St. Joseph's Episcopal Church


In each upcoming issue of The Shavings this year, we will bring you up to date on where we are in the transition process. As a reminder, Rev. Mary’s last Sunday with us will be December 30, 2018, which thus sets into motion a series of steps for our deliberation and decision.

Compensation Committee

At its meeting of April 17, 2018, the Vestry approved a compensation package for our next priest.
Based on the recommendation from the Compensation Committee, the Vestry authorized funding for a half-time priest.

The Compensation Committee met April 9 and reviewed materials presented by Betty Racich, senior warden for
transition. Meeting were: Betty Racich, Nancy Hopkins, Bob Henkle, Bill Hopkins, Pat Whitman and Rev. Mary.
An examination of the materials made it clear that St. Joseph’s—based on its current resources—could afford a halftime clergy, and that information has been communicated to the Transitions Office in Echo Park.

Story Day, June 3

A key element of our Transition process will be Story Day, scheduled from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Sunday, June 3, 2018, in the Parish Hall. Worship will be included in this timeframe. It is important that as many people as possible participate.
The Rev. Tom Discavage of the Transitions Office will be our guide for this important step, as we look at our shared history, both for St. Joseph’s and for those who came here from St. Stephen’s.


Pat Jebens, Janeane Dimpel 
and Dianne McCarley have agreed to serve on a Survey Committee, which will begin its work once Story Day is completed.


Our parish is part of the Episcopal Church, the Diocese of Los Angeles and the worldwide Anglican Communion. The worship of God forms our foundation for spiritual growth, community, and outreach to the needs of the world.

This church opens wide her doors to ALL and offers her welcome to ALL in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Persons of all faiths and backgrounds are welcome here. We are a community of seekers.

We hope that you'll take a few minutes to explore our website. It will give you a feel for this community of faith, its many ministries, and the warmth and love of the people here. We also hope you will visit the parish -- whether you're new to the area, a seeker or just traveling through Buena Park. You'll be welcome here.                  


9:00 am Sundays; 10:30 a.m. Thursdays

(the Thursday service alternates between Holy Eucharist and Morning Prayer)

Office Hours

Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; Fridays, 7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

Closed for major holidays.

To schedule an appointment with the priest:
Telephone 714-828-8950