St. Mary Parish prepares and sustains its members and guests for a life and eternity in the presence of God. In accomplishing our mission, we proclaim and celebrate our salvation through Jesus Christ enlivened by the Holy Spirit, nourish our sacramental life especially in the Sunday celebration of the Eucharist, and demonstrate our faith worshiping, educating, serving and encouraging vocations as modeled by Mother Mary.

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Fr. James Narithookil, CMI, PhD (Pastor)

I was born in Kerala State, India on August 18, 1942 as the third son of the 11 children of Mathew and Annamma. My family traces its origin to an ancient family of St. Thomas Christians of Syro-Malabar Catholic Rite. St. Thomas, one of the 12 Apostles of Jesus, went to Kerala, India in 52 AD and suffered martyrdom in 72 AD at Mylapore, India. Before his martyrdom, he established an apostolic church (St. Thomas Christians) in south India.

In 1961, I joined the Congregation of the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate (CMI), an indigenous religious congregation of India, founded by Saint Kuriakose Elias Chavara and was ordained a priest in 1972. I specialized in Islamic studies and taught in several seminaries in India where I was engaged in giving formation to the students studying for priesthood. Later, I served as the Major Superior of one of the provinces of the CMI congregation in India for 6 years.

From 2002 to 2008, I was the Rector of Dharmaram College, the major seminary of the CMI Congregation in Bangalore, India.

In 2008, I was appointed pastor of St. Mary’s Parish.

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  • Lent Mission (March 19-23) will explore living a fuller life of faith
  • Second Sunday Breakfast coming up on March 12
  • 2017 Lent schedule
  • Parish Events

    March 2017
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    Holy Hour

    7:00 pm8:00 pm

    Join us each first Thursday for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the praying of the Rosary.


    Eucharistic Adoration

    8:30 am6:00 pm

    Immediately following the 8:00 a.m. mass. Ends with Benediction at 5:45 p.m.

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    St. Patrick

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    Solemnity (Patron of the Diocese of Sacramento)


    St. Joseph



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    The Annunciation of the Lord



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