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Office Hours

Monday — Closed

Closed for Lunch  Daily 1 pm to 2 pm

Tuesday — 9 am to 5 pm
Wednesday — 9 am to 5 pm
Thursday — 9 am to 5 pm
Friday — 9 am to 5 pm
Saturday — Closed
Sunday — By Appointment

Mass Schedule

Daily Mass is offered  M-F at 5:30pm

Saturday Vigil Mass is at 5:30pm

Sunday Masses are 8:30am, 10:30am, 6:00pm


Daily Rosary M-F at 5:10pm Before Weekday Mass

Evening Prayer is M, W, TH, F after Weekday Mass

Our Mother of Perpetual Help Novena is Tuesday after Mass


Adoration is the First Friday of each month from 2 pm to 5 pm, followed by Benediction. 

Please sign up in the vestibule (church entrance), to ensure someone is with the Blessed Sacrament during the full period of Adoration.

Upcoming Events

HSPT (Catholic High School) Entrance Exam

January 26 @ 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

African American Diocesan Revival

January 28 - January 30

“With shame and repentance, we acknowledge as an ecclesial community that we were not where we should have been, that we did not act in a timely manner, realizing the magnitude and the gravity of the damage done to so many lives.We showed no care for the little ones; we abandoned them.”

(To read the full statement click on the title or go to http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/letters/2018/documents/papa-francesco_20180820_lettera-popolo-didio.html)

More information from the Diocese of San Diego at sdcatholic.org and from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops at usccb.org

A Brief History of St. John the Evangelist Church

University Heights used to be part of St. Joseph’s Parish (Cathedral), which had been founded in 1874 with Fr. Anton Ubach as pastor. In 1912, a group of local ladies appealed to Fr.
Nunan, existing pastor of St. Joseph’s, to establish a new parish here. He encouraged them, but his successor, Fr. Heffernan, wanted them to remain in his jurisdiction. The Catholic ladies group finally appealed to the new Archbishop of Los Angeles and San Diego, the Most Rev. John J. Cantwell, and he agreed, and in late 1913 appointed Fr. Peter McNellis as Pastor of the new parish in University Heights.

In 1914 great efforts were made by pastor and people to buy property and build a church. They purchased the property at Lincoln and Normal. Fr. Loughlin Golden succeeded Fr. McNellis as pastor and assisted by Fr. McCormick, erected our first church building in honor of St. John the Evangelist in 1915. This served as the parish center of worship until the present church at Polk and Normal was dedicated by Bishop Buddy on May 30, 1952.


What a remarkable parish. Loving and welcoming, just as Christ intended.


The evening masses on Sunday were much appreciated. I love this church, not because it’s closest to my residence, but because I feel the love inside.


The church where you can feel His presence. Since I migrated to the US I have been attending my Sunday and holy masses here, where I feel God’s graces and guidance.


In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came to be through him,
and without him nothing came to be. What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.