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 for JUNE 2017 On June 13 we welcomed 104 families representing 159 adults, 49 children and 33 seniors for a total of 241 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. I want to share the observations of David Goodman who is the Executive Director of the Redwood Empire Food Bank that supplies most of the food and produce that we distribute at Rural Food. “I spend a good amount of time talking with people facing hunger. Although their paths are different, there are a couple consistent facets to their journeys. The first is that nobody ever planned on seeking food assistance. The food recipients are surprised, upset, bewildered, frightened, and grateful all at the same time. Over and over I hear people say that they worked all their lives, even helped others through challenging times, yet here they are, asking for help .In our society, we have a well seated myth: If you receive an education, get a job, and work hard, everything will be okay. My conversations with people in need of help have uncovered the fallacy of this myth. Many people do all the right things and still find themselves in need of support. People lose jobs, people don't earn enough, people have disabilities, people divorce, spouses and partners die, people simply live beyond their savings. In all of these situations, we as a community should have a sufficient quantity and quality of food available to help. As polarized as these times are, we must agree on one thing, people are in need of food for one of two reasons: decisions they've made or circumstances beyond their control. In either case, hunger cannot be the price they pay.”
Please continue to collect paper grocery bags, especially with handles, and egg cartons. We are looking into biodegradable produce bags and recyclable grocery bags for our clients.
RURAL FOOD VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Saturday, July 8, from 9-10:00am repackaging -- Parish Hall Monday, July 10, from 12:30 – 2:30pm to set up the Parish Hall Tuesday, July 11, from 8:30 – 11:00am 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.
Looking for a special gift in honor or in memory of a loved one? The Rural Food program has a beautifully designed card that is sent to the recipient indicating that you made a gift to the program. The cards are located on a pamphlet tables at both St. Philip and St. Teresa Churches or by contacting Rod DeMartini, Program Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Regular Mass Schedule (not for holidays or holy days)
Monday & Wednesday 9:00 AM Mass - St. Philip, Occidental
Tuesday & Thursday 9:00 AM Mass - St. Teresa, Bodega
Friday - Eucharistic Service 9:00 AM - St. Philip, Occidental
Saturday 5:00 PM Mass - St. Teresa, Bodega
Sunday 8:00 AM - St. Philip, Occidental 9:30 AM - St. Teresa, Bodega 11:15 AM - St. Philip, Occidental