From Fr. Hildebrand's Desk /

 Del Escritorio del Padre Hildebrand 

Dear Friends in Christ,


The early settlers in New England had a very hard life. When the

Mayflower landed in late autumn 1620, the cold weather had

already begun. Fortunately, the pilgrims made a pact with the

native Americans who taught them how to sow corn and other crops

for the following year’s harvest. During the winter of 1620-21 many died of starvation and disease, but the Pilgrims were men and women of faith. They believed that God had led them to this new land, and they persevered in spite of the cold and harsh weather.


In the autumn of 1621, the pilgrims celebrated a three-day festival in thanksgiving to God for the harvest. Since wild turkeys and other game animals were abundant in the area, these too made up the menu for the first Thanksgiving.


This week we mark the 398th anniversary of the first Thanksgiving. As in the past, we have abundant reasons for giving thanks to God for the blessings we have received. Our celebration of the Eucharist every Sunday is a great prayer of thanksgiving. “Let us give thanks to the Lord, our God. It is right and just.”


As we gather as families to share our Thanksgiving meal this week, let us pray for our country and its leaders. Let us remember the Pilgrims and those who first organized our country. Above all, let us give thanks to our gracious Lord for His gifts, especially the gift of faith and the salvation He promises to those who revere Him.


Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

Queridos amigos en Cristo,


Los primeros colonos en New England tuvieron una vida muy dura. Cuando el Mayflower aterrizó a fines del otoño de 1620, el clima frío ya había comenzado. Afortunadamente, los peregrinos hicieron un pacto con los nativos americanos quienes les enseñaron cómo sembrar maíz y otros cultivos para la cosecha del año siguiente. Durante el invierno de 1620-21, muchos murieron de hambre y enfermedades, pero los peregrinos eran hombres y mujeres de fe. Creían que Dios los había traido a esta nueva tierra, y perseveraron a pesar del clima frío y duro.


En el otoño de 1621, los peregrinos celebraron un festival de tres días en acción de gracias a Dios por la cosecha. Como los pavos salvajes y otros animales de caza abundaban en el área, estos también formaron el menú para el primer Día de Acción de Gracias.


Esta semana celebramos el aniversario 398 del primer Día de Acción de Gracias. Como siempre, tenemos abundantes razones para dar gracias a Dios por las bendiciones que hemos recibido. Nuestra celebración de la Eucaristía todos los domingos es una gran oración de acción de gracias. “Demos gracias al Señor, nuestro Dios. Es justo y necesario."


Al reunirnos con familia para compartir nuestra comida de Acción de Gracias esta semana, recemos por nuestro país y sus líderes. Recordemos a los peregrinos y a los que empezaron nuestro país. Sobre todo, demos gracias a nuestro Señor misericordioso por sus dones, especialmente el don de la fe y la salvación que promete a quienes lo veneran.


Feliz Día de Acción de Gracias para usted y su familia.

Welcome to 150 years of Catholic Tradition!


Welcome to the website of Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, the Historic Faith

Center of the San Pedro Region. Please let me introduce myself. My name is Fr.

Hildebrand Garceau, and I serve as pastor of this wonderful communityof faith along with my brother priests of St. Michael's Abbey.


In honor of our parish's 150th anniversary, we are launching this NEW website to make everyone aware of this jewel of a church located near the Port of Los Angeles.


Our mission as a community of faith is to bring Christ to all and to evangelize through prayer, service, teaching and celebrating the Sacraments of the Church. We also reach out to the poor and marginalized by providing basic human needs and the love of Christ.As you pass through these pages, you will learn about our community. You will see images of our parish life. You will find information about our Mass schedule, the Sacraments, confessions, religious education, parish organizations, special events, and much more.SS. Peter and Paul offers a magnificent setting for the sacred liturgy. We also traditional devotions, including perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in our chapel.May this website be an inspiration to you to visit Ss. Peter and Paul yourself and join us for Mass or simply to take time for quiet prayer.


We want to hear from you; please email or call us with your questions and for more information.May the peace of Christ be with you always!




Reverend Pastor

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