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La Misa en Español se reanudará el Domingo, 28 de noviembre a la 1:00 pm y continuará todos los domingos.

La Iglesia Católica de San Patricio Sonora


Good news!

The Spanish Mass will resume on Sunday, November 28 at 1:00 pm and will continue every Sunday. St. Patrick’s Catholic Church Sonora

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My Own Church!


Advent Begins!

November 28 – December 24

Beginning the Church's liturgical year, Advent (from, "ad-venire" in Latin or "to come to") is the season encompassing the four Sundays (and weekdays) leading up to the celebration of Christmas.

The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and to the anniversary of Our Lord’s birth on Christmas. From the earliest days of the Church, people have been fascinated by Jesus’ promise to come back. But
the scripture readings during Advent tell us not to waste our time with predictions. Advent is
not about speculation. Our Advent readings call us to be alert and ready, not weighted down
and distracted by the cares of this world (Lk 21:34-36). Like Lent, the liturgical color for Advent
is purple since both are seasons that prepare us for great feast days. Advent also includes an element of penance in the sense of preparing, quieting, and disciplining our hearts for the full joy of Christmas.

As we prepare for Christmas, the General Instruction of the Roman Missal notes some differences to the Mass that should be observed during the season. For instance, the priest will wear violet or purple during Advent, except for the Third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday) when rose is worn (GIRM, no. 316). Aside from what the priest wears, other aesthetic changes in the Church can include a more modestly decorated altar.

The final days of Advent, from December 17 to December 24, we focus on our preparation for the celebrations of the Nativity of our Lord at Christmas. In particular, the "O" Antiphons are sung during this period and have been by the Church since at least the eighth century. They are a magnificent theology that uses ancient biblical imagery drawn from the messianic hopes of the Old Testament to proclaim the coming of Christ as the fulfillment not only of Old Testament hopes, but of present ones as well.

Advent devotions including the Advent wreath, remind us of the meaning of the season. Our Advent calendar above can help you fully enter into the season with daily activity and prayer suggestions to prepare you spiritually for the birth of Jesus Christ.


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Thank you to all the dedicated volunteers that keep our Parish thriving. We see you working! 

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Monsignor John Armistead's biography.

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Thank you for blessing our replaced/new doors Monsignor.

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Thank you for the beautiful Mass, Monsignor.

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Monsignor John Armistead at Saint Patrick's Catholic Church Sonora

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Gifts from the Parishioners and Father Banka for Monsignor John Armistead


Thank you to all the parishioners who made these little treats for Monsignor John Armistead's 50 years of service to the Stockton Diocese. Celebration at St. Patrick's Parish hall.

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Cutting the cake is Monsignor John Armistead.

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Fr. Yesobu Banka and Monsignor John Armistead.

Monsignor John Armistead, 

The St. Patrick’s Parish Faith Family and Friends, wish you God’s blessings and congratulations for your 50 Years of Service in the vineyard of the Lord. Happy and healthy retirement. Our prayers are with you.


Fr. Banka and St. Patrick’s Parish

A Beautiful All Souls Day at St. Patrick's Cemetery Sonora CA 
Thank you, Father Banka and Deacon Mike for all you do.

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St. Patrick’s Parish joyfully welcomes you.

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 feel free to contact us. If you are new to the area, we encourage you to request a new member packet.


I want to meet all of you, and 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

Please join us for Mass!

Anyone, whether practicing Catholic, inactive Catholic, ex-Catholic, other Christian, or someone not in a church, is welcome to come to Mass. For those who have been away from the Catholic Church or have not participated in Catholic worship, attending Mass is a very spiritual insight into the Catholic faith.

All are welcome!

St Patrick’s Church, Sonora Mon-Fri 8:00 am Sunday 7:30 am 9:00 am 11:00 am 

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Mission Church. Big Oak Flat, CA Saturday 4:00 pm 


Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ Jesus, 


I would like to thank God and all of you for your patience and prayers. We finally got our new doors. Let’s be grateful for His providence.



Father Yesobu Banka

Notice something new in these pictures?  A huge Thank You to a couple of super volunteers, Margaret and Fred Grolle, for the Beautiful new address and name sign for our St. Patrick’s Parish Ministry Center. This is truly a sign to be proud of. Bless you both!

The new awning still looking good over the new doors. 


Confessions and Adoration

6:00-7:00 PM Every Wednesday at

St. Patrick's Church Sonora 

As the coronavirus once again changes and we return to wearing masks, remember I am praying for you all and I ask you all to pray for each other.

In Christ,

Fr. Yesobu Banka,

Parish Administrator


For affected families who are facing difficult decisions between food on the table or public safety, we pray for policies that recognize their plight.

For those who do not have adequate health insurance, we pray that no family will face financial burdens alone.

For those who are afraid to access care due to immigration status, we pray for recognition of the God-given dignity of all.

For our brothers and sisters around the world, we pray for shared solidarity.

For public officials and decision-makers, we pray for wisdom and guidance.

Father, during this time, may your Church be a sign of hope, comfort, and love to all. Grant peace. Grant comfort. Grant healing. Be with us, Lord. Amen.


God Bless you,
Father Banka and Deacon Mike

Thank You to everyone that worked so hard to make the Christmas Fair
in June a Success!

We are so blessed with this beautiful Parish and so proud that St. Patrick's Church stands on the hill in this wonderful community. God Bless all the emergency workers that will continue to keep us safe.

Mary's Garden at St. Patrick's Parish is a peaceful place to pray outdoors.

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In 2020 we had the Enthronement of the
Blessed Virgin Mary at
St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Sonora.
Please visit our spiritual garden. This year our Garden has become a popular spot for photos. 

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The Rosary is a Scripture-based prayer that centers on the mysteries of Christ’s life. The repetition in the Rosary leads one into restful and contemplative prayer related to each Mystery. The gentle repetition of the words helps us to enter into the silence of our hearts, where Christ’s spirit dwells.

Please visit our beautiful Mary’s garden to pray.

Thank you to all our super volunteers that continue to love and maintain this Beautiful place in our Parish.


Three of our super volunteers.

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“Thank you!” David Hubbard, Aaric Pingree, and Stan Dragun, for all your many volunteer hours and hard work here at the Parish!

What are some of the things these three Super Volunteers did:
Replaced the stairs at the Steinmetz House.
Trimmed trees.
Removed, repaired, and returned the stained glass window to the church.
Repaired and painted the vestibule.
 brush from the lower parking lot. (Over 20 yards of vegetation cut and removed by hand. Then picked up by a local tree company).

Our Churches

St. Patrick's Church, 

Our Lady of Mt Carmel Mission Church,

Historic St. Annes Church 

St. Francis Xavier Church

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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

8:00 am  St. Patrick's Church, Sonora

Saturday Mass

4:00 pm Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

Sunday Masses

 7:30 am, 9:00 am, 11:00 am  and Spanish Mass 1:00 pm

St. Patrick's Church,

 Church, Sonora

 Sunday Mass SUSPENDED  Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

Confessions and Adoration

6:00-7:00 PM Every Wednesday at St. Patrick's Church Sonora 




St. Patrick's Catholic Parish Office

Office Hours
Monday through Thursday 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Closed from 12:30 to 1:00 for Lunch

Mailing Address:
116 Bradford St Sonora, CA 95370
Phone: 209.532.7139
Fax: 209.532.817.8879
Email: StPatsSonora.org

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