Name of Church Ss. Peter and Paul

Address 515 West Opp Street, Wilmington, CA 90744

Phone number 310-834-5215


Mass times Saturday vigil, 5 p.m. (English); Sunday, 6:30 a.m. (Latin Tridentine), 8 a.m. (Spanish), 9:30 a.m. (English; Latin Tridentine High Mass on 3rd Sundays), 11 a.m. (English), 12:30 p.m. (Spanish), 2 p.m. (Spanish), 5 p.m. (English), 7 p.m. (Spanish); Monday – Friday, 6:45 & 8 a.m. (English); Saturday, 8 a.m. (English)

Confessions Fridays, 7 p.m.; Saturdays, 4 p.m.; and during the Sunday Masses, 8, 9:30 & 11 a.m., 12:30, 2 & 5 p.m.

Names of priests Norbertine Fathers Hildebrand Garceau (pastor), Adrian Sanchez (parochial vicar), Brendan Hankins (parochial vicar), Claude Williams (school rector). The Norbertines are reliably orthodox and deliver good homilies. There is also a Norbertine Sisters Convent across the street from the church, with three professed nuns and a group of postulants: The sisters work at the parish school and are involved in a variety of activities at the parish.

School Founded in 1944 by the Franciscan Sisters of Charity and Penance. Today, it serves grades pre-K through 8th grade and is under lay leadership. Nancy Kuria serves as principal and Fr. Claude Williams as rector.

Special parish groups and activities Perpetual Adoration Chapel, Pro-Life Ministry, Poverty Program, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Legion of Mary, Knights of Columbus, Third Order Norbertines, Home School group and many others.

Liturgy Reverent and traditional

Music Cantors and choirs

Fellow parishioners The surrounding community is mostly Hispanic and Spanish-speaking, although many Anglos from further away are drawn to the parish because of its traditional character.

Parking The parking lot fills up for the Sunday Masses, so come early. There is parking on the street when the lot is full.

Acoustics Good.

Cry room No.

Literature Visit the St. Joseph’s Bookstore to purchase religious books and other items.

Additional observations Ss. Peter and Paul Church, Wilmington was founded in 1865, making it the second oldest church in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Its first pastor was Franciscan Father Antonio Ubach, the last of the Franciscan padres in the line of Blessed Junipero Serra. In the Great Jubliee Year 2000, Ss. Peter and Paul Church was designated one of 20 pilgrimage churches in the Archdiocese. In 2006, the Norbertine Fathers of St. Michael’s Abbey in Silverado were assigned to the parish. The church is beautiful and well-maintained, and the priests foster an environment well-suited to prayer.