Name of Church St. Peter Chaldean Catholic Cathedral

Address 1627 Jamacha Way, El Cajon, CA 92019

Phone number (619) 579-7913

Website Chaldean Catholic Eparchy of St Peter the Apostle

Mass times Saturday vigil, 4 p.m. (English). Sunday, 8 a.m. (Arabic), 10 a.m. (English), noon (Chaldean/Aramaic), 4 p.m. (English).

Music Most of the liturgy is sung; hymns are in Aramaic, the language of Christ.

Confessions Sundays, 8 a.m. – noon, during Masses.

Names of priests Father Daniel Shaba, rector. He was ordained in 2018; listen to his homilies as well as those of other priests delivered at St. Peter’s at St. Peter’s Chaldean Diocese on Apple Podcasts.

School No.

Special activities The parish has a 24-hour adoration chapel behind the statue of Mary and to the left.

Fellow parishioners The parish serves 5,000 Chaldean Catholics from Iraq. El Cajon has a Chaldean population of 50,000 and another 10,000 in the surrounding San Diego area. There are two other Chaldean Catholic parishes in El Cajon, St. Michael’s and St. Thomas the Apostle. Parishioners frequently rotate between parishes.

Parking There is ample parking on the grounds.

Additional observations The cathedral is the seat of the Eparchy (diocese) of St. Peter the Apostle. It and the Eparchy of St. Thomas the Apostle headquartered in Detroit serve 210,000 Chaldean Catholics in the United States. They are in union with Rome. St. Peter’s was built in 1983. In 2020, the cathedral was vandalized with ‘white power,’ ‘BLM,’ and swastikas.