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St. Paul the Apostle Church and School

St. Paul the Apostle Church is a Roman Catholic church established in 1935. It is a part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the largest diocese in the United States. The church's staff, the Paulist Fathers and the Daughters of Mary and Joseph, are also active in the school community and aid in the school's theology program. Both the church and the school are named after St. Paul the Apostle.

St. Paul the Apostle Church
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34°03′21″N 118°26′13″W / 34.05584°N 118.43706°W / 34.05584; -118.43706Coordinates: 34°03′21″N 118°26′13″W / 34.05584°N 118.43706°W / 34.05584; -118.43706
Location10750 Ohio Avenue
Los Angeles, California
CountryUnited States
DenominationRoman Catholic
Religious orderPaulist Fathers, Daughters of Mary and Joseph
StatusParish church
ConsecratedJune 29, 1958[1]
Functional statusActive
Years built1956-58
ParishSt. Paul the Apostle
ArchdioceseLos Angeles
Pastor(s)Rev Daniel E. McCotter, CSP
St. Paul the Apostle School
1536 Selby Avenue


Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Patron saint(s)St. Paul the Apostle
PrincipalCrystal Pinkofsky
Student to teacher ratio13:1
Campus typeUrban
Color(s)Green and White         
Athletics conferenceCatholic Youth Organization, Pacific Basin League
SportsBasketball, Flag Football, Volleyball, Track and Field, Cross Country
Team nameSaints
AccreditationWestern Association of Schools and Colleges
NewspaperSPA Halo
EndowmentUS$2 million
Tuition$7,300 (Parishioners)
PastorReverend Gilbert Martinez CSP
Athletic DirectorKeith Mortimer
Coordinator of AdvancementMary Pat Cooper

St. Paul the Apostle School is a Roman Catholic coeducational[2] K-8 school in Los Angeles, California. It is affiliated with St. Paul the Apostle Church, which is located on the school campus. Colloquially known as "St. Paul's," the school is adjacent to the community of Westwood, Los Angeles, and admits students from the greater Los Angeles area. St. Paul's is also affiliated with the National Catholic Educational Association.[3]


The church traces its beginnings to the 1920s when John Joseph Cantwell, then the Bishop of Los Angeles, requested the Paulist Fathers to establish a new parish to serve the community of Westwood and the new University of California, Los Angeles campus. The parish was organized in 1928 and the priests were specifically charged with ministering to local residents, UCLA faculty and students and "the moving picture people" (employees in the film and television industry). The current property on which the church and school are co-located on was only obtained during the 1930s. Prior to that, the priests held mass on numerous sites as they searched for a suitable location to build the parish church. The parish school was opened in 1935. The current church building was completed in 1958.[1]

Due to its proximity to Hollywood, the church has been attended by and held the funerals of notable personalities in the entertainment industry. It held the funeral mass of entertainer Bing Crosby,[4] actor and radio personality Bob Crane, pioneering director and producer Hal Roach[5] and actor Carroll O'Connor, who was also a devout parishioner.[6]


  1. ^ a b "About — History: A young city, a new church..." Retrieved June 23, 2018.
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  4. ^ Lindsey, Robert (October 19, 1977). "Bing Crosby Buried After Private Services". The New York Times.
  5. ^ "Hal Roach Memorial Mass Set for Thursday". Los Angeles Times. November 4, 1992.
  6. ^ Hernandez, Daniel (June 27, 2001). "Mourners Say Farewell to Carroll O'Connor". Los Angeles Times.

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