Name of Church St. Raymond
Address 12348 Paramount Blvd., Downey, CA 90242
Phone number 562-923-4509
Mass times Saturday vigil, 5 p.m. Sundays, 7 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. (Spanish) & 5:30 p.m. (Life Teen). Daily, 6:30 a.m. & 9 a.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.
Confessions Saturdays, 3:45 – 4:45 p.m., Tuesday & Thursday, 8:30 – 9 a.m. or by appointment.
Names of priests/homilies Fr. John Higgins, pastor. Fr. Paul Thomas, associate pastor. Fr. Ambrose and Fr. Etienne Khumbah, in residence. Fr. Higgins was born in Indianapolis and grew up in Southern California. His mother was widowed; his father was killed in the Korean War. He is a Downey High School graduate. He is a convert to the Catholic faith who was ordained to the priesthood in 1981. Fr. Higgins is solidly pro-life, and stresses the need to bring God back into every aspect of our lives, including our local community. He is also dedicated to spreading devotion to the Holy Eucharist [see video below]. He achieved some notoriety recently when he was temporarily banned from Facebook for a post he made about the history of Islam.
School Yes, grades K-8.
Liturgy/Music Saturday evening and Sunday 7 a.m. Mass have a cantor, the 9 a.m. has a traditional adult choir and the 11 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. have a contemporary choir. The 1 p.m. has a Spanish choir.
Special groups/activities Men’s group, Monday night prayer group, Legion of Mary, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Handmaid’s Ministry
Parishioners This is a majority Anglo, English-speaking community, with smaller Latino and Filipino communities.
Parking No problem.
Cry room No.
Additional observations St. Raymond Church was established in 1956, and is part of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Downey is a modest bedroom community about a dozen miles southeast of downtown Los Angeles. It is home to the historic parish of Our Lady of Perpetual help (founded 1909), as well as the oldest surviving McDonald’s restaurant (built 1953). Velvet-voiced 70s singer Karen Carpenter resided in Downey much of her life, and died there in her parents’ home in 1983.
Watch Father John Higgins lead a “Eucharistic Adoration Flash Mob” in his community: