Name of Church St. Cornelius Church

Address 5500 E. Wardlow Road, Long Beach CA 90808

Phone number (562) 421-8966


Mass times Saturday vigil, 5 p.m.  Sundays, 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon & 5 p.m.  Weekdays, 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon and 5 p.m.

Confessions  Thursdays and Fridays, after the 5 p.m. Mass.  Saturdays, after the 8 a.m. Mass and 4-4:45 p.m.

Names of priests Father Mike Gleeson, pastor.  Father Pat Sheary, SJ, associate pastor.  Norbertine Father Anthony Kopp, who is vice principal at Mary Star of the Sea High School in San Pedro, assists on Sundays (although he is leaving soon).

Special groups/activities Knights of Columbus, Detention Ministry, Respect Life, Serra Club, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Hospital Ministry, Italian Catholic Federation

Music Cantors and choirs, depends on the Mass.  Piano, organ accompaniment.

School Yes, K-8th grade.

Fellow parishioners A predominantly English-speaking community.

Parking Fine.  There’s a lot of neighborhood parking if the lot fills up.

Acoustics Fine.

Additional observations  St. Cornelius is a parish in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, in a middle-class LA suburb near the Long Beach airport.  Interior features include a high “rock” wall behind the altar, central crucifix, and woodwork in the altar and ambo.  It’s a reasonably pious crowd, decent homilies and a good place to pray.