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On behalf of St. Patrick’s Parish, I joyfully welcome you. Our hope is all who come to St. Patrick’s will know the love of Christ. By God’s mercy and the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and our patron St. Patrick, you will truly encounter the risen Lord and experience the joy of the Gospel.


If you would like more information about our parish, please view more of our website or feel free to contact us. If you are new to the area, we encourage you to request a new member packet. I would like to meet all of you. I am available for appointments. 


Please call me at (209) 532-7139 ext. 112 or email frbanka@stpatssonora.org. God bless.

    In Christ, Fr. Yesobu Banka, Parish Administrator

Happy Feast to Dear Fr. Banka and all the priests in our diocese of Stockton. Thank you for answering God’s Call. We are blessed to have you and thankful for your priesthood.

March 23, 2021

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus,                                                                      

As we get closer to Holy Week and Easter, I want to make sure to reach out to you in this changing and challenging time. While many of us are back in Church, I realize some have chosen to stay home for a while longer. Please know that I certainly understand your desire to be safe. If you would like to join us for Holy Week or Easter Services, please be assured that we are maintaining all the safety protocols at our church to keep us safe and healthy.

In the next two weeks we will be praying and reflecting on the Suffering, Death and Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Jesus embraced and accepted this suffering to save us all from the stain of sin and to give us new life in God. Therefore, we will joyfully celebrate Holy Week in commemoration of the Passion, Death and Resurrection of our Lord and our own new life in Him. 

Due to this virus, we have to alter many of our upcoming and meaningful liturgies such as Palm Sunday and The Easter Triduum. I understand that some of you are not yet ready to join us in person, but whoever can make it, I welcome you to join our services for Holy Week and Easter Sunday. 


Following are the Mass Schedules for St. Patrick’s:

Palm Sunday 7:30am, 9:00am and 11:00am 

(Palms will be placed on the table for you to take home after the mass)

Holy Thursday at 6:00pm

Good Friday at 2:00pm

Easter Vigil at 6:00pm

Easter Sunday 7:30, 9:00 and 11:00am


Following are the Mass Schedules at OLMC:

Palm Sunday Vigil Mass at 3:00pm

Holy Thursday at 3:00pm

Good Friday at 3:00pm

Easter Sunday at 8:00am and 10:00am

May you all have the blessings of the Risen Jesus! Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!!!

In the Risen Christ,


Fr. Banka



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It was truly a blessed celebration on Sunday at St. Patrick’s Parish as the final Penitential Rite was fulfilled before baptism at the Easter vigil. Congratulations and welcome to Bradley Curnow, Caleb Curnow, Adam Curnow, and Maria Murillo, as you each complete your RCIA journey at the Easter Vigil. I will continue to pray for you all as this important time in your Christian lives nears.

In the Merciful Christ, Father Banka

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A huge welcome to Bradley, Caleb, and Adam Curnow, and Maria Murillo, as they complete their RCIA journey at the Easter Vigil. They will be receiving the sacraments of Christian initiation - Baptism, Confirmation, and the Eucharist - that lay the foundations of every Christian life. The faithful are born anew by Baptism, strengthened by the sacrament of Confirmation, and receive in the Eucharist the food of eternal life. Congratulations and Welcome to the St. Patrick’s Parish Community. May the church always be a place of mercy and hope, where you all feel welcomed.

Welcome, and may the Lord

Bless you and your family.

Father Banka

Thank you, supportive Families. 

Thank you Sandy Pasby for the great photos.
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What a Blessed  Lenten weekend at St. Patrick's Parish with Deacon Mike, Father John Fitzgerald, and Caleb Curnow, who received The Rite of Election. This Rite celebrates the Communities' recognition and support for him to receive the sacraments of Initiation at the Easter vigil.  Congratulations, Caleb, and thank you Marie Dahlstrand for all your work with R.C.I.A.

 We are blessed to have you all.

Father Banka’s Enlightening Facts

When is Easter?

Every year it seems we have to stop and ask ourselves, “So, when is Easter this year?”

I’ll tell you how to figure it out:
Easter will always fall on the first Sunday after the first full moon after March 21, the Vernal Equinox. So this year the first full moon after March 21 happens on March 28 (a Sunday) and the next Sunday after that is April 4, which is the date for Easter this year. Next year, the first full moon after March 21 happens on April 16 (a Saturday) and the next Sunday after that is April 17, which is the date for Easter 2022. Once you have the Easter date, count back the 40 days of Lent, not counting Sundays, and now you know when Ash Wednesday will be. The full moon that determines the Easter date is also called the Paschal Moon.

A Blessed Sunday morning at

St. Patrick's Parish. Deacon Mike helps welcome

Father Banka home from his trip to India on this beautiful Laetare Sunday.

Thank you, Sandy Pasby for the Great photos.

Please see below the Diocese of Stockton's Week 1 Lenten Reflection in English, hosted by Fr. Banka from St. Patrick's in Sonora and his two assistants Juan Salazar and Lily Coffing of our Parishes First Communion Class.


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Beautiful but chilly and sometimes wet outdoor Masses
at Our Lady Mount Carmel Mission Church,
Big Oak Flat, CA
St. Patricks Sonora CA
Thank you everyone for all you do to serve the Lord.

What a beautiful Blessing!

In 2020 we had the Enthronement of the Blessed Virgin Mary at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sonora. Please visit our spiritual garden.


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Our Churches

St. Patrick's Church, 

Our Lady of Mt Carmel Mission Church,

Historic St. Annes Church 

St. Francis Xavier Church




Mass Schedule

St. Patrick's Church 127 Jackson St. Sonora Ca 95370

Our Lady of Mt Carmel Mission Church 11700 Catholic Cemetery Rd. Big Oak Flat Ca 95305

Historic St. Anne's Church 22519 Church Ln. Columbia Ca 95310 

For all Masses: 

Wear a face covering and follow social distancing guidelines. 

Weekday Mass

12:00 noon  St. Patrick's Church front yard, Sonora

Saturday Mass

3:00 pm Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

Sunday Masses

 7:30 am 9:00 am, and 11:00 am  St. Patrick's Church,

 Hall, Sonora

 Sunday Mass SUSPENDED   Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

Spanish Mass SUSPENDED  St. Patrick's, Sonora

Confessions By Appointment 

Please call the Parish Office to make an appointment



St. Patrick's Catholic Parish Office

Mailing Address:

116 Bradford St Sonora, CA 95370

Phone: 209.532.7139

Fax: 209.532.817.8879

Email: StPatsSonora.org

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