St. Vincent de Paul Church, Huntington Beach

St. Vincent de Paul Church, Huntington Beach

Name of Church St. Vincent de Paul Church
Address 8345 Talbert Avenue, Huntington Beach, CA 92646
Phone number (714) 842-3000
Mass times Saturday vigil 5 p.m. & 6:30 p.m. (Spanish); Sunday 7 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m. (Spanish), 5 p.m. Tuesday – Thursday, 7 a.m. Monday – Saturday, 8:30 a.m. Holy days, 6:30 p.m. vigil, 7 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 6:30 p.m. (English & Spanish). First Fridays, 8 p.m.
Music Depends on the Mass; cantors, choirs and a contemporary ensemble for the Sunday, 5 p.m. Life Teen Mass
Confessions Saturdays, 3:30 p.m.
Names of priests Father Jerome Karcher, pastor. Father Robert Capone, parochial vicar.
School No, but religious education classes for children and adults
Special events Eucharistic adoration and devotion to the Blessed Mother are stressed at the parish: Eucharistic exposition, Monday 9 a.m. – Thursday, 7 p.m.; Vespers with Benediction, Mondays at 6:30 p.m.
Special parish groups Eucharistic Adoration Society, Ministry to the Sick, Detention Ministry, Knights of Columbus, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Moms group
Homilies/Priests Priests are devout, orthodox, and desire to lead their people in holiness. Father Karcher, the pastor, is one of a few priests in the diocese to wear the cassock on the church grounds regularly. He is one of 12 children of Carl Karcher (1917-2008), devout Catholic and founder of Carl’s Jr. hamburger chain. Father Karcher is founder of Mercy House, which helps the homeless.
Fellow parishioners Anglo and Hispanic, some Vietnamese
Parking Fine
Acoustics Good; the sound system was recently fixed
Cry room No, but child care is available for small children in a separate building at the 10 am & 11:30 a.m. Sunday Masses
Parish bulletin Available online on the parish website.
Additional observations The church is a new building, modern on the interior, and plain in the altar area. Take a virtual tour online on the parish website. Attached to the church is a Blessed Sacrament tower chapel which is a good place for private prayer. St. Vincent de Paul is located alongside one of the diocesan cemeteries, Good Shepherd; in fact, the graves border two sides of the church and run around the courtyard. You’ll frequently see mourners as you walk into the church.



Posted Friday, May 04, 2012 6:45 AM By Janek
No Traditional Latin Mass, a strange looking crucifix and people’s table instead of an altar of sacrifice, Life teen Mass, very cold looking and very Novus Ordo.

Posted Friday, May 04, 2012 10:01 AM By Loraine
I will be pleasantly surprised if California Catholic Daily will post my comment but it is absoultely the truth. I have heard two first hand accounts from my son’s teacher and from a friend, that the pastor, Father Karcher, publically admonishes people (my friend and son’s teacher were so humilated that they now refuse to come back to their this parish even though it is their home parish) during Mass for walking in late or for children (toddlers) that were crying. So, if you are planning on attending Mass at this church, I suggest you don’t be late and that your children are very good and quiet.

Posted Friday, May 04, 2012 10:14 AM By Peggy
I think all the hours of Eucharistic Adoration, Vespers and Benediction are all very positive. Plus, Fr. Karcher looks and sounds like a priest. If I were in the area I would check out this church.

Posted Friday, May 04, 2012 10:32 AM By St. Christopher 
“Janek” is correct — why all the Spanish masses? There should be none. And, why no TLM? The “Christ Risen” crucifix is not appropriate (although the picture is unclear), if that is what is used there, although it is an icon of the 1970’s “church moderne” form of architecture. How can the priests be considered “devout” and “orthodox” and wanting to lead others to holiness, when the parish is blatantly disrespectful to the Holy Father. The Vatican must address the “accidentals” of the Faith, as well as the more important failures of following the Faith. All it takes are a few good Catholics to confront their clergy and bishops and all this will change.

Posted Friday, May 04, 2012 11:11 AM By Sammy
Was it an editoral slip up that Fr. Karcher had a mother, Margaret, the mother of the 12 children and co-founder of the Carl’s Jr. stores.

Posted Friday, May 04, 2012 12:48 PM By max
“Posted Friday, May 04, 2012 10:32 AM By St. Christopher Janek is correct — why all the Spanish masses? There should be none.” — wow. please take the “saint” away form your name, buddy, cuz what you are writing is far from saintly. this country has a lonnnnnnnnnnnnng tradition of having Masses in the language of immigrants: german, italien, polish, french, spansh. when YOU become pastor of that parish, you can cancel all the spanish masses and show the poeple how siantly you are. in an empty church. with all the hispanics having to drive to another parish that is less dopey.