From Fr. Hildebrand Desk /

 Del Escritorio del Padre Hildebrand 

Dear Friends in Christ,


This week we celebrate St. Ephrem, a Syrian who wrote poetry in

honor of the Lord and our Lady. He also defended the primacy of the

pope over the Church. Known as the “harp of the Holy Spirit” some of

St. Ephrem’s poems have been used by the Syriac Church in their



St. Ephrem vigorously defended the faith when it was under attack by heretics. He fought against the Arians who denied the divinity of Christ. He also wrote against idolatry and false worship. His wisdom was recognized by the bishop of Nisibis, St. James, who asked Ephrem to accompany him to the Council of Nicea. There, they sided with St. Athanasius against the Arian bishops in defending the true faith.


At a time of political unrest St. Ephrem begged alms from wealthy citizens in Nisibis so that he could distribute them to the poor.


Here is an example of his poetry, which speaks of Our Lord: On a certain day a pearl did I take up, my brethren; I saw in it mysteries pertaining to the Kingdom; Semblances and types of the Majesty; It became a fountain, and I drank out of it mysteries of the Son. I put it, my brethren, upon the palm of my hand, That I might examine it: I went to look at it on one side, And it proved faces on all sides. I found out that the Son was incomprehensible, Since He is wholly Light.


May the Lord bless you and your family.

Queridos amigos en Cristo,


Esta semana celebramos a San Efrén, un sirio que escribió poesía en honor al Señor y a la Virgen. También defendió la primacía del Papa sobre la Iglesia. Conocido como el "arpa del Espíritu Santo" algunos de los poemas de San Efrén han sido utilizados por la Iglesia siria en su liturgia.


San Efrén defendió vigorosamente la fe cuando fue atacada por herejes. Luchó contra los Arios que negaron la divinidad de Cristo. También escribió contra la idolatría y la adoración falsa. Su sabiduría fue reconocida por el obispo de Nisibis, Santiago, quien le pidió a Efrén que lo acompañara al Concilio de Nicea. Allí, se pusieron del lado de San Atanasio contra los obispos arianos en la defensa de la verdadera fe.


En un momento de agitación política, San Efrén suplicó limosna a los ciudadanos ricos en Nisibis para poder distribuirlas a los pobres.


Este es un ejemplo de su poesía, que habla de Nuestro Señor: En cierto día una perla tomé, mis hermanos; Vi en ella simbolos pertenecientes al Reino; Semblances e imágenes de la Majestad aquella; Vino a ser en una fuente, y bebí de ella los simbolos del Hijo. La puse, hermanos mios, sobre la palma de mi mano, A fin de contemplarla y era todo rostro por todas partes. Descubri que el Hijo era inescrutable ya que todo El es luz.


Que el Señor los bendiga a ustedes y a 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 community of 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 have traditional devotions, including perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament in our chapel. May this website be an inspiration to you to visit Saints 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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