Name of Church Sacred Heart Church

Address 43775 Deep Canyon Road, Palm Desert, CA 92260

Phone number (760) 346-6502


Mass times Saturday vigil, 4 & 5:30 p.m.; Sunday 6:45 a.m., 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. (Spanish), 2:30 p.m. (Latin Tridentine), 5:30 p.m., 7 p.m. (Spanish).  Weekdays, 7:45 a.m.  4th Saturday of the month there is a Filipino Mass in Tagalog and English.

Music Depends on the Mass: Sacred Heart Choir, cantor and organ.

Confessions Wednesday and Thursday, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m., Saturday, 3:30 – 4 p.m. and 5 – 5:30 p.m.

Names of priests Fr. Gregory Elder, pastor.  Fr. Alwyn Anfone, Fr. Tyler Tripp, parochial vicars.  Fr. Marlin Connole, Fr. Thomas Thorne, assisting priests.  Fr. Elder is a former Anglican priest and is married with two adult children.  He studied theology at Oxford and met his wife while living in England.  He taught history and humanities at Moreno Valley College and converted to Roman Catholicism in 2003.  He describes himself as conservative theologically and liturgically, although “liberal pastorally” (meaning he likes a “welcoming” parish).

School Yes, pre-K through 8th grade.

Special activities and parish groups Padre Pio adoration chapel, 6 a.m – 2 p.m.; Bible Study with Fr. Gregory on Thursdays at 9 a.m.; Carmelite Seculars; Knights of Columbus; Eucharistic Adoration Ministry; Catholics Returning Home; Dress a Girl Ministry; Kairos Prison; Prolife Group; Rosary Devotion; Sacred Heart Guild; Christians in Commerce; Life in the Spirit Ministry.

Fellow parishioners Mostly English-speaking, but with a significant Hispanic population.

Parking The parking lot is crowded on weekends, but you can park on the street.

Cry room Yes, in the back.

Additional observations  Sacred Heart is a parish of the Diocese of San Bernardino, located near Palm Springs.  It began in 1956—Bing Crosby hosted a fundraiser in 1956 to fund the construction of a permanent church.  It was a favorite of Catholic celebrities; President John F. Kennedy, for example, attended when he’d visit the desert.  Much construction and growth has occurred over the past five decades, including the building of a school in 1984.  In recent years, six new buildings have been constructed, along with two parking lots and an adoration chapel.