Historical Stories 1977 - Formation of Two New Parishes

On July 22, 1977, Fr. Ronald was officially informed by the Diocesan Consultors as to the formation of two new parishes in the Huntington Beach-Fountain Valley areas.

“Parish number one (St. Mary’s by the Sea), will consist of the portion of Sts. Simon & Jude Parish encompassing the older section of Huntington Beach.  The eastern boundary will be Beach Boulevard from Garfield to the Sea. The northern boundary will be Garfield Avenue from Beach Boulevard to the city limits of Huntington Beach and thence to the sea.  The southwest border will be from the western city limits of Huntington Beach along the ocean front to Beach Boulevard.”

“Parish number two (St. Vincent DePaul), will be composed of certain portions of Sts. Simon & Jude Parish, Holy Spirit Parish and St. Bonaventure Parish.  The parish will be bordered on the east by Magnolia Avennue from McFadden to Garfield.  On the south by Garfield Avenue from Magnolia to Gothard.  On the west by Gothard from Garfield to Warner.  East on Warner to Beach Boulevard and north to McFadden.  The northern boundary will be McFadden Avenue from Beach Boulevard to Magnolia Avenue.” 

Official public announcement of the formation of these parish boundaries was made on September 1, 1977.  These boundaries are still in existence today.  St. Mary’s by the Sea still uses the original Sts. Simon & Jude Church on 10th and Orange Streets; St. Vincent DePaul has built a beautiful new church on Talbert.

In 1978, Colman Hall and the second phase of the Parish offices were finally completed.

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