Name of Church St. Rose of Lima Church

Address 1305 Royal Avenue, Simi Valley CA 93065

Phone number (805) 526-1732


Mass times Saturday vigil, 5 p.m. & 7 p.m. (Spanish).  Sundays, 6 a.m., 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. (Spanish) & 5 p.m.  Daily 8:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m.

Confessions  Monday, 9 – 10 a.m.; Tuesday, 4 – 5 p.m.; Wednesday, 9 – 10 a.m.; Thursday, 4 – 5 p.m.; Friday, 6 – 7 p.m.; Saturday 3 – 5 p.m.

Names of priests Father Joseph Shea, pastor.  Father Budi Wardhana, associate pastor.  Father Kevin McCracken, assisting priest.  Father Shea is an orthodox pastor who delivers a good homily.  Many of his homilies have been posted on YouTube, so go online and see what you think.

Special groups/activities Mother of Perpetual Help novena Wednesdays at 6 p.m., Divine Mercy holy hour with benediction on Wednesdays at 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus, Contemplative Prayer Group, Respect Life Ministry, group for divorced, separated, widowed, 24-hour adoration chapel.

Music Cantors for many of the Masses, although the 9 a.m. had a traditional choir, the 11 a.m. a children’s choir and the Sunday 5 p.m. a youth choir (band).

School Yes, grades 1-8.

Fellow parishioners Predominantly English-speaking, although there is a significant Hispanic community and two weekend Masses in Spanish.

Parking No problem.

Acoustics Fine.

Additional observations  St. Rose of Lima is a parish of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.  It was founded in what was previously a Presbyterian church in 1921.  The 60-seat building served about 20 families.  The parish outgrew its church, and the parish moved to its current location in 1964.  (The original church was restored and can be seen at nearby Strathearn Historical Park and Museum.)  The newer church seats about 900; highlights today include a 24-hour Blessed Sacrament chapel, daily confessions, and a faithful pastor.  Come to the Blessed Sacrament chapel any time you wish to pray, but if you come after 10 p.m., you’ll need a code from the parish office to get in.