Name of Church St. Paul the Apostle

Address 800 Bello Street, Pismo Beach, CA 93449

Phone number 805-773-2219


Mass times Saturday vigil, 5:30 p.m. Sundays, 8 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. (Latin Tridentine), 5:30 p.m. Weekdays, 8 a.m. Holy days, 8 a.m., 12:10 p.m., 7 p.m.

Confessions Monday-Friday before 8 a.m. Mass. Saturday, 4-5 p.m. The priests regularly hear confessions and draw many penitents from the surrounding area.

Names of priests Conventual Franciscan Fathers (OFM): Fathers Victor Abegg, pastor, Alphonse Van Guilder, associate pastor, John Farao.

School No school.

Music Depends on the Mass. Some have only the congregation singing, some an organist, some an organist with choir.

Special groups/activities The parish has a strong Respect Life program, including a Thursday 9-9:30 am rosary in front of a San Luis Obispo abortion clinic. Also, Holy Face of Jesus Holy Hour on 1st Tuesdays, Altar & Rosary Society, Knights of Columbus.

Fellow parishioners This is an older, wealthy community. Many who live in the area are retirees.

Parking The lot fills up quickly, so come early.

Acoustics Fine.

Cry room Yes, in the back of the church.

Additional observations Pismo Beach is a popular tourist beach town in San Luis Obispo County. St. Paul’s is part of the Monterey Diocese, and is blessed with an orthodox pastor. It is a small, wooden church with cathedral ceilings.