The thriving Baldwin Hills’ church known as St. Bernadette Parish is celebrating its 70th anniversary. Established in 1947, the church has ministered to South L.A. African American families for decades.
In acknowledgement of reaching this milestone, Deacon Jim Carper, the Parish Life Director, and the congregation will host quarterly events throughout the year.
Originally, St. Bernadette held Mass in the clubhouse of the Sunset Fields Golf Course. In 1948, the church relocated to 3701 Stocker St. The current edifice at 3825 Don Felipe Drive was completed in 1960.
Describing the building’s exterior, Carper said, “From its exceptional site, it commands a magnificent vista of Los Angeles. With its tall, latticed tower and red-tiled roof, it has become a landmark in the southwest section of the city.
“The facade features a magnificent Italian mosaic mural of our Lady of Lourdes and St. Bernadette, bearing the inscription Ad Jesum Per Mariam (“To Jesus Through Mary”).”
Carper, who invited the public to visit St. Bernadette, added, “Please plan to join us as we celebrate our beautiful church community during this special time.”
For information, call the church at (323) 293-4877.