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.
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.
Growing up as.a child in the 1960s, I heard my parents commend St. Cornelius as the most orthodox Parish in the area.
That was true and may Father John Folliard (the Pastor in those days)rest in peace. One time he stormed into church and stopped a heretical homily right in the middle of the homily. The next day the errant Associate was re-assigned never to be seen again.
The best thing you can say about St. Cornelius now is that all the people at the Sunday Noon Mass can go directly from church to the beach or a picnic without changing clothes. They are already dressed for the beach.
It is a sure thing that Fr. Folliard is being rewarded for stopping that heretical homily. If only more priest would be willing to do so, even Assistants when they hear heresy from the Pastor, or even Auxilary Bishops when their Ordinary spouts heresies! Or are they more afraid of the heretics than they are of God?
God bless, yours in Their Hearts,
Kenneth M. Fisher
That is true. Unfortunately I am also guilty of this..
“It’s a reasonably pious crowd…”
this is hilarious!
reminds of the old “roamin’ catholic” column that used to appear in those newspapers of san diego, los angeles and san francisco, published by some rich guy.
one of his writers would attend mass and then write an amusing, often scathing commentary, which showed how much he hated women (calling them “lectoresses”) and in fact all lay people.
he was a clever writer, though, and very funny, so even his disdain for his fellow worshippers was tolerable given the quality of his wriitng.
i imagine he, too, considered himself “reasonalby pious” . . .
That “rich guy” who published those newspapers is the owner of this web site.
well, you learn something new every day!
if you are telling the truth, he sure picked a VERY amusing writer for his “roamin’ catholic” columns!
Where is the Traditional Latin Mass?
I want to pray for the people with whom I have deecirfnfe of opinion. Give me better understanding and help me adjust with those deecirfnfes. Lord heal and change the wounds and prejudice in our hearts. Change their heart from resentment, anger. I pray for them. I want them to posses better understanding, so that they can also change. Lord, I also want your protection to my family, girlfriend, and me from the dangers of this world. Lord God teach me and guide me to love everyone in my heart and change me if I am not good. Give me strength Lord. I also pray for a good job, as I need it. Please Lord, change me I want to become a better person. In the name of Jesus Amen.
How do you go about asking the pastor if they can do TLM here at St. Cornelius? That would be awesome
Nobody has asked this yet?
Maybe there’s not enough people interested in TLM for the pastor to take an interest in it…
FYI. Fr. Anthony has left the priesthood, Fr. Mike died last Christmas, and Fr. Pat went back to Dublin (thanks to God. He turned out to be pro-gay marriage,)