St. Catherine of Siena Church, PhoenixName of Church St. Catherine of Siena

Address 6200 S. Central Avenue, Phoenix AZ 85042

Phone number 602-276-5581


Mass times Saturday vigil, 5:30 p.m.  Sundays, 6:30 a.m., 8 a.m. (Latin Tridentine, with Spanish sermon) 10 a.m. (English and a Latin Tridentine in the St. John Bosco Chapel, with English sermon), noon (Spanish), 2 p.m. (Spanish).  Monday – Thursday, 7 a.m.  Friday, 8:15 a.m.

Confessions Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 4-5 p.m.

Names of priests Father Alonso Saenz, pastor.  Father Peter Carota and Father Raul Lopez, in residence.  Father Saenz is friendly to tradition.  Father Carota formerly served as pastor of St. Patrick’s in Ripon, and has become a champion of the Tridentine rite, which he only began celebrating in the past decade (see his blog,

School Yes.  The school has become more traditional in recent years; teachers use the Baltimore Catechism.  Latin is now an elective in the school.

Special Groups English Men’s Group, Monday Catholic Addicts Meetings (to overcome addictions), Legion of Mary, Schola Cantorum, St. Vincent de Paul Society

Special Activities Thursday Holy Hour for vocations, Saturday rosary

Liturgy/Music  Reverent, traditional.  The congregation tends to follow the lead of the priests and is respectful during Mass.  The largest group of parishioners attending the Tridentine Mass are Latinos, with about 650 attending the 10 a.m. Mass with Spanish sermon.

Fellow parishioners St. Catherine’s is a predominantly Latino parish, with much traditional piety.

Parking Ample parking on both sides of the church.

Additional observations  St. Catherine’s is a tradition-friendly Catholic parish in Phoenix, south of downtown.  Its parishioners are predominantly Latino.  It is located less than two miles away from a Society of St. Pius X parish, and offers Catholics a Tridentine Mass approved by the local bishop, Thomas Olmsted.  The English and Spanish Masses are said ad orientem, and most parishioners receive Holy Communion kneeling at the altar rail and on the tongue.  Also, the priests stress modesty in dress to the parishioners when they come to church.