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 2015
March 10 we welcomed 100 families representing 137 adults, 59
children and 34 seniors for a total of 230 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.
the coming months, the results of the 2015 Rural Food Client Survey
will be reported. The response rate was 96 surveys returned—a 90%
return rate! 77% of clients reported that the food distributed was
good to excellent and 91% of clients reported that the amount of food
received was good to excellent. The Coordinating Team responded to a
request by the Catholic Charities Family Support Center to increase
our support to $100 a month in order to help maintain our sponsorship
of one of the living units as well as general support for the
programs of the Center.
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.
FOOD VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
April 13 from 12:30 – 2:30pm to set up the Parish Hall Tuesday,
April 14 from 8:30 – 11:0am 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.
WEIGHT OF FOOD DISTRIBUTED THIS MONTH = 7982 lbs!
Celebrating more than twenty five years of service in 2015, 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
News & Events
500th Anniversary of the birth of Saint Teresa of Avila 1515-2015
The Church worldwide will be celebrating 500 years since the birth March 28, 1515 of Saint Teresa of Avila. Our St. Teresa of Avila will be celebrating throughout 2015 with readings from St. Teresa’s writings. The readings will be at the beginning of Mass the second week of each month April thru November. “Teach By Works More Than By Words” – St. Teresa
"A Matter of Balance" is an award-winning program for adults designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. For more info or to enroll, call Laurie at 565-5936. Class starts April 10 at St. Philip Hall in Occidental. Click on PDF for full news:
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.