Welcome to San Rafael Parish

San Rafael Catholic Church is a welcoming church.  Come and enjoy the beauty of the church itself with the many stained glass windows which trace salvation history and the events in the life of Christ, the Bible and the saints. You will find many educational, fellowship and community service opportunities.  We invite you to participate. Within this website you will find listed the schedule of Masses, other parish liturgies, ministries, groups, and organizations in which you may become involved.

Msgr. Dennis L. Mikulanis, S.T.D., Pastor
Fr. Showri Nagothu, O.C.D., Associate Pastor
Deacon Bob Holgren, Pastoral Assistant


 A Special Note From Msgr. Dennis:

What do St. John Nepomucene, Fr. Mateo Correa Magallanes,  Fr. Felipe Ciscar Puig and Fr. Fernando Olmeda Reguera all have in common?  In the course of history all four priests were executed by political authorities because they refused to break the seal of confession, absolutely sacrosanct for Catholic priests.  When a penitent comes to confession that individual is confessing to God for whom the priest stands as a representative.  The doctrine and theology of the Church states that under no circumstances whatsoever can a priest reveal to anyone what another person says in confession.  This should not be news to anyone, but apparently it is to the California State Senate which passed a resolution, SB 360, by a vote of 30 – 2 on Friday, May 24th to make it legally binding to do exactly what our Catholic Faith forbids; require priests to break the seal of confession of someone who confesses sexual abuse of minors. Our State Senator, Toni Atkins, voted for the bill.  This bill must yet be debated in the State Assembly where, most likely, it will be passed. If this does come to pass it will bring the forces of totalitarian dictatorship to the State of California to which every single American should oppose with all his or her might.  Of course, there will be those with a secret-police, anti-Catholic mentality who scream at outrage should this bill be opposed and assuredly brought before the U.S. Supreme Court.  However, this bill must be opposed lest the “Golden State” become one of nothing more than cheapened brass.  Should this unconscionable bill become part of California’s continuing moral decline it would be unenforceable because no faithful priest would dare break this sacred seal.  What punishment would ensue remains to be seen.

               Yes – the sexual abuse of minors by some of our priests and the inability of some of our bishops to deal properly with the situation is sinful and scandalous and every single one of us demands accountability from our leaders in dealing with this blot on the Body of Christ.  The Church must come to terms with it and root out the rot that infects us.  However, such a direct assault on the ancient teachings of our faith as proposed the State Senate cannot be tolerated. (Of course, no one else is being targeted – like public school teachers and administrators or the State Foster Care System; only the Catholic Church or other similar religious organizations).

               If you are a faithful, believing Catholic, regardless of political persuasion or personal opinion, I urge you to write and/or email to our State Assembly Representative, Brian Maienschein, and let him know of your opposition to this truly horrifying proposed new bill.  There is simply no way we can sit idly by and do nothing. Should this bill be passed by the Assembly and become law how much longer before it becomes legal to “bug” confessionals by state governmental authorities?  Can the gestapo or the KGB be far behind?   Let your opposition be known!


Mr. Brian Maienschein
State Assembly Representative, District 77
12396 World Trade Drive
Suite 118
San Diego, CA  92128





Church Information

17252 Bernardo Center Drive
San Diego, CA 92128
Phone: (858) 487-4314
Fax: (858) 487-1498

Daily Mass: Monday-Saturday: 8:00 a.m.
Saturday Vigil Mass: 5:00 p.m.
Sunday Masses:
7:30 a.m.
9:00 a.m. (Traditional Choir)
10:30 a.m. (Contemporary Choir)
12:00 p.m. (Contemporary Choir)

Babysitting is available for children up to age 3 in the Church Library, during the 9:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. Masses.

Confession: Saturday 3:30-4:30 p.m.

Holy Days of Obligation:
8:00 a.m., 12:15 p.m., and 7:00 p.m.
Rosary is prayed after every daily Mass with added devotions every 1st Saturday.

Office Hours:
Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Closed for Lunch 12:00 p.m. -12:45 p.m.

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