St. Thomas More Church, Irvine, exteriorName of Church St. Thomas More

Address 51 Marketplace, Irvine CA 92602

Phone number (949) 551-8601


Mass Schedule Saturday Vigil, 5:30 p.m.  Sundays, 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m. & 5 p.m. (Life Teen)  Latin Tridentine, 2nd Sundays at 12:30 p.m.  Chinese Mass, 1st and 4th Sundays, 1:30 p.m.  Spanish Mass, 3rd Sunday at 2 p.m.

Confessions Saturdays, 3 – 4 p.m.

Names of priests Father John Janze, pastor.  Father Bill Krekelberg and Father George Blais, parochial vicars.  Norbertine Fathers Joseph Horn and Charbel Grbavac and Father Joe Justice assist on weekends.  Father Janze is a low-key, but faithful priest.  Father Krekelberg is the diocesan archivist and has a wealth of information about the history of the diocese.

Special activities Adoration on Fridays at 6:30 p.m. and 22nd of the month 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. (the designated day for the parish to pray for vocations, as part of a diocesan program to pray for vocations), Knights of Columbus, Right to Life, Legion of Mary,  Filipino Catholic Organization, Saturday Bible Study.

Music Depends on the Mass: Saturday vigil is a cantor, the Sunday morning Masses have choirs.  The Sunday evening Mass is a Life Teen Mass.  (Life Teen may not be for everyone, but the parish has a vibrant youth and young adult ministry program of which Life Teen is a part.  Led by David Calavitta, it draws about 100 teens on Sundays, who stay after Mass for dinner, a talk on the Faith and additional prayer and adoration.)

Fellow parishioners A predominantly English-speaking community.

Parking OK.

Cry room No.

Additional observations St. Thomas More is a church on the eastern side of Irvine in the Diocese of Orange.  It is home to many pious, orthodox Catholics.  It was founded in 1996, and Mass was celebrated out of a house as funding was raised for a church.  An initial building was constructed further south, but the parish re-located to its present site three years ago.  The church made the news two years ago when a vandal spray painted “Kill CATHLicks” in black, 12-inch letters on a walkway next to the church parking lot.  A “disturbed” woman was arrested for the graffiti the following month; she had sprayed offensive comments at sites throughout the county.