Churches Worth Driving To

Name of Church: Holy Cross Church (part of St. Anne Parish)
Address: 1765 North Newcomb Avenue, Porterville, CA 93257
Phone number: (559) 784-2800
Website: Click Here.
Mass times: Saturday vigil, 5 p.m. (Spanish); Sunday, 8 a.m., 10 a.m., 12:30 p.m. (Spanish), 7 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. Masses at St. Anne’s: Saturday vigil, 6:30 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m. & 10 a.m. (both Spanish). Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. (There is also a Mass in a mission church at the Tule River Indian Reservation.)
Confessions: Tuesday & Wednesday, 6 p.m.
Names of priests: Msgr. Scott Daugherty, pastor. Monsignor is a faithful and orthodox pastor who has served the parish for nearly 20 years. Fr. David Bustamante, parochial vicar. Msgr. Ronald Royer, retired priest in residence. Msgr. Royer, originally ordained for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, is an internationally known amateur astronomer. 
School: Yes, K-8th grade.
Special parish groups & activities: Adoration, various prayer groups, altar society, Cursillo, prison ministry, St. Vincent de Paul Center; the parish also supports the successful Catholics Come Home evangelization program.
Music: Depends on the Mass — choirs, cantors and organ.
Fellow parishioners: Hispanic & Anglo
Parking: Both the Holy Cross and St. Anne’s lots fill up on the weekends; come early.
Acoustics: Good
Cry room: Yes. (St. Anne’s Church does not.)
Additional observations: Holy Cross Church is a mission church of St. Anne’s parish, although it has a larger capacity than St. Anne’s and most of the English Masses on the weekend are celebrated there. St. Anne is a historic parish, established in 1896; Holy Cross was established in 2006. Porterville is a city in the San Joaquin Valley, not far from Visalia; the parish is part of the Diocese of Fresno.



Posted Friday, January 27, 2012 7:16 AM By Charles Culbreth
The photo doesn’t adequate display the depth of thought that Msgr. Daugherty and his architect put into the design of the sanctuary. The visual continuity from baptismal font to the altar to the tabernacle, which is framed by the window into the adoration chapel is quite elegant. You can note from the photo that carpeting in the nave was eschewed, and that there is a very good resonance in the church that encourages singing. Musical leadership is primarily conducted from the choir/organ gallery, which is also a rarity among most modern church designs. Holy Cross, among other new church building completions and near completions, is an encouraging sign that the trend of “theatrical” or post-modern design is waning in this diocese. Nicely done, Monsignor. Great pastor, great parochial vicar in Fr. Bustamante as well!

Posted Friday, January 27, 2012 10:37 AM By Paul
I was fortunate to have lived in St. Anne’s parish for 25 years and only God knows how much I miss the holy and reverent mass since moving away. I was there when Father Scott planned and built Holy Cross Church and caused it to be the sanctuary from Heaven that it truly is. May God abundantly bless that man!

Posted Friday, January 27, 2012 6:00 PM By Maryanne Leonard
Did I misread this, or are there no Masses in English?

Posted Friday, January 27, 2012 6:00 PM By St. Christopher
This is ridiculous — so many “Spanish” masses, but none in Latin, and none in the extraordinary form (which is actually the “ordinary” or “eternal” form of the Mass — not some secondhand procedure as indicated by its reference). It is nice to have a pleasant sanctuary, but wrong to consider it the same as a sanctuary that houses the tabernacle which supports the Mass of Bl. John XXIII.

Posted Friday, January 27, 2012 6:55 PM By Kenneth M. Fisher
When I was calling on an Aerospace firm in Porterville, I attended Mass there often. In fact, that is where I first heard a priest, after reading the wrong version of Luke 1:28 give a wonderful homily on how it really should be “Hail Full of Grace”. Great homily and great memories. I think I also heard such a homily on Genesis 3:15 there as well. God bless, yours in Their Hearts, Kenneth M. Fisher

Posted Saturday, January 28, 2012 8:28 AM By Charles
Maryanne, I am not from Holy Cross, but from the neighboring city of Visalia. Thank you for asking. Of course there are English Masses. I believe whomever composed the description didn’t proof-read thoroughly. “St. Christopher,” search your conscience would be my advice before you make rash and unwarranted judgments. Msgr. Daugherty is also affiliated with Opus Dei, and as orthodox a priest as can be found in our diocese. Fr. Bustamante’s prior assignment as vicar was in our four parish merge, is an ordered priest in Misssioners of Charity, and by far the most orthodox young priest I’ve encountered over 25 years in the diocese. He is capable of singing the TLM, and I encouraged him to entreaty pastors to forge into those “new waters.” It is not an easy or cavalier thing for a vicar to arbitrate in this diocese, given its episcopal history. So, were I you, I’d pray for these two fine priests, and avoid using terms such as “ridiculous” or “pleasant sanctuary” that afford you only the appearance of being “more Catholic than thou.” Blessings and peace to you.

Posted Sunday, January 29, 2012 3:33 AM By Traditional Angelo
The Saturday Vigil Mass and 12:30 Sunday Mass are Spanish, the 8:00 and 10 AM Sunday Masses are English. This is a beautiful Church, it rivals only the new St. Peter Prince of the Apostles Church in Lemoore, CA. There are some good things happening in the Fresno Diocese. I agree it would be great if the Tridentine Mass were in its schedule. Is’nt Msgr. Daugherty one of those Old School Priests who is faithful to his priesthood and zealous for the salvation of souls? Lucky Porterville! Now let Fr. Warren Hengel and Fr. Greg Beaumont build Churches and this Diocese would become a place of Pilgrimage.

Posted Sunday, January 29, 2012 7:37 AM By Charles
Yes, Trad.Angelo, I have worked with both Frs. (Hengel as a deacon way back when he was a deacon at the cathedral) and Fr Greg (two years at St. Mary’s as vicar.) I absolutely echo your sentiments. Regarding the restoration of the TLM’s in our parishes, I cannot emphasize how important it is for the laity to “voice” their thirst for this to pastors, encourage them in love and patience to bring this to fruition. This does not have to be a FSSP solution; witness the EF Mass in Bakersfield. Oh, and don’t forget Fr. Sotelo in our kudos as well.

Posted Sunday, January 29, 2012 12:26 PM By Traditional Angelo
Charles, How is Fr. Hengel doing? At St. Johns in Tipton he turned a beautiful Sanctuary into a Glorious Sanctuary. Before daily Mass he had the custom of exposing the Blessed Sacrament, he would worship Our Lord before saying Mass. His Sermons were no-nonsense. No mistake that Jesus Christ called him to the priesthood. The same goes for Fr. Greg. He restored the Communion rails in Tipton, Corpus Christi processions, no-nonsense sermons, a priest as solid as rock. And Fr. Sotelo, have you ever heard him Chant the Old Latin Mass? Its heaven on earth. Another is Fr. Baca, a priest as solid as a brick. And the special thing is that they are all young priests. They are an asset to the Fresno Diocese. Deo Gratias!

Posted Sunday, January 29, 2012 6:19 PM By Charles
I will hopefully see them and have a moment at the installation Mass this Thursday. The whole sanctuary at Tipton is beautiful, tho’ Fr. Warren is no longer pastor (we provided music for a funeral in December there. Fr. Greg is going great guns at Holy Family, Kingsburg, hosting all sorts of events. He also has one of our local scholas chant in the OF every other Sunday, and his other music ministry has its bearings quite on course as well. Fr. Sotelo? Well, I know he’ll be the one celebrating the chanted REQUIEM for my soul whenever that day arrives. I secured his commitment a while back when he concelebrated an anniversary Mass in Visalia. Same schola will chant that as is in Kingsburg and HF in Visalia every other Sunday. If you have an opportunity, worship at our 8:30am Schola Mass at St. Mary’s in Vis. It is OF, but we unite propers to the three processional hymns, the ordinary setting is a beautiful new, chant inspired setting by a local composer, and it is solemn. Now, if we can get any serious dialogue going in the diocese about “reform of the reform” under Bp. Ochoa….

Posted Tuesday, January 31, 2012 7:07 PM By Kenneth M. Fisher
Charles, If you see Fr. Baca and the Installation Mass, please give him my regards and assure him of my prayers. God bless, yours in Their Hearts, Kenneth M. Fisher

Posted Tuesday, March 06, 2012 8:46 AM By jack d
I was hoping if anyone could tell me the whereabouts of father warren hengel?