Welcome to Holy Innocents School. I invite you to explore this Web site full of useful information about our parish school.
We are a vibrant, multicultural community devoted to the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist and firmly rooted in the rich Roman Catholic tradition. We believe that because we are in a community of God’s family – practicing the fullness of our Catholic faith – we have the best chance to receive all of God’s graces, to live holy lives, to do works of mercy, and to welcome Jesus joyfully when He comes again.
When the school opened a little over 50 years ago, the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles came to Holy Innocents School as teachers and administrators. These Sisters are responsible for the quality education that over ten thousand of our parish children have received over the years.
It is my hope that you will visit our parish website, and that it will inspire you to become involved with the exciting new classes and activities taking place at Holy Innocents. Come see what amazing blessings the Lord has waiting for you.
Father G. Peter Irving, III
Pastor, Holy Innocents Parish
Holy Innocents Parish was formally established on December 12, 1923 (the feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe) by the then Bishop of Los Angeles and San Diego, Bishop John J. Cantwell. Father Francis C. Ott was assigned as the first pastor and was given charge over several blocks of Long Beach streets starting from Anaheim Street on the north to California Street on the west. Between 1923 and 1944, new parishes were established as “spin-offs” of the very active parish of Holy Innocents: St. Athanasius in 1933, St Barnabas in 1939, and St. Lucy in 1944.
The first Mass at Holy Innocents was celebrated at the McFayden Mortuary Chapel on American Avenue, now known as Long Beach Boulevard. Later, Masses were celebrated in the Church Hall, which was then called the “Holy Name Clubhouse.” Construction was completed on the present church in 1926, and it was dedicated on June 5, 1926.