Founded in 1924 as a mission parish, La Purisima is a Eucharistic family of socially and culturally diverse people. As a welcoming community of faith, inspired by the Holy Spirit, we reach out, evangelize and serve others in the spirit of the Gospel
What do Catholics Believe?
I believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen.
I believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages.
God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father, through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit he was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the Prophets.
I believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.
The basic beliefs of the Catholic Church are professed at every mass celebrated in churches around the world. This is the Profession of our Faith - the Nicene Creed.
What is stated in the Nicene Creed is what Catholics believe.
A BRIEF HISTORY OF LA PURISIMA PARISH
In 1872 two brothers from
World War I began and many farm workers enlisted.
In 1924, Mr. Remedios Mares donated property on
In October 1957, the Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity arrived. They brought about a wonderful sense of community, including our first “Fiesta” in 1958. The aerospace industry grew and the parish flourished as a bi-lingual community. Many lay groups and organizations began and the Sisters of St. Joseph were invited to come and teach religious education.
In 1962 a new church was dedicated on our current location, and in 1964 La Purisima attained parish status. The next year our parish school opened with four grades and six classrooms. It was expanded in 1967 and currently has classes for Preschool through eighth grade. During the 1970’s many Vietnamese families settled in the parish and became a vital part of our parish community. In 1983, after 25 years, the Trinity Missionary order left for new assignments, and were followed by the Claretian Missionaries. At the same time, two events led to an increase in parishioners: many new Mexican immigrants settled in the area and new housing developments in the foothills east of the parish.
The parish soon saw a great need for enlarging the church. In 2000, a capital campaign for the construction of a larger structure was begun. Original plans were to remodel the current church, but Bishop Tod Brown wisely concluded that any new church building should have seating for at least 1,200. In July 2002, the Claretians were reassigned to other work, and the Diocese assigned Fr. Christopher Heath as the new pastor. On June 4, 2005, Bishop Tod Brown presided at the dedication of the new church. Fr. Vincent H. Pham was the Pastor from 2006 until June 2012, and Rev. John R. LeVecke became the new Administrator on July 1, 2012.