Name of Church St. John’s Cathedral

Address 2814 Mariposa Street, Fresno, CA 93721

Phone number 559-485-6210


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Mass times Saturday vigil, 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. (Spanish). Sunday, 7:30 a.m. (Spanish), 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., noon (Spanish), 1:30 p.m. (Spanish), 5 p.m. (Spanish). Weekdays: 8 a.m. (Spanish), 12:10 p.m.

Confession Monday – Friday, 7:30-8 a.m.; Thursday 5-6 p.m.

Names of priests Fr. Alex Chavez, rector. Fr. David Lopez, parochial vicar.

School No school since 1968. Religious education classes for children and adults.

Special groups and activities Altar Society; Knights of Columbus; Legion of Mary; Catholic Daughters of the Americas; various prayer groups; adoration Tuesdays after 12:10 Mass until 6 p.m.

Music Depends on the Mass; organ, cantors and choirs.

Fellow parishioners Some Anglo, with a large Latino community. In fact, the majority of the weekend Masses are in Spanish.

Parking The church has its own lot, but it gets crowded on the weekend. There is ample parking on the street, though.

Cry room No

Additional observations St. John’s is a historic church, established in 1882, located in the historic district of Fresno. It is the City of Fresno’s first parish. It started with a modest five Catholic families; the current church was completed in 1903. It’s a beautiful church, with twin spires on the outside and fabulous artwork inside. There are many beautiful paintings and frescos, stained glass and a traditional altar. With the possible exception of the Shrine of St. Therese, it is the diocese’s most beautiful parish. The cathedral made the news recently, as it was vandalized on April 23, 2019 (watch Fr. Lopez give a tour of the damage, Some stained glass windows were broken, and statues damaged. A man was arrested after the incident. The other big news in the diocese is that Fresno has a new bishop, Joseph Brennan.