2012, Pope Benedict established the ordinariate for groups of Anglicans in the United States desiring full communion with the Catholic Church (for additional information, visit  The parish’s first Mass, and the first Mass of  Father Bartus as a Catholic priest, was on July 8, 2012.  The parish is named for Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-90), who left the Church of England and joined the Catholic Church in 1845.  Similar ordinariate parishes can be found in communities across the country.  Visit with the budding community of Blessed John’s at 4:30 p.m. after Mass in the parish hall (or outside on the lawn, if the weather is good).