Name of Church Blessed Sacrament Mission
Address 5750 South Highway 1, Elk, CA 95432
Phone number (707) 877-3275
Mass times Saturday vigil, 4 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. (Traditional Latin Mass)
Confessions by appointment
Names of priests Fr. Rob Torcynski, pastor. Father is from Tulsa, and he participated in the Great Books Program at the University of Kansas. He joined a Benedictine Abbey in Fontgombault, France, and then was proposed for the Carthusian life, which imitates the solitary life of the monks in the desert. He practiced this way of life for 28 years, most of that time in France, and left due mainly for health reasons. He came to California and has served in a variety of roles in the Diocese of Santa Rosa; he is also pastor of St. Anthony Church of Mendocino, which is further north on the coast as you travel up Shoreline Highway. To listen to him preach, visit: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCqobsQjql0dgQslsRHIryA/videos?app=desktop&shelf_id=0&view=0&sort=dd. To listen to him present a retreat on prayer, visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W5L6LKdxJcM&t=130s.
Elk also has a hermit priest in residence, Fr. Arsenius Anachoreta, who has been a monk for more than 40 years.
Fellow parishioners A handful of local residents and tourists.
Parking Park on the driveway up to the church.
Additional observations Blessed Sacrament is a historic parish on the coast in Northern California. It is part of the Diocese of Santa Rosa. The church was built in 1896, and is the central historical feature to the town of Elk, which is home to a few hundred people. The church today looks much like it did more than a century ago, including a traditional altar and many traditional statues. The property overlooks the ocean.
It’s comforting to know that a church doesn’t need to be big to be great. One of the best “churches worth driving to” I’ve ever seen! Plus Extraordinary Form. Praise God!
Am delighted to see our little church written up here, designated a religious site “worth driving to” – and rightly so! I consider it the “crown jewel” of all the churches in northern California overlooking the Pacific Ocean.
I can only wonder where the webmaster dug up those ancient photos: they’ve got to be at least ten years old. Much more updated information, photos, and videos of the church can be seen on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/elkchurch/
Ahhhhhh The Traditional Latin Mass!! The Mass that our Saints gave their lives for over the centuries, can’t say that for the “man made” Novus Ordo.
Do you just not follow the news?
People in many countries risk their lives everyday being Christian or every week to attend Mass.
When I was going to Sonoma State University I went to a retreat at this Church. I don’t’ know if it still has all the pictures of the redwood trees that were forested and the loggers that forested them. It was great to visit and stay for a couple of days.