St. Raphael Mission

Temecula, California

Founded 2011

Diocese: Diocese of the West

Deanery: Missionary District

Address

Holy Resurrection Monastery
48600 Via Vaquero Rd.
Temecula, California 92590-2857

Mailing address:

41955 5th St #301
Temecula, CA 92590-2740

http://www.straphaelca.org

Parish Contacts

V. Rev. Damian Kuolt
Priest-in-Charge
Mobile: 602-418-2982

Directions

General Location

Temecula is one hour north of San Diego, and south of Riverside, just off I-15. Our new mission parish is holding Divine Services at the Holy Resurrection Monastery (Romanian, OCA) located in the foothills above Old Town Temecula, just 4.5 miles from Old Town Front Street. When you drive take Rancho California Rd. west from I-15 (2.2 mi), Turn Left onto Via Santa Rosa (1.1 mi), Turn Right onto Via Vaquero Rd. (1.5 mi.), then you will arrive at 48600 Via Vaquero Rd. (on the left, just past Via Yerba) The only sign from the road is a very large house number sign, prominently featuring 48600. you cannot miss.

Schedule of Services

7:00 PM Great Vespers (served by the monastic community)
Saturday Evening

8:00 AM Matins; 9:30 AM Divine Liturgy
Sunday Morning

6:30 PM Bible Study, at Linfield High School (inquiry into principles of Orthodoxy)
Thursday Evening

8:00 AM Coffee Talk with Father: On the Spiritual Life in the Orthodox Church (contact Fr. Damian for location)
Saturday Morning

Please contact the pastor for the schedule on feast days.

Parish Background

Originally founded to serve the Hemet area, the mission moved to a temporary location for one year in Canyon Lake. The mission is now restarting its efforts here in Temecula and shifting our attention to outreach for the non-orthodox. Our vision is establishing an Orthodox witness, sharing the fullness of the Faith with the hundreds of thousands of people who live in the Temecula Valley – from Perris to Escondido.

The first step is our move to co-locate at Holy Resurrection Monastery (Romanian, OCA) where we can bring people to into an Orthodox Ethos that is beyond the means of a typical start-up mission. We are extremely thankful to the monastic community here, for their hospitality in making room for us. The next step will be trying to open our mission center. Our first proposal on how to do this is a bold, but successful model that has brought Orthodoxy to many. If we are blessed with donors and benefactors, we will open an Orthodox Christian Bookstore and Coffeehouse… ideally right in Old Town Temecula.