Welcome to St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church in Occidental and St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church in Bodega, California!
Our parish community welcomes you and invites you to join us at our next Mass. Whether you're a visitor to Sonoma County, a life-long Catholic or someone who’s interested in knowing more about the Catholic faith, we encourage you to come and share in our prayer and ministerial life. We look forward to welcoming you to our parish.
Make Time for a Little Church ... or Two
Located in beautiful western Sonoma County, our Parish is blessed with two historic churches; St. Philip the Apostle in Occidental and St. Teresa of Avila in Bodega.
St. Philip the Apostle (click the photo to learn more)
St. Teresa of Avila (click the photo to learn more)
Parish Mission Statement
We, the Catholic community of St. Philip the Apostle, Occidental and St. Teresa of Avila, Bodega, are bonded in a rich heritage of faith. We strive to understand and live out the gospel values of love, hope and forgiveness.
We joyfully embrace Christ's call to serve through:
Liturgical celebrations centered on the Eucharist that reflect a welcoming and compassionate people of prayer.
Ministries that nurture God's presence in ourselves, our families and our community.
Programs of faith enrichment that nourish and renew our commitment to God.
Social gatherings that unite us in Christian fellowship.
We shall pursue this Mission faithfully though the power of God's love.
Rural Food Program Update 2014
On August 12 we welcomed 100 families representing 131 adults, 57 children and 44 seniors for a total of 232 people receiving nutritional support. This program is funded through the Rural Food Collection on the last Sunday of each month as well as through private donations and the generous support of our volunteers.
In September we will need extra hands for both the set-up and distribution for Rural Food. A number of our regular volunteers will be away so PLEASE check your calendars and come help—no other experience required! Also, please read the Rural Food Annual Report that will be inserted into the bulletin or find it posted on our parish website www.StPhilipStTeresa.org.
Please continue to collect grocery bags with handles, plastic shopping bags for produce, and egg cartons. We are looking into biodegradable produce bags and recyclable grocery bags for our clients.
RURAL FOOD VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Monday, September 8 from 12:30 – 2:30pm to set up the Parish Hall.
Tuesday, September 9 from 8:30 – 11:00 to distribute the food and assist clients. We need more volunteers on Tuesday to help our clients and their loaded grocery carts to their vehicles.
Celebrating twenty five years of service in 2013, our Rural Food Program of St. Philip and St. Teresa Parish has provided nutritious groceries to individuals and families that are in need. Read more.
Support the Rural Food Program Click the "Donate" button below to make a tax deductible donation that will help feed families in need. Your donations are tax deductible. Our Federal Tax number is #68-0351039
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Ansel Adams Print Free With Your Donation to the St. Teresa's Restoration Fund
Donate to the St. Teresa's restoration Fund and receive an exclusive, limited edition print of Ansel Adam’s original photograph of St. Teresa Church from 1953. All proceeds will support needed restoration of St. Teresa of Avila Mission. Only 500 prints have been created from Ansel’s original negative. Each reprint is individually numbered. Prints are available for a tax deductible donation of $175. Frame not included.
Use the PayPal "DONATE" button below or contact our restoration committee members for your limited print: Joe Nuss 707-875-9654 or Bob Tiller at 707-875-9148.