Name of Church St. Joan of Arc Church
Address 773 N. 11th Street, Coeur d’Alene, ID 83814
Phone number 208-660-6036
Mass times Weekdays, 6:30 a.m. & 12:15 p.m. Saturdays, 6:30 a.m. & 9:30 a.m. Sundays, 7:30 a.m., 9:30 a.m. (sung Mass), noon and 5 p.m. All Masses are Latin Tridentine.
Confessions Saturdays, 30 minutes before each Mass and 4 – 5 p.m. Weekdays, 30 minutes before each Mass. Sundays, 6:45 am through the noon Mass; 4:15 p.m. before the evening Mass.
Names of priests Fr. Dennis Gordon, pastor. Fr. Michael Flick, assistant pastor. Both are members of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter; its priests are traditional, orthodox and offer the Mass and sacraments according to pre-Vatican II rites. Listen to Fr. Gordon preach here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4_hXwGGcbc. Other sermons are posted on the website, although you’ll need to ask for password access when you visit the parish.
Music The Sunday 9:30 a.m. liturgy is a High Mass, meaning it is sung. It incorporates a choir, organ and incense. Low Masses have no music.
Special activities Men’s and Women’s groups, various groups for youth, catechism classes, 24-hour adoration beginning on Friday morning and ending on Saturday, Fatima devotions and procession
Fellow parishioners This is an English-speaking, working class community. Many are large families. Coeur d’Alene is a tourist town on a lake, however, so you may see some visitors. Some parishioners drive in from hours away. The parish has seen significant growth in recent years, from about 400 parishioners in 2012 to about 650 today.
Parking The lot is small, so you may need to park on the street.
Acoustics Fine. Remember, during the Low Mass the priest prays softly most of the time, so you may want to sit in the front if you want to hear.
Cry room Yes, in the rear. It is separated from the church by glass. It is for moms only; usually those nursing babies.
Additional observations This is delightfully old-school parish, the only one of its kind in the State of Idaho operating with permission of the Bishop of Idaho, Peter Christensen. Please wear your “Sunday best”; women are asked to wear a dress or skirt and head covering. The big news at the parish is that construction of a new parish church will soon begin; once sufficient buildings are constructed the parish will relocate. The new property is about 10 miles to the west in Post Falls, Idaho. The parish is having a $9 million capital campaign to raise the funds. The Fraternity also serves a traditional Carmelite convent in Post Falls, currently home to eight traditional Carmelite nuns. Also, just three blocks away from the current Coeur d’Alene site is the beautiful and historic St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, well worth a visit when you’re in the area.