Name of Church St. Vincent
Address 4080 Hawk Street, San Diego, CA 92103
Phone number (619) 299-3880
Mass times Saturday vigil, 4 p.m. Sundays, 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. Monday through Friday, 7:15 a.m.
Confessions Fridays, 7:45 – 8:30 a.m. Saturdays, 3 p.m.
Names of priests Fr. Alex De Paulis, pastor. Fr. De Paulis is an enthusiastic and orthodox convert to the Catholic faith from Protestantism ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of San Diego in 2014. Visit the parish YouTube channel to watch him celebrate Mass and listen to him preach: https://www.youtube.com/c/StVincentdePaulParishSD/featured. Read his comments about his conversion to Catholicism here: https://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2019/nov/08/sheep-mission-reconciliation-mission-hills/.
Special groups/activities Young adult ministry meets twice monthly, youth ministry, Tuesday morning bible study, prayer and meditation groups, IWitness group featuring videos about individuals’ relationship with God, retreats, Courage chapter (for those with same-sex attraction).
Music Cantor, piano.
School Yes, pre-K through 8. The parish school was established in 1951, and was originally staffed by Dominican Sisters.
Fellow parishioners Mission Hills is an affluent area of San Diego north of downtown.
Parking The parish has a large parking lot. There is also street parking.
Additional observations St. Vincent’s is a parish of the Diocese of San Diego established by Vincentian Fathers in the Mission Hills area of the City in 1910. They named it for their patron saint, St. Vincent de Paul. It was later staffed by Augustinian Fathers, and then diocesan priests.
Where are the beautiful churches? Crucifix and table…
Aw. That poor church looks like nobody cares about it.
I looked at the video and it does not look as bad from the side angle.
This is just my opinion. I mean no disrespect at all. Any place where the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is held is a place of immeasurable grace. This church reminds me of a warehouse with a Crucifix. God deserves better. No disrespect meant to the priests that serve this parish. They may do a great job, but the church building is not inspiring to me at all.
I know what you mean. I was a member of this parish for 18 years back in the 1980’s and 90’s under Msgr. Mimnaugh and Father Nick Clavin. The church was still in the “old style.” I do not like this new style at all. Since 2008 I have been a parishioner at St. Anne in Logan Heights. It is staffed by the FSSP; a traditional Latin Order. What a difference.
So we must ask, what is the most important thing in a Catholic Church? What is the one thing on which we should focus our eyes? Actually, there are two things: the altar and the ambo. We focus on the ambo for the liturgy of the word. We focus on the altar for the liturgy of the eucharist. The altar is the most important article of furniture in a church. It is the table of plenty. Everything else is just …
How about the taberncle? Shouldn’t that be front and center?
The Lord and the people.