Saint Mel Catholic Church / Norco, CA

Pastor:     Rev.  Gerardo Mendoza

Became Pastor on July 1, 2013 /  First term completed
June 30, 2019.   2nd term approved by Bishop Barnes.





See staff page for staff members





"Let there be Light."   The Diocese is installing over 1000 solar panels in the Pastoral Center.   Bishop Barnes launched this solar light project following Pope Francis' s encyclical that discusses the environmental crisis and a challenge from California Bishops to take action.  Bishop Barnes said that this is one way to show that we are good stewards of Gods creation.  The ROI for the $730k Pastoral Center project is about 9 years, and the techies at the Diocese feel they will save 75% of electrical costs.   At lease 8 other parishes have converted to solar panel light systems including St Junipero Serra in Phelan, Our Lady of the Desert in Apple Valley, Sacred Heart Church in Palm Desert, Corpus Christi in Corona, St. Catherine of Alexandria in Temecula,  and St Anthony (in planning stage) just to name a few.   Bishop Barnes says he is happy to see Parishes answering the call.



St Mel's well be recognized as one of the first churches in the Diocese to install solar power for cost savings and to help conserve power by going green.   There will be a "Care for Creation Day" celebration on Oct 5 at St Joseph Catholic Church in San Jacinto on that day for all the 8 SB  Diocese churches that already installed a solar system or are planning one.   We at St Mel's are proud that we were one of the "Green" pioneers that went green early on.   St Mel's  saved about 23% power cost from SCE the first year.   St Mel also switched over to LED lights before going solar.



Sponsored by the Norco Knights of Columbus
a Charity Fundraiser  --   Sept 28
Free food and drinks.
See  Events page for more information


Patrocinado por los Norco Caballeros de Colón
una recaudación de fondos de caridad -- 28 de septiembre
Comida y bebida gratis.
Consulte la página Eventos para obtener más información



Join Fr. James every First Saturday of the month for at 8am in the Chapel
in honor of Our Lady of Fatima.  Everyone invited.


Acompaña al P. James todos los primeros sábados del mes para las 8 de la mañana
en la Capilla en honor a nuestra Señora de Fátima. Todos invitados.



Join the folks who want to learn a new way to deal with life issues in a new
and effective way in this 1 day retreat.   Learn how to use the powerful light
of Christ as your focus.
Dates:   Sept 21, and 28
Location:   12710 Blue Mt Court / Grand Terrace, CA   92313
Donation:   $30 / Includes lunch
Director:     Sr Joan Marie Sasse, OSB
Reservations:   909-783-4121


California Confession Senate Bill 360 Withdrawn

California senate bill 360 was removed July 8 from the Public Safety Commission scheduled the following day.  The bill would have required Catholic priests to violate the seal of confession of some circumstances if they learned about child abuse while hearing the confession of other  priests or church officials.  They decided to drop the measure -impossible to enforce--and  after widespread opposition of over 100,000 Catholics.   Thanks to all who contacted lawmakers.


Bishop Barnes Honored twice in San Antonio

High Honors.    Bishop Barnes was presented with a rendering of the Assumption of the B;essed Virgin Mary when he was honored Aug 29 at Assumption Seminary's leadership in Faith and Service Gala.


Bishop Barnes is retiring next June

Next June  Bishop Barnes will be submitting his resignation to the Holy Father.  After that The Diocese will be getting a Coadjutor Bishop who will spend a year getting to know our diocese before he becomes the Ordinary Bishop when Bishop Barnes retires.  Bishop Barnes has been our Bishop for 24 years.  We all will miss our great Bishop and our prayers go out to him for the next phase of his life and ministry.

El resignacion del Obispo Barnes - Obispo de San Bernardino

Dice el Obispo:   "El proximo Junio cuando yo cumpla 75 anos, entregare al Santo Padre mi carta de resignacion como el Obispo de San Bernardino. Este es un requisito de la Iglesia.   Proto recibiremos al Obispo Coadjutor, quienpasara el ano conociendo  nuestra  diocese..."




Encuentro de Evangelizacion y Sancion
Vea Eventos / Anuncios



Daily Bible Readings:  Go to Devotions under Worship menu


Catholic Daily Reflections

Go to bulletin section of this web for more info

Check bulletin for info on:
Youth Ministry, Healing Retreats, World Youth Day

See below for location of our church + map,   contact us phone and other info


Diocesan Development Fund Campaign Progress

Diocese Goal: $64,600.00
Pledges Made: $74,094.00
Gifts Received: $63,497.63
Donors: 185
Percent of Goal: 98.29 %
As of: Sep 19, 2019 9:22PM


Registered Families: 2667





September - Exaltation of the Holy Cross


BEHOLD, O good and sweetest Jesus, I cast myself upon my knees in Thy sight,and with the most fervent desire of my soul
I pray and beseech Thee to impress upon my heart lively sentiments of faith, hope and charity, with true repentance for my sins
and a most firm desire of amendment: whilst with deep affection and grief of soul I consider within myself and mentally contemplate Thy five most precious Wounds,having before mine eyes that which David, the prophet, long ago spoke in Thine own person concerning Thee, my Jesus: “They have pierced My hands and My feet, they have numbered all My bones.”

Our Lady of Sorrows

O most holy Virgin, Mother of our Lord Jesus Christ: by the overwhelming grief you experienced when you witnessed the martyrdom, the crucifixion, and death of your divine Son, look upon me with eyes of compassion, and awaken in my heart a tender commiseration for those sufferings, as well as a sincere detestation of my sins, in order that being disengaged from all undue affection for the passing joys of this earth, I may sigh after the eternal Jerusalem, and that henceforward all my thoughts and all my actions may be directed towards this one most desirable object. Honor, glory, and love to our divine Lord Jesus, and to the holy and immaculate Mother of God. Amen.


Oh Santísima Virgen, Madre de nuestro Señor Jesucristo: por el dolor abrumador que experimentaste al presenciar el martirio, la crucifixión y la muerte de tu divino Hijo, mírame con ojos de compasión y despierta en mi corazón una tierna pena. por esos sufrimientos, así como por una sincera detestación de mis pecados, para que al ser liberado de todo afecto indebido por las alegrías pasajeras de esta tierra, pueda suspirar por la Jerusalén eterna, y que de aquí en adelante todos mis pensamientos y todas mis acciones puedan ser dirigido hacia este objeto más deseable. Honor, gloria y amor a nuestro divino Señor Jesús, y a la santa e inmaculada Madre de Dios. Amén.


Also go to front of church for free pamphlets and prayer cards




Bishop Barnes with Fr Mendoza, St Mel staff, and some ministers 
in his visit to St Mel earlier this year.

Bishop Barnes Meeting and having dinner with St Mel Ministers 


Catholic Marriage Encounter new schedule.
See events / announcements



Mario and Paola Martinez will be heading up a new Diocesan ministry which will
focus on everyday realities of marriage, Natural family planning, Parenting,
Mental Illness, and divorce and separation.  Although there are ministries that
address these issues in part, this new ministry will serve as an information resource,
and a hub to reach out to those experiencing these issues and realities.


Mario y Paola Martínez encabezarán un nuevo ministerio diocesano que
se centran en las realidades cotidianas del matrimonio, Planificación familiar natural, Crianza,
Enfermedad mental, divorcio y separación. Aunque hay ministerios que
abordar estas cuestiones en parte, este nuevo ministerio servirá como un recurso de información,
y un centro para llegar a aquellos que experimentan estos problemas y realidades.


You are invited to add any announcements and events to the St Mel web
Please call or email Gil Bastien
H (951) 734-5125


* Young men's youth group now starting-see events
* West parking lot additional parking space in planning
* Library in Hall in planning
* Free Pamphlets and prayer material (entrance to church)

Se le invita a añadir cualquier anuncio y evento a la web de St Mel
Por favor llame o envíe un correo electrónico a Gil Bastien
H (951) 734-5125


* El grupo juvenil de los jóvenes ahora comienza a ver los eventos
* Estacionamiento oeste plaza de aparcamiento adicional en la planificación
* Biblioteca en Hall en planificación
* Folletos gratuitos y material de oración (entrada a la iglesia)


Also, like our Facebook Page (click here)


The new Alpha session is almost here!  Start off the New Year with a renewed commitment to your relationship with Christ.  Our first meeting will be Wednesday, January 11th.  We will begin with dinner at 6:30 p.m. in the parish hall.  Child care will be provided.  Please join us for dinner and bring a friend!

¡La nueva sesión de Alpha esta casi aquí! Comience el nuevo año con un renovado compromiso para mejorar su relación con Cristo. Nuestra primera reunión será el miércoles, 11 de enero. Comenzáremos con cena a las 6:30 p.m. en el salón parroquial. Se proveerá cuidado de niños. ¡Por favor acompáñenos



We the people of St. Mel's Catholic Faith Community, a rural, diverse, and inviting parish baptized into the body of Christ, formed by the Word and Sacrament, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, seek to evangelize God's people to be a visible sign of God's love.
Nosotros el pueblo de la comunidad de fe de San Mel, una parroquia rural, diversa y acogedora, bautizada en el Cuerpo de Cristo, formada por la Palabra y Sacramento, y fortalecida por el Espíritu Santo, busca evangelizar al pueblo de Dios para que sea un signo visible del amor de Dios.