OUR MISSION

“We, the faithful of St. Anthony Catholic Church, are a  community of believers who make up the body of Christ. We are called to know, love and serve the Lord, by upholding the dignity and diversity of all, through the gospel values and  the Social Teachings of the  Catholic Church...

Declaración de la Misión

Nosotros, Los fieles de la Iglesia Católica de San Antonio, somos una comunidad de creyentes que componemos el cuerpo de Cristo. Nosotros somos llamados a conocer, amar y servir a Dios, manteniendo en alto la dignidad y la diversidad de todos, a través de los valores del evangelio y las enseñanzas sociales de La Iglesia Católica...

OUR COMMUNITY

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Our Parish Staff

Rev. Fr. Hector Vasquez

Priest Administrator

hvasquez@sbdiocese.org

Rev. Fr. Francis Akyen Grant

Deacon Fernando Vera

Permanent Deacon
fv@sbdiocese.org

Parochial Vicar

fgrant@sbdiocese.org

Our History

St. Anthony Catholic Church is woven  directly into the romantic history of Southern California, as  inseparable as the land barons who donated ranch property for the building itself.   Long before Riverside became a county, in the years when Spain ruled California and the Franciscans ran their missions, Rancho San Jacinto’s Catholic community took root in a two-room adobe chapel with one shared fireplace.

This Catholic community of San Jacinto is the oldest in Riverside County, and the parish is the 6th oldest out of the 95 parishes in the Diocese of San Bernardino.  From 1896 to 1905 the St. Francis de Sales Parish in  Riverside oversaw San Jacinto (as St. Mary’s Mission), maintaining sacramental records and sending priests by horse and buggy.  The 1899 Diocesan directory noted Sunday Catechism School was held every Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m., and every second Sunday of the month the Holy Mass was celebrated in San Jacinto, for approximately 125 people.

In 1905 St. Mary’s Mission finally achieved Parish status, enabling it to maintain its own sacramental records and other documents, dotted with the names of people who built the Church and community.

 

 

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The new Parish was named St. Anthony, and the church was one of only two buildings that weathered the 1918 earthquake. Only the church’s chimney was destroyed during the 6.8 magnitude quake. San Jacinto’s Catholic population grew and a new, larger church was built in 1940, the one currently used. The stained glass windows from the original St. Mary’s Mission were moved into St. Anthony’s, and the wooden building converted into a parish hall. It eventually fell into disrepair and was torn down in 1957, to the consternation of local historians. In 1946 after World War II, there was a population boom in California. The Parish added St. Hyacinth Academy, which is now serving students in preschool through eighth grade. The 21st Century has seen a continual growth in San Jacinto’s Catholic population. Masses have been added to keep up and better serve the community. From 2002 to June 2007, under the pastoral direction of Fr. Ciro Libanati, remodeling included the finished wood sanctuary; a large view of the sanctuary from the cry room, with a wall of glass replacing the few windows;conversion of rooms (previously used for sister and priest living quarters) into welcoming office space and rooms for ministries to meet; a garage converted into a youth room; and landscaping outside. Fountains and benches were added to give the grounds a serene feeling, and statues and other artifacts were repaired. On July 01, 2007, Rev. Fr. Arturo Balagat became Pastor, and he started to look for the land on which to build the new church. There were more than 1,500 registered families with a rising Hispanic population. In order to accommodate the fast-growing community, there was a need for a bigger building and parking area and other facilities. At least 15 acres of land and sufficient funds were needed to build a new church that could be centrally located within the San Jacinto Valley. In 2009, when Rev. Fr. Cristobal Subosa, FI, was assigned as new Priest Administrator at St. Anthony’s, he pursued the new parish plans with the help and support of the Parish Pastoral Council (PPC) and the Parish Finance Council (PFC). After a series of meetings and consultations were made with the PPC and the PFC, Fr. Cris wrote letters on December 7, 2009, and December 13, 2010, to our Most Reverend Bishop Gerald Barnes, D.D., requesting approval to purchase property for the parish church. This was one of the resolutions of the Episcopal Visitation by Bishop Rutilio in October 2008. On March 20, 2012, 39+ acres of land were purchased. Now the new adventure is building the church, parish hall, ministry meeting rooms, and an education center that will be centrally located within the San Jacinto Valley. Today St. Anthony’s Catholic Church has more than 2,765 registered families, with a growing Hispanic population. Reverend Father Cristobal Subosa, FI, the present Pastor, and the active Parish Pastoral Council, Parish Finance Council, and Parish Building Committee are busy finding the ways and means to implement the plans for the necessary construction. The facilities of the church and school are abuzz with ministries meeting from early in the morning until late at night. The need is great to expand the church as San Jacinto’s population continues to grow.





Sr. Madelyn P. Equibal,MSM

Religious Worker/Parish

Website  & Bulletin Editor ext. 110

mequibal@sbdiocese.org

Grace Lacsamana

Parochial School-  Principal

glacsamana@sbdiocese.org

Reina Solares

Bookeeper/Secretary: Ext. 105

rsolares@sbdiocese.org

Alvino Torrez

Religious Education/Youth Ministry: Ext:103

atorrez@sbdiocese.org 

Jennifer Hernandez

Secretary - Ext 103

jhernandez@sbdiocese.org

Rubi Andrade

Parish Secretary: Ext: 101

landrade@sbdioces.org

Seferino Quinatana

Parish Custodian