Our Parish History

St. Catherine of Alexandria, Temecula, began as a Mission Church of San Jacinto, Lake Elsinore and Pala in 1979. The church was relocated from Front Street in Old Town Temecula, to its present location in 1990.

This building has recently been renovated and is currently used for Catechetical Ministries and meeting rooms for several organizations. For the past 18 years, the parish has been working on the Master Plan for the Parish Building Project, which in the initial phases, included the construction of a Social Hall (DiLeo Hall) and a new church, which was dedicated in February 2000.

To better serve the rapidly growing parish community, a new Ministry and Religious Education Center has recently been completed. A new extension has also been added to DiLeo Hall to house the Parish Staff. These additions have now completed the Master Plan. St. Catherine’s Mission is St. Michael’s Chapel, located on the Pechanga Indian Reservation.

The vision of St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish as a family, is to share the Good News with everyone, regardless of faith preference, through acts of friendship, welcome and love.


St. Catherine of Alexandria

Feastday: November 25

St. Catherine of Alexandria, Virgin and Martyr whose feast day is November 25th. She is the patroness of philosophers and preachers.

St. Catherine is believed to have been born in Alexandria of a noble family. Converted to Christianity through a vision, she denounced Maxentius for persecuting Christians. Fifty of her converts were then burned to death by Maxentius.

Maxentius offered Catherine a royal marriage if she would deny the Faith. Her refusal landed her in prison. While in prison, and while Maxentius was away, Catherine converted Maxentius' wife and two hundred of his soldiers. He had them all put to death.

Catherine was likewise condemned to death. She was put on a spiked wheel, and when the wheel broke, she was beheaded. She is venerated as the patroness of philosophers and preachers. St. Catherine's was one of the voices heard by St. Joan of Arc.

Maxentius' blind fury against St. Catherine is symbolic of the anger of the world in the face of truth and justice. When we live a life of truth and justice, we can expect the forces of evil to oppose us. Our perseverance in good, however, will be everlasting.


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