Welcome to St. Philip the Apostle Church!
St. Philip's is a dynamic Catholic community with a wide variety of ministries, activities and organizations. This site will tell you about who we are and provide you with the information you seek and the contacts you need to participate as a new member or more fully participate as an already active parishioner.
Bakersfield sits at the southern end of the great San Joaquin Valley, the richest agricultural region in the world. It also is situated in the southern end of the eight-county Diocese of Fresno. Like the city itself, St. Philip's has since seen tremendous growth through the years. Over the 38 years since our establishment St. Philip's has grown to 4,000 families. We are one of eight parishes in Bakersfield and the only one that lies west of Highway 99.
St. Philip's invites all of our parishioners to be involved in the daily life of the parish. To that end our parish staff provides avenues of participation and service. Worship lies at the very hearts of our community. Thus Liturgy is a priority. We seek to provide lively, uplifting and prayerful liturgies. We are in the tradition of the Church seeking to make liturgical renewal mandated by the Second Vatican Council a reality. With highly gifted and talented musicians, cantors and choirs together with well-trained liturgical ministers and an active Art and Environment Team to enhance our church setting, weekend Eucharistic liturgies are truly the "source and summit" of our faith. We encourage active participation by all the faithful in weekend Masses and other liturgical celebrations throughout the week.
Our recently constructed Youth Center has provided great impetus to our program for teenage parishioners. It has proved a popular gathering place for educational and social activities and the centerpiece of a dynamic youth program. One highlight is our monthly LIFE TEEN Mass which attracts both youth and parents to a lively liturgy.
St. Philip's provides a year-round RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) which enables adults looking for a church home to learn about the Catholic faith and how it is lived out in our parish community. This extensive program reaches out to adults and children as well as Catholics who have not yet made First Eucharist or Confirmation. Our religious education programs go from preschool and Sunday school through elementary, junior high and high school to adult education and formation opportunities.
Our Evangelization Ministry is the umbrella for a wide variety of bible studies, retreats, support groups, newcomers' activities and much more.
This gives only a glimpse into our parish life. I invite you to take a look at the life of St. Philip the Apostle Church Community and to be an active member of this wonderful parish. May God bless you!
St. Philip the Apostle Catholic Church
7100 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, CA 93309
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