“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...
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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...
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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.