Name of Church St. Dominic

Address 475 East I Street (corner of East 5th and East I), Benicia, CA 94510

Phone number (707) 747-7220


Mass times Saturday vigil, 5:30 p.m.; Sunday 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 12:30 p.m. (Spanish-English), 5:30 p.m. (for youth and young adults). First Sunday, 3 p.m. (Vietnamese). Monday – Friday, 7 a.m., Monday – Saturday, 8:15 a.m. (preceded by prayers at 7:55 a.m. from the Dominican community).

Confessions Saturday, 4-5 p.m. or by appointment

Names of priests All Dominican Fathers of the Western Province: Fr. Jerome Cudden, pastor. Fr. Corwin Low, parochial vicar. Fr. David Farrugia, in residence. While the Western Province Dominicans are a mixed bag when it comes to orthodoxy, Fr. Cudden is a solid priest and gifted homilist with a good sense of humor. Listen to some commentaries he recently published by clicking here.

School Yes, pre-K through 8th grade.

Special activities/parish groups Rosary before the weekday Mass and after the 7:30 a.m. Sunday Mass; 24-hour adoration in adoration chapel; Grief Support Group; Legion of Mary; Life Abortion Alternative Ministries; Singles Ministry; Lazarus Ministry; St. Vincent de Paul Society; Knights of Columbus.

Music Lots of singing and music at the parish. They have something for everyone, depending on your taste. If you like more traditional music, attend the 9 a.m. and listen to the choir. The 7:30 a.m. has piano and flute, and the 10:45 a.m. organ. The 12:30 p.m. has a Spanish choir and the 5:30 p.m. is the youth Mass, so you’ll hear guitar and drums.

Parking No problem. The church has two lots on I and J streets, plus there is street parking.

Acoustics Good, backed up by a good sound system.

Cry room Yes, in the rear of the church.

Parish bulletin View on the parish website.

Additional observations St. Dominic’s is a beautiful old church near the northern end of San Francisco Bay and well worth a visit. It was established by the Dominican Fathers in 1854; the current church was built in 1890. It was once the site where Dominicans in the novitiate studied for the priesthood, but the novitiate was re-located to St. Albert’s Priory in Oakland, where it remains today. You’ll enjoy a traditional interior, with nice art; one of the striking features of this church’s interior is the row of white columns along either side.