Name of Church St. Francis of Assisi

Address 900 H Street, Bakersfield CA 93304

Phone number (661) 327-4734


Mass times Saturday vigil, 5 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. (Vietnamese).  Sundays, 6:45 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. (Latin), 5 p.m. (Spanish) & 7 p.m.  Daily 6:30 a.m. & 12:10 p.m.  Saturday, 8 a.m. (honoring Mary)

Confessions  Saturdays, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. or by appointment.

Names of priests Monsignor Craig Harrison, pastor.  Monsignor Harrison is beloved in his parish and respected in his community.  He grew up in Bakersfield, was ordained a priest in 1987, and returned to become pastor of his hometown parish in 1999.  He’s seen growth of both the parish and parish school since his arrival.  He founded a home for unwed mothers and another for the homeless.  He is a police and sheriff chaplain, and co-hosts a radio talk show.  He has a special interest in working with families who have suffered the death of a child, and wrote a children’s book, Angel Girl, based on the true story of a girl who battled cancer.  Last year, he served as guest chaplain on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, delivering an invocation.  He is an accomplished homilist; listen to some of his homilies on the parish website.  Before becoming a priest, he legally adopted seven children who came from difficult backgrounds.  Monsignor Harrison is assisted by visiting priests who may stay at the rectory for several months at a time.

Special groups/activities Legion of Mary, Eucharistic Adoration (Monday and Tuesday mornings, Wednesday through Saturday morning), Little Flower Society (feeds the homeless), Tuesday Rosary Making Class, Detention Ministry, YES: Young Adult Fellowship, The Divine Mercy Cenacle

Music Depends on the Mass, choirs and cantors.

School Yes, pre-K through 8th grade.

Fellow parishioners Mostly English-speaking, some Hispanics.

Parking The lot fills up quickly on the weekends.

Acoustics If you have hearing problems you’ll want to sit in the front.

Additional observations  St. Francis is a historic parish—the first parish church opened in 1881—in the Diocese of Fresno.  The current church opened in 1957.  It serves over 5,000 families in Bakersfield.