Re-opening weekend

June 14, 2020

First Sunday Masses Completed!

Thank you to everyone who attended Sunday Masses this weekend. We were overjoyed to see all your smiling faces (under your masks!)

We'd also like to thank all our staff and wonderful volunteers. We wouldn't have been able to re-open so safely, welcoming many of our parishioners and guests back, without your abundant help. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

Daily Masses

Tomorrow, Monday June 15, daily masses begin again in the Basilica. Daily Masses will only be celebrated in the Basilica at this time. The Serra Chapel will not be open for Mass during the week. Available Masses times are:

7:00AM Monday-Friday

8:30AM Monday-Friday


7:00 PM Monday-Friday Español

Daily Mass does NOT require a ticket. We will open the main doors of the Basilica one hour prior to the beginning of Mass and will seat the first 100 arrivals. The same guidelines apply for daily Mass for social distancing and mask usage.

Parish Office Hours

The Parish Office will be open on a limited basis from 10AM-4PM Monday-Friday for phone assistance and Mass Intentions. Otherwise, our offices continue to be closed to the public during this partial re-opening period. We will keep you informed when we re-open further.

Return to Regular Parish Life

Mission Parish continues to be closed for further meetings or events during this partial re-opening period. We are working on the fall schedules now and will let you know as soon as we are ready to announce further events.

Yours in Christ,

Mission Parish Staff

Message from Msgr mckiernan


mission parish re-opening

June 5, 2020

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,          


I know this time away from Mass and our beautiful Basilica has been a difficult time for all of us. Please know you have been in Fr. Sergio’s and my prayers every day. Thank you for your patience and care for others during this challenging time.

We have been given permission to “begin the Journey back” to the celebration of Mass and the other Sacraments. We begin phase one with the Sunday Masses on the weekend of June 13/14. In phase one, we have permission, per instructions from the Bishop, to have 100 people join us for each Mass. Our schedule of Masses will remain the same as it was before the closure.

Those who are sick or have some in their home who are sick are asked to stay home. Those who are over 65 years old and/or have health issues are asked to continue to stay home. If you are concerned about being around others or it is just too soon for you to return to Mass, please stay home.  Bishop Vann has extended the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass. We will continue to have Mass available on our website.

All those attending Mass are asked to go online to our website to sign up or call our parish to reserve one or more of the 100 seats available at each Saturday/Sunday Mass. For those who watch/attend Mass online you may come to the Basilica at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday to receive communion if you so desire. For those who reserve seats you will notice several things that are different:

  • Everyone will be wearing masks
  • We will all maintain 6 ft distance from those not living in our homes
  • Everyone will enter through the doors by the bell tower
  • Everyone will use hand sanitizer upon entering the Basilica
  • Only the Nave (center) of the Basilica is in use
  • Please try to touch as few things as possible while in the Basilica
  • Please choose a pew and stay there until it is time to receive communion and exit
  • Please use the restroom at home (restrooms will be for emergencies only)
  • There will be no music books or song sheet, you can find a worship aid on our web site or it can be sent to you via email

The Basilica will be cleaned after each Mass and we ask you to depart immediately. You may choose to attend daily Mass, which are also limited to 100 people during this phase.

Thank you for working together so we can keep each other safe.


Always forward, but never away from the love of God,


Reverend Monsignor J. Michael McKiernan

Pastor / Rector



May 22, 2020

Garden Grove, Calif., (May 22, 2020) – The Diocese of Orange announced today that public Masses can begin in Orange County on the solemnity of Corpus Christi, Sunday, June 14 (including Saturday June 13 Vigil Masses) in a phased-in approach with measures in place to safeguard public health. In addition, the Bishop of Orange, Kevin W. Vann, extends a dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday and Holy Days of Obligation until such time as it is deemed safe to have large gatherings at Mass.

After extensive consultation over these past few months with civil authorities, County of Orange Health Authority, as well as with our medical advisors, the decision was made to gradually open the churches for Mass with strict guidelines for attendance including important requirements for the distribution and reception of Holy Communion and the safety and health of all who attend. Bishop Vann acknowledges the hard work of Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, on behalf of all the California bishops, who met frequently with Governor Newsom and his staff. The positive cooperation of all involved – working together for the common good – has helped bring us to this important moment.

“The pandemic is far from over so we will begin with small steps,” said Bishop Vann. “Realizing that reinfection is a concern, as we saw occurred in Texas and elsewhere, I am asking our pastors to prepare their churches to ensure that these guidelines are followed without exception.” Indeed advisors to the bishop have been working on guidelines for weeks, in consultation with county officials and other experts.

The Diocese announced that phase one brings smaller groups of healthy Catholics back to a limited Mass with strict social distancing guidelines and rules. Phase two would allow larger groups while phase three would allow choirs to return to church and social gatherings to resume. At this point, it is unknown when we might be able to enter phases two and three. Phasing our return allows for the ability to re-evaluate the process as necessary in order to ensure the health and safety of the community going forward.

All phases of this plan require following strict guidelines for social distancing and sanitization.

Those over age 65 and/or with a co-morbidity will be encouraged to consider not returning to Mass just yet, and anyone showing any symptoms of sickness, or anyone who has a household member who is sick or showing symptoms of sickness should not come to church.

The church will be thoroughly sanitized/cleaned before and after each service, including all entryways and doors. Holy water fonts will be empty, and hymnals removed.

Hand sanitizer will be available at all churches.

All local safety orders specifically relating to proper face coverings will be followed.

People will be instructed to not engage in any physical touch, such as by greeting each other.

Signs and other instructions will encourage normal safe practices necessary to avoid the spread (e.g. cough or sneeze into a shirtsleeve, handkerchief, or tissue; avoid touching the eyes, nose, and mouth).

Ventilation will be increased as much as possible by opening windows and doors, as weather permits.

The sign of peace and distribution of the Precious Blood is suspended.

Catholics should visit the website of their parish for eventual specific instructions on how their parish will offer Masses and how attendance will be allowed. In most cases, only one-third of the church space will be available per Mass. Bishop Vann has granted a temporary dispensation from the requirements of canon 932, which will permit priests to celebrate Mass outside the sacred space of a church building, thereby permitting parishes to utilize other spaces for Masses including gymnasiums, parish halls and outdoor spaces.

Since the Sunday obligation has been dispensed from, Catholics will be encouraged to attend other Masses during the week instead of on Sunday, in order to spread out the number of people attending. More Masses than usual will be offered to attempt to accommodate everyone who desires to attend Mass during this phase. In addition, many parishes will continue to livestream Masses.

Anyone who is in an at-risk health group or does not feel comfortable attending a public gathering should stay home. Also, anyone who is sick or has been exposed to the coronavirus should refrain from attending a public Mass as it is an act of Christian charity to safeguard the health of others.

“Please continue to pray for those who have died, those who are sick from this disease and for the people who care for them,” said Bishop Vann. “I wish to thank everyone for their sacrifices over these last weeks to benefit the common good. It has been a time of reflection, prayer and growth in faith for many of us. 

We will continue to take one day at a time and walk in faith together until the day we can all gather to rejoice in the Lord. The Solemnity of Corpus Christi (the

Body and Blood of Christ) is a very fitting feast day to begin our journey to once again gather together as the Lord’s people.”